Excellent post, RaginCajun. I totally agree. I have fished the Leeville area only a few times, but it is indeed worthy of consideration. As you say, it is about the same distance from downtown New Orleans as Venice, but it doesn't get nearly the tourist business. It is a long drive on a 2-lane road and literally a trip to a different world. On the way to Venice, the majority of folks speak a fairly easy to understand dialect, but the Leeville area (AKA south Bayou Lafourche) is a different experience. There are still folks there who's primary language is Cajun French, although their numbers are fading fast. The majority of locals speak a dialect that is unique to the local area. But don't get me wrong, they are friendly and will put you on the redfish. The more I think about it, Leeville is a lot more like rural Alaska than Venice. The good thing about the Leeville area is it is not affected by high water on the Mississippi River (typical in March) and the weather, since the winter and early spring fishing is usually in protected areas (canals, bayous, and marshy areas). The only problem fishing in south Louisiana is there are too many places to fish! Whoever you book with, make sure you know what fees are going to be added to your trip. Once you get west of Lafitte (especially the Cocodrie area), some guides add fees for outboard oil, ice, bait, etc. without telling you upfront. Oh, and Commander's has an excellent luncheon menu for about $30 which is a small fraction of their evening rates. Plus, they have $0.25 (25 cents) martinis of various flavors that are totally awesome. Just be careful, they don't water them down! It's popular - need reservations!