Southern Access Charters offers some of the best inshore fishing trips on the fascinating waters of Venice, Louisiana. Here, the Mississippi River spills out into the Gulf of Mexico, producing diverse and twisting bayous, ponds and rivers that are home to a large number of exciting fish species, and you’ll have the chance to explore it all.

Step aboard the 24’ Key West bay boat, built specifically to peruse these waters. Built in 2011, she’s a modern vessel and comes powered by a 300 HP Suzuki outboard motor to get you to the fishing grounds in no time. Featuring a GPS, fishfinder, VHF radio and radar, you’ll head to the most productive spots with ease. Once you get there, the wireless trolling motor will kick in, keeping you afloat in the skinniest of waters.

Up to 4 anglers are welcome to make yourselves comfortable aboard, taking advantage of the comfortable seating and the T-top that provides shade throughout the day. You’ll be handed the latest rods and reels along with plenty of lures, while you can also fish with live bait at an additional cost (usually ranging from $80 to $130 based on the number of people).

Try a range of methods as you look to attract the bite of a range of exciting and delicious fish. Try bottom fishing and jigging for the best results, as you target Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Flounder, Tripletail, Sheepshead and many more, on what promises to be a fun-filled trip to sea.

Everything you need for a productive day out awaits you on board. All you need to do is bring some drinks and snacks, and settle in for a thrilling fishing experience with Southern Access Charters. Come and discover the bays and bayous in true Louisiana style!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $750
    Explore the winding waterways of the Mississippi as it flows into the Gulf. The productive shallow waters are home to a range of exciting and delicious fish, and you'll get to go after 'em all. Test your angling skills against Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Flounder, Tripletail, Sheepshead and many more, and head home with enough fish to fill the freezer for weeks to come. Live bait can be provided at an extra cost – usually ranging from $80 to $130.
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About the Captain

Chad Rudolph
Venice, Louisiana, United States
223 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
60 Customer reviews
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Member since August 2015
Born into and raised by a family of fishermen in Venice, LA, Captain Chad has always been on the water growing up. Despite this, he claims that every trip is like his first day on the water. He wants you to experience why he's a fishing guide – that is, to put you on fish and to enjoy the beauty of the Mississippi Delta and the Gulf of Mexico.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Boat specs

Key West (Bay boat) originally built in 2011. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Sonar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano, Penn, Ugly Stik
Lures
Live bait can be prepared at an extra cost.
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

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

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
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Mastercard
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Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 60 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Chris E.
Ward, AR
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One absolutely great trip!!!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 12, 2022
From the minute we arrived in the fishing area the action was hot and very heavy.  First fish on actually broke the rod, but...
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Wayne R.
Sontag, MS
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 4, 2022
Awesome fishing with Captain Chad,Southern access charters,He knows where the fish are and how to put them in the boat. My...
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Jeremiah L.
Red Oak, TX
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on October 6, 2022
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David S.
Flower Mound, TX
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 23, 2022
Captain Chad was a good teacher and a fun guide.
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John S.
Orlando, Florida
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Amazing two days of fishing ! thank you so much Chad for going above and beyond our expectations. Chad went out...
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FAQs about Southern Access Charters

Southern Access Charters offers the following trip to customers:
  • $750 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Southern Access Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Sonar
  • Radar

Trips booked with Southern Access Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Penn, Ugly Stik)
  • Lures (Live bait can be prepared at an extra cost.)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Southern Access Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Southern Access Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Southern Access Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tripletail