Islander Pricing and Options
COVID AWARENESS STATEMENT
Please note that guests on The Islander may be placed in rooms with other guests. If you do not feel comfortable with that possibility, we ask that you postpone your plans and visit us in the future. We also ask individual guests to postpone if experiencing any of the following common COVID symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell.
Our all-inclusive rates include meals, snacks, and an open bar while onboard The Islander. Please note that anglers are to provide their own provisions, including bottled waters/drinks, ice chests, and ice, for their fishing needs. Other amenities include bedding, soaps, towels, free Wi-Fi, and DIRECTV.
Islander Rates: (Thursday through Saturday Nights) – 4 Person Minimum
$250 per person per night - 4-person, 2-night minimum to book advanced reservations. (Or the equivalent pricing adjustment per person). All other requests are based upon availability at the time.
Islander Rates: (Sunday through WednesdayNights) – 6 Person Minimum
$250 per person per night - 6-person, 2-night minimum to book advanced reservations. (Or the equivalent pricing adjustment per person). All other requests are based upon availability at the time.
Unless otherwise prearranged, check-in is at 3:00 PM on your day of arrival and check-out is at 11:00 AM on your day of departure. If arriving via your own boat, you may drop off any excess bags, chests, fuel, etc. prior to check-in to allow yourself more space while out fishing.
Special Note: If we are already on location with larger groups, individuals and smaller groups are encouraged to contact us for last-minute vacancies. If space is indeed available, we will be happy to accommodate you.
DEPOSITS AND REFUNDS
A 50% deposit based upon your total trip cost is required to confirm reservations. In the event of weather-related postponements, your deposit will be applied to a rescheduled trip. If rescheduling attempts do not work out, your deposit will be refunded in full upon request.
**Please Read Carefully**
**Forfeiture of Deposits**
NON-WEATHER related cancellations within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date MAY result in the forfeiture of individual or group deposits.
Islander or Third-Party Captain and Boat: $125 per person each way
Each leg of the 80-mile round trip requires a 4-person minimum departing from and returning to East Pass Christian Harbor, Pass Christian, MS. Unless special arrangements are made, departure times to and from The Islander will be from approximately 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM each leg of the trip.
If your transportation is provided by The Islander or one of our third-party captains, it should be noted that all decisions affecting safe passage to and from the Islander are the sole responsibility of the licensed vessel captains. To ensure safe passage, the captain may decide to either hasten, delay, or even postpone travel plans until weather and/or sea conditions improve. Although passengers’ concerns will be taken under consideration, safety remains first and foremost and will ultimately affect the final decision. Travel times will be mutually agreed upon prior to your departure.
Arrive via Your Own Boat
You are responsible for the safety of your own boat at all times. Rapidly deteriorating weather conditions can potentially cause damage to your boat when tied up to our steel dock, therefore you will be required to anchor your boat safely away from the Islander overnight to prevent accidental damage.
We have 8 mooring buoys adjacent to The Islander that are used to safely anchor your boat both during the day and at night. Please bring adequate strength and length of rope to serve as your bow anchor line. Secure bow lines of at least 20’ are recommended. Shuttle service is available to assist you.
Arrive via Third Party Guides
Although The Islander does not employ fishing guides, we can assist you in locating a reputable local guide. Guides traditionally provide the boat, gear, tackle, baits, drinks, ice, and fish cleaning services.
You may wish to “fish” your way out with a guide; however, baggage space would be limited.
You may also request guides to meet you on location for one or more days of guided fishing. Guide meal and lodging costs are charged at our normal rates. All logistical arrangements should be worked out between you and your guide.
Arrive via Southern Seaplane - (504) 394-5633
Operating out of Belle Chasse, LA, Southern Seaplane provides excellent service to and from the Islander. Please feel free to call them and make your arrangements.
Skiff Rentals: $200 per day
The Islander has four 14’ 3-person skiffs available to rent for either boat-fishing or wade fishing along the nearby islands. These skiffs are available from sunrise to sunset, fuel consumption included.
Please be aware that the Islander is located outside of existing cellular service areas therefore normal means of cellular communication are not available. For your convenience, The Islander does have a satellite communication system available, free of charge, for texts, emails, and Wi-Fi assisted calls.
Due to the sensitive nature of our fixed dish satellite system and weather conditions that can affect reception, satellite service cannot be 100% guaranteed. For those who may need to place an important call during a short-term outage, there is also an optional Satellite Telephone on board that can be utilized at a cost of $2/minute.
Ice: $5 per bucket (25 lbs.)
The Islander can provide a limited amount of replacement ice depending upon demand. It is recommended that those coming in their own boats load up well; your chests can be stored on our dock. Those guests utilizing one of the other transportation options should bring only an ice chest or two per group since space including passengers, luggage, and gear may be limited.
Meals and Snacks
To begin your day, breakfast is served just prior to sunrise each morning, lunch is available at noon, and dinner is served just after sundown. Snacks are available on board at any time.
