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Damon McKnight/Super Strike Charters

Venice, LA USA

Once again this year the Fall tuna fishing has been excellent. We’ve had a good stretch of weather since Oct. 7th, almost near flat calm seas and the fishing has just been as good as ever. The Yellow fin tuna bite has been as good as it gets, plenty of 100+lbers and even more in the 60- 70lb. range which has filled the boxes just about each time out. Not to mention the unlimited amount of BLACKFIN TUNA that are out there as well. Most of the fish are coming from behind the trawlers but the floaters are holding plenty as well. The bait of choice is menhaden. The snapper bite was good, but not as good as one would have thought it would be. But, if you hit the right spot you could easily fill your limit, most of them avg. 12-15lbs. The snapper season closed on the 14th of Oct. and was definitely nice to have. The cobia bite has been very good as well. There are a lot of big cobia out there right now, but as cobia fishing goes, some days are better than others. You can go three straight days and catch quite a few, then on the fourth they disappear, go back on the fifth and they are thicker than ever so that option is there as well until the water temps. drop from some of the stronger cold fronts. The tuna bite is as good as it gets right now and should remain this way till sometime in November. Plenty of Yellow fin and Black fin so if your looking to make a trip now is the time to go. As we move into later October and into November, the wahoo will start to show up in more numbers, there are some here now although we really haven’t targeted them yet. We still have several open week days in October and in November. The inshore fishing is equally as good as the offshore right now so for those of you who would rather fish inshore, this is definitley a good time to go.



Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
1.800.318.1720

www.superstrik echarters.com
info@superstri kecharters.com




Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 9:20:24 AM

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Ed Coller

Slidell, LA USA

This last weekend I had the opportunity to go out on the 120' Big E out of Empire for a 50 hour fishing trip.  The boat was full with 40 fisherman and women.  The weather turned against us limiting fishing sites.  We ended up fishing 8-10 locations with 80-90% of the fish being caught at second to last stop, where there was 90 minutes of steady action. Unfortunately it was at 4-5:30 AM and I was in the belly of the ship sleeping in my bunk.  Total catch for trip ws about 80-100 BLACKFIN TUNA, 2 Wahoo, 1 Yellowfin and many misc bottom fish.  Most of the fisherman had been previously out on the Big E and said the present trip was the slowest they had been on for fishing. At least I got to watch Michigan State and LSU play football on one of their large flat screen TV's.  Made many new friends and plan to give it another try.  Thank you Al Walker for bringing another avenue for us to fish the gulf.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @ 6:54:23 AM

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Capt. Jerry Allen

Venice, LA USA

And so it goes!! The BIG tuna just keep hitting the dock at the Venice Marina. I've seen so many Tuna over 100 lb over the past week that I can't keep count, let alone remember who had what. I know for us , the biggest to hit the dock was 162 lb. The same day we had another 112 lb to go with it. One day we had four of them, although only two of them were aver 100lb.
The high points of the past week had to be the last crew we had. We had them for two days, and they had several go pros that were running non stop. We were able to get some really cool stuff like hand feeding BLACKFIN TUNA and Bonita, but the best shot of all was the one when we were in Blue water feeding fish with the go pro in the water, and out from the depths a GIANT Yellow comes up and eats a chunk with a hook in it about a foot from the go pro!!! Really cool. We got the fish on film, but not in the boat..... because he DUMPED us! We just couldn't keep up.
Another high light was deck hand Jimmy decided to harpon a free swimming black fin, and did it on the second throw!
I guess everyone heard of the new state record Yellow that was set just a few days ago. 251 lb!
Better hurry up and get down here, the fish keep eating!!

Capt Jerry Allen
www.pocolococharters.com
409-651-0765

P.S. When I get the edited version of the video I'll try and put it up here, but if I can't fifure out how to do it you can find it on face book for Jerry Allen or Poco Loco Charters.
ENJOY!  
Almost forgot. Heading back to the Marina today, and no computer service down there, so please text me if you need to contact. Icheck it every day on the way up the river.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ 7:29:27 AM

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CAPTAIN TROY WETZEL

VENICE, LA USA

  The big Yellowfin Tuna have moved
into our waters. We have brought
numerous Yellowfin Tuna aboard the
Kingfish II this Winter, with the 2
biggest weighing in at 184 lbs. and
165lbs. The fillets from the 184
pounder were so big and round that they
would not even fit in 1 gallon ziplock
bags we normally use! We are also
catching very nice-sized Wahoo,
BLACKFIN TUNA, Mako Shark, and  
Amberjack. For you anglers who are
looking to catch Yellowfin, hide your
hook in the bait you are using. This
technique will prevent your bait from
swirling when you reel in the line, and
it will also help prevent the rainbow
effect which scares off Yellowfin.  We
like to use Bonita and pogies as bait.
If you want to get in on the action,
call us to book your Venice offshore
fishing. (504) 701-3474

