MSY - New Orleans
Redfish,Speckled trout, Limited tarpon.
Redfish,Speckled Trout, Limited Tarpon.
The Chandeleur Islands are a chain of uninhabited barrier islands located 50 miles east of New Orleans and 35 miles south of Gulfport, Mississippi in the Gulf of Mexico. The Islands were formed over 4,000 years ago and are the remnants of the St. Bernard Lobe of a former Mississippi River delta.
Redfish and Speckled trout. Limited tarpon. Other species include shark, pompano and ladyfish.
SEASON OF OPERATION
This is a year round fishery. Peak season for Big Reds is mid October through March. Tarpon can be found during the summer months of July and August.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
Typically trips begin on a Thursday or Sunday night. Customized trips allow for alternative arrival/departure options.
The Southern Magnolia is a custom built twin screw 72’ aluminum expedition trawler. This vessel is battleship tough yet brings creature comforts such as central air and heat, full heads with showers, a full galley with chefs, satellite television, and satellite communication systems to remote fishing destinations.
10 anglers per trip.
Summer and fall months - In the summer and fall months, the Southern Magnolia fishes the remote Chandeleur Islands. The Chandeleur Islands serve as a buffer zone between the Gulf of Mexico and the mainland protecting New Orleans and the surrounding area from wind and storm surge associated with tropical systems. The Islands are described as a crescent-shaped archipelago. President Theodore Roosevelt was so impressed with the Islands that he designated them the second national wildlife refuge and today most of the Chandeleur Islands including Curlew, Gosier and Breton Island are part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge. The Islands are prolific environments where hundreds of species of finfish, crustaceans and wildlife flourish. The heavily vegetated interiors of the fragmented islands are sanctuaries where juvenile fish, crabs and shrimp cab find protective cover increasing their chance of survival. For this reason, the Islands offer some of the best coastal fishing for redfish and speckled trout.
Winter months - In the winter months, the Southern Magnolia moves to a remote area of the Louisiana Biloxi Marsh. At this time of year, the redfish and trout tend to move from the sound and bays to the shallower marsh. Here, large concentrations of fish can frequently be found and the fishing can be more comfortable in the cooler months.
The Southern Magnolia can also be booked for water fowl hunts.
The Coastal Zone season runs from Nov. 12 – Dec. 4 and Dec. 17 – Jan. 22, 2017
BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
East Cape Vantage Skiffs, Hells Bay and Dolphin Super skiffs powered by Honda 4 stroke 50-70 HP engines. The boats have plenty of cockpit space to move around and have the coffin box for extra seating. The skiffs are fast and hit and draft beautifully in about 6 inches of water, meaning that guests will be able to access all but the skinniest of water found throughout the islands and marshlands.
The Southern Magnolia is docked at the Pass Christian Harbor in Pass Christian, Mississippi. This modern, clean marina is located a short distance from I-10 and the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and within an easy drive of the New Orleans International Airport.
Slipstream is a full service travel company that can handle international airfare, as well as a host of other services relating to your trip. Please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703 if you’d like assistance.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
Canadian, British, EU and Australian citizens only need a valid passport for entry to the United States. No visa is required.
RATES FOR 2016-17
6 Nights / 5 Days $4,200 USD DBL