Outpost Mothership, Louisiana Bayou

 

Overview

Location:

Your Adventure starts in New Orleans, Louisiana

Coastal Waters

Target Fish: 

Black Drum, Sheephead, Gar, Jack Crevalle Tarpon, Redfish

Time of Year: 

Late Autumn and Winter Months

Lodge Capacity: 

Mothership

61-Foot Hatteras

4 Guests / 4 Staterooms

Nearest Large Airport: 

New Orleans Airport

Documents Required: 

Louisiana Fishing License

 

An angler’s paradise, the southern Louisiana marsh is the redfish capital of the world, vast and remote, yet only an hour from New Orleans and its famous dining, music and nightlife. Like the expansive West Side of Andros Island, Bahamas, it’s hard to picture the scope of the marsh unless you fly over it. It seems endless; a massive labyrinth of shallow bays, ponds, canals and channels, bayous, larger lakes and mud flats. And these fishing grounds south of Houma can only be accessed by the right shallow water skiffs captained by guides with the proper local knowledge, which means it’s rare to see any other anglers while you’re out enjoying the day. And this is the type of fishing fly anglers dream of; skinny water sight-casting to huge unpressured redfish that will eagerly smash your well-presented offering.

Anglers in the know understand Louisiana’s Gulf Coast is home to the largest population of Redfish anywhere, and if you’re looking for size, the area is unequaled for large bull reds. And while you’ll be focused on the fishing, it’s nice to take the time to appreciate the beauty of the landscape and the abundant wildlife. A diversity of bird species share the marsh with sea otters, turtles, raccoons, and a variety of other game fish including Black Drum, Sheepshead, Alligator Gar, Jack Crevalle, and an occasional Tarpon. The marshes are considered an excellent year-round fishery, but the Outpost program will focus on the late autumn and winter months - prime time for the large bull redfish, spectacular copper-colored monsters that will run 20 to 40+ pounds. The adventure begins south of Houma, Louisiana, an hour or so drive from New Orleans airport. The Outpost Mothership Louisiana team will meet you at one of several different access point with skiffs or a tender for the run out to the ship which will be 10 to 45 minutes away.

Fishing Program

The Louisiana coastal marshes and swamps make up over forty percent of the lower forty-eight states wetlands. This is a unique and resilient saltwater fishery. On your way out to the Mothership you’ll be greeted by a rich expansive landscape that is vibrant and teeming with life. Around every bend you encounter redfish habitat; quiet bays, meandering creeks, ponds and channels, where plentiful redfish forage for food in shallow water. And you’re here at prime time for those huge bull reds—late fall and winter season—a season that has grown in popularity, yet there is still very little pressure, which makes for happy aggressive fish. All our fishing is done from fully-outfitted customized flats skiffs made to get in skinny, and all our captains are highly skilled fly fishing guides with years of guiding experience. No wading here as most of the flats are soft mud. Yet everything is super visual as your professional guide leads you on the hunt for reds cruising in as little as four to five inches of water. It’s an amazing sight, spotting a hug single pushing a wake, seeing small pods tailing, and large schools stirring up nervous water. And aside from being happy and aggressive, redfish don’t have great vision. Most casts are between 10 and 40 feet, which makes this ideal for fly anglers of all ability levels. The key is a quick accurate shot. One back cast, put it on their nose and be ready to set the hook. Then hold on for a serious battle. Landing a bull red over 20 pounds, over 30, over 40, is a possibility any day. And we’re not just talking about casting shrimp, crab or baitfish patterns. These big boys will also crush a surface popper. Redfish are for sure the main target, but this spectacular fishery also features black drum and sheepshead on the shallow flats. Black drum are brutes, and sheepshead are wily adversaries. It’s also possible to run into jacks and speckled trout in deeper holes and canals, and tarpon along the gulf shorelines south of Cocodrie. We also fish the coastal waters and out around the rigs and reefs for amberjack, red snapper, cobia, mackerel, grouper, and tarpon, and offshore for tuna, Dorado, wahoo and marlin. The Louisiana coast is truly one of the most diverse fisheries in the world. And there’s no such thing as an 8-to-4 routine here. You can fish sunrise to sunset, all the while knowing the Mothership awaits your return, ready to refresh and recharge you.

Seasons

The marshes are considered an excellent year-round fishery, but the Outpost program will focus on the late autumn and winter months - prime time for the large Bill Redfish, spectacular copper-colored monsters that will run 20 to 40+ pounds.

Accommodations

The 61 Foot Hatteras Mothership takes the live-aboard lifestyle to a new level, and while being out on the flats always takes top billing, why not hang-out, relax, eat, drink, sleep in unmatched Eleven comfort and style. And the key here is the outstanding crew—professional captain, gourmet chef, plus superior guides. The dedicated crew is there to pamper you. Your private chef prepares creative fresh Island cuisine each day on board, and packs your Yeti coolers with savory lunches, snacks, and ice-cold drinks to keep your energy up when out on the skiffs. Or you can return to the ship for lunch and a midday break. At the end of the day, compare notes while sipping your favorite beverage and watching the sunset. And for supper? Enjoy artistic presentations of just-caught seafood and fresh produce topped off by a sumptuous dessert. Sleep peacefully in the well-appointed staterooms.  

MOTHERSHIP DETAILS • 61-Foot Hatteras • Capacity: 4 guests • 4 guest staterooms including: • Four single and double staterooms. Two shared bathrooms • Air-conditioning throughout the ship • Spacious living room/bar and kitchen with satellite TV • Fully equipped Glide and Hell’s Bay skiff.

Getting There

By Plane: Most arrivals are by private or commercial flights into New Orleans Airport, which is serviced by all major airlines. Houma airport is also an option and ideal for private aircraft.

 Land and Water Transportation: Once you arrive at the New Orleans Airport or Houma Airport, you can pick up a rental car, or have our Host pre-arrange a private ground transfer to your area hotel, or directly to the T-Irv’s Marina. PLEASE NOTE: If you arrive in New Orleans the night before your trip (or sooner), we can arrange a rental car, or private ground transfers to/from your hotel to the T-Irv’s Marina. We can also assist with hotel reservations in New Orleans and Houma. 

By Car: You can choose to drive yourself to the T-Irv’s Marina to begin your trip. If you choose this option we will send you a detailed map on how to arrive.

Louisiana Anchorages: A 90-minute drive from New Orleans Airport to T-Irv’s Marina.• From Houma, 35-minute drive to T-Irv’s Marina.• From T-Irv’s Marina to Mothership, all anchorages are within 45 minutes for water transfer

Rates

4 NIGHTS & 4 DAYS Starting at $19,200 USD for four people

5 NIGHTS & 5 DAYS Starting at $24,000 USD for four people

NOTES: • Season: October 1 – December 20

Maximum of 4 guests/anglers, intact groups only, no mixing of groups

Guided fishing with one or two anglers per guide

With 4 guests, each guest with private stateroom

Two shared bathrooms.• Custom options and longer stays may be available on request.

INCLUSIONS: Water transfers from T-Irv’s Marina to/from the Mothership, guided fishing if you choose the option to fish with guides, fishing equipment and flies, chef-prepared breakfast, lunch, après, dinner, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 

EXCLUSIONS: All round-trip airfare from your hometown to New Orleans Airport or Houma airports, optional hotels in New Orleans or Houma area, ground transfers from area hotels or airports to T-Irv’s Marina, gratuities to crew and guides. If you choose to bring your own guides, you pay your own guides directly. Inshore coastal reef and offshore fishing are at an additional cost.


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