Sunday, March 4, 2012 @ 10:09:05 AM

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Capt. Gray Long

Gonzales, LA USA

Had Perry Askew and some of his customers down for a little relaxation, drink a few beers and hopefully catch a few fish. This was the first trip with Perry but I could tell from early on in our planning stages that this would be a good trip. The weatherman nailed it and the seas were the best I had seen in quite a while. After bumping around pulling baits and nothing to show for it other than large sharks, Kings and Cudas we moved a short distance to get our Amberjack. The guys made quick work of their limit plus a few for catch and release. We then moved to a tied off shrimp boat were we managed 3 or 4 hammer Black Fin Tuna before the bite abruptly ended. The seas were so nice we decided to make a long run in search of wahoo. We arrived to find beautiful water and a nice temp break so out went the lines. We ended up going 2 for 4 on wahoo and would have probably caught more if we could have kept the AJs off our diving baits. We caught more jacks trolling baits than I have ever seen. It got so bad (good problem to have) that every time the drags started screaming the guys would run to the front of the boat so they wouldn't have to reel another one in. The crew was done so we pointed the Contender north and made quick work of the ride back to the barn. Good guys, good times and good fishing!

January and February look to be good months especially if we get some breaks in the weather. The Wahoo fishing should continue to get better and the Yellowfin shouldn't be far behind. We are also catching deep water grouper, BLACKFIN TUNA and of course Amberjack.

Capt. Gray Long
Go Long Charters LLC
www.golongcharters.com
golongcharters@gmail.com
(225) 252-5315

Monday, December 19, 2011 @ 11:51:21 AM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Double Dip Heroes!  Jeff, Vincent, Joe, and Clay came over from Texas to fish Venice.  Man, they fished!  Yesterday they did an offshore trip and caught yellowfin tuna, BLACKFIN TUNA, and several other species that filled several ice chests.  Today we hit the water about 6:00 (wanted to give them a few more minutes of sleep), and headed out for trout.  Found trout at our first stop and most were caught with the LSU cocahoe on a 3/8 oz. jig on the bottom; then headed out for reds.  First place we stopped it was on like fire.  Almost every cast with dead shrimp under a cork.  Although we caught some big reds, and released them, most were the perfect size and they kept their limit in about 30 minutes.  Then it was catch and release.  Headed back to our original spot for trout and more were added to the total.  A great day on the water and our Texas friends spent another night at the MLC Lodge for an early departure in the morning.  Jesus is Lord.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 9:17:06 PM

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Capt Kent Gossett

Lake Charles, LA USA

Fished the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo this weekend on Rob Price III's "Master Plan". We arrived at Sand Dollar Wed evening antisipating an early AM departure Thurs. T.S. Don kept us at the dock until noon Fri when the decission was made to head south. After a sporty run out to blue water, we had the baits in at 4 PM. First up was a nice big bull dolphin that really put on a show. Not long before sunset our next taker was a real nice sailfish. Sun sets and we move to a rig for some tuna fishing. We couldn't get the YFT's to cooporate but scored a hoss blackfin and some footballs. Sunrize Sat. morning seas are calming to 1-2's. We look for the rip and find it about 3 miles north of where we left it the night before. We're pulling baits at 8AM. No action for several hours, just clearing baits of grass. Then the rip started to tighten up and at about 11AM a blue marlin struck the right flat and we tagged about a 250# fish. Lines back in with no more action. Our fishing time was up at 2PM so we headed north to make the weighin before the scales closed.
Final score was 1st place Blue Marlin, 3rd place Sailfish, 2nd place Dolphin, 3rd place BLACKFIN TUNA.
This won the "Master Plan" Top Boat in the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Not bad for a 29 hour round trip!
I would like to thank Rob and our excellent crew; Grant Raley, Josh "walk the plank" Hicks, Greg "big money" Girouard, and John Saucier who worked the back deck with precision. I would also like to thank Sand Dollar Marina and staff for their hospitality, especially Tommy who made sure we had everything we needed.
Can,t wait to do it again next year!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 @ 9:03:58 PM

