Capt. Chas Champagne is an avid angler, located in Slidell, LA. Capt. Chas owns and operates Dockside Bait & Tackle and also manufactures his own tackle producing the Matrix Shad fishing lure and the Golden Eye jig heads.

What to Expect this February

This winter has so far been non existent and the trout have been responding to these warm temperatures.  Typically we loose our speckled trout bite around this time of year but this year the specks have been staying in a November style pattern all winter.  We also usually find the bass and reds stacked up…

Winter Time Reds

Although this winter has been as mild as one I can ever remember this front may be the one to consolidate the red fish in the deep holes of the marsh. Typically easy red fishing starts around the end of November but this winter the temperatures haven’t seemed to get cold enough and the water…

Nick Varnado

Nick Varnado My name is Nick Varnado. Originally from Folsom, I began my saltwater fishing adventure in the Florida Keys. Growing up on a sailboat I was given the opportunity to travel throughout the Caribbean and fish some of the greatest sport fishing grounds on earth. After returning to Louisiana for college I turned my…

Hard Bait Season

Fall and Winter is one of the best times to target trophy trout with hard baits and save the soft plastics for the schoolies. Focus on floating hard baits over grassy shorelines in the fall and transition over to hovering them over rocky banks as we move to winter. In the fall big trout seem…

October Schools

  There probably is not an easier time to locate reds than the month of October.  Waters clean up, rivers drop and red fish flourish.  Water temperatures begin to cool and red fish begin to herd up like cattle.  We spend a lot of time while waiting on the speckled trout to settle in chasing…