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
    $700
    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
132 Fishing Reports
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55 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.

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tripletail Tripletail

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
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

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
Crew Keeps Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
PayPal
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Recent Fishing Reports

Red snapper/ redfish combos
Red snapper/ redfish combos
October 5, 2021
Skip and Bob brought the crew to Venice again. Limited on red snappers and red fish. Sheepshead in the mix. Weather was gorgeous with a mild cool front made a very nice fishing trip.
Red snapper Venice Louisiana
Red snapper Venice Louisiana
October 4, 2021
Larry and Ethan, never a dull moment and fun father and son to fish with. Red snapper/redfish combos like this the rest of this month. Venice, La.
Red snapper
Red snapper
October 4, 2021
Customers wanted red snapper limits, some nice mangrove snapper and be back before twelve. Got it done. No pics, clean fish and a fast pack up and go.

Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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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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Chad is awesome!!! I have done many guided trips before but this by far was one of the best. Chad really put us on fish right...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 6, 2021
We had an awesome time with Capt. Chad. We caught so many fish it was crazy. Maxed out on Reds and Sheepshead was abundant....
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Weather was tough but Captain Chad moved us a couple of times and put us on lots and lots of fish.  He really knows his stuff,...
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FAQs about Southern Access Charters

Southern Access Charters offers the following trip to customers:
  • $700 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

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