Join Pelican State Fishing Charters to go inshore fishing in the Batartaria Basin marsh system. Located close to New Orleans, they offer diverse fishing trips around Lafitte and Barataria. Captain David Terese has been fishing the South Louisiana marsh systems for over 40 years, so you can be sure he knows all the best fishing spots.

Capt. Dave chose the 23’ Ranger saltwater fishing boat because of its smooth ride. The boat is powered by a 225 HP Honda engine and 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 5 anglers.

The crew primarily fishes with artificial lures, although you are welcome to fish with live bait at an extra cost. They use Penn reels and All Star rods. Any fish you decide to keep will be cleaned and filleted for you free of charge at the end of the day.

These are very fish-rich waters, so there’s a variety of species you can target. You’ll test your angling skills against creatures like Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead, and Black Drum, 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. All you need to bring is your lunch and a valid Louisiana fishing license.

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

Come and explore these prolific waters off the coast of Louisiana, and have the fishing adventure of a lifetime!



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  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    US $650
    On this trip, you'll spend 6 hours fishing for inshore species – Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Bass, Drum, and Sheepshead in and around Lafitte/Barataria basin.
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4.8 / 5
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Fred B.
Hammond, LA
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6 hr trip with Capt Dave

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on August 21, 2023
Absolutely the best trip this is the second charter that I’ve had with Capt Dave and it was awesome it was my daughters 15...
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Captain Dave is the best!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Three Anglers on September 5, 2022
We had an amazing time fishing with Captain Dave. We told him we wanted to target big fish for catch and release, and he delivered...
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VERIFIED   Special 6 hours trip for Thi Bui on April 16, 2022
My family had the best Easter with a fishing charter with Captain Steven. It was a spur of the moment trip, but Captain David...
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Stephan W.
Southaven, MS
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Half day trip w/ Capt Dave

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Five Anglers on March 19, 2021
As is typically our luck when we book events like this, the weather was less than optimal. The day started cold and windy…and...
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Christine B.
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on January 16, 2021
I got this as a Christmas present for my husband. We went with our 2 sons, ages 15 and 20. We are not experienced with fishing...
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FAQs about Pelican State Fishing Charters

Pelican State Fishing Charters offers the following trip to customers:
  • US $550 per group, additional US $100 per person after 1 guest - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Pelican State Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well At customers request and expense
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box
  • Radio

Trips booked with Pelican State Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

Pelican State Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing (Bayous and small ponds lakes)

Pelican State Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Pelican State Fishing Charters include:
  • Alligator Gar
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Black Drum
  • Catfish
  • Crab
  • Flounder
  • Freshwater Drum
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Speckled Trout
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Weakfish

Meet the Captain

David Terese
Barataria, Louisiana, United States
ID & license verified
69 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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.

About this listing

Targeted species

Alligator Gar Alligator Gar
Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Black Drum Black Drum
Catfish Catfish

Boat specs

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

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Backcountry Fishing
Bayous and small ponds lakes

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
At customers request and expense
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Radio

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks

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
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2.5% charge will apply.

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