Salty Dog Charters
1623 Ycloskey Highway
Shell Beach, LA 70185
Contact: Markham Dickson
Phone: 504-481-8216
Email: cmdthree@yahoo.com

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Salty Dog Charters - Charter Fishing at it's best.
Top notch equipment, friendly service.

Just a Louisiana boy, born to fish, Doin what he loves.

Salty Dog Charters L.L.C. offers coastal fishing only 30 miles from New Orleans.
Running a boat out of Shell Beach Louisiana allows great day fishing trips out of New Orleans.

We can fish Lake Borne, Bay Eloi, Black Bay and all points inbetween.  Marsh fishing or open bays.  We go where the fish are.

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Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Trout still biting out of Shell Beach
Been on the water the last 5 days. Fun trips despite all the rain and wind we have been having. Fish have not been stacked up in one area you just have to bounce around and put them together most days. I have been catching in the bays just before the outside, also in Eloi, and then some going long into Breton. Same tactics as usual, fishing corks for the first couple hours of light then most times switching to a 3/8th oz slip sinker rig once the sun gets up. That mainly around rigs. If I am fishing near an island or shoreline later in the day I will stick to corks. Redfishing is so so with some bulls still on the rig offshore and a smattering of marsh redfish being caught on the way in after a good morning on trout. Here are a few pics from recent trips.rnrn~Captain Markham Dickson~rnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.Crnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216 rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

Haul of silver wonders
Seafood platter.  5lb speck in the front Austin the kiddo reeled in!
Another fine day to be fishin\'

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

A cool video of great day redfishing last week.
Had a really cool trip last week and got a video of a father and son doubled up on big reds. Mom was in the boat too and caught her fair share but sat back and helped cheer the guys on for these monsters. Was a great day on the water, thought I would share the video with y'all.rnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.CrnCaptain Markham Dicksonrnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

And a few more pics from last 10 days in Shell Beach.
Last set of pictures of the speckled trout and redfish action out of Shell Beach in the last 10 days.rnrnfor full reports, check out;rnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.CrnCaptain Markham Dicksonrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

Trout for the fryer and redfish for the grill!
Drag pullers!
Father son team on rainy day marsh reds

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

More pics from last 10 days in Shell Beach.
More pics from trips these last 10 days.rnrnfor full reports, check out;rnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.CrnCaptain Markham Dicksonrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

Drag pullers
One of Holly\'s Beasts
groceries

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Reports from last 10 days in Shell Beach
Got all backed up on reports fishing everyday but can share a little of what we have been getting into out of Shell Beach lately.rnrnFrom my trip about 5 days ago with a grandfather, father, two sons who are repeat customers;rnrn'Sure enough flat calm through Eloi we headed out to see if luck favored us. First stop, small fish/nada, second stop gafftops/nada... Third stop, jackpot! We went from zero to hero with 100 trout coming on board to take the boat ride. It was so early when we wrapped up we made a stop on one shoreline for reds on the way in and picked up 7 beautiful 20-25' reds.'rnrnFrom day 2 with the Georgia boys, a trip about 7 days ago;rnrn'The guys had already sought and destroyed mission one, trout, and were on to bigger and stronger things. We went deep into Breton Sound after drag pullers. Guys were not disappointed with fish after fish hooked up for epic battles. Goody even broke his redfish curse, out catching the guys on reds. Mixed sheephead, drum, and redfish we even put a few beautiful sow trout in the boat to keep it interesting. We caught and released bullreds and sharks after we had a limit on bulls and packed the coolers with tasty sheedhead and drum.'rnrnA trip about 8 days ago, a trout frenzy then bull redfish combo;rnrn' Birds diving, shrimp popping, trout flying into the air with shrimp in their mouths like tuna fish on a bait-ball! It was awesome sight to behold. We caught 100 trout on 90% plastics. Jamie was sticking with live shrimp for a little bit but went back and forth as the rest of us stuck to the vudu shrimp or matrix double rigs. A few times we put two keepers in the boat at once with the shad/double rigs. Best of the morning however was a quad on keepers that we got a photo of with a timer on the camera. Good times for sure. We then proceeded to take our beautiful live shrimp we had saved out to be brutalized by Bullreds in Breton Sound.'rnrnThis last snipped from a trip a couple days ago in this rain and wind.rnrn'We were up against a forcast of 100% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms. I started out close trying to find a bite within 5 miles of the dock. No good... but sky and radar looked semi trust worthy. Another few miles to stop number 2. No takers, carry on. Bite was slow all morning and decided to change things up and go into a little bayou into the marsh. We started catching. Finding fish in the little ponds that were connected to the bayou buy small creeks. With the ultra high tide these little ponds were packed with nice reds and we put a beautiful limit of marsh reds together before deciding to take it to the dock mid afternoon.'rnrnSorry for semi late reports, but I was too beat to post everyday. If you want to see full reports or videos just check out my site.rnrnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.CrnCaptain Markham Dicksonrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

