What To Bring

As you set out across the grassy flats of the Chandeleur Island chain, you’ll largely be targeting speckled trout and redfish. You’ll also come across the occasional flounder, ladyfish, bluefish, jack crevalle, tarpon, and various species of sharks.

“What tackle should I bring?”, is probably the most common question we get here at Chandeleur Charters. The trout and reds at the Chandeleur Islands aren’t picky about baits. If you’ve got a favorite bait or technique that you use at home, it will work out here, too. But if you’re looking for some suggestions on what to put in your tackle bag, here’s a good start.

Tackle Box Suggestions:

  • 2 rods and reels w/ 15-pound test line

  • Soft-plastics (paddeltails and straight-tails)

  • Jigheads, 1/8- and 1/4-ounce

  • Bucktails

  • Down South Lures

  • Cocahoes or Sparkle Beetles

  • DOA Shrimp

  • Johnson Sprites

  • Mirr-O-lures (sinking or floating)

  • Corks (popping or mauler corks)

  • Shad Rigs

  • Top Dogs

  • 30-pound monofilament leaders

Wade Fishing Gear:

  • Long Pants

  • Wading Belt

  • Wading boots or tennis shoes and socks

  • Long stringer

  • Needlenose pliers

  • Lightweight, long-sleeve shirts and pants

  • Clothing and Miscellaenous Gear:

  • Shorts and extra clothing

  • Sandals or deck shoes

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Camera

  • Ice Chest (for bringing your fish home, there are ice chests on the boat for your drinks)

  • Insect repellant

  • Louisiana fishing license (these can be purchased online, or at the dock before you head out)

  • Prescription medications

  • Headache, Motion Sickness, etc. medications

  • Personal toiletries

  • Alcoholic beverages if desired (cans are preferred over glass)