Is a deposit required?
Yes. A 25% deposit is required at time of booking. We accept checks, PayPal, Venmo, and all major credit cards for deposit payments to reserve the dates for your trip. Please note that if you pay any portion of your payment via credit card, a 5% service fee will be added to that amount due to increasing transaction fees from the credit card companies. Any remaining balances should be paid in full ONLY by cash or Venmo day of arrival. You are welcome to pay for your trip in full. If you prefer to pay your remaining balance day of arrival, we only accept cash or Venmo day of arrival for the remaining balance payment.
What is your cancellation policy?
The 25% deposit is non-refundable. If you cancel your trip at least 21 days prior to your scheduled dates, you can request a refund in full or postpone your fishing dates to a later time. If you need to cancel your trip you must notify us with an official cancellation notice at least 21 days before your scheduled trip to receive a refund. An official cancellation notice can be made through voice mail, e-mail or text message however you must receive a confirmation back from Hook Dat Fishing Charters. If you do not provide an official cancellation notice at least 21 days before your trip, your deposit will not be refunded. If your scheduled trip is canceled due to weather conditions, we will refund your entire deposit or you may change your dates to a future trip. If rescheduling due to weather conditions it must be rescheduled within one year from the date of the original booking. If you do not show up on the day of your scheduled trip, you will be charged the full price of the trip to cover the cost of the bait, mate and captains.
What should I bring?
We recommend that all visitors bring the following items with them:
- Non-slip shoes with a white sole or non-marking sole
In the summer: rain jackets
In the winter, foul-weather gear such as:
- Boots with non-marking sole
- Warm clothes
- Waterproof bibs and rain jacket
- Food, snacks and soda
What does Hook Dat Fishing Charters provide?
Safety is our #1 concern. We provide all the proper safety equipment, including:
- Life jackets for everyone on board
- Top-of-the-line rod, reels, tackle & equipment
- Ice & water
- Fish-cleaning services
For bowfishing anglers we will provide all necessary bowfishing gear and tackle including bow, reel and arrows.
What types of permits and licenses do I need?
You WILL need a three-day non-resident charter passenger license. The price for this license is $10 and can be purchased online at the website. You will NOT need a free landing permit.
When is the best time for fishing near Shell Beach, Louisiana?
That depends on what you would like to catch. Inshore fishing is spectacular year-round in southeast Louisiana. This will give you an idea of what species are most prominent during certain times of the year.
- Speckled Trout (April to November)
- Flounder (March to November)
- Redfish (year-round)
- Black Drum (year-round)
- Sheepshead (year-round)
- Red Snapper (May 22 to August) *subject to season dates
- Mangrove Snapper (May to August)
- Tripletail (March to November)
- Grouper (April to August) *certain Grouper species subject to season dates
- Mahi-Mahi (April to August)
- Alligator Gar (year-round)
- Cobia (May to November)
- Amberjack (May to June) & (August to November) *subject to season dates
Can I bring my own gear?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your favorite fishing rod and tackle. Although we will have all the equipment you will need, we understand that anglers have a personal favorite rod & reel so you are welcome to bring your own gear if you want.
Do you offer any corporate packages?
Yes, we do offer corporate and small business packages. Please call or email us to discuss your corporate package needs and to customize your fishing trip.
What is the maximum # of anglers I can have in my group?
We have multiple boats and experienced captains. Typically on inshore fishing trips we like to keep our group size to 4-5 anglers per boat. So, if you have 4 anglers in your group then we would use 1 boat and 1 captain, if you have 20 anglers in your group we would use 4 boats and 4 captains.
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we do offer a 10% discount for all children under the age of 16 at the time of the fishing date. We also offer all active and retired military a 10% discount. Thank you for your service. Discounts are based on a per person basis and does not apply to the entire group unless the entire group qualifies for the discount. Because we do not know the age, or military status of every person that calls us, you must request discount at the time of booking.