deck full
3 generations making memories
Like the old days

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Youngins\' battle beasts bigger then them in Breton Sound!
Had an old friend charter my services a couple days ago to put a couple young up and coming Louisiana sportsman on some BIG fish. We had Adel, 5, and Adam, 6, on board and man was it fun getting them into the action! Water was a little rough so I stopped off at the rocks to get them on Bulls. 1st stop nada, second stop, FISH ON! What a blast watching the little guys battling these beauties. We helped them hold the rod but both Adel and Adam reeled their fish all the way in all by themselves! Talk about some proud little anglers when they saw how big the fish they just caught was. Adel landed one of the biggest reds I have seen all year. He had to go about 35-40lbs! When the water calmed down a little bit I took them offshore a bit to a couple rigs. There mom and dad got to get in on the action. Reeling in a few of their own. I can't tell you how much fun I had helping those little guys catch their giants. Adel is hooked for sure. She made sure we had her Barbie pole rigged and baited at each stop. On which she caught 3 or 4 catfish all by her self. Most fun I have had on the water in a while!rnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.CrnCaptain Markham Dicksonrnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

Think they having fun?
Bigger then her, she reeled it all the way in.
Adam the proud angler!

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Another round of Breton Sound beasts!
I was just sittin' on my porch watching the post Jazz Fest crowds on their nightly march down Bayou St. John, and 5 fellers walked up and said, 'You Salty Dog?'. Long story short they filled a canceled trip for last Saturday and we got to motor out into Breton Sound and get on that ACTION we have been on all spring. We had Lyle, Kenny, Cody, and first mate Nate on board for no stop fish catching action. W had to earn it though, the weatherman forcast 5-10 and 1-2 ft waves and we ended up with 15-20 and solid 3s. Really 'sporty' out there to say the least. We stopped off a little short and go the guys on some really good monster redfish right off the bat. Everyone got to haul in on of those beasts. Then to stop number 2 we picked up a nice addition to the box with some younger drum and redfish. And by this time it had begun to calm a bit so I took the guys out to the sheephead grounds and we got on um bigtime. Sheephead, drum, and massive redfish on every drop. Doubles and triples for the rest of the day. All fish were caught on dead shrimp fished on the bottom. The guys told me multiple times that they had been on quite a few charter and this was the most fun of any they had been on. That is what makes my day, I'm telling you. I like to be a good fisherman, I like to impress fellow captain's with a good catch, but in the end this is what makes it all worth it. Driving home, knowing you gave some people a day on the water they will not forget. You did your job, and that makes you feel good. The guys travel for work, and I hope if they are in town again we will get out there after um again. Just hope we did not spoil um too much with the first trip! :D rnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.CrnCaptain Markham Dicksonrnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

Another haul of tasty filets.

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Cancelation for Saturday
Never-mind, Somebody scooped it up.

fishy time to be offshore.

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Second wave of Naval invasion on Breton Sound
Had my second trip this season out in Breton Sound with a crew of Navy fellers. Different batch this time with the exception of Mike, we also had Adam, Aaron, and Travis. The guys were the winners of a raffle they had on base to choose who got to go. Lucky crew again with calm seas we took it long again. Way out in Breton Sound to the land of them big mature fish. Again doubles, triples, and even a quad I got on video, of those big sheephead, drum, and redfish we have been catching. Non-stop action all morning. These fish pull drag and are delicious, what more can you ask for? he guys got off to a good start with everyone hooking up every drop. For some reason the fellers started ragging Adam tell him to pick up the pace, and he promptly showed them up catching the biggest couple redfish for the day. Plenty of young drum out there this run. I think we ended up with a limit of bullreds +2 slots for 7 reds, 7 drum eating size, and some odd 50 or so sheephead. Two 94q coolers packed with tasty fish. If you have not eaten a sheephead you are missing out. Just have to learn how to clean them and they are as good or better then any fish we chase around out there. Really fun time on the water with some great guys. They had some cool stories about traveling around, I enjoyed the trip for sure. Even hit a couple stops to test the waters on the way in. Black Bay and anything west of the ship channel is muddy as heck right now with the river water. Tried a couple stops for trout only catching more redfish. Then a pond on the way in just to take its temperature produced three in about 10 minutes. Bite is ON! Offshore or inshore looks like we are in store for more great days of fishing in next few weeks.rnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.CrnCaptain Markham Dicksonrnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

