Why Join the Louisiana Charter Boat Association?

The LCBA is the trade association for the Charter for Hire fishing industry in Louisiana. This organization exists to do two things: promote and protect our industry.

When it comes to protecting our industry, we spend a lot of time engaged in the politics, policy, and legislation that affect the individuals and businesses that make up the Louisiana sport fishing community. We work on numerous issues that affect your business or organization, including federal and state fisheries management, public access, regulatory matters, conservation, and tourism.

Promotional efforts include advertising campaigns in print, radio, television, and social media outlets. The LCBA also hosts and sponsors special promotional events including media and outdoor writer’s tours, all focused on promoting the Louisiana Charter for Hire industry, LCBA members, tourism, and sport fishing in Louisiana in general.

LCBA Membership Levels

Select from two membership options when joining the LCBA. We strongly encourage all licensed Charter for Hire captains to become members. We also encourage any businesses, organizations or individuals that have an investment or interest in the fishing industry to become LCBA members as well.

The membership levels are described below:

The LCBA is the trade association for the Charter for Hire fishing industry in Louisiana. This organization exists to do two things: promote and protect our industry.

When it comes to protecting our industry, we spend a lot of time engaged in the politics, policy, and legislation that affect the individuals and businesses that make up the Louisiana sport fishing community. We work on numerous issues that affect your business or organization, including federal and state fisheries management, public access, regulatory matters, conservation, and tourism.

Promotional efforts include advertising campaigns in print, radio, television, and social media outlets. The LCBA also hosts and sponsors special promotional events including media and outdoor writer’s tours, all focused on promoting the Louisiana Charter for Hire industry, LCBA members, tourism, and sport fishing in Louisiana in general.

  • Captains who join will have full access to the LCBA website. This allows you to create a profile for your business that lists all relevant information about your services, background, specialties, rates, contact information, as well as allowing you to post reports/blogs to the LCBA website and social media outlets. Your profile will also feature clickable links that take customers directly to your business website and any social media outlets you have for your business.
  • Captains will also receive our digital monthly newsletter which highlights important industry issues, whether its legislation, regulatory changes, season closures, special events, promotional opportunities, interviews with state or federal agencies, LCBA activity on your behalf, or general interest information.
  • Captains are also added to our email list which allows us to provide consistent email updates that are relevant to our industry, such that real time information is coming to you more frequently than once a month.
  • Captains will also have access to our “Guide Discount Program”. This program brings the LCBA into partnership with numerous industry manufacturers and service providers, whereby our members receive substantial discounts on the brands and services you rely upon. We are building an impressive list of industry partners, and the savings our captains receive are reason enough to become a member.

When you consider the amount of money the LCBA spends on advertising and promotion, and the value of the discounts you receive through our ‘Guide Discount Program”, this membership level more than pays for itself. Add in the work we do on policy and legislation, and it’s clear that membership at this level is a great opportunity to promote your business, stay on top of issues that affect our industry, and save some hard earned money through the discount program.

*** (You must be a licensed Charter Boat Captain in the State of Louisiana. You will need to provide a copy of your Louisiana State Charter Boat License and proof of a Commercial Liability Insurance policy to qualify. Proof of License and Insurance can be scanned and emailed to ben@louisianasaltwater.com)

It’s more than just the captains that depend on a strong Charter for Hire industry. In 2014, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries sold over 50,000 3-Day Charter Licenses. That means over 50,000 people chose to enjoy Louisiana’s world class saltwater fishing with a Charter Boat Captain that year.

In addition to encouraging these customers who have invested time and money supporting our industry to become members, there are thousands of businesses, communities, and organizations that benefit directly from the Charter for Hire industry, and the work done on behalf of the industry by the LCBA.

Any individual or business associated with the sportfishing community needs to stay on top of issues affecting our industry in Louisiana, whether you represent a boat dealer, tackle manufacturer, restaurant, hotel, gas station, bait shop, fuel dock etc.

  • Businesses and organizations that become members at this level will be featured on our “Supporters” page on the LCBA website. This page will feature your logo and a clickable link that takes folks straight to your business or organizations website.
  • Supporting Members will also receive the digital LCBA newsletter, which highlights important industry issues, whether its legislation, regulatory changes, season closures, special events, promotional opportunities, interviews with state or federal agencies, LCBA activity on your behalf, or general interest information.
  • Becoming a supporting member also offers the opportunity to communicate with LCBA members to promote your special events, promotional opportunities and share information on issues that affect you and your business. Additionally, LCBA (at its discretion) will allow supporting members to provide content to be featured on our website, digital monthly newsletter, social media outlets, or in person meetings.

If you are a business or organization that is related to the sportfishing industry in Louisiana, it just makes sense to become a member. You have an opportunity to stay informed on important industry issues, and a great chance to promote your business or service through our website and with our members.


We are encouraging everyone to consider registering for membership through our convenient system on the website by completing the Membership Registration Form. It is the quickest, easiest, and most efficient way to join, both for your convenience and for our data management/record keeping. Simply complete the form, selecting your membership level, and upon completion you will receive a confirmation email. If it is a “Charter Captain Membership”, you will also receive access to create your profile and begin promoting your business. If your business or organization is joining as a Supporting member, we will contact you regarding your listing on our website.

If you are joining as a Charter Captain and you have the ability to scan your Charter Captain’s License and proof of Commercial Liability Insurance, you can email it to us at: ben@louisianasaltwater.com

If you are a Captain and are unable to join through the website, or you are unable to email us a copy of your Charter Captain’s License and proof of Commercial Liability Insurance you can still do it the old fashion way; mail a copy of your Captain's License and Proof of Insurance, as well as your physical address, phone number and email address to:

L.C.B.A.
c/o Ben Weber
62241 Raymond Road
Lacombe, LA. 70445

If joining as a Supporting member and cannot join through the website, we can accept your registration by mail at the same address listed above. Just be sure to include your name or the name of your business or organization, contact information (especially your email address and physical address).

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