Pelican State Fishing Charters

4916 Fran Lane
Barataria LA, United States

Pelican State Charters are a USCG certified charter service that specialize in inshore saltwater fishing in the Batartaria Basin marsh system. Located just 40 minutes south of New Orleans, they are ideally situated to offer diverse fishing trips around Lafitte and Barataria.

The 23 ft Ranger boat was chosen by the captain because of its extremely smooth ride. The boat is powered by a 225 HP Honda engine and is equipped with a trolling motor and anchoring system to give you the best chance of catching a variety of inshore species. It also features a live bait tank and seating for up to five anglers.

Pelican State Charters primarily fish with artificial lures, and find Gulp!® lures particularly effective, although you are welcome to fish with live bait at an additional cost. They use Penn reels and All Star rods to fish for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder and other inshore species, depending on the season and the conditions on the day.

All rods, reels and terminal tackle that you will need throughout your trip are included in the price, and some snacks and drinks are also provided by the captain. Any fish you decide to keep will also be cleaned and filleted for you free of charge at the end of the day. All you need to bring is your lunch and a valid Louisiana fishing license.

Captain Dave will provide an informative and enjoyable trip for all levels of angler. Don’t forget to ask him for his blackened Redfish recipe before you go home!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 400
    up to 1 person
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    I fish for inshore species Redfish, Trout, Flounders, Bass, Drum, Sheepshead in an around Lafitte / Barataria basin.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum

Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Ranger bay (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2003, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 250HP Honda engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

24 ft
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing


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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
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:
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

About the Captain

David Terese
Barataria, Louisiana, United States
Member since February 2016
Captain Dave has been fishing the South Louisiana marsh systems for over 40 years. he started his charter business after bringing his friends fishing with him every weekend and making friends with many local fishing guides, who respected his fishing style and inspired him to become a USCG licensed charter captain himself.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

4.85 out of 5 stars from 18 reviews

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Captain Dave was awesome! He is very friendly and has tons of tips to catch lots of fish. We will request Dave for our future fishing charters.

Fished September 22, 2018
David Terese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on September 23, 2018

Thanks enjoy New Orleans see y’all again soon

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My first fishing trip with a guide. Captain Dave was awesome. Kept me in the fish. My arm was actually sore from catching so many fish. I highly recommend a trip with Captain Dave.

Fished September 19, 2018
David Terese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on September 21, 2018

Thanks Mark soak them arms in hot water lol

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Had a great day my son and I with Captain Dave, we had a little shower show up but captain Dave had that handled. We caught our limit of fish and beat the weather back to the dock for the fish cleaning. Awesome job we will make a trip we captain Dave when the trout start running. Thanks guys. We would like to get the pictures from captain Dave and the fishing trip so we can post them to friends. Thanks again!!

Fished August 19, 2018
David Terese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on August 21, 2018

Thanks Craig Sr and Jr for a fun day see y’all again soon

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