Captain
Chad Rudolph

Member since August 2015 Venice, United States
Background
Born into and raised by a family of fishermen in Venice, LA, Captain Chad has always been on the water growing up. Despite this, he claims that every trip is like his first day on the water. He wants you to experience why he's a fishing guide – that is, to put you on fish and to enjoy the beauty of the Mississippi Delta and the Gulf of Mexico.
Techniques
Seasonal live shrimp/croakers for big trout and bull redfish. Carolina rig for rig fishing snapper. Popping cork for inland fishing trout and young redfish. Pogies/dead shrimp for rig fishing.

Hey, I'm Captain Chad Rudolph

Venice, United States
Background
Born into and raised by a family of fishermen in Venice, LA, Captain Chad has always been on the water growing up. Despite this, he claims that every trip is like his first day on the water. He wants you to experience why he's a fishing guide – that is, to put you on fish and to enjoy the beauty of the Mississippi Delta and the Gulf of Mexico.
Techniques
Seasonal live shrimp/croakers for big trout and bull redfish. Carolina rig for rig fishing snapper. Popping cork for inland fishing trout and young redfish. Pogies/dead shrimp for rig fishing.
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Fishing Reports

Redfish on fire

July 30, 2020

Heath Mathews, his good friend and their boys. Poles bent all morning long. Nonstop action on nice slot reds and bull red mix. With sheepshead in the mix made a nice box of fish. Fish are on fire. Red… Read Full Report →


August Redfish and sheepshead

July 27, 2020

Jackson family In competition on this fishing vacation. Mary and mom got so far ahead that the Joes got left behind on the reds. Sheepshead was an all team effort. Mary got the big red. It was worth the… Read Full Report →


Triple smash red snapper, trout, reds

July 05, 2020

Tyler and Patrick first time in Venice, La. Red snapper/ Redfish/ Speckled Trout trio. Nice getting three in one trip. Little window of opportune with the showers coming again. Made another fun day of adventure, fishing and fellowship. Read Full Report →


Trout, redfish, sheepshead haul

June 26, 2020

Doug Estep and friends on a redfish/ speckled trout charter. Nice bull reds and sheepshead in the mix. Weather has been beautiful and the fishing is incredible In Venice, Louisiana. Read Full Report →


Boat loads of fish!

June 19, 2020

Robert, Dawn and Kaylen non stop fishing action. Bull reds, red snapper, five foot black tip sharks wore dem arms out today! Nice 22-24” trout, slot reds and a 20lb triple tail. What another incredible day of fishing and… Read Full Report →


Two days of catching redfish / red snapp

June 12, 2020

Thomas and Terry and the boys. Redfish both days and Red Snapper to finish up the last day. Bull reds with a slot red/ sheepshead mix. Two great days of fishing and fellowship in Venice, La. Read Full Report →


SO MUCH FISH!!!!!!!

June 11, 2020

Thomas and Terry back for more redfish action. They brought the boys this time and whacked em. Tossed back many bull reds as the slot reds kept us busy. Day two tomorrow, red snapper on the fishing list. Read Full Report →


Greatest fish catch ever!!!!

June 02, 2020

Daniel Flynn from Arkansas day 1 of three days loading up on 11 species of fish off of one near shore rig and rock jetties. Biggest triple tail, pompano, redfish, speckled trout, rock grouper, drumfish, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, tossed… Read Full Report →


Red snapper / redfish comb

May 25, 2020

Red Snapper/Redfish charters with Southern Access Charters out of Venice, La. Windy but doable at the right spot. Wacked em early good timing to avoid evening showers. Poles were bending all morning on red snapper and nice redfish. A… Read Full Report →


Red snapper / redfish charter

May 24, 2020

Sam, Dan and son from Texas on a Red Snapper/Redfish charter. Gave em the works today. Wore them arms out on fish! Limited on snapper and reds before 9:AM And finished the trip catching and releasing Bull Reds and… Read Full Report →


Redfish / specked trout charter

May 22, 2020

Had the Edward’s family for Bart with Venice Sportsman’s Lodge SWC. Ordered up a Redfish/Trout day and to be in by noon. Fish cooperated and gave this family an incredible day of fishing and back on time. Fun catching… Read Full Report →


Red snapper / redfish near shore charter

May 17, 2020

Jayson and Meagan from Denham Springs, La. Got in on the Red Snapper opening today. Every drop Snapper were fast and furious. Just a little ways back inland we caught and released so many redfish after we had limited… Read Full Report →


Red snapper/ redfish combo

May 17, 2020

Red Snapper/Redfish charters with Southern Access Charters out of Venice, La. Windy but doable at the right spot. Wacked em early good timing to avoid evening showers. Poles were bending all morning on red snapper and nice redfish. A… Read Full Report →


