Charter Fishing Across The US
There are some really neat places to catch fish across the US. Salmon fishing charters are most often booked in the Northern Western Hemisphere, including in the states of Washington, Alaska, Montana and throughout Canada. Trout comes in many species (Rainbow, Brown, Cutthroat, etc.). They are found in Wyoming, Maryland, British Columbia.
Walleye, Pike, Rock Bass, Blue Gil, White Sturgeon, Crappie and Catfish are more examples of the freshwater fish you can specifically fish for. While you’re there, the family can have fun onshore seeing the sites, shopping or camping in a more relaxed environment.
But at the end of the day…if you want to do some REAL FISHING…Come to Louisiana!
Use a Fishing Guide
If you are looking for the fishing trip of a lifetime, we recommend using a professional fishing guide. They not only the terrain and waterways, but the best fishing spots and places to eat. Charter fishing can be an exciting vacation for the whole family or that private, personal excursion you need to get some well-earned “me time” and some pro-tips to boot!
Saltwater Fishing Charters
Not up to freshwater? How about some prime saltwater or brackish in the deep south of Louisiana, with some of the highest ranking fishing charters in the United States, including St. Bernard, Venice, Chauvin and Grand Isle?
“A broad expanse of the famed coastal marshes as well as dozens of saltwater bays and estuaries attract everything from Black Drum and Sheepshead to armies of Flounder, Tripletail and Croakers,”
“But to thousands of light tackle and fly enthusiasts alike, sight casting for Bull Redfish and topwater fishing for Speckled Sea Trout remain two of the most sought-after inshore objectives along the Pelican State’s barrier islands. For deep water fishing, you will want to catch the mighty yellowfin tuna. Add to that the unrivaled wildlife variety patrolling the lower Mississippi Delta or hiding among the oak and cypress trees, including dolphins, gators and pelicans!”
Who knew charter fishing had so much to offer? Sightseeing, learning, friendly competition and a day on the water, a unique fishing opportunity and some insights that may give that edge for your next fishing rodeo! Best of all, who doesn’t love fresh fish cooked outdoors? There is nothing quite like it.
Catching Giant Yelowfin Tuna and Swordfish in Louisiana
Fishing From Shore
Angling with just the basics, you can fish from a canoe in freshwater rivers, lakes or ponds, and even in saltwater backcountry estuaries. According to TakeMeFishing.org you can also shore fish from the shore of a river, lake or coastline and even paddle-board fish! Fishing nets have been used widely in the past, including by stone age societies, says Wikipedia.
Tools of the Trade
Monofilament line, less expensive than other lines and stretches to absorb shocks. Braid line is heavier, casts farther and lasts longer. Fluorocarbon Fishing Line is often used as leader material. It’s completely invisible underwater and very abrasion resistant, making it the perfect complement to braid.
Wire Fishing Line is another leader material that is used when fishing for toothy fish like mackerel and yellowfin tuna. Fly line comes in particular weights. These don’t reference the breaking strength, but instead the heaviness of the line, which needs to match up with the fly rod. Read more about leaders and lines at TakeMeFishing.org.
Deep Sea Fishing
Don’t forget there are other opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico to see exciting aquatic animals, even if you’re not one of the fishers!
“A radar image showing about 2.6 million birds arriving on the coast after a transgulf flight. There are 29 marine mammal species found in the Gulf of Mexico, including such icons as bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales, minke whales, sperm whales, and the West Indian manatee.”
According to the article, “As many as 49 shark species are known to inhabit the Gulf of Mexico, including Silky, Bull, Lemon, Oceanic whitetip, Dusky, Tiger, Thresher, several species of hammerhead, and even whale sharks, just to name a few!” As with many marine mammals and turtles, too many of these once populous species are now listed as threatened or endangered species off the coast of Louisiana. There are many historical shipwrecks in the gulf as well, numbering over 750 known wrecks. While many are from more recent wars, some date as far back as the 16th and 17th centuries.
Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico
There are four major industries in the Gulf of Mexico — fishing, shipping, tourism and of course, oil. But needless to say – Fishing is the most fun!
These four industries account for some $234 billion annually in economic activity, according to a 2007 study published by Texas A&M; University Press.
In 2008, over 24.1 million recreational fishing trips were made, catching 190 million fish from the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding waters.
Louisiana is also an important area for millions of migratory birds that fly across the Gulf of Mexico, which includes nearly all of the migratory landbird species of the eastern United States, as well as many western species. So, even if you think there’s not much to do on a charter fishing trip, you’re missing a world of exciting opportunities just waiting for you! Go ahead! See what you’ve been missing with charter fishing!