Pelican State Fishing Charters

Join Pelican State Fishing Charters to go inshore fishing in the Batartaria Basin marsh system. Located close to New Orleans, they offer diverse fishing trips around Lafitte and Barataria. Captain David Terese has been fishing the South Louisiana marsh systems for over 40 years, so you can be sure he knows all the best fishing spots.

Capt. Dave chose the 23’ Ranger saltwater fishing boat because of its smooth ride. The boat is powered by a 225 HP Honda engine and equipped with a trolling motor and anchoring system to give you the best chance of catching a variety of inshore species. It also features a live bait tank and seating for up to 5 anglers.

The crew primarily fishes with artificial lures, although you are welcome to fish with live bait at an extra cost. They use Penn reels and All Star rods. Any fish you decide to keep will be cleaned and filleted for you free of charge at the end of the day.

These are very fish-rich waters, so there’s a variety of species you can target. You’ll test your angling skills against creatures like Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead, and Black Drum, depending on the season and the conditions on the day.

All rods, reels and terminal tackle that you will need throughout your trip are included in the price, and some snacks and drinks are also provided by the captain. All you need to bring is your lunch and a valid Louisiana fishing license.

Capt. Dave will provide an informative and enjoyable trip for anglers of all skill levels. Don’t forget to ask him for his blackened Redfish recipe before you go home!

Come and explore these prolific waters off the coast of Louisiana, and have the fishing adventure of a lifetime!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (5 PAX)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    This is a 6-hour trip that will have you fishing for inshore species like Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Bass, Drum, Sheepshead in and around Lafitte/Barataria basin.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (4 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    On this trip, you'll spend 6 hours fishing for inshore species – Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Bass, Drum, and Sheepshead in and around Lafitte/Barataria basin.
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About the Captain

David Terese
Barataria, Louisiana, United States
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1 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
43 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2016
Captain Dave has been fishing the South Louisiana marsh systems for over 40 years. he started his charter business after bringing his friends fishing with him every weekend and making friends with many local fishing guides, who respected his fishing style and inspired him to become a USCG licensed charter captain himself.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Alligator Gar Alligator Gar
Bass (Largemouth) Bass (Largemouth)
Black Drum Black Drum
Catfish Catfish

Crab Crab
Flounder Flounder
Freshwater Drum Freshwater Drum
Redfish Redfish

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Weakfish Weakfish

Boat Specs

Ranger bay (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2003, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 250HP Honda engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

Customer Reviews

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97%
Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
97%
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Storm P.
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My family and I had a great time with Captain Dave! He was so nice and patient with our teenage boys to make sure they had...
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VERIFIED   NEW  July 15, 2020
Since the fish were not just jumping in the boat we had to work a little.  We caught something everywhere we stopped. ...
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VERIFIED   September 6, 2019
Excellent session from start to finish.  Capt Dave has buckets of local knowledge and experience.  We successfully...
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VERIFIED   May 24, 2020
Awesome day for my dad and me. Capt Dave put us on the fish and it was pretty much a non-stop action morning. Limited out and...
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