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Just wanted to thank you for
a great fishing trip from the CanFish Boys. This was our
most successful fishing trip ever. You, Barry, and Dave
were excellent guides and fun to fish with. The redfish
are great fighters and glad the action picked up over
our last 2 days. They and the trout were excellent
eating and prepared superbly at Des Famillia (?). In
fact, we ate there twice in addition to Jans, Bufutts(?),
and Gumbo Soup in NOLA.
accommodations you provide with the 2 houses were also
probably the nicest our group has ever had. Everything
seemed new and very clean. We loved the living/rec rooms
with all the fish and deer mounts. The flat screen TVs
were great, plus the other house had Wi-Fi which we
could access across the channel from your house.
We also did the WWII museum
in NOLA which was very interesting and fun. In addition
to all the historical stuff, we really enjoyed the 4D
movie. Thought our plane was going to crash when it
nearly shook us out of our seats. Ha!
Thanks again for a great
(Ranger) VandeWater and the CanFish Boys
Mike Mullin sent us
this photo and we thought we would share with everyone! Great
picture! His comments were:
Attached is a
picture I took of the gator that was following us on
Monday.Thanks again for the trip. Matt, Judi and I had a
blast. I have several co-workers now itching to come out your
way and see what its like to fish in real water.
Hello E.J and Dave
I just wanted to drop you a few lines and let you know how much I
enjoyed out the fishing trip on June 4, 2012.
I used to fish up in the North of
Canada and was surprised how good fishing is down south in New
I couldn't have had a better time,
the fishing was just great. Dave was like a good friend to me. He
showed me how to catch red fish and speckled trout. We also caught
unexpectedly a cat fish.
Here a short description of the day:
Around 5 a.m. a driver picked me up
at the hotel in French Quarter and drove me together with a Family
from Texas to Jean Lafitte Charters, located approximately 35
minutes south from downtown New Orleans.
Captain Dave and I, went by boat to
an open spot at the lake and started to catch red fish (a nice game
fish and good fighter). At the very beginning we did not hit the
perfect spot. After we moved on top of a shell-heap we just caught
like crazy! First we caught with shrimp on a white lead Jig head on
the bottom. On almost every cast I caught a nice sized red fish. We
decided to “save” the shrimp an tried with a white rubber tail
instead. It was the same, one red after the other. We removed also
the rubber tail and fished with a blank single white lead Jig head –
we could not believe, the reds even took that. After over 40 fish
(we stopped counting) I almost got sores on the hands from rolling.
After a few more fish we decided to move to another spot to try to
catch different fish. At the new spot, in front of a beautiful
island, we caught a nice speckled trout and unexpectedly a cat fish.
It was a perfect fishing day, beautiful weather, scenery and nice
After noon we turned back to the boat
dock, cleaned the fish, say good by to each other and a driver drove
us back down town.
I only took one red fish and one
speckled trout. As much I was able to have for dinner for myself.
But where can I cook the fish? I asked at the Astor Crowne Plaza
hotel where I stayed, but they seemed not interested to prepare it
for me at all. I walked down the Canal Street to the Palace Café –
Restaurant, 605 Canal Street , and ask again. They were very
friendly and after they ensured by the Managing Partner if it is ok,
they prepared me a delicious meal with my own fish.
Cafe spinach Salad tossed with
candied house made bacon, read Onion, butter fried speckled trout in
a sherry cane vinaigrette.
Main course: Red fish pecan, Pecan-crushed red fish with creole
meuniere Sauce, spiced pecans Popcorn Rice and vegetables du jour.
White chardonnay wine
After the meal I was really tired and
happy. I had a short nap at the hotel before a went out to enjoy the
night life at Bourbon street.
Thanks for one of the best fishing
experience I ever had!
Stefan van Velsen
Thanks for a great couple of days fishing, and here is a few words for your website.
"EJ, Thanks for the fishing trips I had over the last couple of days, you made it easy for me with the hotel pick-up and return !!.
The fishing was great, bass and redfish on the first day, then on the second, more bass, blackfish and then.....The Big Bad Boy......a 10lb Redfish.....
Your boat is great and the website makes it easy to book with you.
I caught more fish with you on those couple of days than I have got at home in England in the last couple of years,
Cheers EJ, if ever I'm back I'll be sure and call you.
