World-class interior and coastal fishing in the
heart of the Mississippi River Delta
Mission – Our mission at Donewar’s Saltwater Guide Service is a simple one – to put our guests on fish while providing them with the greatest fishing experience of their lives. In his more than 18 years in the recreational charter fishing industry, Capt. Jody Donewar has created countless adventures that have exceeded every expectation of his customers. Whether you’re targeting explosive speckled trout on pristine reefs and flats, or tackle-destroying redfish within the marsh interiors, Donewar will literally put you in the middle of one of the best things that Sportsman’s Paradise has to offer.
Donewar has long held a reputation of catching vast amounts of fish, no matter what the conditions are. His complete mastery of the sport leaves others in awe. Donewar’s services are sought out by tournament professionals who are looking to refine their own skills; “weekenders” hoping to discover new areas; or novices who just want to have fun and fill their ice chests with fish.
Of course the bottom line is having fun and catching fish. And Donewar’s Saltwater Guide Service goes to great lengths to ensure this goal is reached on every trip. On your fishing adventure with Donewar, you’ll be taken to some of the most productive destinations in the state, depending on the seasonal and weather conditions.
“This is not just a goal,” he said. “It’s a promise from us to you.”
Equipment – To accomplish their mission, Donewar’s Saltwater Guide Service has invested a lot of time and money in the equipment you’ll be using on your Louisiana fishing adventure. From the smallest piece of terminal tackle to the state-of-the-art, 24-foot bay boat, everything has been thoroughly researched, tested and approved by Capt. Donewar. His 24-foot Ranger Bay boat has been called one of the most modern, sleekest, fastest, safest and dependable fishing vessels on the water.
Powered by a 250-hp Mercury Optimax, guests will enjoy a quiet, comfortable and dry ride down the bayous and across the lower coastal bays. The Ranger is equipped with everything one could imagine including an eight-foot power pole; dual aerated live wells at each end and specially designed bait caddies for anglers’ convenience. Additional features include a GPS, VHF radio, cell phone and AM-FM stereo.
Every charter with Donewar’s Saltwater Guide Service is an all-inclusive trip. What you will not get are any “surprise charges” when you return home. All fuel, oil, tackle, bait, use of rods and reels and expert guide service are covered in the single, low cost of a trip. Donewar will even clean and bag your catch at the end of the day. Guests will have the pleasure of using top-of-the-line Shimano spinning reels mounted on Bionic Blade Bass Pro rods.
Capt Jody Donewar – a south Louisiana native, was born and raised in the lower Mississippi River Delta, hunting and fishing. His fondest memories as a child were going after the elusive speckled trout and redfish with his father, Charles Donewar.
Donewar and his father were fixtures in the Myrtle Grove-Lake Hermitage region from the 1960s through the 1990s. However, substantial habitat changes forced him to move further to the south, near Buras and Empire. From here, Capt. Donewar discovered a new world of angling opportunities, including fishing on both the east side and west side of the Mississippi River. Donewar’s Saltwater Guide Service today is based out of The Delta Marina. The marina is one of the best, most convenient and equipped marinas in Louisiana. The Delta Marina, at 317 Rose Marie Drive, Empire, LA, has lodging for anglers, a restaurant and ship store, wet and dry storage for boats, fish cleaning stations, and a host of other amenities.
Where and when we fish- Donewar’s decision to base his charter business out of Empire, LA was one of the best changes he ever made. The move opened up new worlds of opportunities on both sides of the Mighty Mississippi River.
Some of the top times to pre-book your trips include October-November, when he targets big numbers of speckled trout and redfish east and west of the river. Some of the areas fished this time of the year include Bay Adams, English Bay, Quarantine Bay and Cox Bay.
Capt. Jody is also a hunting enthusiast and he spends the months of December through February hunting deer & ducks.
Beginning the month of March, our anglers are back on the water for the early trout spawn and our “explosive fighting redfish action”.
Many veteran anglers, including trophy trout enthusiasts, will book trips through April and May, during peak spawning periods. Some of the most important periods – three days before a full moon and new moon, during a full moon and new moon, and up to three days after a full moon and new moon. These are the best times to fish for large speckled trout. These days are when the majority of the big sows are caught. This spawning trend continues through June and July. August and September can be very productive with mixed catches of Speckled Trout and Redfish.
These dates book up early and fast.
You want to book any of these dates early!