Mobile mothership with private staterooms
The 61’ Hatteras mothership takes the live-aboard experience to an entirely new level – especially when you consider the quality of the fishing found in this part of Louisiana and the limited lodging and accommodations options. And while a prime location, short-run times, and being located directly on the flats always takes top billing, why not hang-out, relax, eat, drink and sleep in unmatched comfort and style? Our Yellow Dog team members have done this trip a number of times, and we can tell you from personal experience that this is one of the best-run, most complete operations found anywhere in the lower-48. The key is the outstanding crew that includes a professional captain, gourmet chef, and friendly hostess coupled with the very best guides in the region.
You can expect long days on the water, and after a delicious breakfast each morning, you usually depart for fishing around 8:00 or 8:30 AM. Cooler lunches and plenty of beverages are packed aboard the skiffs each day, and nine-to-ten-hour fishing days are the norm. An angler can opt to return to the mothership for lunch, although most anglers choose to stay out and fish hard. The guides are all professional, seasoned, and beyond talented, with state-of-the-art skiffs and high-end equipment that is always a part of the package. If you are someone who wants to travel light and show up with nothing, these guys have you covered with the best gear found anywhere.
The 61’ Hatteras mothership features a comfortable and spacious bar, social and dining area on the main deck, and four single-occupancy staterooms. There is also a rear deck area for staging each morning and for rigging gear, along with fore and aft deck areas that are outfitted with large beanbag chairs – the perfect place for sunset cocktails and cigars. Each room features either a queen or a full bed and plenty of storage room, tables, shelves, and hooks. The single-occupancy layout makes for a comfortable stay for everyone in the group. All rooms (two on the main deck and two large rooms below-decks) feature air conditioning as well, making for a comfortable night’s sleep when the weather is hot. There are two large, shared bathrooms with spacious showers, and the hot water and water pressure are fantastic. Overall, the Outpost is the ultimate liveaboard vessel and a fantastic option for groups of friends and intact groups of four anglers.
Food and Beverages
We can tell you from first-hand experience that the food aboard the Outpost is some of the best we have found anywhere – and certainly the best of any live-aboard operation! The ship’s private chef keeps anglers well-fed with coffee, baked goods, fresh fruit, and specialty breakfasts each morning. Yeti coolers are well stocked with lunch items that include sandwiches, fruit, homemade cookies, pasta salads, and of course plenty of ice-cold sodas, beers, and water bottles. At the end of the day, anglers can trade stories and compare notes while sipping your favorite beverage and watching the sunset on the foredeck or rooftop deck before heading back to the main salon for an incredible dinner. Menu items might include ribeye, blackened redfish and chicken, spare ribs, jambalaya, stuffer pork chops, and more. The menu is creative and as delicious as anything found in a high-end urban restaurant, and meals are of course finished up with a home-made, sumptuous dessert.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
The reason to go on the mothership is to fish. There are no structured non-angling activities while out in the marsh, although the eco-system in beautiful and the bird-life and bird-watching opportunities are some of the very best in the country. Due to the close proximity to New Orleans, however, it is very possible to fish aboard the Outpost and then meet up with a non-angling spouse or friends either pre or post-trip. New Orleans is a great city to visit, with amazing music, nightlife, food, and culture. We highly recommend the National World War II Museum in the heart of the city.
Internet / Communications
There is actually some cell service available while out in the marsh, although this is largely dependent on where exactly the mothership is anchored. Cell service while fishing each day is spotty. There is satellite wi-fi aboard the ship as well as a satellite phone that is available for emergencies.
How to Get There
Most arrivals are by commercial flights into New Orleans Airport (MSY), which is serviced by all major airlines. Houma is also an option and an ideal airport for private aircraft. If flying commercially, then we highly recommended that anglers arrive the day before their trip and overnight in New Orleans. Anglers can either pick up a rental car or pre-arrange a private ground transfer to and from the T-Irv’s Marina in the small fishing town of Dulac (about 90 minutes from New Orleans). If flying privately, anglers can fly into Houma on the morning of the first day of their trip. Yellow Dog has a great transfer company and private driver that we are happy to arrange.
A Louisiana Charter Passenger fishing license can be purchased in advance online. The cost is $20 total for a 4-6 day license.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Anglers in the know understand Louisiana’s Gulf Coast is home to the largest population of redfish anywhere, and if you’re looking for size, the area is unequaled when it comes to the large numbers of trophy bull reds. Redfish might be the ultimate fly rod quarry in saltwater, and they readily eat flies, plugs and other artificial baits. They can be caught year-round in this part of Louisiana, with the September-January timeframe considered the most productive season. Louisiana is the epicenter for targeting the large “bull” redfish, and these fish consistently top the scales at 25-to-30-pounds. Readily available and able to be caught on the fly! The variety of situations you will find these fish in Louisiana is remarkable.
Redfish typically feed and often-times tail in low, skinny waters and on shallow grass flats where they forage for crabs, shrimp and other small baitfish. Redfish can be thought of as an “honest” fish, which means that when the fly is placed in front of them (often a cast of only five to 15 feet from the skiff!) they will readily pounce on it. The guides have a saying that all you have to do is put the fly in front of a redfish, and once it moves, “it dies.”
Redfish share the marsh with a variety of other gamefish that can be caught on the fly or on light tackle, including black drum, sheepshead, alligator gar, and occasional jack crevalle. While redfish are for sure the main target, black drum and sheepshead are also routinely caught throughout the season. The Louisiana Outpost program focuses on the late autumn and winter months (October through December) – a window that is considered the prime time for large bull redfish.
Boats and Equipment
All fishing is done from fully-outfitted customized flats skiffs that are specifically designed for skinny water. All of the guides that work with the Outpost program are highly skilled, with years of guiding experience and a work ethic that is truly outstanding. There is no wading at all in this fishery, as the vast majority of the flats are soft mud. Guides will furnish all rods, reels, flies, terminal tackle, and anything else that you need for your days on the water. Spinning gear and “popping rigs” are also carried in each boat for prospecting the edges of the shallows or for days that deliver adverse weather, dirty water, or tough conditions. One thing that we love about most of the guides that work with the Outpost is that they are fishing out of top-of-the-line Chittum carbon fiber flats skiffs – the lightest flats boats in the world that allow access to the skinniest water imaginable.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge.
2021 Pricing (based on 4 anglers)
4 days / 4 nights = $4,800.00 per person
5 days / 5 nights = $6,000.00 per person
– Number of days of guided fishing as outlined above (two anglers per guide)
– Number of nights lodging (single occupancy rooms with two shared baths)
– All meals
– All house beer, wine, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
– Rods/reels, flies, and all tackle provided by guides (spin gear as well)
– All taxes
– Incoming night’s lodging in the city (if needed)
– Ground transportation to and from the marina (can be arranged if needed or desired)
– Gratuity for fishing guides (suggest $100+ per guide / per day)
– Gratuity for mothership crew (suggest 8-10% of the package cost)
– Fishing licneses (buy online before the trip)
– Outgoing night’s lodging in the city if needed (if needed)
Eleven Louisiana Outpost (Dulac, Louisiana)
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