Pelican State Fishing Charters

Pelican State Charters are a USCG certified charter service that specialize in inshore saltwater fishing in the Batartaria Basin marsh system. Located just 40 minutes south of New Orleans, they are ideally situated to offer diverse fishing trips around Lafitte and Barataria.

The 23 ft Ranger boat was chosen by the captain because of its extremely smooth ride. The boat is powered by a 225 HP Honda engine and is 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 five anglers.

Pelican State Charters primarily fish with artificial lures, and find Gulp!® lures particularly effective, although you are welcome to fish with live bait at an additional cost. They use Penn reels and All Star rods to fish for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder and other inshore species, 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. Any fish you decide to keep will also be cleaned and filleted for you free of charge at the end of the day. All you need to bring is your lunch and a valid Louisiana fishing license.

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



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Day Trip (5PAX)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $650
    up to 5 persons
    I fish for inshore species Redfish, Trout, Flounders, Bass, Drum, Sheepshead in an around Lafitte / Barataria basin.
  • Private trip
    Day Trip (4MAX)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $400
    up to 1 person
    + $50
    each additional person
    I fish for inshore species Redfish, Trout, Flounders, Bass, Drum, Sheepshead in an 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
33 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

Black Drum
Flounder
Redfish
Sheepshead

Speckled Trout

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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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4.86
out of 5 stars from 33 reviews
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Experience
Search and destroy with Captain Dave
Search and destroy with Captain Dave
Search and destroy with Captain Dave
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Iain L.
Linton, England
 5.00
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Half day trip with Capt Dave.

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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Matt W.
Mobile, Alabama
 5.00
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Good day!

VERIFIED   August 6, 2019
My family and I had a great time fishing. Captain Dave made it allot of fun for my family! It was my wife and son first time...
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Matthew P.
Cordova, Tennessee
 5.00
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Unbelievable Trip with Captain Dave!

VERIFIED   May 25, 2019
He put us on the fish from the get go and knows the area better than anyone. He takes his job seriously, but definitely has...
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Percy R.
Portland, OR
 5.00
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Fish Galore!

VERIFIED   December 22, 2018
Came home for the Christmas holidays and decided to take a last minute fishing trip.  I booked with Capt. Dave, and although...
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Kary Z.
Myakka City, FL
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Slam 'N' Day

VERIFIED   December 23, 2018
Hand down one of our best days ever fishing for Redfish. That was our Target fish and Captain Dave put us on them. He is great...
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