A short drive from the bright lights and festivities of New Orleans is a small fishing community called Hopedale, Louisiana. Hopedale has a dusty and dirty character, but like most communities on the water in Louisiana, it’s all about fishing. The drive down to the marina provides a glimpse into Hopedale’s long history of fishing. Large, rustic fishing boats tied to the dilapidated docks along Bayou la Loutre canal remain ready to target shrimp, oysters, and blue crabs. At the end of the road sits Breton Sound Marina, rebuilt again and again in the wake of storms. This is where we launch the skiff for your day’s adventure. This location is the ideal jumping-off point for the waters we fish, known as the Biloxi Marsh.
The brackish waters of the Biloxi Marsh provide a rich and abundant supply of forage for gamefish, allowing them flourish and providing anglers with some of the best year-round action for redfish, black drum, and sea trout in Louisiana. Water temperature is the most important factor when fishing the Biloxi Marsh, which is why it fishes best during the winter months, typically December through March. This is when NOLA Guides offers trips in this area. As the water cools, it begins to clear up, making for extraordinary sight fishing for giant redfish and black drum. When it all comes together, Hopedale is one of the finest places to catch truly giant, aggressive redfish.
A great trip for a first time salt angler.”
You can find us on the Biloxi marsh when the monster Redfish come in to feed in the warm, shallow, Gin clear waters. It’s the best time of the year to hook up with big bulls.