Howdy! Capt. E.J. Plaisance
Well it's been just over a week since you
took my wife an I out on July 15th for an afternoon of the best
fishing I've ever done in years and I know for sure it was the best
in my wife life! I've fished the flats around Rockport, TX for
sometime now and have always done well. But I've always been told if
one wants real Red Fish action then the feeder bayou flats in
Louisiana is where you need to go, so while we were in New Orleans
for my wife's training convention, I said to Becky let's give it a
try and she said "Go for it." Then came the problem on who to get! I
knew finding a guide for a last minute book was going to be next to
impossible, specially since we only had a open time of Thursday
afternoon due to me having to be in Hattiesburg,MS on Friday for a
tech meeting. So I got my wife's laptop and got on the internet and
started looking. After narrowing down the vast list of guides to the
top four I liked then I flipped a coin on who to call first. I tried
the first number and no answer, so I went to number two and called.
You answered and to my surprise and delight said you could work us
in. I will say I did have my concerns about catching anything with
media saying the oil slick from the Horizon had reach the fisheries
and feeder flats in Louisiana but I still wanted to give it a try.
Then Thursday afternoon we got to your dock several hours later than
what I said we would and with the heat index bumping 114, I thought
about it again and said to my wife "I'm afraid that our fishing
trip this afternoon will be just a little bit better than a smoke
signal on a cloudy day and we will be lucky to see a fish much less
catch one." then explained to her all the things going against this
trip. Then after meeting you and visiting some I felt better
but still had a few concerns about doing any good. As we undocked I
remember saying to you "All that matters is my wife catching one big
fish." and you just smiled and replied "Don't worry!". As we
cruised along the waters of the flats I kept looking for the oil
slick that the media was talking about, but to my surprise never saw
it. Then the boat slowed down and you said "Grab a rod! There's
fish waiting for you!". As you pointed to an area by the shore line
I have never seen such a congregation of bait fish swarming and
reds moving about. Not only did you put us on fish, you put us
on the action only one dreams about! Even though you tried your best
to get me hooked up with a big red it never happened and it was to
no fault of yours, I was off and couldn't hit the broad side of a
barn with my casting that afternoon. Yet I still hooked up to six
nice reds in the three to five pound range which was great fun! As
for my wife not only did you hook her up to one of the biggest
fish she has ever caught just over 10 pounds, but you did it
twice with the second one bigger that the first at 12.5 pounds. And
she is still talking, or should I say bragging about it. She has
finally with out any doubt out top me and the kids at fishing and I
tell you this makes me the happiest guy around.
Now before I close I want to add this so if
anyone reads this they will know the truth! As we were fishing I ask
you how close were we to the oil slick the media was taking about or
even if it was around. That's when I saw the cheerfulness in your
face turn some what sad! You looked at me and replied " It is there
in the gulf alright, but its 23 miles from here where the flats
sport fishing is. Bad media has it up here and it really as hurt our
charter bookings. You're my 7th booking for the month and last year
I was at 27 bookings. And it's just not me, it's the same with my
friends the other charter guides. All our bookings are down
and that's our lively hood. We're just trying to hang on till the
word gets out that we have clean safe water here and clean safe fish
And to that I will add, my wife Becky and I
live in Odessa, TX. which is in the middle part of west Texas. And
that all we have heard from the media was how the oil from the
Horizon blow out has reached the fisheries of Louisiana gulf coast
and bayou feeders. Will I'm here to tell you we did not see one sign
of oil anywhere we fished with you that day in the feeders. All we
saw was clear crystalline water so clear that you could see fish
swimming. So if anyone reads this and want to fish the flats don't
be afraid to give Capt E.J. a call and setup a booking. If you don't
you will be missing some of the best fishing of you life. My wife
and I are already making plans to go back in October and take our
kids and grandkids with us.
Again Capt E.J.
Thanks for the best fishing experience we ever
Becky and Hank Johnson
GREETINGS CAPT EJ
A quick note to say that we had a great time fishing with you.
Thanks again for everything - Alec is still very excited about
hitting the Red Fish Limit
We’ll be back!
Well what can we say. You did it again!!!
We have fished with you for several years now, and it is worth
every penny. The 1st - 2 hours of fishing was some of the
fastest fishing action I have seen in a while. Connie put those
Red's in the boat faster than I would have ever imagined. I
believe I would have caught up with her, if the weather would
not have run us for cover.
