Frequently Asked Questions

We look forward to seeing you on a charter soon, but understand you may have a few questions first. Check out our frequently asked questions and reach out via chat if none of these answer what's on your mind.

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Calcutta Gold provides offshore fishing charters from Venice, Louisiana

Yes! Everyone older than 16 must have a license. Get these online at the State LaDWF website, and look for the 3-day charter passenger license

Whatever food you want to eat and drink, sunglasses, sunscreen, rain gear if weather calls for it – friends and family.

Check out our Guest Checklist for more details!

Approximately 5:45am, but time varies depending on time of year and weather conditions. Captains will call or text you 1-2 days in advance of your trips.

Fishing down here is a year round deal. See the home page to look at which species are most prevalent at any given time of year. And keep in mind: Summer time is generally the most activity inshore and offshore, Fall and Winter is when the big tuna and the biggest bull reds show up. But, we can target a variety of species year round

We will clean, cut and bag the fish you catch. Transport away from the marina is up to you. The marina can help with packing and shipping for freight or air travel.


Not at the moment but Venice Marina offers accommodations.

Six people is max per boat offshore

Offshore average is 9-to-10 hours each day, or sooner if the fish box is full.

We see bookings start to fill up 4-6 months ahead throughout the year. September and October are popular, and those fill fast. We open new calendars for the year ahead in the middle of June each year. And it is common for many of our repeat customers to book trips then for the latter half of the new year. Don’t wait til the last minute.

No, we do not. Book online, first come, first serve

Weather can be an issue, more so offshore than inshore. If conditions are unsafe, and we cannot run your trip, don’t worry — your deposits are good for up to one year from the original trip date.

It’s simple. Send an email request to our booking office, or use the contact form on this website. It helps if you have your order number. Pick the date or a range of dates that work for you, and our booking office will update your existing order, and then we send you a confirmation.

Deposits are non-refundable. These are good for transfer on any weather cancelled trip. Condo fees are refundable, if your trip was cancelled due to weather, and if you did not stay for the nights you booked – please note: You must contact the booking office 24 hours in advance if not checking in because of a weather cancellation. Contact booking office if you are not checking in due to weather issues by email or text message.

If you cancel 30 days or more in advance your deposit is valid for transfer, and it’s good for up to one year. If you cancel 30 days or less in advance, it’s 50% charge. If you cancel 7 days or less in advance of your trip its 100% charge.


Venice Marina, 237 Sports Marina Road in Venice, Louisiana

It’s about 90 miles, and it takes between 1 hour and 45 minutes, and up to 2 or more hours depending on traffic, time of day, and weather conditions.

Each marina has a restaurant. They both have convenience stores, too – but do not have grocery stores. Do your shopping before you reach Venice.