Reelivin Charters

Experience a little slice of paradise fishing from Reel Livin’ Charters’ luxurious lodge in southern Louisiana. Bordered by the great Mississippi river to the east and saltwater flats and bays both east and west of the river, the area around Empire and Buras has a lot to offer any fisherman. In fact, the town of Empire is famous for its seafood production, and Reel Livin’ Charters offer you the chance to get a slice of the action.

Fishing usually takes place in the open saltwater bays or over oyster leases on both sides of the Mississippi, while in the winter it is more common to work the deep canals using winter pattern fishing. The area is well-known for its Bull Reds, but is also a productive spot to fish for Speckled Trout, Flounder and Bass. At Reel Livin’ Charters you will usually be fishing with plastics, with Capt. Carol LeCompte favoring Vudu Shrimp used under popping corks and saltwater Extreme Poppers. However, live shrimp might also be used on occasion.

Charters are held aboard a new 24ft Express Bay boat that has been built specifically for fishing in flat water. Its shallow drift allows it to access shallower waters than many other boats in the area, meaning you can fish corners that are out of the reach of many other anglers. Equipped with GPS, fishfinder and a VHF radio, the boat is well furnished to find fish. You will also find that the extremely experienced captain will be invaluable when it comes to tracking down your target species: he was born and raised in the area and devotes as much time as he can to exploring it and learning more about the local waterways.

If you are looking for accommodation during your fishing vacation in the Pelican State, Reel Livin’ Charters offer a 6 bedroom lodge in peaceful rural surroundings. There is a beautiful pool in the grounds and freshly cooked meals are provided in the all-inclusive rate.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Inshore Bay And Lake Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    The trip starts first thing in the morning after breakfast, when you will meet the captain. Then you will start to work areas where there is abundant bait fish and birds are feeding on fish. Fishing takes places in the Empire/Buras area, where target fish are Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder and some Bass in the east area of the river. Trips last 6 to 8 hrs.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Express bay (Skiff) originally built in 2015. Powered by a 200HP yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 52 knots.

24 ft
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Bottom Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License Included


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 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 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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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:
American Express
Bank Transfer

About the Captain

Carol Lecompte
Buras, Louisiana, United States
Member since December 2015
Capt. Carol LeCompte owns and operates Reel Livin' Charters. Born and raised in the marshes of south Louisiana, Mr. Carol has devoted his life to fishing the area. Over the years working the oil field around Buras and Venice, Carol has learnt that you can never know enough about fishing, and that the worst day of fishing is still better than a good day at work! The area's abundant fishery means catching fish is an everyday thing. The river tides bring fish to the area constantly, just leaving you to know where the fish are in order to get a catch.

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