Hope you have a wonderful father's day, and God Bless,
Joe & Connie Smith
PS, the discussion all the way home was " When we gonna come
back? " See you then
My son Andrew hasn't stopped talking about our charter yet! He has
done died and gone to heaven today. We'll be back soon, with the
other 2 kids and
maybe even the wife along! Thanks for everything.
I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that Connie
and I had a great time fishing, June 15th and 16th. This trip
is the first time she caught a Speckled Trout. The fishing was
really tough with the wind not really cooperating, but you
really put forth the effort and put us on some fish. We put
plenty in the icebox and plan on making another trip soon.
The Victoria Inn has some great accommodations. Being the 2nd
trip we upgraded rooms and really enjoyed the place.
God Bless, and Plan on fishing with you again,
We just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much we
enjoyed out fishing trips with Mike on April 16th and 17th. We
couldn't have had a better time, the fishing was great, the food and
lodging at Victoria Inn was outstanding, their gumbo is to die for,
and our catch of the day was prepared wonderfully at Jan's.
My husband has told several of his friends that fishing with Mike
was like fishing with one of them, he was very friendly and easy to
talk with and he really knows the area witch was amazing to me
because it's such a vast expanse. The water was low and muddy in a
lot of places because of a front that had come through a couple days
earlier, but Mike was able to find good spots for us to fish. We
caught plenty of trout the first day and a few small reds, my
husband and I both hooked into a big red but they got off. The
second day we concentrated on reds and we both landed some NICE
We hope to come back to Lafitte someday and bring some fishing
friends with us, I know they would have as much fun as we did.
David and Anna Sawyer
again for the great trip
on November 4th.
My group really had a good time. I was amazed that at the end of
such a windy day, we caught over 80 specks! You guys definitely
went out of your way to make sure we caught fish. Your
techniques certainly paid off. Everything was great and I look
forward to fishing with you again sometime in the future.
Thanks for the trip, Jon and I really enjoyed it. The only
negative was we were in Lafitte to briefly and fished only two
days. The Victoria Inn and staff were GREAT! We had lunch at
Jan's on the last day and the fired Oysters and Shrimp really
hit the spot. We've cooked both Trout and Red Fish that we
brought home and they were perfect -- thank's to my wife's (Pat)
skills. Definitely will plan another trip and hope you are
We appreciated you picking us up on time, fishing hard, and
filleting out our fish (they made it home perfectly). We noted
that the Porpoises followed you to the good spots. Next time I
want to try my fly rod; but, your light tackle and rigs were too
good to give up on our first trip.
Nancy and I wanted
to thank you again for the great fishing we had with on Friday Apr
29, 2005. The wind was rough and made the fishing tough and we still
caught a limit of very nice redfish. I would recommend anyone
looking through your site to give you a try. The price was very
right, and your service was great. We also want to thank you for the
advice on eating lunch at Jans, I will rank it as one of the better
meals I had while in New Orleans. I look forward to fishing with you
again real soon.
Saturday was a
wonderful fishing experience all the way around. Capt. Mike
represents your company very well and the equipment & boat was top
notch. We will be back to fish again and being in sales your are
always looking for quality relationship building locations to take
your best customers to for a getaway. I just found another sales
tool. The fresh fish cooked at Jan's was a excellient ending to a
great day. Good Job.
I wanted to once
again thank you for the marvelous time we had fishing with you
this past week. Although the weather didn't always cooperate, each
of us certainly understood the difficulties you faced in
attempting to find fish for us. All of us have been there many
times. As you know well, just being with friends and sharing the
experience is the most important part of the equation. It's just
part of the fishing game. Under the circumstances we know you did
an exemplary job and all of us are most grateful.
or not, I used to be a pretty fair fisherman. However this last
trip was and eye opener for me. I knew that I had lost much ground
over this past year, but would have never believed it untill last
week. I must apologize for being such a burden. It's certainly not
the way I wanted it and will be doing all I can to improve or at
the very least not continue to loose ground.
It should be
quite apparent that my big fish successes were merely luck.
