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Hackberry Charters
289 Lake Breeze Rd. Hackberry, LA 70645 USA
Email: hackberrycharter@aol.com

   From Lake Charles to the Cameron jetties, southwest Louisiana is blessed with some of the finest coastal saltwater fishing in the country. Giant 10-pound speckled trout, redfish up to four feet long, and flounder inhabit this vital estuary, its bayous, bays, beaches and marsh coastline. For generations, the Lake Calcasieu area, or Big Lake, has been widely known as a fishing destination of world-class proportions. And few people know this better than veteran Capt. Mark Huse.

   Hackberry Charters established in 1999. Since then, hundreds of anglers across the country have enjoyed the fishing experience of a lifetime with Huse and Hackberry Charters. Huse being a Sulphur native has naturally fished these waters all his life. Huse is still amazed at the consistency of this incredible fishery of Speckled Trout and Red Fish.

   For many reasons, the Lake Calcasieu area simply produces more, and larger speckled trout. Much of the credit, Huse said, is because of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, which was completed in 1941. At that time, the area underwent a dynamic transformation, brining in salt water, baitfish, and establishing virtually every type of coastal marine habitat. “The area is legendary,” said Huse from his new waterfront lodge. “There is everyting here - shallow bays, oyster reefs, sand flats, and plenty of fish to be caught."

   Huse attributes much of the success of the lake to the combination of the shallow lake, with the 50-foot depths of the nearby Calcasieu Ship Channel, that provides a cold-weather/warm-weather sanctuary for the big fish.

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