Cajun South Guide Service- Hopedale

Grab the chance to spend a day fishing with Cajun South Guide Service! Captain Brett Matherne has been fishing the marsh, bayous, and bays of South Louisiana since he was old enough to hold a rod and reel!

Capt. Brett has fished every part of Southeastern LA from Dularge/Cocodrie to the Breton Sound and everywhere in between for the better part of the last 20 years, even throughout his college years at LSU (probably could have graduated a little sooner had he not been obsessed with being on the water!). He predominantly focuses on targeting Redfish and Speckled Trout in the Shell Beach/Hopedale & Lafitte areas.

The Shell Beach/Hopedale area lies about 45 minutes east of New Orleans and is one of the most diverse fisheries in Louisiana. The shallow, brackish marsh ponds, winding bayous, oyster reef-filled bays, and outer lakes into Lake Borgne and Breton Sound provide for an awesome year-round fishery! Understanding the changing conditions (weather, time of year, tidal movements) and their effect on fishing patterns is the biggest key to being successful out on the water.

Common fishing techniques include live and dead bait fishing for Redfish, as well as artificials in the shallower marsh areas, where spinnerbaits, topwaters, and chatterbaits can provide for an awesome strike.

When targeting Speckled Trout, conditions and time of year will dictate how you fish. You’ll generally be fishing with live bait either with a cork or on a Carolina/dropshot rig as well as artificials with or without a cork. Topwaters can also produce some amazing blowups and catch some of the biggest specks in the area!

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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    price breakdown
    A full day trip begins with meeting at the marina early in the morning in order to have the boat loaded and ready to go just at daybreak. On a full day trip, you can expect to return to the dock around 2-3 PM, where your captain will clean your freshly caught fish for you to bring home. Waters and plenty of ice are provided for a full day trip, but lunch, snacks, or other beverages (soft drinks, powerade, beer) are not furnished.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    price breakdown
    A half day trip is a common option for for summertime fishing, when the weather can get pretty hot around midday. This is a good option for those who are short on time and/or looking to beat the heat out there! Trips begin at daylight, with the boat returning to the dock around 11AM or so. Waters and plenty of ice are provided, but lunch, snacks, or other beverages (softdrinks, powerade, beer) are not furnished. Livebait, when needed, is extra and not included in the normal trip price.
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About the Captain

Brett Matherne
Saint Bernard, Louisiana, United States
ID & License verified
Member since June 2020
I have been fishing ever since I was old enough to hold a rod in my hand! I have been taking friends, family, coworkers, etc. out fishing for several years now, and I decided in the past year to pursue my dream of obtaining my Captain's License and making a business out of this lifelong passion. Not only do I love to fish, but I also love to share my passion and knowledge of our fisheries, as well as our state's rich habitat, with others in a way that can only be experienced out on the water! I am obsessed with the never-ending pursuit of chasing these fish all over South Louisiana and am always striving to keep up with what conditions and patterns are going on in each area I target in order to stay on top of the fish! I'll admit that often times, I'll end an 8-9 hour day of fishing with friends at the launch, only to clean their fish, drop them off, and head back out on the water to fish until after the sun is down. Let's go fishing!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Bass (Largemouth)
Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Ranger (Bay boat) originally built in 2004. Powered by a 250HP 2012 Mercury Optimax engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 44 knots.

23 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing


Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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


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:

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