November - December
We will start the morning meeting at the boat ramp early in the morning. The run out averages about 30 minutes, depending on where we head. The commute is usually filled with a variety of birds and other wildlife, as well as some remarkable views. Typically we will be sight fishing in 1-3 feet of water. Redfish are the main target but we will also target Black Drum and Sheepshead. Louisiana is famous for its bull Redfish (sexually mature Redfish over 27 inches long), which return to the marsh from the gulf during these months to feed on the abundant shrimp, crab and baitfish that live in the shallow, warm waters. Redfish are a great saltwater target with a fly rod because they provide spectacular visuals, are not the spookiest of flats game fish and love to inhale well presented fly. Sheepshead are the cajun permit, very spooky and finicky but extremely fun to try to fool with a fly. Black Drum tail just like redfish and grow to enormous sizes making them very fun to target. Other species you might encounter are Alligator Gar, Sea Trout and even Largemouth Bass.
Louisiana Marsh Guided Trip Rates
Full day $600 1-2 anglers (Everything included except fishing license, Food, drinks and Guide gratuity).
Half day $500 1-2 anglers.
Group trips available.
Deposit of 50% taken upon booking. If the trip is cancelled due to weather or before 30 days then the deposit will be returned. If the trip is cancelled within 30 days of trip the deposit will be held.
We accept cash, checks as well as all major credit cards. 3.5% processing fee will be added to all credit card purchases.
What to bring on your Guided Trip:
Fishing license. You can purchase a license online HERE and save money since your going out with a charter captain by purchasing a “RS/NR Charter pass 3 day”.
Food, drinks and water for the day (plenty of cooler space on the boat).
Good polarized sunglasses are a must for spotting fish. Amber lens is ideal for most conditions.
Hat with brim to help block sunlight.
Warm layers such as long underwear and jackets. Don't be shy about bringing layers, it gets cold and there is plenty of room on the boat.
Waterproof layers (both jacket and pants) are important in case of rain and chop while commuting from spot to spot.
Face tubes and thin gloves are recommended for sun and bugs
Rods and reels provided but if you want to bring your own:
Rods: 8-10 wt rods are suitable. 9wt is the best all around.
Fly line: Floating Line (Scientific Anglers Cold water redfish line is my go to)
If you are a spin gear person, a 3000 series reel on a 7′ 6″ medium to medium-heavy rod with a fast action tip and 10 lb braid can handle everything.
Booking Your Guided Trip:
Contact captain Derek Ems through email or phone for availability and to book your trip.
Group Trips available. Derek has teamed up with another top notch guide service to provide multi boat trips.
Lodging information available upon request.