Doubled over.
Filet\'o\'fish

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Big fish springtime ACTION in Breton Sound!
Talk about a GREAT day on the water a couple days ago. Went out with a crew from New Orleans on a charity harvest trip. About once a month we try to get enough fish to hand out 200 free poboys on the streets on New Orleans. This trip was almost enough for an entire giveaway in one haul! Got the guys loaded up and headed straight out into the Sound. Forecast was for 5-10 and 1-2' waves. Ended up with 15-20 and 2-3s... We were not deterred! Just sliced up them waves and headed straight out to the ACTION. From the first stop to the last we were pulling in big mature sheephead, redfish, and drum. With plenty of them hitting the box between sheephead and the younger drum/redfish. Lots of doubles and triples and drag screaming. The 2-3' waves just made it more fun. Down right sporty out there! It was not long before we had the two 94q coolers packed with tasty fish and decided to play around a little. Motored up to a giant flock of birds to find a spectacle of nature unfolding beneath them. A MASSIVE school of bullreds was laying waste to a ball of pogies they had corralled. We watched in wonder as massive reds so thick, the water was colored bronzy red, crashed baits on the surface their backs out of the water, they swam so close to the surface. Spend enough time out there and this kind of thing is bound to cross your path. We were really happy to have gotten to witness it. Decided to take the rest of the day to explore what may be going on at Breton Island. Went out there and let the crew see the barrier island while we fished minnows under a corks for trout. No takers... either a little too early or the sand stained water from all the wind was too much for them to feed. GREAT day with a mission accomplished we turned the bow north and took it back towards the dock. Perfect day of fishing; If you have not experienced this springtime ACTION on big fish you are missing out. Sure they are not trout but we will have plenty of time for them in the months to come. rnrnGot some good video you can check out on my site.rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/Home/tabid/39/EntryId/196/Default.aspxrnrnI have a cancellation Saturday the 26th of April! Give me a call and come get in on some of the action.rnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.CrnCaptain Markham Dicksonrnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

Actin\' a fool
A FINE specimen!
Haul of delicious gulf filets.

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

After 20 years JR and Debbie are still fishing buddies
Had a couple from West Virginia down for their 20th anniversary, main mission to fish Louisiana! Debbie told J.R. her idea, and I am sure it did not take him long to agree. Heh talk about a keeper. The couple had a great three days of fishing with me. Staying at lodging here in Shell Beach they got to soak in the local Cajun fishing culture. First day it was pretty calm so we hit the Breton Sound for some monstas. Not disappointed with all forms of big beauties pulling drag at every stop. Bull redfish, drum, and sheephead were coming up in doubles all day. The second day we had a little more wind so stuck it out on the MRGO rocks for a nice morning of bull red fish action followed by an afternoon catching slot reds back in the marsh. Debbie and JR were a good team. Looking out for each other, making sure the other was in position for a good cast on the action. I can see how they made it 20 happy years! Even had a kiss after each double. Day three was all marsh action, but we took it deep into the edges of the marsh over on the Delacroix side of MRGO. Got on some really nice top end slot redfish. Got them their limit of those with a couple drum mixed in. High winds but we were able to find semi protected cleaner water and tide was up in the grass and fish were right on it fishing dead shrimp or plastics 2' under a popping cork. Really great folks, really easy going it made for a fun three days of fishing. Everything they caught was donated to our charity fish poboy giveaways we do in New Orleans, big thanks for that. I think I will see this couple again sometime, they said it was their favorite fishing charter so far and that was saying something because they have gone all over the place. Gotta love Louisiana catchin'!rnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.CrnCaptain Markham Dicksonrnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

First day of ACTION!
Doubled up!
Beautiful marsh redfish limit and a couple lagniappe drum.

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Naval invasion of Breton Sound.
Had four Navy boys on board a few days ago. They were the lucky winners of a raffle they had at the base. We had Mike, Rich, Lee, and Rob on board for what turned out to be another great day of big fish action out in Breton Sound. From the first rig we set up on we had hook ups on bull redfish. And when we hit the third rig about 20 minutes later it was double, triples, and damn near quads all morning. We caught around 20 bullreds, some serious pounds of redfish, releasing them all but one of the smallest for each of them. Next stop was sheephead. We were not disappointed on that front either as the guys packed the 94qt cooler until you had to sit on it to close the lid. I think big fish titles for the day most likely go to Rob with a monster red and Rich with a goliath drum.rnrnWe had a really good day on the water, great conditions and bite was on from the get go. The guys were all good fishermen which helps get the day rolling. Hope their luck doesn't run out and maybe a couple of them win again and get to come back out for round 2.rnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.CrnCaptain Markham Dicksonrnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

Lee with a purdy bull
Rob with a nice one.
Some fresh filets to take home.