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Venice Offshore Charters

venice, LA USA

Pulled an overnighter this weekend with a nice couple lookin' for some tuna. Not sure who was more excited, he or she.
Bait is getting easier to find now which is a great sign. We fished that night, but tuna didn't turn on until the morning. Got this report from Keriel, it was great to have her enthusiasm on the boat.
"Well, the fishing trip was a blast! Fished for almost 15 hrs straight. Got a crapload of mangrove snapper, some yellowfin and BLACKFIN TUNA, and a few Bonita. Captain Andy Cook is one hell of a captain. If it wasn't for his persistant determination we wouldn't have gotten any yellowfin. They just weren't there at night. Got them that morning though! Pictures will come soon!"
Keriel Dial

Call and book a trip before summer is over. With 5 captains in our crew, we always have availability.

Venice Offshore Charters

504-234-6865

Burn less, spend less!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 8:58:28 AM

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Damon McKnight/Super Strike Charters LLC

venice, LA USA

Yesterday was Another Good Day on the water for Capt. Alex and Capt. Will B. The seas are finally starting to lay down and getting to the preferred destination to fish is getting easier. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for the rest of the summer. Offshore fishing for Tuna and Dolphin is in primetime. The big dolphin have showed up and are going to get really thick over the next couple of weeks. Tuna as usual are in all the holes that they are typically in this time of the year. Mixed sizes ranging from 40lbs. on one line and100+lbs. on the other. So you never know what you going to get. The bigger BLACKFIN TUNA have also showed up in the last few days which just adds more meat to the box. As most know at this point Snapper season opens on June 1. We will catch limits of snapper every time out. Mangrove Snapper and Cobia are thick right now too so there are plenty of species to catch. Yesterday Capt. Alex and Capt. Willy ran the Fisackerly crew New Orleans. Capt. Alex finished their day with 2 Yellow fin Tuna, 7 Big Black fin Tuna, 3 Amberjack, and 3 Almaco Jack. Capt. Willy B had 5 big black fin and 6 big Amberjack. That is a lot of meat right there. The fishing will only continue to get better so if anyone is looking to get offshore and catch some fish we will be glad to get you out. We’ve got open days during the week.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
1.800.318.1720
www.superstrikecharters.com
info@superstrikecharters.com

Saturday, May 28, 2011 @ 8:57:06 AM

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tj

ob, MS USA

quick report from this past weekend.  fished  sat.  went long for tuna  nada  had to have live bait  caught some ajs to keep crew happy.   sun. went south  got on a great wahoo bite  went  5 for 12  2 at 50lb  2 at 40  1 at 30lbs  got 1 BLACKFIN TUNA  and 6 ajs  1 went 60lb   saw approx.15 turtles eating man o wars  very  cool.  had lots of good eating  fish.  seas were nice  2to3s   water was  blue  blue.  catch ya later  tj out

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 @ 3:48:37 PM

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Venice Houseboat Rentals

Venice, LA USA

The Spring Fishing Season is Just Around the Corner!

The trophy trout season is just around the corner and the offshore fishing is beginning to pick up!

As always, our reports come from recent guests of the houseboat.

First, the offshore report…

The seas have been a bit rough lately due to the recent winds; however, on calm days, the fish are plentiful in Venice.  Recently, catches of YF tuna, BLACKFIN TUNA and large wahoo have been reported near the rigs out of South Pass.

The YF have been unusually large for this time of year.  During the month of March, many YF tuna in excess of 100 pounds were brought to the docks.  YF tuna topping the 100+ pound mark have been plentiful when the seas cooperate.

Mahi mahi should be making their traditional spring and summer appearances near the weed lines within the next few weeks.  

On the inside, fishing for reds is easy as it gets because no live bait is needed.  Many times, when the reds are in a feeding frenzy, no lure is needed as they are biting plain hooks.  A recent guest reported catching and releasing 50 plus redfish in a single trip, many of the fish in the 15 – 25 pound category.

The trout are a bit scarce but have been making an appearance on the edges of the bays south of Venice.

We are booking up fast; however, we still have availability in March, April and during the summer months.  

If you are looking for first-class waterfront accommodations in Venice, please contact us via e-mail at venicerentalsllc@yahoo.com.  The houseboat has all of the amenities of home, including satellite TV.   

