Frequently Asked Questions
What’s included in the inclusive pricing?
The inclusive pricing covers your guided activity (fishing, hunting or blast & cast), lodge accommodations, all meals, as well as all fish cleaning and packaging. Also, the guides will provide you with bottled water, soft drinks, electrolyte replacement drinks, chips and snacks to go along with your sandwich, while on the water.
What’s not included in the inclusive pricing?
All hotel taxes, guide & house gratuities, as well as state & federal licensing (as it applies for each activity). No alcoholic beverages are included, but you are welcome to bring whatever you would like to consume, at the Lodge or on the water. So if you have specific snack food or other beverage wants, please bring or purchase them in New Orleans before driving down to the Lodge.
What do I need to bring for fishing?
Pack attire for all weather/seasonal situations, which includes raingear. Also pack sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, bug repellant, and coolers, just in case you want to take fish home.
What constitutes a full-day of fishing?
Our full-day of fishing is approximately 6-7 hours on the water, but it’s really up to you. If you catch “your limit” and want to head back early, just tell your guide.
Do I need to bring ice?
You may if you’d prefer, but we have a large-quantity ice machine that you are welcome to at anytime during your stay. There’s also a smaller ice machine accessible to you in the Main Lodge.
How many Lodges are at Cajun Fishing Adventures?
The Main Lodge is the focal point at CFA. Its’ capacity is 18 and is the location for both breakfast & dinner daily. Just behind the pool is the Back Lodge and it accommodates a capacity of 11 people.
Just off-site is our exclusive lodge, called The Fly House, which accommodates 6 people. When booking the Fly House, you can arrange to have dinner exclusively catered for your group or join everyone at the Main Lodge. Since everyone leaves for his/her fishing or hunting trip from the Main Lodge, all breakfasts are served there. CFA can accommodate a total capacity of 35 people / night.
How long has CFA been in business?
Since 1980. We annually average over 5,000 anglers & hunters from 46 states, 11 foreign countries, and counting.
Does CFA do “business-related” or corporate style groups?
Over 1/3 of our business is corporate or business related. We can mold & shape your trip to fit around business meetings, special menus, etc. to make your trip special. Be sure to work with CFA business office /management anytime from booking to arrival so that we are properly prepared to take care of you.
How many fishing guides work with CFA?
A total of 18 guides, 12 of which are full-time with CFA. The guides are independent contractors for CFA and thus responsible for maintaining all of their equipment up to CFA standards. This includes their boat, motor, accessories and tackle.
I know the guide supplies all of the rods & tackle, but can I bring my own gear?
You are more than welcome to bring your own gear. Make every effort to use similar size equipment that our guides use in order to provide you with the best opportunity for success. We recommend medium baitcasting & spinning rod & reels combinations, lined with 15-30 lb. braided line. Some choose to tie-on shock leaders in the 20-30 lb. class. The guides will have what produces the best for them every day, whether it be artificial or bait.
Is live bait included in the charter?
All of our guides are outfitted with hard & soft plastic artifical lures, as well as dead shrimp, if available. When available, you can request live shrimp in advance of arrival. The guide purchases it and passes along that expense to you directly.
What kind of boats will we fishing from?
The vast majority are 22-24 ft. Skeeter bay boats. However, we do have 2 shallow-water, poling-style, flat skiffs available for extreme shallow-water sightfishing and fly fishing.
What is an accepted guide gratuity?
Tips are not mandatory, but the average daily gratuity is around $ 100.00 for the boat/day.
What is an accepted house gratuity?
Tips are not mandatory, but the average house tip is $ 10.00 per person/day, based on the total number of people in your group.
What licensing is needed for fishing?
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries provides you a special license when a licensed charter captain accompanies you. This is a resident or non-resident license that can be purchased in advance online at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses/fishing and order the 3-Day Charter Passenger license for $ 10.00. Be sure to specify your first day of fishing as your start-date.
What licensing is needed for hunting?
It all depends on your residency status. Everyone needs a current-season federal duck stamp, as well as the federal Hunter Information Program (HIP).
Resident hunters need to purchase a basic hunt license & a Louisiana duck stamp.
Non-resident hunters need to purchase a non-resident migratory bird/small game daily license for each day of hunting.
Any hunting licensing can be purchased at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses/hunting-licenses
Do you sell shotgun shells for duck hunting?
Yes we do, if we have inventory. Please check with us prior to your trip to see if we have specifically what you want. Some customers order shells and have them drop-shipped to the Lodge in advance of arrival. Please inform us that we will be receiving something for you and it will be in your room upon arrival.
Do you make allowances for special dietary needs?
Yes, just let us know in advance so we can get what is needed. Also, if you have someone in the group that has a specific food allergy (for example – to fish or shellfish), please advise us of this situation well before you arrive, so we can make proper arrangements.
Do you mix groups in dorm-type camp situations?
Absolutely not. Our lodges are predominately double & triple occupancy rooms. At no time will you be sharing a room with someone with another group staying at the lodge.
