Whiskey Bayou Charters is owned and operated by Captain Joe Ezell, whose passion for fishing goes back to his childhood years. Nothing will make him happier than to see you catch some nice fish with his help.
Come fish with me!
Whiskey Bayou Charters is an inshore guide service located in the fishing village of Delacroix, LA within 45 minutes of downtown New Orleans. It is owned and operated by me, Captain Joe Ezell. My passion for fishing goes back to my childhood years, and nothing would make me happier than to see you catching fish on a charter with me.
You will be fishing aboard a 25’ Majek bay boat that’s powered by a 300 Mercury PRO XS 4 stroke engine, making it able to easily achieve a cruising speed of an impressive 50 knots.
In addition to all the necessary safety and navigation gear, the boat is also equipped with a MotorGuide XI 5 trolling motor, twin POWER-POLE Blade shallow water anchors, and a Lowrance HDS 12 GPS/fishfinder.
You will fish with premium Diawa series spinning rods and reels spooled with SeaGuar line, and Bass Assassin saltwater grade terminal tackle. I use premium tackle because I never want equipment failure to cause the loss of a catch.
I do not book any trip shorter than a full day because I want to be able to fully devote myself to my clients, and make sure you have the best possible experience. A standard trip involves fishing the inshore waters in the Delacroix marsh for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, and Sheepshead. I will have all the gear and bait at the ready prior to your arrival so you can focus on the most important part: fishing.
Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price, and anything you catch will be cleaned, filleted, and bagged after the trip for your convenience. You will need to bring along a valid fishing license that can be bought online. A pair of polarized sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, and rain gear are also highly recommended.
How it all began
I began fishing farm ponds and local lakes for bass, bream, and catfish in grade school, balancing a tackle box and Zebco 33 from the handlebars of a bike. My dad bought an aluminum boat with a 9 horse Johnson tiller steer about the time I got my drivers license. I pulled that thing to every lake within a days ride behind an old 64 Ford pickup, chasing Bass all over South East Mississippi.
After High School, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi. Soon after graduation, I went to work for a manufacturing company as a sales rep, working my way up to Vice President of Sales.
The old 17-foot aluminum boat was replaced with a TR186 Triton bass boat and a 2 stroke 150 Johnson. In 2008 my better half, Brenda Mayo, booked an inshore charter for us with Captain Chad Dufrene of Dufrene’s Guide Service. After catching the first redfish, I told her, “I’m selling my bass stuff.” Two months later all of the bass gear was gone and had been replaced with inshore gear.
Fast forward to 2012, and the first bay boat was purchased. After many trips and several charters, Captain Chad had seen enough potential to begin mentoring me and showing me the ropes in the charter business. In 2015 Brenda and I bought a piece of property in Delacroix, LA with a burned-out trailer on pilings and overgrowth so bad it would take a year to clean up. That same year I got my USCG OUPV Captain’s license. It has been a long journey from the kid on that bicycle carrying the Zebco 33 to today, but the grin when I see a cork go down or fish hit the net is the same now as it was then.
I truly enjoy seeing people catch fish and feel honored to share my passion for the outdoors and fishing with others. Come fish with me!
The Majek Xtreme is a sleek, low sided, fast tournament style bay boat. It’s one of the shallowest drafting V-hull boats on the market today. The versatility of the Majek Xtreme is one of its most unique characteristics. It’s perfect for fishing and skiing in freshwater lakes, but it’s also great for running in shallower saltwater bays.
The boat: Majek 25+ Xtreme
Mecury Pro 300HP V-6 4 Stroke
Shallow Water Modifications:
T&H Marine ATLAS 12 inch Hydraulic Jackplate
MotorGuide XI 5 36volt 112lb thurst
Lowrance HDS 12 GPS/fish finder
Dual Ice Chest:
- Engel 123qt Cooler in the bow to keep the catch cool
- Engel 80qt under the leaning post to keep your beverages cool
- Cushion and grab rails fore of the console capacity 2
- Cushion over the rear live well capacity 2
- Leaning post seat capacity 1 in addition to the Captain
- Fully stocked and maintained first aid kit on board at all times
- USCG approved life jackets, throw cushion, and a lifeline
- USCG approved Fire Extinguisher, air horn, and Flare kit
- All inspected and within expiration dates at all times