Meet Our Crew

We’ll treat you like family!


Artwork by BRETT SMITH

Meet the Owner

Jim Kessler


As far as fishing goes, I was hooked at a young age – about six or seven.  I am an avid fisherman, but I am a conservationist.  My wife and I eat most of the fish I catch.  The rest we share with friends and relatives.

After college I worked for Avondale Shipyards in the Aroncraft Division.  For a few years I ran a construction company in Tennessee.  Then I owned a bicycle and lawn mower store for 20 years.  I have owned Cocodrie Charters for 26 years.  It is near and dear to me.  Happiness is seeing my customers catch fish and have a good time.

I started taking my four children fishing when they were young.  They are all in their fifties and still talk about those trips – successful and unsuccessful.

Other than fishing I enjoy duplicate bridge, tennis, grilling, cooking and gardening.  My barbeque chicken is a family favorite.  I enjoy raising Irises and fruit trees.  Since Covid 19, I have found an interest in herbs, flowering plants and shrubs, and vegetables.  I am looking forward to many more fishing trips with my family and friends.

Meet the Cooks

Margaret LaBouef & Shannon Trahan

Margaret LaBouef & Shannon Trahan


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