Venice Rentals, LLC

E-Mail: venicerentalsllc@yahoo.com

Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 8:52:17 PM

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Capt. Gray Long - Go Long Charters

St. Amant, LA USA

This past weekend I had Paul Frischhertz along with 5 of his buddies aboard the Gray Goose for a bachelor party. These guys came prepared with case after case of beer and bottles of Vodka. As Arron and I loaded their 'supplies' onto the boat we discussed if these guys actually came to fish or party? We would soon find out it was both! We left out Saturday morning around 10:00 am and quickly loaded the live well with perfect bait and headed south. We were able to make good time due to the beautiful conditions and really had a great ride. We did take a break on our ride by hanging out with a sperm whale and also a huge whale shark. I don't care how often you see these things it still is an awesome site! Once we arrived the fishing was pretty consistent. The guys did a great job and caught 8 yellowfin up to 70lbs, 3 Big-eye tuna around 50lbs, probably 30 BLACKFIN TUNA, 1 mahi, 2 AJs, throw in a couple of big Almocos for Capt Howard and you have a very full box. Great company, great weather and great fishing! Thanks again guys & good luck with the wedding. Thanks again Arron Hoover for helping out while Bradley was 'studying'. Especially enjoyed the part when the yellowfin took you and the gaff for an early morning bath. Fortunately, we managed to land you and the tuna. Good times!

Capt. Gray Long
Go Long Charters
www.golongcharters.com
golongcharters@gmail.com
(225) 252-5315

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 10:20:26 AM

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Venice Marina Houseboat Rentals, LLC

Venice, LA USA

The Spring Fishing Season is Almost Here!

The trophy trout season is just around the corner and the offshore fishing is beginning to pick up!

As always, our reports come from recent guests of the houseboat.

First, the offshore report…

The seas have been a bit rough lately due to the recent winds; however, on calm days, the fish are plentiful in Venice.  Recently, catches of YF tuna, BLACKFIN TUNA, large wahoo and amberjack have been reported near the rigs out of South Pass. The YF have been unusually large for this time of year.  During the month of March, many YF tuna in excess of 200 pounds were brought to the docks.  YF tuna topping the 100+ pound mark have been plentiful when the seas cooperate.  As the river level continues to drop and the blue water gets more accessible, the offshore fishing will continue to improve

Mahi mahi should be making their traditional spring and summer appearances near the weed lines within the next few weeks.  The mahi action last year was truly incredible and another good year appears to be in the works.  

Also, once the red snapper season opens, it will be quick limits of very nice fish.  It has been difficult to fish for grouper and amberjack recently because the red snapper take the bait before it gets to the deeper water.

On the inside, fishing for reds is easy as it gets because no live bait is needed.  Many times, when the reds are in a feeding frenzy, no lure is needed as they are biting plain hooks.  A recent guest reported catching and releasing 70 plus redfish in a single trip, many of the fish in the 15 – 25 pound category.

We are booking up fast; in fact, we are booked up for much of the summer; however, we still have availability in April and limited availability during the summer months.  

If you are looking for first-class waterfront accommodations in Venice, please contact us.  The houseboat has all of the amenities of home and we now have satellite TV.   

Venice Rentals, LLC
504-455-4952

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 8:13:46 PM

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Damon McKnight/Super Strike Charters

Venice, LA USA

It finally happened. The tuna fishing broke lose and exploded this past week, which is something we have been waiting for since January. Could it be the water temps. are finally warm enough for the fish to feed like they normally do this time of the year, I don't know. One thing I do know for sure is do not try to pattern them this year. The bite was incredible Wed.-Fri. then on Sat. it abruptly stopped at about the same time the wind picked up to about 20 knots and has continued to increase from there. If your not going for it...your probably going to miss out. Guessing which day is going to be the best bite has not been easy to say the least. But, after the fact, this past week was the best so far if you are counting consistent days in a row. Capt. Josh, Capt. Will, and myself fished most days from Wed.-Sat. with all of them being productive except for Sat., but still not a zero. We were averaging 4 Yellow fin Tuna per day, but that was becaue we stopped fishing for them once everyone decided they had enough. There is no telling how many we could have caught. Along with that you can add about an 8 or 9 BLACKFIN TUNA avg. which went in the box although most were released. Our big fish on Thurs. was about 130lbs. and our big fish on Friday was between 160-170lbs. on the old guessometer due to the new Marina scale still being in the box upstairs. The pictures will show the size and I will let them do the talking from here. We've got open days. The weather looks great starting about mid-week. Hopefully the tuna bite will stay red hot as we move into hopefully a warm springtime weather pattern.

Damon Mcknight
Super Strike Charters
info@superstrikecharters.com
www.superstrikecharters.com
1-800-318-1720

Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 6:35:06 AM

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CAPT JOSH HOWARD

Venice, LA USA

OPEN BOAT (Sat March 6th, march 7,8,14,21,27&28)

It was nice to get on the water and catch a few nice fish for a change. It looked like winter fishing in Venice finally!  Huge yellowfin tuna, a plie of big wahoo, talk about a good feeling!