Nothing more.I wish I could account for it as skill, but we both
know that's not the case. We owe our success in no small part to
your skills. I can't tell you how greatful I am for your skills
with boat and net. There is no doubt that your skills were a major
part of my success. Without those skills, the fish would still be
swimming around with a spinnerbait stuck in its jaw. We all
understand this and are most grateful to you for putting up with
us for three days. Of course, there is no doubt whatsoever that
the Lord had his hand on my shoulder this past week. I would be
remiss not to acknowledge His part in our wonderful expeience.
pictures are very nice and I hope they bring you many good
clients and much success. We really did have a wonderful time and
I'm certain the boys will be coming back soon. I know they would
like to come this fall but in a couple of cases, it's a bit much
in one year. Never the less, I'm certain you'll be hearing
something in the not too distant future.
Hope all is
well with you and your family. Take care of yourself and stay
Hi Capt. E.J., My wife
Christy and I wanted to let you and anyone who
looks at your web site to know, this was the best fishing charter we
been on! We went on Saturday Jan. 22nd 2005 and it wasn't the best
conditions, but E.J. knows his way around out there! E.J. took us to
first spot, it was pretty dirty water so we didn't stay there very
E.J. was fairly sure he could find some clearer water so he cranked
200 h.p. motor and off we went. We were the first ones to get to our
spot, I caught a black drum right away, then a sheepshead, all 3 of
catching specs. and then Christy caught a real nice redfish. There
at least 6-7 other boats around us, but we only saw 1 other boat
any fish, we caught at least 40-45 fish at that spot. We were the
to leave that area, when we moved we caught 10-12 specs. at another
and the entire morning conditions were going downhill, a front was
and the wind keep picking up, but we were still finding fish thanks
E.J.'s expertise. We decided to move around again, this spot had
water also, but E.J. said there will be clean water over in another
he was absolutely correct. We caught a few more fish,[all 3 of us],
wind was really starting to make things choppy out there so we
day. All of Capt.E.J.'s equipment and boat was top notch along with
attitude and knowledge! I will call him every time I come to the New
Orleans area, because IT DOSEN 'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!!! Thanks
Captain EJ, just wanted
to let you know what a great time we had on the
water with you on September 27, 2004. Not only did we catch a bunch
fish, but your professionalism would have made it a great trip
fishing was great and so was the company. Thanks again.....
Jim and Nancie Flynn,
Harvey's Lake, Pa.
Thank you for a great day of
fishing. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to
seeing/receiving the pictures. As soon as you are able to post them
on your web page we will start sending people there to see
them...we’ll be sending them there before that with our
First, thanks for a wonderful day of Redfish angling, your expertise
are tremendous!! Not easy to compare, but your apparent knowledge is
far superior to that of other charters I have been on. I was
impressed by your ability to teach me what to look for to find
fish, and the techniques to catch them. I will be back!
Cheers, till we fish together again!
have settled into our daily routine since coming back from vacation.
We spent 7 days in the New Orleans and Lafitte area of Louisiana.
Barbara and I can truly say the best part of our stay was the last
three days in the Lafitte area. From our conversations with E.J. we
were the first to try the new combo package of fishing (2 days)
lodging (2 nights) and all meals including breakfast on last day
before returning home. The food at Jan's and the Victoria Inn &
Gardens out-classed anything we had in New Orleans. We had the
Redfish we caught on Monday, sautéed at Jan's, along with one of
the best baked potatoes we've ever had. It was stuffed with bacon,
sour cream, and cheddar cheese. Topping that was the stuffed
flounder at the Victoria Inn, we caught on Monday. It was
stuffed with crab and shrimp and lightly sautéed in butter and then
baked in the oven. This time we opted for the garlic mashed
potatoes, which again were mouthwatering. The side dishes and
desserts at both places were just excellent. We try to fish on
every vacation we take. We have had some memorable trips, both good
and bad. This was one of the best guided trips we had been on in
quite a while. E.J., you are very professional in the way you
handle you customers and your knowledge of the area. The equipment
was first rate, your attention to our wants and needs and our
fishing skill level was excellent. We will return to Lafitte, La.
in the near future and we will definitely book another combo package
with Jean Lafitte Fishing Charters and E.J. Plaisance Jr."
again, E.J., for a great trip.
Terry & Barbara Hall
Gorgeous SE Louisiana Redfish
4 Buddies loving there day on the water with Capt. EJ
The kids love it!!
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