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Old 03-03-2012, 12:50 PM
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I spent several years in LA (DeRidder area) as a kid and relocated to SoCal where I spent all my adult life. Getting close to retirement and miss the pace, culture and fishing in LA. After 22 years in law enforcement near Los Angeles I'm ready to drown some worms and relax a bit. Wife and I are looking to retire in LA so where is the BEST place to relocate for freshwater fishing, close to lakes, good people, BBQ's and close to an area with good night life..I'm sure this will spurn some lively debate so have at it..
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:53 PM
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Lake Charles area has the best mix of salt and fresh water fishing. Not a too bad of a drive to Toledo bend. Has a good live music scene.
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:54 PM
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There are a few of us that live in DeRider. As far as you wanting good BBQ places, there are a handful, everything else you mentioned with the exception of the good night life is here.
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:59 PM
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Thanks LCD..I looked at houses in Baton Rouge but not Lake Charles..Jordan, I still have family in DeRidder and would not mind going back but after living near L.A. for all these years not sure the wife would like the lack of nighttime activities.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:02 PM
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LC is just big enough to have things to do but not so big it is a pain in the butt. about an hour drive to deridder
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:04 PM
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Check out the Slidell area. Plenty of rivers to fish and a short ride to saltwater. Far enough from New Orleans to relax, but close enough drive 30 minutes to the city.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:05 PM
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Thanks LCD..I looked at houses in Baton Rouge but not Lake Charles..Jordan, I still have family in DeRidder and would not mind going back but after living near L.A. for all these years not sure the wife would like the lack of nighttime activities.

whats the last name ?? Might know of them.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:06 PM
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From Lake Charles, Baton Rouge is 2hrs away, Houston is 2.5hrs away and New Orleans is about 3.5hrs away. Plenty close to drive considering it can take 1 to 2 hrs to get from 1 side of LA to the other.

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Old 03-03-2012, 01:53 PM
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Lafayette is the only place to be!! Right smack in the middle of South Louisiana and The Heart of Cajun Country.............Sorry Lake Charles, but ya'll got nuthin!!
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:55 PM
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Lafayette is the only place to be!! Right smack in the middle of South Louisiana and The Heart of Cajun Country.............Sorry Lake Charles, but ya'll got nuthin!!
We got big lake! Lol
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:56 PM
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Lafayette is the only place to be!! Right smack in the middle of South Louisiana and The Heart of Cajun Country.............Sorry Lake Charles, but ya'll got nuthin!!
I got the ban key!

You can talk good about your area but don't talk down someone elses area.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:59 PM
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i got the ban key!

you can talk good about your area but don't talk down someone elses area.

drop the hammer paul!!!!! Lol!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:07 PM
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Just trying to keep the thread going in a positive direction. There are enough pros to every area that we don't need to be negative about someone's location.

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Old 03-03-2012, 02:12 PM
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Didnt mean to push ya button......Just stating facts.....As far as fishing goes....The Atchafalaya is 20 minutes away. And I can be in saltwater in 30minutes. actually I can be in ANY saltwater in the state in 3 hours! From Venice and Grand Isle all the way to the Texas line!!
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:20 PM
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Didnt mean to push ya button......Just stating facts.....As far as fishing goes....The Atchafalaya is 20 minutes away. And I can be in saltwater in 30minutes. actually I can be in ANY saltwater in the state in 3 hours! From Venice and Grand Isle all the way to the Texas line!!
X2 plus Lafayette has a great night life and tons of places to eat... If not Lafayette, Slidell would be another place that meets your criteria
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:24 PM
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Didnt mean to push ya button......Just stating facts.....As far as fishing goes....The Atchafalaya is 20 minutes away. And I can be in saltwater in 30minutes. actually I can be in ANY saltwater in the state in 3 hours! From Venice and Grand Isle all the way to the Texas line!!
No button pushed. Just trying to keep the thread positive. I agree Lafayette and Slidel would both be great places to live.

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Old 03-03-2012, 02:35 PM
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Sulphur/Carlyss area has access to Big Lake and the Prien Area with access to the freshwater byways and is about an hour and some change to Toledo. In the Sulphur/Carlyss area you or in driving distance of everything you need without all the traffic congestion and it is a very tight knit community.


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Old 03-03-2012, 03:45 PM
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My point of veiw would be come on down to this La. and send time in all area's and then decide were u wanna stay.
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:48 PM
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If Big Lake was a little closer to Lafayette, it would be the greatest city on Earth. Food, nightlife, women, music. Has it all.
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:02 PM
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Big thanks to all of you..gives me a good starting point to start searching..Will as soon as my last kid is out of High School we plan on traveling the area a bit..
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