Is there an up-charge for a private room?
You may request a private room at the time of booking and we will make every effort to make that happen. If we have a high occupancy during your stay, it is difficult to do so. If we are able to provide you a private room, there will be an up-charge that will be a minimum of $100.00 / night, with higher up-charges during peak-occupancy timeframes.
Can you request specific guides?
Yes, you can request a specific guide(s) for a future trip. Once a reservation & a guide request is made, we go directly to that guide to identify his availability and lock him in for your trip. If another group has made a prior request for the same guide, then said guide is not available for your trip. Your best chance of retaining your requested guide is to let us know at the time of your initial booking. You can find out if a guide has already been requested by inquiring at the time of booking. If said guide is not available and you want to fish with said guide, we can provide you with some other dates that he has yet to be requested. We will make every effort to get your secondary trip dates as close as possible to your originally planned trip dates.
Can you request specific rooms or lodges?
Yes, you can request a favorite room or a certain lodge in advance. As long nobody has made a prior request for same space. It’s based on availability.
What kind of fish will I catch with you?
Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Black Drum are the main inshore saltwater species that can be caught in the backwater marshes and bays of the lower Mississippi River Delta.
What are the bag limits?
Redfish – slot limit 16-27 inches, bag limit 5 (1 of the 5 can be over 27 inches).
Spotted Seatrout – minimum length 12 inches, bag limit 25.
Flounder – no size limit, bag limit 10.
Black Drum — slot limit 16-27 inches, bag limit 5 (1 of 5 can be over 27 inches).
How do I get my fish home?
We do not a have shipping service, however we recommend that you contact the specific airline your flying with and find out their guidelines and policies on transporting your catch back home. Most airlines will not allow ice, nor dry ice inside your cooler, inside their airplane. However, pre-manufactured freezer packs are allowed.
If you are driving, just make sure you bring enough coolers to manage your catch back home.
If you prefer to have your catch shipped to your doorstep, there’s a service at Venice Marina (15 miles southeast of Lodge), that several of our customers use to easily ship fish back home. Venice Marina, 237 Sports Marina Road, Venice, LA., 70091, (504) 534-9357. It’s FedEx Priority – Overnight service. The pricing is based upon 2 things – zip code to zip code and the overall weight. Just let them know your address with zip code and they’ll weigh your shipment and ship it same day or if you’re not going home directly, they can hold the fish until you’re ready to receive the shipment. Contact Sofie for further information and estimated pricing.
How many people do you fish per boat?
You can fish between 1-4 people per boat. However, when fishing 4 people, it could diminish the overall fishing experience for the group. We recommend 2-3 people per boat.
If you plan to fish in our shallow-water, poling skiffs, we recommend 1 or 2 people per boat. When there are 2 people, they are splitting bow-time.
When are the fishing & hunting seasons?
Fishing is a year-round activity here. Teal Season is in September and big duck season is November, December & January (actual dates are announced 2-3 months prior to the beginning of each hunting season).
When is check-in time?
Whenever you arrive! However if you arrive early in the day, other guests that are currently on the water and departing after fishing, might still be occupying the room(s) you will be occupying soon.
If you arrive late, there will be welcome signage/room information posted ton the front door to direct you to your room(s).
When is check-out time?
After fishing your last day, we encourage you to take a shower, change clothes for your day of return travel. Late check-out is standard practice at CFA.
Are there special rates for children?
We have a per-person rate unless other arrangements are made with the CFA business office or management.
Is there wireless internet available?
Yes we do.
Are your Lodges smoke-free?
Yes they are.
Do you require a deposit to make a reservation?
Yes, by calling the CFA business office at 985-785-9833, you can make a deposit with a credit card over the phone, or by sending a check.
What are the nearest commercial & private airports?
Commercial – Louis Armstrong International (MSY), 1 ½ hour drive to/from CFA.
2 private airports includes Lakefront (NEW) 1 hour, 20 minute drive to/from CFA, and Southern Seaplane (65LA), 50 minute drive to/from CFA.
Do you have any type of transportation arrangements if I don’t want to get a rental car ?
Several customers have used A REGAL LIMOUSINE SERVICE in the past, and they have a broad selection of vehicles for just about every group size. More information can be found at www.aregallimo.com and can be reached at (504) 712-5466.
Can I fly fish at CFA?
Yes, we have 2 shallow-water, poling skiffs for extreme, shallow-water, sightfishing that are perfect for fly fishing. These skiffs can accommodate a maximum of 2 anglers, sharing bow-time. Please refer to our fly fishing primer to learn more about what to expect as well as what we have to offer. At the time of booking, please specify that you are fly fishing.
If any of my guests do not want to fish or hunt, will they be comfortable at the lodge?
Absolutely! There are a number of options, whether it’s finding a quiet corner of the Great Room in a comfy chair to read a book, relax outside on the back deck, gazebo or lounge around the pool area, CFA is all about the “creature-comforts.”