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.

Trout Fired Up After Nate Pushes in Bait

Trout Fired Up After Nate Pushes in Bait by: Joel Masson Hurricane Nate, fortunately, wasn’t much more than a little high water and rain for Southeast Louisiana, but for particular areas along thecoast, it had major impacts – in a good way.Nate brought in loads of super saltyGulf water, which carried with it a monstrosity of bait. All that…

After Tropical Storm Cindy

     Well everyone figured salinities would rise after another summertime tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico but that is not the reality from tropical storm Cindy.  Cindy made landfall near the Lake Charles area, putting Lake Pontchartrain on the wet side of the storm. Although water levels did rise with the storm surge…

Matrix Tagging Program

By: Joel Masson   A few years back, Tag Louisiana started a program that allowed anglers to stick yellow tags in fish, with the potential of that fish being recaptured. The value of this program shows itself in many facets. For each recaptured fish, Tag Louisiana sends both the recipient and the original tagger a…

Chris Miller

Hi everyone My name is Chris Miller from Slidell Louisiana.As like many people that grew up in Louisiana it didn’t take long for me to develop a passion for fishing growing up! I can remember when Chas was running dockside bait and tackle I’d go there to get live shrimp.Well one day he gave me…

The Heat is On

Summer is now here along with the hot temperatures. If it is speckled trout you are after there are two things you will have to change up from fishing during the spring. First off early starts is key. The early bird gets the worm in the summer months. The other thing you may have to…

Michael Booth

Michael Booth My name is Michael Booth and I grew up saltwater fishing with my dad. We would make trip after trip to Grand Isle or Delacroix chasing trout in his bay boat. As I grew older I jumped into the world of kayak fishing. I began chasing reds from the kayak all over Louisiana.…