Louisiana Offshore Fishing Charters

Louisiana Offshore Fishing Charters

Best Offshore Fishing Charters in Louisiana

Top Offshore Fishing Charters in Louisiana

Offshore Fishing in Louisiana

When it comes to bluewater fishing, the Gulf of Mexico is the be-all and end-all for this part of the US. Three words can sum up the overall Louisiana experience — absolutely the best! When you’re only a dozen miles out from actual blue water (going from the South Pass area), you know you’ve stumbled onto something special.

In addition to having a reputation for being a Yellowfin Tuna paradise, offshore fishing in Louisiana has so much more to offer. Whether it’s billfish like Blue and White Marlin, Swordfish, and Sailfish, or delicious bottom feeders like Red, Snowy, or Scamp Grouper, there’s no better place to be on the Gulf Coast than here.

What to Expect from an Offshore Fishing Trip

There are two big reasons why Louisiana is such a hot place for bluewater anglers. The first one is the Mississippi River. It provides plenty of nutrients to keep the baitfish population thriving, leading to various predators sticking around. The second reason is simple - oil rigs. Lots of ‘em. Constructed after World War II, these massive structures attract a multitude of reef species like Snapper, Amberjack, Grouper, Cobia, Barracuda, and more.

Taking advantage of these wonderful conditions are two major deep sea fishing hotspots - Venice and Grand Isle. A decades-long rivalry exists between these two hubs for offshore fishing. Whichever ends up on your list, you won’t be mistaken.

Venice does have a slight edge in that it’s right next to the Mississippi River, and very close to where it meets North America’s continental shelf. This means you’ve got upwards of 1,000’ depths within arms reach. Welcome to the “End of the World,” hope you enjoy your stay!

When to go Offshore Fishing in Louisiana

What you fish for depends on the time of year you leave Louisiana's swampy shores behind you. While you can go after Yellowfins at pretty much any time of the year, other offshore species aren’t so cooperative. If you’re looking to hook some billfish, then be ready for a summer trip. Nothing beats getting the better of a Swordfish on a hot June day. White Marlin fishing will usually stay strong until mid-fall, so you’ve got a degree of flexibility as well. Be sure to pay attention to when the season opens up for Red Snapper and Gag Grouper because fishing for those is restricted until around June, with regulations changing annually.

Fishing Techniques

If you’re here for the Tuna — a fair assumption to make — you have several ways of dealing with the beautiful Yellowfin. Trolling with dead bait or cedar plugs is the standard way of going about it. Don’t forget chunking, as it’s one of the most effective ways of getting the full attention of most Tuna.

Trolling is also a good way to tackle Marlin as well, especially if you’ve got some live bait ready. They’re usually found near weed lines, and you’ll easily see them if the weather is good. This is why many captains visit the closer rigs first to stock up on bait and then head off for the real fight.

For those in the market for some delicious bottom-dwelling fish, a visit to the old rigs is all it takes, especially during Red Snapper season. Just remember that a big Snapper needs big bait. Try double hooking a 7’ long Mackerel fillet and see the results for yourself. Be sure to use a standard monofilament line, because you’ll need some stretch in order to land a big red one. Otherwise, the hook will fall out if the Snapper jerks hard enough, and you’re out of a prize catch.

There’s enough variety here to satisfy a wide variety of fishing preferences. If you’re interested in at least one of the species mentioned in this guide, do yourself a favor and check out the deep blue.

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Reviews of Fishing in Offshore Fishing in Louisiana

Red snapper fishing
Vincent M. fished with Captain Morgan Charters on July 22, 2021
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Ask the research living accommodations and ask the the Captain about living accommodations Ask about fishing license
Full day with Captain Matt
Shawn O. fished with Gills & Bills Guide Service on July 21, 2021
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Be sure to apply lots of sunscreen, wear a large brimmed hat, and long sleeve fishing shirt to protect from the sun. If you have issues tolerating extreme heat, bring shammies.
Best Fishing Trip Ever!
Carl S. fished with Got To Fish on July 9, 2021
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Come ready to catch fish and have a great time.
Half of Day,Sunday 4/30/21
Linda J. fished with Platinum Fishing Charters– Calcasieu Lake on May 30, 2021
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Right now,our Weather condition is horrible.
Full Day of Fishing with Captain Raymond
Herman K. fished with Gills & Bills Guide Service on September 13, 2019
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Book Gills and Bills Guide Service , True professionals .
Great Bachelor Party!
Robert M. fished with Jean Lafitte Harbor Charters - 30' on July 27, 2019
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Take sunscreen or wear long sleeve shirts. Be prepared for weather.
Full day with Capt. Donnie
Clinton L. fished with Tails Up Offshore Fishing Charters on July 5, 2019
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Be kind and tip your boat crew!! Bring plenty of drinks!!!
Great trip!
Anna S. fished with Victory Bay Charters on July 5, 2019
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It's good in the morning and possibly evening but once it's hot they stop biting. Hydrate early and often. It was recommended to go October thru January for speckled trout.

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