Since 1984 Capt. LaCour has fished the marshes of southeast Louisiana for redfish and other inshore species. In 1994 he was one of only two guide services that began to truly pioneer fly fishing in Louisiana. Capt. LaCour took it beyond just redfish and speckled trout and pursued many other inshore species and freshwater game fish also.
Sight fishing for redfish and other species is what they do. Therefore, their motto, "See the fish, catch the fish", is their main objective. It is mostly visual stalking and making presentations to the fish. This is what makes it so special and a trip to remember. The sight fishing is done with fly and/or casting tackle, so their slogan is expected no matter how you like to fish!
He has produced 6 World Record Catches for clients.
Fishing for redfish in the marsh west of the Mississippi River Delta is second to none. It is the fertile silt that flows from much of North America and is spewed into the Gulf of Mexico by the "Mighty Mississippi River" that sets Louisiana fly fishing apart from the rest of the country. Once this precious commodity is released into the Gulf, the unceasing westerly eddies that flow from the Mississippi River skillfully places its treasure right in the most unique places in the United States.
Simply put you get the best redfishing in the world and a great city to enjoy off the water. New Orleans is one of those cities that everyone falls in love with, a kin to Paris. You have Architecture, Culture, Cuisine, Romance, Nightlife and best of all Redfishing. Nearby is this outstanding destination fishery. If you are traveling with your family or a friend that is not into fishing they will enjoy the many attractions of New Orleans.
Let Captain Kirby and his trusted team of guides show you the wonders of the Louisiana Marsh system and get you sight fishing for some of the biggest and most interesting fish found in North America.
Redfish: Year-round with "Bull" Reds most common Mid-October thru February.
The absolute vastness and consequential seclusion of the south Louisiana’s system of creeks, marshes and wetlands are the end product of top soil run-off from northern states that the Mississippi River. This is the traditional hunting and fishing grounds of the local Indians and the Cajun inhabitants. It is the secluded habitat of this marsh wetlands that provides home and shelter for these highly prized creatures; the Redfish. Redfish are often seen foraging in water so shallow that their bellies are shimmying along the soft mud bottoms while their backs are exposed to the air. If you look closely, you might notice the eyes of the Redfish at water level when they "crawl" through this shallowest of water.
Once one experiences the thrills of hunting for Redfish, they often prefer to fish no other way. People who practice this aspect of the sport are much better described as hunters than fishermen. Casts are only made after these gorgeous Redfish are sighted. The thrill of watching a coppery, bronzed back Redfish take a fly is not soon forgotten.
Redfish are a member of the Drum family of fish and also known as Red Drum. You will enjoy every fish you catch and they average in the 5 - 15lb class. Redfish do regularly go over 20lbs and in the winter season from October - February fish in the 30+ lb category are very possible.
Black Drum: A cousin of the redfish, black drum are often seen on guided fly fishing trips. They can get really big but are less likely to eat a fly and are not known for being great fighting fish, but they do pull a ton.
Sheephead: These finicky fish have been referred to as Cajun Permit because they tend to be very spooky and hard to get a hook up. If you are fortunate enough to hook and then land one of these funny looking fish you will realize why they are called sheephead from their unusual teeth.
Speckled Trout: From time to time Specks will be seen on some of the deeper areas of a flat but they tend not to be on the flats. They are readily available in the deeper areas but redfish are generally considered much more fun to catch.
Jacks: Jack Crevalle are seen in the marsh in the summer time but are unpredictable and not easily targeted. If you are fortunate enough to spot a cruising school of jacks on your trip, don’t hesitate! Get the fly in front of them, start stripping and then hold on!
Most people will fly into New Orleans airport. From there we will have arranged for a shuttle service to meet you and transfer you to the Woodland Plantation, about 45 minutes south of town. Upon arrival, the owner Foster Creppel and his staff will begin to show you what is meant by “Southern Hospitatlity”.
Wake up early, start your day off right with one of Woodland’s famous eye opener breakfasts while you are introduced to your guide and begin to discuss the days ahead. Confirm with your guide and with Woodland’s staff regarding drink particulars to take on the boat with you. Your guide will transport you to the day’s starting point, usually with boat in tow. Depending on weather, light conditions and your desires, you can be fishing as close as 5 minutes from your room, or you might opt for a longer ride to more open waters. It all depends on the wind directions, water temperatures, clarity and salinity, and the time of the year. Regardless, you will have many options to discuss with your guide.
The captain/guide will return you to the Woodland Plantation in time for cocktail hour complete with an extensive appetizer parade. Fresh Louisiana oysters are served year round sitting at the bar or lounging on the sofa or patio areas. Additional local favorites include buckets full of BBQ crawfish, plates of crab cakes and shrimp scampi, as well as the house specialty crab boil… and that is just for appetizers!
Dinner at Woodland is an experience worthy of making the trip on its own. Dinner consists of many, many Cajun specialties the area is so well know for like seafood gumbo, red beans with andouille sausage, fish Pontchartrain. And don’t forget desserts such as Woodland’s Bread Pudding with Southern Comfort Hard Sauce or the best traditional Pecan Pie. If you can’t seem to finish all of your bread pudding, make sure they save it for you for the next morning’s breakfast – it is indescribable!!
Bob Marriott’s Travel Center has been instrumental in coordinating the guiding and lodging providers in the area to produce great packages. We have many different guiding, lodging and dining options.
Generally, our clients are set up in private rooms with en suite baths. Couples of course will be shown to the larger rooms and largest beds for maximum comfort.
Meals are taken in the Spirit Hall, the relocated and renovated St. Patrick's Catholic Church, circa 1883. The church was moved to Woodland Plantation in October 1998 from Homeplace, Louisiana, 14 miles south of Woodland and restored into a beautiful dining and reception hall. Now restored to its original grandeur, the 4,000 square foot hall is an ideal location for gourmet dinners, weddings, receptions, conferences, and special retreats of all kinds. Featuring traditional Louisiana Creole and Cajun cuisine. Up until very recently, Woodland Plantation has graced the label of Southern Comfort since 1934.
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You will be in North America's most productive estuary, the Deep Mississippi Delta of south Louisiana. If you enjoy birding you don't have far to go as there are many species of birds - frigate birds, pelicans, herons, egrets, gulls, ibis, roseate spoonbills, cranes, ducks, shorebirds, terns, sandpipers, buntings, tanagers, wood-warblers, hummingbirds, scissor-tailed flycatchers, eagles, osprey, owls, kites, falcons, hawks and many more - on Woodland's fifty acre site on the Mississippi River or nearby on the marsh and barrier islands within a 45 minute boat ride.
Bob Marriott’s Travel Center package rates will vary slightly due to number of fishing days, number of night stays at Woodland, group sizes and makeup and different transportation costs as we will get the most for you out of each trip.
As an example, 4-nights private occupancy stay at Woodland Plantation, 3-days guided fishing, double occupancy/shared guide (2x1), with meals and transfers from New Orleans airport:
$1,895 per person, based on double occupancy fishing