FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why Charter a fishing trip?
Fishing with a Professional Licensed Guide is totally different from venturing out on your own. Most guides spend anywhere from 30 to 40 hours a week on the water fishing with clients or scouting for areas holding fish to bring clients to. This time that we spend on the water increases our odds of finding fish dramatically over fisherman that have limited time on the water. Professional guides are no different from any other professional. This is an occupation just like any other. We put in a lot more than the 30 to 40 hours we spend out on the water, most of this other time is spent studying maps, tide tables, and weather reports. We also have preparation time getting the boat and the equipment ready for our clients to use. This extra work we put in sets us apart from the normal everyday fisherman, it’s what makes us professionals. Fishing is never a guarantee, but fishing with a professional guide is the closest you will ever get to a guarantee in fishing. We may not limit out on every trip but we catch fish about 98% of the time, and limits of fish about 80% of the time. Our goal is for our clients to have a great fishing trip with lots of excitement and to make sure we do it all safely.
What is provided?
At Duvalle’s Cajun Charters we supply all our clients with the fishing equipment that they will need to make their fishing trip a success. We supply all the bait, rods and reels that you will need.
We use spinning rod and reels on most of our trips. Most people have used a spinning rod before, and if not I can teach them how in a short time. If you have your favorite rod and reel and feel the need to bring it feel free to do so. Be mindful the space on board is limited and Duvalle’s Cajun Charters is not responsible for your personal equipment. We do not allow personal tackle boxes on board because of limited space. We will have plenty enough terminal (hooks, corks, sinkers, etc.) tackle on board to make the trip a success.
Bait used will vary from live shrimp, small live fish, dead shrimp, etc. Live bait will be subject to availability. Artificial baits will vary from soft plastic jigs on the bottom, or 12 -24 inches under a float to hard plastic baits such as topwater, swim baits, jerk baits. etc.
Fishing techniques change depending on water and weather conditions. This will be explained while fishing.
We will also provide two ice chest on board. One for fish and other for food and drinks.
What do I need to bring?
First and most importantly you will need your Louisiana fishing license.
You will also need to provide food, drinks, sunscreen, sunglasses, an ice chest to bring cleaned fish home, camera, and any medication you may need.
Finally, you will need to sign and complete the Payment Agreement and the Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form. You must have the Payment Form with you the day you board. The Accident Waiver may be printed out, or, if you would like, fill out the form on the Waiver page.
Where will we be fishing?
Places that we fish will also vary to where the fish most plentiful. We will fish mostly East of the Mississippi River to the Mississippi State line from Slidell South to the Gulf of Mexico. This area would consist of Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne, Shell Beach, Delacroix, out to the Chandeleur Islands.
What types of fish?
Fish that we target are Redfish (red drum), Speckled Trout (spotted sea trout), and Flounder but we catch many other species of game fish such as Black Drum, Sheepshead, and Large Mouth Bass. (We specialize in Redfish and Speckled Trout.)
Do I need a fishing license?
Fishing Licenses are required to fish in the State Of Louisiana waters by anyone 16 and over. We fish in brackish and saltwater so basic and saltwater licenses are required. You can purchase your license online at wlf.louisiana.gov (go to License and Permits) or you can call 1-888-765-2602. If you choose to purchase the 3 day Charter Boat License you may need my Charter Boat License information. (Calvin F. Duvalle Lic#476337)
Fishing Licenses are also sold at almost every Sporting Goods store in Louisiana. If you need help obtaining a fishing license we can help.
- If you are a resident of the state of Louisiana you can purchase a Louisiana resident license or you can purchase a three-day charter boat license to fish on a chartered trip with a Licensed Captain.
- For anyone that is a non-resident of The State of Louisiana they can purchase a non-resident license, but I recommend that they purchase the three-day charter boat license to fish on a chartered trip with a Licensed Captain. (The 3-day license is the cheapest way to go).