Venice Trout / Redfish

May 17, 2020

The Ward family down from Georgia looking for Venice Trout. ? plus. Could have brought a boat load home. Left em biting to crank in nice redfish. Took em back to the dock for 12:00 before the rain came.… Read Full Report →


Redfish, trout, mangroves, sheepshead, L

May 10, 2020

Greg and Mindy said, “since there is starting to be a shortage of meats,” let’s load up on fish. They had a great grocery run today. And the shelf was loaded with a good mix of variety. Bull reds… Read Full Report →


Trout and redfish combo

May 01, 2020

John Hope group, the dynamic trio. As always we had a blast again together! Love these guys. Those bull reds wear em out every time. Nice trout, limits of reds and fellowship. What a way to crank up the… Read Full Report →


Redfish / Trout Mix

April 27, 2020

Matt, Mark and Sky back for more trout and redfish action in Venice, La. Steady trout bite early then off to the redfish action. Sky handled up on two of her first bull reds. Slot red action to finish… Read Full Report →


Bull red / speckled trout Day

April 26, 2020

Daniel and Meagan on an all out Bull Red day with a speckled trout ending! Catching and releasing many nice bull reds today. Venice, La. What a beautiful day! Read Full Report →


Bull Reds all day long

April 26, 2020

Daniel and Meagan on an all out Bull Red day. Every stop was bull red non stop action in Venice, Louisiana. Read Full Report →


Bull reds all day long

April 26, 2020

Daniel and Meagan on an all out Bull Red fishing trip Venice, Louisiana. Bull reds were at every stop peeling out line. Happy customers, had a great time Daniel and Meagan. Read Full Report →


Take a kid fishing

April 20, 2020

Took my youngest Kacey out on a yellow mouth run in Yellow Cotton. She wouldn’t let me rest wanting a redfish though! Venice, La. come get ya some! Read Full Report →


Kids on redfish

April 17, 2020

My littlest Kacey taking on redfish rather than Orlando for some family time today. Casting, jigging and hooking them redfish on her own. Go girl! Redfish family day! We still booking trips in Venice, La. Read Full Report →


March ending 2020

April 01, 2020

Last photos March ending 2020. Every trip we loaded up on redfish and sheepshead. Rock Jettys, rigs, and cane reeds in the marsh. Read Full Report →


Redfish and sheepshead Workout!

February 28, 2020

Derian group back for more action. New addition Sam had a blast. Read Full Report →


Redfish/sheepshead never ending

January 16, 2020

Jack Trudeau back again. Nice run of redfish with sheepshead for a meat haul. Mississippi River is up and have the fish piled up at the gulfs edge. It only gets better leading up to spring time. Read Full Report →


Micky’s Biggest redfish

January 13, 2020

Loaded up on redfish and sheepshead all week this month January. Mickey from Kentucky pulled in his biggest redfish on this trip and we caught it on video. Read Full Report →


Redfish year round

January 13, 2020

Mick and friends from Kentucky. Steady bite all morning catch and release on bull reds and keeping nice slot reds. Nice haul of sheepshead to put in a good days work with some new friends. Read Full Report →


Red Gold this week in January

January 04, 2020

Redfish action with Franks group from Alabama. Nice bulls and slot redfish mix on a cool windy day. Fished calm nice waters behind the cane reeds. Nice and cozy with redfish taking line. Winter redfishing! Read Full Report →


Venice red snapper and more

December 06, 2019

Red snapper season in Venice, La open through December 31. Last trips have been incredible along with bull reds and sheepshead. Read Full Report →


Trout and reds on fire

August 25, 2019

Mississippi River height has dropped and when that happens the speckled trout and redfish get a huge appetite! This week has been incredible. Groups of guys having the fishing time of their lives. Fishing will continue to get better… Read Full Report →


Bull Reds are in

August 06, 2019

Catch and release on Bull Reds and Jack Crevalles. Catch and release on many slot reds and sheepshead as per customers request. Fun Day! Read Full Report →


Trout and reds on fire

August 03, 2019

Passed 3 days trout have turned on. Passed three days 300 trout caught, 100 per day 4 man limits with limits of redfish. River is dropping, clearing up and fish are on fire. August is staring out to be… Read Full Report →


Limits of trout

July 30, 2019

Scott Sebastian and friends on a fast one hundred limit out trout trip with slots and bull reds. River is clearing up, water is right and the trout are in feeding mode! Read Full Report →