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Running of the Breton Bulls!
Howdy y\'all, I been off the water last couple months for winter and with spring my 2014 chartering season begins. When its calm we have been going out into Breton Sound and catching some serious poundage of Bullreds. One day last week we boated about 25-30 reds in the 15-30lb range. That was some serious drag pulling. Had some good clear water out there on calm days and have pulled up on visible schools of 30 or more giant redfish. Hooked up on one then watch others follow and pitch a plastic to them only to watch them inhale it and scream drag. Even on the days with less clarity we have still been hammering the big reds, if its calm enough to get outside. And if you want meat for the freezer the sheephead spawn is beginning as well. On windy days nice boxes of slot redfish and drum have been coming out of the marsh. Fished yesterday and the day before in 20+mph winds and still managed a nice mess of marsh critters in low tide and muddy water.rnrnSo if you want to get your line stretched by some massive redfish or your freezer filled with tasty sheephead, hook up with me for a calm day before the spring run is over. Some serious big fish trips going down right now.rnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.CrnCaptain Markham Dicksonrnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

Big boy.
Sam fighting this redfish was like a grown man on a 150lb yellowfin.
Redfisherwoman

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Shell Beach trout and redfish ON FIRE!!!
Great time on the water yesterday with a couple fun guys to fish with. Scott up and married Stan\'s daughter so they might as well be fishin\' buddies. I think the guys must have been in a boat together quite a few times because they had the competitive jibes pretty much down pat. Scott got off to an early lead with a big ol\'redfish in the top end of edible bracket. Stan followed up with biggest trout. We caught a couple reds right off the bat then took a long cast out into open water and nailed a beautiful speckled trout. Bout an hour later we had 75 silver wonders on ice by 8:30am. Didn\'t even have to go up to Biloxi or down to 4-horse/oak river we just stayed close and caught fish. Everything 2\' under a popping cork on live shrimp or plastics. Switched gears to pick up our 8 more reds to polish off their limit of 10 redfish. Found um at drains and points either under a cork or pitching tight lined soft plastics on 3/8ths oz jig heads. We could see the minnows jumping to evade the redfish as the tide brought them over the schools of hungry redfish. Fishing will be ON FIRE until this front hits on Friday.rnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.CrnCaptain Markham Dicksonrnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

Scott\'s first fish of the day.
Letting them biggun\'s go make more babies.
75 trout and 10 redfish for the crew.

Inshore Fishing

Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana

Shell Beach heating back up after cold fronts.
Had a really fun day of fishing a couple days ago with a younger crew. I think our oldest was 21. The charter was Quin\'s birthday trip and he brought along his girlfriend Leslie, and friends Brandon and Ryan. It was just after those cold fronts had pushed water temps down into the upper 40\'s and trout were waking up late in the day. I opted to still meet the crew at dawn and take them to a bite that did not mind the cold. We pulled up on the sheephead and puppy drum and starting putting fish in the box one right after another. I lost count of the sheephead we deemed worthy of the box but believe me I got to figure that out at the cleaning table. Caught them the usual way dropping bait shrimp down the the structure they were holding on. Guys had a blast with this little start, and Ryan kept pulling in the occasional trout on plastics while we worked over the sheeps. Stage two of the day ended up being even more fun! Took the crew back to a little redfish canal I hoped would be turned on with the cold weather and sure enough it was on fire. We caught more then 50 redfish keeping our limit amidst the doubles and triples. Redfish are in a feeding frenzy right now trying to beat the winter chill. Every redfish I have cleaned in the last few days has had its belly PACKED. Guys were really happy about all the action and I got them a beautiful haul of sheephead and redfish filets to take home and share with their friends and family. They did also donate about half of their sheephead to the charity poboy giveaways we do. I think I have about half the meat I need to do another 200 meals for the homeless and we just did one about a week and a 1/2 ago! Great day out there with some nice young people that got the right idea of a good time.rnrnSalty Dog Charters, L.L.CrnCaptain Markham Dicksonrnwww.saltydogchartersllc.comrncmdthree@yahoo.comrn(504)481-8216rnrnCheck out VIDEOS here!rnhttp://www.saltydogchartersllc.com/YeOlVideos.aspx

Our cup over-floweth!
Some tasty filets.
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pic doesn\'t do her justice.  Weighed 4.8 on Campos shrimp scale.
Seafood platter.  5lb speck in the front Austin the kiddo reeled in!
Another fine day to be fishin\'
Haul of silver wonders
Father son team on rainy day marsh reds
Drag pullers!
Trout for the fryer and redfish for the grill!
groceries
One of Holly\'s Beasts
Drag pullers
Like the old days
3 generations making memories
deck full
Adam the proud angler!
Bigger then her, she reeled it all the way in.
Think they having fun?
Another haul of tasty filets.
fishy time to be offshore.

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