Pelican State Fishing Charters

(10) Just booked!
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
    Just booked!
      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

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: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

4.73 out of 5 stars from 10 reviews

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Great time with family.  Had a hard time finding fish but Captain Dave was working awful hard trying to.  Ended up doing ok.  Would do it again.

Fished May 20, 2018
David Terese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 23, 2018

Thanks Micheal glad y’all had a good time and made family memories.

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My sister and I had the best time fishing with Dave during our very short time in New Orleans. He knew the waters, he worked his ass off to put us on fish and made our time on the water the highlight of our visit. The conversation and banter was unmatched. He went way above and beyond any expectations we had for a very memorable experience. We will definitely be back and I would highly recommend this charter to anyone looking for the best fishing experience in the New Orleans region, lots of laughs, good company, and he makes a decent sandwich too ;) Thanks again Dave!! See you soon -Kay and Jess

Fished May 17, 2018
David Terese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 20, 2018

Thanks Kay and Jess hope to fish with y’all again. Good luck getting back to work and starting a new career.
  Captain Dave

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Captain Dave put us on a good trout bite right away in the morning, but then the bayou shut down.  It didn’t seem like anyone was doing much good.  Dave put in extra time and at the end of the day found a honey hole of Bull Redfish that we hammered them in.  The trip was a blast, and left with a nice pile of fish.  Highly recommended.

Fished March 3, 2018
David Terese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 9, 2018

Thanks Spencer,
  Glad y’all were able to experience the thrill of catching your first Redfish.
Hope to see you and Garrett again soon.
    Captain Dave.

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