Louisiana Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Louisiana Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Louisiana

Deep Sea Fishing in Louisiana

The deep sea fishing Louisiana has to offer is as varied as it is productive. When you think deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, you typically assume you have to head out hundreds of miles from shore – this isn’t the case in Southern LA.

There are three main reasons for the excellent fishing. Southern LA is the closest landmass to the drop off in the Gulf of Mexico, which plays host to many deep sea predators just beyond the continental shelf. Secondly, these waters are home to over 3,700 oil rigs which draw scores of bait fish to them, followed closely by their predators. Lastly, the legendary Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico, bringing along plenty of nutrients, which also attract bait fish… and where there are baitfish, the big boys of the deep are sure to be, too.

What to Catch

Deep sea fishing is all about pelagic predators. The most famous species here is the Yellowfin Tuna. Other species include White and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and Wahoo. Night fishing charters will see you targeting Swordfish, too. Catching these mighty beasts is all about glory, while bottom fishing in the deep for a variety of Snappers and Groupers is a chance to bring home unbeatable table fare.

Where to Go

Anglers in Louisiana don’t have to travel far to get to the best deep sea fisheries. Top destinations include Venice, Grand Isle, and the many oil rigs throughout the Gulf of Mexico. You can access superb deep sea fishing from the port at Buras and at Golden Meadow.

Venice

Venice is a top example of deep sea fishing close to shore. The continental shelf is a short ride from the mouth of the Mississippi River, which means you can reach 1,000’ depths in no time. This close proximity to deep water is the reason why Venice is famous for big game fishing.

Midnight Lump

Fifty miles from the shores of Venice sits the world-famous Midnight Lump. Officially called the Sackett Bank, this is a top feeding spot for migrating Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna. This reef hits various depths quickly – on its south side it hit 400 feet, compared to 200’ at the center and 300’ on the north side. Fish here can reach huge sizes – no wonder it’s one of the most fished spots in the Gulf of Mexico. As well as Tuna over 150 pounds, you’ll also target Marlin, Wahoo, Amberjack, and more.

Spend your trip here trolling or vertical jigging – either way, you’ll reel in trophy fish year-round. The prime season is between December to March, so head out early to catch the best spots. Longer trips are best to fully appreciate this fishery – choose a 12 hour or overnight trip to make the most out of your time.

Grand Isle

Grand Isle can rival even Venice’s deep sea fishing. Here you can wet your line in deep water just 12 miles from shore. Species you can target include Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and Yellowfin Tuna. There is always a prolific species to fish.

Oil Platforms

These massive structures have dominated the skyline for years now. Although they can be controversial, under the water they have created ideal habitats for multiple species. The top spots to hit out here are Green Canyon and Mississippi Canyon in the deeper waters. You’ll be further out than the other fishers, up to 100 miles, but the fishing is well worth the journey. Target Marlin, Blackfin and Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mako Shark, Amberjack, and Mahi Mahi in depths of 1,000 feet.  

Flower Gardens

Between the border of Louisiana and Texas, and 100 miles offshore, you’ll find the “Flower Gardens.” This is the only living coral reef in the western Gulf of Mexico and is home to 300 species of fish, including our favorite deep sea pelagics mentioned above. Catch big game here by trolling – remember to bring the right bait for the species you’d like to hook.

How to Fish

  • Each species has their favorite bait. For Marlin, use ballyhoo, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, or even Tuna. For Yellowfin Tuna, dead bait fishing and chunking are most effective.

  • The fish in the Gulf get big – use a 7’ heavy action trolling rod. Use monofilament line in the 100 lb range. You’ll need to use electric reels to get your line to depths of 1,300 feet.

  • Due to the distances you need to travel to get to the fishing grounds off of Louisiana, deep sea fishing here is primarily for hardcore anglers. Long trips are the most popular, as the ride to the fishing grounds are long. Bring along plenty of energy drinks and layers – you’ll be out for a long time and won’t have a lot of time for sleeping!

When to Go

The deep sea fishing Louisiana offers is sure to impress year round. Head out around the time of the full moon for great results. Each species has its peak. Marlin is awesome from June onward, whereas Tuna is great from the very start of the year.

Make sure you purchase a license before you get to the marina. You’ll need a three-day non-resident license, as well as the Offshore Landing Permit for targeting Billfish, Swordfish, Tuna, and Amberjack. Check with your captain, this is usually included in the price of the charter.

A deep sea fishing trip is on every angler’s bucket list. Louisiana offers the deep sea benefits with the perks of not having a crazy-long ride out to these top fisheries.

Let the good times roll, or, as the Cajun locals say, “laissez les bons temps rouler!”

