Captain Jeff grew up fly fishing for trout and bass in the waters surrounding Washington DC. When he was 17 he went on his first fishing trip in Leeville, Louisiana and ended up attending Loyola University the next fall. He had his first flat boat by his junior year in college and has been fishing the waters from Grand Isle to the Biloxi marsh ever since.
Raines originally moved to New Orleans to catch fish and to pursue a career in music, and has succeeded substantially at both. He is the lead guitar player in the New Orleans funk band Galactic and is co owner of what many regard as the greatest music venue on the planet, the legendary Tipitinas. This makes Jeff the ideal Louisiana Redfish Charter Guide for those music fans who love to catch fish!
Captain Jeff is here to offer guided fly fishing and light tackle spinning rod trips in the saltwater marshes south of New Orleans, making him one of the premiere Louisiana Redfish Charter Guide services. Since he is located in the city, he can fish on either the east or west side of the Mississippi River depending on the time of year and conditions, with Port Sulphur and Venice on the west side and Hopedale and Delacroix on the east. The early fall when the big fish come back into the marsh from offshore is prime time but the fishing is spectacular all year round. The primary target on these trips is to catch and release giant redfish but black drum, sheepshead, jack crevalle, speckled trout and even giant alligator gar populate the same waters. Trips usually start around 8:00am and go till around 4:00 because the sun needs to be up to be able to see the fish. In the hotter months trips start earlier so you aren’t out there in the hottest part of the day. His boat is a seventeen-foot Maverick Mirage II with a 90-horsepower Etec strapped to the back. It has a custom front-casting platform with a rail for added stability. This flats skiff is ideal for fishing the marshes and bayous that surround New Orleans. All gear is provided. Captain Jeff ties his own spoon flies and has a ton of tasty-looking crab and shrimp patterns under development. Not to mention plenty of Clouser minnows and poppers queued up as well. He always keeps a 10 or 12-weight fly rod rigged and ready in case you see a big Jack feeding. If you want to bring your own gear that’s also fine. For the spinning enthusiast, Captain Jeff likes to use small suspending crankbaits with inline hooks, gold spoons, and topwater baits whenever possible. Read More
Artificial Lure Fishing, Fly Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing
Hopedale, LA, USA | Bodies of water fished: Biloxi Marsh