Estuaries, bays, bayous, creeks, and lakes – southern Louisiana’s inshore waters have it all. Based out of Grand Isle, Hot Rod Guide Service will show you everything these productive waters have to offer. A lifelong fisherman, Captain Craig Bielkiewicz is passionate about passing on his knowledge to others. Having run trips in the area since 2004, he knows exactly where the fish like to hide, and promises to get you on them.

Discover these winding, shallow waterways aboard a 24’ Kenner center console. A light vessel, she’s perfectly adept at staying afloat in the skinny waters. Powered by a 250 HP Yamaha engine, you’ll fly across the water at a hair-raising 50 knots. Up to 4 guests can fish at once, without having to worry about impeding each other’s sight or movement. Bring your own snacks and drinks aboard and make the most of the captain’s cooler.

She’s also fully equipped for a productive day on the water. Your bait will be kept fresh in the live well, while you’ll be provided with Shimano and Daiwa rods and reels. You’ll focus on casting, with the potential to drift fish, bottom fish, spin, and pop to lure the bite of some exciting fish. Feel free to bring your own fly fishing equipment to test your skills, too, as you try to reel in delicious Redfish, Flounder, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, and more.

At the end of your trip, Capt. Craig will clean and prepare your catch for you to take home, ready to cook right away. There’s no better taste than the fruits of your own labor, so let Hot Rod Guide Service show you the best Louisiana has to offer. All you need to do is grab your $10 license online or near the marina and you’re good to go. Come and make the most of these diverse waters!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $800
    Depending on the tide, you'll spend at least 6 hours on the water. If there's a lot of action, you can stay out longer, but there's usually no need for you to do so. You'll stay inshore along the productive shallow waters of the bays and bayous of southern Louisiana. Try your hand at casting, bottom fishing, popping, among others, as you seek to test your skills against a range of exciting and delicious fish. From Flounder to Redfish, Sheepshead to Speckled Trout, there's no end to what you can catch.
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 15 reviews
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Excellent
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Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Tom B.
LaPlace, LA
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Fishing with Craig

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 9, 2023
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Michael C.
Somerville, TN
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Awesome experience

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 20, 2022
It wasn’t just a perfect day of fishing, Captain Craig was also very professional and just a fun guy to hang out with. Even...
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Lonnie M.
Saint MARTINVLLE, LA
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Full day trip..

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 20, 2023
Thank you Captain Craig, had a fantastic trip!!!! Absolutely will book with him again…
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Brad R.
Baton Rouge, LA
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 24, 2022
Captain worked the whole time, great demeanor, worked with teenage boys with extreme parience. Awesome guy, put us on fish...
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David S.
Eufaula, OK
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Captain Craig

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on December 7, 2022
Great day of fishing…  Non stop action at every stop,  great knowledge of area.  Pleasant,  professional, patient and...
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FAQs about Hot Rod Guide Service

Hot Rod Guide Service offers the following trip to customers:
  • US $800 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Hot Rod Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Hot Rod Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano and Daiwa)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Hot Rod Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Hot Rod Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Bring your own equipment)
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Hot Rod Guide Service include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Speckled Trout

Meet the Captain

Craig Bielkiewicz
Grand Isle, Louisiana, United States
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15 Customer reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since February 2019
Captain Craig has been on the water since he was old enough to hold a rod. A lover of the outdoors and of the water as a little boy, his passion remains as strong to this day. With over 20 years of experience in Grand Isle (15 of which have been running charters), he knows all the estuaries and will show every customer each and every nook and cranny of these productive shallow waters. Capt. Craig especially enjoys teaching children how to fish, and says there's nothing like seeing the expression on a child's face when they first reel in a fish.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Boat specs

Kenner (Center console) originally built in 2005, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Popping
Fly Fishing
Bring your own equipment
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano and Daiwa
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
10 years and older
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Checks

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