My name is Captain Gerald Ellender, and I live in Houma, Louisiana. I have always heard that if you do what you really love and are passionate about it, then you will never have to work again. That is why I am a fishing guide/charter fisherman. I still get excited preparing for trips and making fishing memories with people. I am so grateful that I am able to share my passion with my customers.
Light Tackle Charters is a father and son business and we take pride in what we do. Even if the fish are not cooperating, we guarantee you will still have a great trip and many lasting memories. We fish the Dularge area and have a network of Captains, so no matter if it’s just you and your spouse or a 40 client corporate trip, we can accommodate your needs. We also have lodging, so give us a call and come experience what South Louisiana has to offer! To book your trip, call 985-688-1715.
Houma is located in Terrebonne Parish, which is centered between the Mississippi River and the Atchafalaya River. It has been said that the Atchafalaya Basin is one of North America's greatest remaining estuaries. With that being said, it is no wonder that the waters around and below Terrebonne Parish are so rich with fish and wildlife. South Louisiana is one of the best, if not the best, places to fish in the country for speckled trout and redfish.
Our two captains are Captain Gerald Ellender and Captain Joshua Ellender. We have fished the Dularge area for the majority of our lives and have a combined experience of over 50 years. Book a trip with Light Tackle Charters! We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
We mainly target speckled trout or redfish but also offer bull redfish, black drum or sheepshead charters. All of these fish can be caught throughout the year, but some months are better than others.
Redfish – Big fighters and tons of fun to catch. Limit is 5 fish per person. Redfish can be caught all year long, but the best months are August and September. It is truly amazing how many redfish are caught during these two months.
Bull Redfish – It is a redfish over 27 inches. We fish a little different for these, but these put up an enormous fight. February through April and August through September are great months for these big fighters.
Speckled Trout – Great table fare and hard to beat when you can catch two fish at one time. Limit is 25 per person. April through July and October through December are fantastic months for speckled trout.
Black Drum – Cousin to the redfish and actually taste a little better too (in my opinion). Just like the redfish, the limit is 5 fish per person. Black drum can be caught all year and get very big. It is not uncommon to catch a 40+ pounder.
Sheepshead – Great fighters and great table fare. No limit on these guys, which makes for a fun day. December through February are fantastic months to fish for sheepshead.
1 Person Fishing Charter - $350
2 Person Fishing Charter - $450
3 Person Fishing Charter - $550
4 Person Fishing Charter - $600
1 Person Fishing Charter - $350
2 Person Fishing Charter - $400
3 Person Fishing Charter - $500
4 Person Fishing Charter - $550
This price is for the charter only. It does not include fuel, ice, and live or dead bait (if used). If you would like an all-inclusive price, please let us know. All bookings require a $200 deposit for confirmation and become non-refundable fourteen days prior to the scheduled date. Weathered out days will be rescheduled. All deposits are forfeited after one year.
A typical fishing charter starts off leaving the dock anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour before sunrise. The boat ride can range from twenty minutes to over an hour; this depends on the time of year and what type of fish we are targeting. The charter will usually last eight hours, but it can be more or less depending on the situation. For example, let’s say fishing is tough in the morning and we only have around twenty or thirty fish in the ice chest. All of the sudden, thirty minutes prior to heading back in, we find a great bite and are catching them one after another; we will be happy to extend the fishing trip at no extra cost. On the other hand, if the bite is great in the morning and we finish our limit early, some customers like to head back in to beat the heat.
Some trips we will use artificial baits, and some we will use live or dead bait. We will try to use artificial as much as possible, but some days live bait is all the fish want. If shrimp season is open, we have a net that we tow behind the boat to catch our own bait. If you have not experienced catching bait this way, I highly recommend it. If shrimp season is not open, then we will have to buy the live or dead bait.
Rod and Reel Information
We furnish rods with spinning reels. If you would like to bring your own, please feel free to do so. We strongly recommend bringing your own bait-casting reel, but if you cannot let us know ahead of time so we can make arrangements to provide one.
What do I need to bring?
You are encouraged to bring a cap or hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, rain gear, soft soled non-marking shoes (preferably deck shoes, flip flops, Crocs, or tennis shoes), food, drinks, ice chest to take your catch home, a camera, and a fishing license. All children under sixteen are required to wear a life-jacket while the boat is in transit. We do not have life-jackets for small children; please bring your own. We carry adult size life-jackets, and these will not work for small children.
A fishing license is required for each person sixteen years of age and older who wants to fish. Louisiana offers a three day resident or non-resident charter fishing license for $10.00 plus a handling fee. There are several ways to obtain a fishing license prior to your fishing trip. One way is to do so online at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses. Another way is to call the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at 1-888-765-2602. The third way is to visit any Louisiana store that issues fishing licenses and purchase one there. A few stores throughout Louisiana who do this are Academy and Wal-Mart.