Biloxi Marsh, Southeast Louisiana
Nov – Jan
Join Captain Allen November – January each year in southeast Louisiana’s Biloxi Marsh to target giant redfish in shallow water on fly and light tackle. This area offers a true world class fishery for redfish and black drum that is just 45 minutes from the heart of downtown New Orleans. No other fishery will offer you the possibility of sight casting to record size red and black drum in clear shallow water on a daily basis. You can expect to see 20-40lb fish daily and you’ll rarely see another boat on the water. In the fall and winter months redfish move into the warm Marsh from the Gulf of Mexico to feed. These fish are some of the most aggressive redfish you’ll ever see, and they will crush any fly or lure you present to them. Typically we only target the adult fish, but if you want to catch big numbers of slot sized redfish we can also tuck in to very shallow bays and ponds where countless numbers of these 2-10lb fish can be found.
All fishing is done from a flats boat in clear, shallow water. For fly fishing trips we use 9 and 10 weight rods with matching sized reels and floating fly lines. Flies are typically baitfish or shrimp patterns from 3-5 inches long in a variety of colors. Most any color will work but you can’t go wrong with black, purple, tan, white, chartreuse or any combination of those colors. For conventional spin fishing trips we use 7’ medium heavy rods with matching reels and 20-30lb braided line. We use artificial lures only, which usually consist of large soft plastic lures or topwater plugs. All rods, tackle, and fishing equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring any rods or equipment you would like to use.
There are a few different options for lodging. Some anglers choose to stay closer to the fishing area in camper rentals. This puts you about five minutes from the boat ramp but doesn’t offer any restaurants or other amenities. The other option is to stay in Chalmette or New Orleans and take advantage of the great hotels, restaurants, and nightlife. It is an easy 45 minute drive from downtown New Orleans to the boat ramp. Feel free to give me a call anytime and I would be more than happy to help with lodging questions and other logistics.
Roanoke River, North Carolina
Apr – May
Located on the Roanoke River just below the NC/VA state lines, Weldon NC is known as the “Rockfish Capital of the World.” Striped Bass, also know as Rockfish are an anadromous fish that migrate from the ocean to shallow freshwater rivers to spawn. In April hundreds of thousands of striped bass make their way from the Atlantic Ocean into the Albemarle Sound and up through the Roanoke River until the reach the rock rapids at the small town of Weldon where they spawn. With thousands of fish in every section of the river, fishing is typically very easy. Catching 50-100 fish per day is common, whether it is on fly fishing tackle or light tackle spin fishing tackle. Most days the boat ride is less than 5 minutes and the fishing is easy for anglers of all skill levels. It is also a great place to introduce kids to fishing due to the high volume of catching.
The prime fishing is typically the first 2-3 weeks of May and we offer 1/2 and full day trips. Please call or email for questions or availability.