Food, snacks, water, soft drinks, beer, alcohol, and specialty beverages are available after check-in and throughout your stay only while onboard the Islander. We do not provide these items for fishing needs.
The Islander maintains a Reverse Osmosis Fresh Water system that provides pure water for our drinking, cooking, and ice making needs. The water is available on tap in the galley and can be used to refill containers if needed. Due to logistics, we do not stock commercially bottled water.
The Islander’s dock is outfitted with high powered lights to facilitate night fishing. With the ability to visually spot and target the various fish species, night fishing can be entertaining and effective.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate floundering at night since all boats must be anchored and Islander personnel are not available to "shuttle" guests back to the facility throughout the night. Rental skiffs are also not available for floundering since they must be picked up at night.
Fish Cleaning Stations
There are two stations on our 30’ dock for your use, both stations are equipped with electrical outlets. Please provide your own electric fillet knives, storage containers, Ziplock bags, etc.
Battery Charging Stations
There are two multi-plug extension cords accessible from our dock. Please remember however, that boats must be anchored overnight so battery charging will need to be done prior to anchoring.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Should I Bring?
Fishing equipment, tackle, wade fishing gear, live bait, fillet knives, and ice chests are items provided by guests and not available on The Islander for rent or purchase. If you or a member of your party have special dietary requirements, please bring enough alternative food choices to last through the duration of the trip.
Do You Sell Extra Fuel?
We cannot sell extra fuel from The Islander; however, we encourage boaters to bring as much extra fuel as they wish, and we can store it for you until needed.
What Fishing Licenses Do I Need?
A Louisiana Saltwater fishing license is required and can be purchased from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website. Go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/. Annual resident saltwater fishing licenses are $22.50. The daily non-resident saltwater licenses are $17 per day basic plus $15 per day saltwater. Five-day non-resident licenses are $30 basic and $30 saltwater. If renting our skiffs, the 3-day Charter Skiff License you may see on the website does not apply. Those licenses are issued to specifically address anglers who take the “Mother Ship” vessel trips and fish from the skiffs provided.
What are the Daily Limits?
Speckled Trout – Minimum Length 12” – 25 per person per day
Redfish – Minimum Length 16” – 5 per person per day – Only 1 over 27”
Flounder – No Minimum Length – 10 per person per day
Triple Tail – Minimum Length 18” – 5 per person per day
Red Snapper – Minimum Length 16” – 4 per person per day
Spanish Mackerel – Minimum Length 12” – 15 per person per day
What are My Trip Limits?
The Islander is jacked up in St. Bernard Parish and all inside fishing takes place in Louisiana waters. Louisiana has a special rule allowing overnight guests to harvest up to a 3-day limit of redfish, flounder, and speckled trout. All other species are limited to a one-day limit. The following represents direct quotes from the LDWF Regulations and must be stringently followed.
What are the Multi-day Possession Rules for Whole Fish?
LDWF: “The fish shall be kept whole or whole gutted in separate bags for each species of fish. The bags shall be marked with the date the fish were taken, the species, the number of fish contained in the bag, and the name and license number of the person taking the fish”.
What are the Multi-day Possession Rules for Filleted Fish?
LDWF: “The filleted fish shall have sufficient skin remaining on the fillet to allow for identification of the species and shall be segregated by species into plastic bags or plastic containers that are marked by species to allow for easy identification, the date caught, and the name and license number of the person who took the fish. The spotted sea trout fillets shall be no less than 10 inches in length and the red drum fillets shall be no less than 14 inches in length”.
Can I fish on the way home after check-out?
LDWF: “No fisherman shall be actively fishing or engaged in fishing while in possession of more than the daily take limit”.
Can I go floundering at night?
Unfortunately, due to the fact that all boats must be anchored away from the Islander at night, Islander personnel are not available to "shuttle" guests from their anchored boat back to the Islander throughout the night, nor are rental skiffs available for floundering since they must also be picked up at night.
Where are You Located?
Positioned between New Harbor Island and North Island and across Smack Channel from Redfish Point
How Far is the Islander From Various Points of Interest?
Pass Christian (Home Operating Base) - 38 miles
Gulfport - 37 miles
Biloxi/Ocean Springs - 38 miles
Hopedale - 45 miles
Venice - 50 miles
Slidell - 60 miles
Comfort Island - 22 miles
Northern Tip of Chandeleur Island - 15 miles
Freemason Island - 8 miles
Curlew Island - 15 miles
Grand Gosier Island - 20 miles
Little Gosier Island - 25 miles
Breton Island - 30 miles
Out of Town Visitors:
Closest Departure Points to Islander – Mississippi Gulf Coast from Bay St. Louis to Ocean Springs.
Nearest Convenient Airport - Gulfport (GPT) - 15 miles.
Nearest Major Airport - New Orleans (MSY) - 75 miles.
Nearest Overnight Accommodations – Hotel Pass Christian (Islander guests receive a 10% discount).
Thank you for your interest; please feel free to call, text, or write either of us with further questions.
Ron – 504.615.8280
Erin – 985.640.1230