Somewhere in the Louisiana Marsh

The Outpost at sunrise. Each angler gets their own stateroom, a total of four.

First timers to the Louisiana Marsh usually give up trying to figure out where they are after about five minutes of zipping around in a flats skiff. It’s a waste of time. There are a millions of coves, creeks, islands and curvy shoreline that all look exactly the same. Four foot high grass as far as the eye can see, and a hundred miles beyond. Add mud, oysters, relics of the gas and oil industry, shrimp boats, crab pots and buoys, LSU stickers on rusty trucks and big redfish.

You are one with the bayou.

Somewhere in this massive saltwater marsh, there is a 61-foot Hatteras anchored strategically; literally a one-minute skiff ride to redfish habitat and, at prime time, to the big bull reds. Fish that exceed 30 pounds are not all that uncommon in the fall and winter. Like most mothership charters, the Outpost captain and guides will select an anchorage that is at the outer limits of day trips and smack dab in the middle of less pressured, big fish water. Four lucky anglers call the Outpost home for a five-day session.

Besides redfish, there are chunky black drum and finicky sheepshead, the permit of the marsh.  When in Rome, do as the Romans do. The Outpost chef will cook Cajun food, acquired from local shimpers, sausage makers, oystermen/women and veggies from the closest markets. Start with a Who Dat Golden Ale and crab cake appetizers, your belt has more holes in it.

-Brian O’Keefe

Chef Ian working his magic: shrimp gumbo, filet mignon, desserts, fruit and on and on.
Guide Jerry Perez takes Bart and I on a glassy calm ride to some exclusive backcountry.
A medium sized redfish caught in the evening light.
Jerry Perez, left, and Paul Ray, right, both pole for miles each day.
Jake Wells takes a break from a Bozeman, Montana winter to battle big redfish and black drum.
Bart Bonime fights a tough 20-pound redfish with perfect habitat in the background.
Bart and Jerry pose for a quick grip and grin prior to release.
This redfish took a big popper delivered by Seth Fields.
Galley and dining area aboard the Outpost.
All you can eat shrimp and crab appetizers.
Filet mignon, Chef Ian style.
…we were celebrating something!
Local oysters done raw and Rockefeller.
White pelicans gather to preen.
Roseate spoonbills.
Jerry with a no-spot redfish.

“Somewhere in this massive saltwater marsh, there is a 61-foot Hatteras anchored strategically; literally a one-minute skiff ride to redfish habitat and, at prime time, to the big bull reds.”

Redfish feed around oysters, in a tough environment, and have developed big strong scales and some facial armor.
A local shrimp boat heading out for a day or two.
New Orleans, very close to the marsh and always fun to visit.

Contributed By

Brian O’Keefe

The mothership Outpost finds a secluded part of the Louisiana Marsh from November 1 to mid-January. And it will move around to be most effective. The Outpost is part of Eleven Angling, a newish global outfitter. With expert guides and top of the line service and food, anglers really enjoy the quality of the fishing and equipment. But they also get the laid back, funny, non-angling times aboard ship. These photos were taken between December 6 to 10, 2019. Our weather was good for that time of the year; mostly sunny and a high of 75, with light to medium winds. Not all sessions are like that. It can get down right cold, so pack for anything. For more information on the Outpost, call 800-903-7761 or click on www.elevenangling.com. I am more than happy to answer any questions about this trip – brianokeefe54@gmail.com.

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