Louisiana
Excellent
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What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Louisiana

Long sleeve shirt pants and sunblock.conditions change so get sleep before you go. You will be tired at the end of the day .
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Long sleeve shirt pants and sunblock.conditions change so get sleep before you go. You will be tired at the end of the day .
Captain Frenchy
Captain Frenchy
Listen to your Captain. They are the expert. They know the water. The fish. The right bait and the right technique for fishing in Louisiana
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to your Captain. They are the expert. They know the water. The fish. The right bait and the right technique for fishing in Louisiana
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
The environment is beautiful, salt water species, some fresh water mixed in depending on salinity levels means you never know what you.may catch. The lakes and bayous are huge...dont forget bug spray ( though capt. Had some to use)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The environment is beautiful, salt water species, some fresh water mixed in depending on salinity levels means you never know what you.may catch. The lakes and bayous are huge...dont forget bug spray ( though capt. Had some to use)
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
The weather was windy and rough and our fish catching was 3 fish in the first 6 hours. The capt extended 3 more hours and we caught 18 more....it was a lot more fun in those 3 hours!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather was windy and rough and our fish catching was 3 fish in the first 6 hours. The capt extended 3 more hours and we caught 18 more....it was a lot more fun in those 3 hours!
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Weather was rough but the Capt was great. Wind and low pressure had us moving but Capt Jacob got the job done
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was rough but the Capt was great. Wind and low pressure had us moving but Capt Jacob got the job done
Louisiana Blast n Cast Charters
Louisiana Blast n Cast Charters
Come on down. This Captain will get you on fish and a pleasure to spend the day with
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come on down. This Captain will get you on fish and a pleasure to spend the day with
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Speck Dat Charters LLC
It’s a great time to go! We caught probably 100-120 fish (we lost count of the amount that we had to throw back).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s a great time to go! We caught probably 100-120 fish (we lost count of the amount that we had to throw back).
Marshland Adventures, LLC
Marshland Adventures, LLC
Absolutely, fishing with captain Brad made it so you just purchase your license (online, quick and easy) then show up and everything you need is there. Take a cooler if you plan on keeping it you can buy at the small shop at the dock.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely, fishing with captain Brad made it so you just purchase your license (online, quick and easy) then show up and everything you need is there. Take a cooler if you plan on keeping it you can buy at the small shop at the dock.
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Speck Dat Charters LLC
My recommendation is simply to call Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters. They will take care of you!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My recommendation is simply to call Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters. They will take care of you!
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Find a guide that understands your level of experience and works with you for your best outcome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a guide that understands your level of experience and works with you for your best outcome.
Captain Frenchy
Captain Frenchy
Make sure you know where you are going or be sure to get a guide like Bayou charters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you know where you are going or be sure to get a guide like Bayou charters.
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
This was our first time, and it was well worth it. Great spots, great fish, all inclusive, WAY better than any French Quarters tour!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first time, and it was well worth it. Great spots, great fish, all inclusive, WAY better than any French Quarters tour!!!
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Listen to the captain. Captain Clinton knew where to fish, how to fish the spot, and how to read the water for the best chance.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the captain. Captain Clinton knew where to fish, how to fish the spot, and how to read the water for the best chance.
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
Stay at the Grand Isle Marina Hotel! Book an inshore trip with Southern Anlers charters! Bring beer and sunscreen!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stay at the Grand Isle Marina Hotel! Book an inshore trip with Southern Anlers charters! Bring beer and sunscreen!
Southern Angler Fishing Charters – 22'
Southern Angler Fishing Charters – 22'
Get a local guide like Rich at Blue Line Charters to take you out and put you on fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a local guide like Rich at Blue Line Charters to take you out and put you on fish.
Blue Line Charter Service
Blue Line Charter Service
When fishing in March be prepared for cooler weather than reported in the weather app.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
When fishing in March be prepared for cooler weather than reported in the weather app.
Bayou Bowfishing Charters
Bayou Bowfishing Charters
Book with Speck dat Charters! Captain Brad will put you in the fish and take care of you!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Speck dat Charters! Captain Brad will put you in the fish and take care of you!!!
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Venice is not your typical family tourist stop. Lodging and food options are minimal. One of my favorite places because of this but, prepare accordingly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Venice is not your typical family tourist stop. Lodging and food options are minimal. One of my favorite places because of this but, prepare accordingly.
Louisiana Lagniappe Charters
Louisiana Lagniappe Charters
It used to be a great time to fish but it’s not like it used to be. If I was a first time angler I’d wait until October to fish for tuna behind the shrimp boats.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It used to be a great time to fish but it’s not like it used to be. If I was a first time angler I’d wait until October to fish for tuna behind the shrimp boats.
Salty Hooker SportFishing
Salty Hooker SportFishing
Bring warm clothes if the temperatures are below 50. The wind from the boat ride made it a cold ride.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring warm clothes if the temperatures are below 50. The wind from the boat ride made it a cold ride.
Reel Cajun Fishing
Reel Cajun Fishing

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