Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Honey Brake, the Taj Mahal on Larto Lake

I was just a kid the only time I wet a hook in the Saline/Larto Lake area. My dad took my brother and me fishing down in that part of the world and introduced us to some of the most exciting crappie fishing action I ever enjoyed.

Since then, I've including fishing reports from that area of east-central Louisiana in reports I do each month for Louisiana Sportsman magazine. My reports, however, have been the result of telephone contacts with a guide down in that area. As far as hands-on experience, I haven't had any since that trip with my dad long ago.

Even though I've yet to enjoy modern-day fishing the Saline/Larto area offer, I spent a night and part of a day down there a few weeks ago as part of a "fam" trip put together by the Explore Louisiana North group www.explorelouisiananorth.org to familiarize writers with all that the northern half of the state has to offer anglers.

We were headquartered at Honey Brake Lodge on Larto Lake, a beautiful body of water and as good as it was to get to at least see this crappie fishing honey hole, the lodge that housed and fed us almost defies description.

Honey Brake lodge is located on the shores of Larto on the 40,000 acre Louisiana Delta Plantation. I honestly don't know where you'd have to travel to see a structure such as the Honey Brake main lodge. This 13,000 square foot mega-building consists of four floors and to get the feel of what it really looks like inside, we climbed to the top of the custom built spiral staircase and took a dizzying gaze down to the bottom floor. The lodge features two executive suites, a state of the art kitchen, dining room with another breath-taking feature, the center-piece fireplace sitting in the middle of the main floor.

Our group was assigned rooms in the three adjoining 1,800 square foot duplex cabins each equipped with custom tile shower, satellite television, wi-fi connections with back porches off the bed room overlooking beautiful lake Larto. An elevated walkway conveniently connects the cabins to the main lodge.

Before I start drooling on my keyboard, I'll switch gears and explain what visitors might be able to do while visiting this amazing property.

I was surprised and pleased when the lodge manager, Paul Ferrell, was introduced. I've known Ferrell for years when he worked for the National Wild Turkey Federation, conducting fund raising banquets around the state. In addition to managing the lodge, Ferrell is also manager of the gun club on the property. Our group spent some time on the sporting clays range and I can attest the course to be a top-notch facility.

Ferrell, who has worked at Honey Brake for the past 18 months, explained what a typical booked trip during duck season would be like.

"We market our great waterfowl hunting and among our more popular offerings is one affording hunters a package that consists of three morning hunts, meals and accommodations for their stay. Afternoons are free to engage in fishing, hog hunting or shooting sporting clays," Ferrell explained.

If you want to have your senses titillated, go to www.honeybrake.com and browse around the site. I'm betting you'll be as surprised as I was when you find yourself out there in the middle of nowhere on the banks of Larto lake and voila, there's the Taj Mahal. That's Honey Brake for you.

Glynn Harris Outdoors is proudly sponsored by DSK, Ltd. of Minden.






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