Snapper, redfish and much more

July 17, 2019

Red Snapper, mangrove Snapper, redfish, trout and much more shallow rig fishing is on fire in Venice Louisiana. It’s a very easy task at this time to head out and catch 60-100 fish in a variety. Rig fishing is… Read Full Report →


Schools of Bull Redfish

May 04, 2019

Two days catch and release bull reds with Todd(Veternarian) from California. Schools of bulls coming in hungry! A little step out more and red snapper await the season opener this month of May 24. Nice red snapper caught and… Read Full Report →


Speckled Trout / Bull Reds

April 28, 2019

Larry Smith And His boys from Texas. Early morning start on trout. Bull reds for family pictures all day long. Sheepshead to slot reds to finish off the meat haul. Weather was beautiful. Day two was the same. Spring… Read Full Report →


Fishing Party!

April 06, 2019

A fishing birthday party! Robert made 8 today and celebrated his birthday fishing with his dad John IIII and friends Noles and Vihaan. With a couple of first time struggles, help and action we had young 8 yr old… Read Full Report →


Catching piles of fish!!!

March 29, 2019

Darius, LT and Joseph from Texas never saw it coming. Never seen or caught so many fish. Caught and released many bull reds today. Limits of slot reds in the mix of a pile of sheepshead. More than enough… Read Full Report →


Fish are piling up in venice

March 25, 2019

Day 1 Carl/Caleb family and friends back for another meat haul. What an incredible day of fishing and just being out on the Gulf of Mexico. Lines bent all day with fish at every stop. 20-30 bull reds caught… Read Full Report →


What a pile of Fish!!!!

March 20, 2019

Day 1 with Wayne, his dad and son from Jackson, Florida. Getting all the quality time he can get with his dad on some big reds and sheepshead. That he got today. His dad was reeling and smiling. He… Read Full Report →


March Bull Reds

March 11, 2019

Joey and Tammy from Texas wanted big redfish. They did not want any small redfish. I took em on a bull red course with sheepshead mix. 30 plus bull reds. Tammy’s biggest at 40 plus lb’s. Catching and release… Read Full Report →


March redfish/sheepshead combo

March 10, 2019

Michael and his boys on some redfish action. Even the five year old grandson stayed busy today. More reds and sheepshead than you can handle. Read Full Report →


February Redfish, drumfish, sheepshead t

February 02, 2019

Two days loading up Kelly and Bobby again with nice redfish, drum and sheepshead trio. Toss and release on many bull reds. Warming up again and the fish are too. Read Full Report →


Redfish, drumfish, sheepshead trio Febru

February 01, 2019

Miciah Lambright traded Indiana snow for a beautiful day of fishing in the Gulf. Redfish and so much more. Even a nice triple tail to put the icing on the cake. Enjoying more time with our friends the Lambright’s… Read Full Report →


December reds and sheepshead

December 18, 2018

Group for Johnathon from Georgia on a morning cast before an evening blast. We had some first time redfishing aboard today. They got a taste of it all. Bull reds taking drag with a sheepshead mix. Nice 25-26” slot… Read Full Report →


October redfish

September 29, 2018

Today we got into schools of bullreds and slot redfish. Jamie’s group from Georgia had a great time handling up on 50 plus bull redfish and many slot redfish. Read Full Report →


Rod bending August Redfish action

August 26, 2018

Blue water shipping company had some friends from Japan fishing with us in Venice, Louisiana. Schools of 18”-26” slot reds near shore along the rock jetties fast and early. Then a few yards off the beach at the end… Read Full Report →


“BIG” Redfish Birthday wish

August 25, 2018

Saturday, Buddy Mansfield’s son had a birthday wish. To fish Venice, Louisiana “BIG” Redfish. Wish come true from start in the morning on nice slot reds. Nice day in the gulf at the end of the Mississippi. Last hour… Read Full Report →


August with Sonny Ho family

August 22, 2018

Sunny Ho and family from New York. They wanted to take home a large variety of fish. They love bottom rig fishing and inland redfishing along the passes and rock jetties. Taking home the whole fish is their tradition… Read Full Report →


Redfish/Redsnapper March

March 14, 2017

Sonny and family left the snow in Chicago to warmer weather in Venice, Louisiana. Nice on the water with plenty red fish and red snapper in the box. Mix of sheepshead and varietys of fish. What a trip and… Read Full Report →


June trout, red/mangrove snapper combo

June 22, 2016

Incredible fishing day catching 70 specks in less than an hour. Then ten minutes to the rigs we hit up on big red snapper and mangroves in one spot. Non stop action and done before 11:am. Typical June end… Read Full Report →


