Don Dubuc calls fisherman Theophile Bourgeois a Louisiana trailblazer

Bourgeois died in a plane crash Sunday.

August 19, 2019

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Theophile Bourgeois was a true Louisiana sportsman.

“We nicknamed him the ‘Louisiana Man’ and that song was his theme song when we introduced him every Saturday morning,” WWL's Louisiana Great Outdoors host Don Dubuc said. 

Dubuc and Bourgeois had been on hundreds of fishing and hunting trips together and filmed dozens of TV shows and specials during their 20 friendship. Bourgeois died Sunday as a result of injuries sustained in a plane crash, and Dubuc said Louisiana has lost a true trailblazer in the outdoor industry.

“He enjoyed what he did so much and he taught people how to do it and he brought families together,” Dubuc said. “I think that’s probably the thing he’ll be remembered for the most is being a trailblazer in the industry and somebody that sets the pace for everybody else. And believe me the bar is pretty high.”

Bourgeois owned a charter fishing company based out of Barataria had a knack for figuring things out, Dubuc said. 

Whether it was mechanical issues or solving problems related to his business, he always seemed to find a way to make it work.

“Although he came across as a common cajun boy he really was a very smart businessman,” Dubuc said. “He had a plan and he followed it and everything he touched worked out for him.” 

Bourgeois’ business and enthusiasm for fishing, hunting and his way of life survived several storms as well as the BP oil spill. Dubuc said he always seemed to rebuild bigger and better no matter how much damage was done. 

Most of all Dubuc said Bourgeois will be remembered for his kindness.

“He never had a harsh word for anybody he always welcomed people in and probably one of his strongest points was the way he could address customers,” Dubuc said. 

Dubuc is planning a tribute to Bourgeois on Louisiana Great Outdoors Aug. 31. He looking for callers to call in and share their favorite stories and memories him when the show airs from 5 to 7 a.m. and 7 to 9 a.m. on WWL HD.  

He said that Bourgeois was responsible for one of his favorite memories. 

“We took our mothers fishing for a Mother’s Day TV feature and we took them out in the marsh and we baited their lines, helped them cast and they caught a bunch of red fish,” Dubuc recalled. “Then we pulled over to the side and Theophile had packed up some wine and cheese and he broke that out and we had a little Mother’s Day party in the marsh. It aired and both our mothers never forgot that. 

“And it was all his idea.”