Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Ashley Ferguson experienced an epiphany four years ago when she took her cancer-stricken father on a guided fishing trip near Empire.
In terms of numbers, there was nothing especially memorable about the day. They caught some speckled trout and redfish, but not limits of either. Her father, Donald Walker, was a lifelong angler, so the day should have been one he filed away deep in his mind with other ordinary fishing trips.
But until he passed away in 2015, Walker dwelt on the trip, smiling every time he thought about it.”My dad talked about that particular trip for the rest of his life,” Ferguson said. “Two days before he passed away, he was still thanking me for that trip.”