Speckled trout piled up

June 08, 2016

George and wife had a speckled trout mayhem today. As fast as the lines would hit the water we were tossing em in the boat. Laughter in the air, nice and cool cloud cover and a boat load of… Read Full Report →


Pompano redfish day

May 24, 2016

Pompano and redfish were in full force with Kelly today. Rods were bending on every cast along with drum and sheepshead. What a beautiful day and fishing. Read Full Report →


Snapper / redfish

May 21, 2016

A red snapper red fish day with Mr. Joe. They were wore out on snapper alone. Great day on Saturday. Read Full Report →


GATOR TROUT / RED SNAPPER

May 18, 2016

Bill from Texas with friends from Baton Rouge, La. Fished with us today. Early limits of 18 plus lb red snapper. Trout started slow with a couple of 3-4 pounders. Then a pair of bull redfish. Then like magic… Read Full Report →


Specks, Snapper, Redfish in May

May 06, 2016

Speckled trout, red snapper, redfish on every guided trip. The poles have been bent over, hands gripping rods and laughter on the faces. All trips past week have been incredible. The weather is incredible and the fishing is incredible.… Read Full Report →


Speckled Trout early April end

April 27, 2016

Enjoyed the past three days guiding customers on their own 27' Blackwood. Two man limits of speckled trout and plenty bull redfish to top off the trips. Weather and water is nice, trout are on fire with all the… Read Full Report →


April Venice fishing

April 09, 2016

Five straight days of April fishing non stop action. Big redfish 8-40lb, 18-22lb red snapper, mangrove snapper, drum/sheepshead, flounder. Fish action is incredible. New Mexico group three days of different locations, different scenery and lots of fish. Shreveport La.… Read Full Report →


March, the best fishing month

March 05, 2016

Four days of boat loads of fish out of Venice, La. March madness, the fish are piled up and taking lines every stop all over the gulf. Kevin and Mr George picked day one for reds and sheepshead and… Read Full Report →


Red Snapper / Redfish/ sheepshead

February 22, 2016

Big 20 pound Red Snapper less than a mile inland in 30ft of water. Insane catching big Lemon Sharks and bull reds too. Sooo many red snapper at every stop. Red fish and drumfish inland on windy days. Sheepshead… Read Full Report →


Winter Red Snapper/Redfish

January 25, 2016

Monday and Tuesday were open windows of nice weather for big red snapper and redfish less than 4 miles on our inland charters. Mr Darrel and Shane from Texas has a blast. This weekend starting Friday we have openings… Read Full Report →


Winter Red Snapper

January 14, 2016

In between cold fronts there are great windows of opportunity to catch big red snapper less than 5 miles from shore. Last three groups on Ducks and red snapper combo 3 days in a row. Duck season is now… Read Full Report →


October specks are here

October 25, 2015

Caught 75 speckled trout fifteen minutes from the dock. Insane, as fast as we put our lines down trout were on. Big redfish yesterday and a small window today with the rains on the way and put all limits… Read Full Report →


October Red Fish Fury

October 03, 2015

Break of dawn cloudy and cool. Live croaker in the Mississippi River 30lb plus red fish stripping on the drop. Nonstop action tossing in Big Reds for blacken red fish and half shell grillings. Then a stop by the… Read Full Report →


September red fish fury

September 26, 2015

Red fish on fire and furious bite first stop. Ten chasing another as we reel them in. Incredible. Even the kids can cast, catch and reel em in. Easy, fast and fun. All size reds tossed on the boat.… Read Full Report →


They wanted BIG FISH!!!!

August 31, 2015

Tom from Arkansas struck out on an offshore trip. At the last minute we cross paths and they are set on an inshore trip. They wanted big fish, no small fish. Water was like glass, big tarpon running the… Read Full Report →


Big reds in calm waters

August 26, 2015

Gary and Mike from Texas fishing Big Redfish in calm waters with us. Strong NE wind, first cool front of the year and Bull reds are on fire. Then we put it on the young reds with a light… Read Full Report →

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Joe C.
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Great trips with Captain Chad. Had to work around rain storms & weather, but he hustled all day long to find fish. We had...
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VERIFIED   March 6, 2020
We had an awesome day of fishing. A cold front moved in the day before our trip and it was 50 degrees and the the wind was...
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VERIFIED   March 4, 2020
We had a great time fishing with Chad.  He was very helpful and accommodating especially with the ladies in our group. ...
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VERIFIED   February 2, 2020
Omg, what a very fun filled and exciting fishing trip with Capt. Chad. He’s punctual, respectful and very experience guide.....
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VERIFIED   August 30, 2019
Great outfitter. Had a full day with Capt Chad Rudolph. Weather front moved in the night before we went out and the fish weren’t...
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