Our Sunday Crew was fom Alabama. We they thanked us for the coach! I told them that was a bad subject.  Tuna and wahoo is what these guys wanted. We decided to try our hand on the west side and turned out to be a good call.

It didnt take Aaron very long to have a swarm on bonita (little tunny) behind the boat. We caught a few for bait then started to send down big chunks, it did not take long before we had our first big BLACKFIN TUNA on ice.  A few drifts later we hooked up on a good fish and thought it was another blackfin but after he dumped about 100 yards of line we thought ok, HUGE BLACKFIN !haha, we fought the fish for about 45 mins before it came boat side. Aaron and I sunk the gaffs into about a 120 pound yellowfin tuna! (caught on a 6/0 frenzy hook) We tried to get the fish working again after that but no luck!

We spent the rest of the day on the troll and ended up going 2 for 4 on big hooters. Both fish that were lost were big fish. I think they were bigger than the two that we landed. They both gave us a good fight just to loose them 20 or 30 ft from the boat. If the water would have been blue, we would have been looking at them.  On one fish, we pulled one of the eyes out and that eye was big!!!!

All hooter caught on Mann Stretch 30's with 5/0 4X Owner trebble hooks. All tuna caught on cut bonita, Frenzy and Owner circle hooks! Frenzy 80 pound Fluoro leader!!

We are ready to take you fishing, give us a call!!

Capt Josh Howard
225-572-7408
deepsouthcharters@cox.net
www.deepsouthcharters.com
deepsouthcharters.blogspot.com

Monday, March 1, 2010 @ 9:34:44 PM

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Capt. Kevin Aderhold/STRIKE ZONE CHARTERS

Venice, LA USA



Overnight TUNA ON The STRIKE ZONE TOO


Overnight trip on the 55' Strike Zone Too after our winter service to her, turned out to be a good trip.

We left Cypress Cove around noon last Friday and ran to my spot where I had fished on my last overnight trip. We began trolling when we arrived. Only a few BLACKFIN TUNA feeding on the surface. Once it got dark we pulled out the grill and cooked a great meal. I would like to tell you that we had fresh fish but at this point we only had steaks. After we ate and settled in for the night we began catching our bait. The BLACKFIN TUNA were thick!  It took no time to put thirty or so in the boat and we then were in search of the big boys. After hours of fishing we still were covered up with the BLACKFIN TUNA and no big Yellowfin Tuna. We caught three Yellowfin Tuna on jigs around forty pounds and then I decided to make a move to another spot to see if the action was any better somewhere else. Needless to say I ended up back where I had started that afternoon. At six in the morning we finally got the bite we were looking for all night. It lasted for what seemed like minutes. Glad we were there when it did take place. We finished our trip up out there and we headed in closer to see if we could catch a Amberjack or two. After breakfast and a little rest we pulled out the jigging tackle one more time. And not sure if was from the lack of life or that our arms were tired  the group decided to pointed the boat to the north. Once back at the dock we pulled the fish out for a final count. The official total was seven Yellowfin Tuna and thirty six BLACKFIN TUNA.


We have dates open if your group would like to try your luck at this process they call fishing. Give me a call at (504) 382-2108 Kevin Aderhold or (225) 279-3800  Capt. Gary Bonanno.

www.strikezonecharters.net

Celebrating over 21 years in the charter business.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 @ 3:59:51 AM

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CAPTAIN TROY WETZEL

VENICE, LA USA

2-3 anglers needed for Monday, February 1st to another party. Fish with Captain Troy offshore on the Kingfish II, a 36' Twin Vee with Pilot House, to catch yellowfin tuna, wahoo, mako shark, BLACKFIN TUNA, amberjack, and grouper. Call for details if you are interested. (504) 701-3474[FISH]

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 @ 6:58:21 PM

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Matt Condon

Destin, FL USA

Capt. Steve Gilliam and I successfully relocated the My Share 32' Regulator from Destin to the Venice, LA. Of course we stopped and put a line in the water to see if there were any tuna out there. Our first stop was the Petronous rig about 65 miles off Pensacola. The water temperature had gone from 61 degrees near shore to 72 degrees at the rigs. We instantly hooked up on our first pass with 2 BLACKFIN TUNA trolling Red/White stretch 30 lures. Steve was able to get cell service at the rigs with his AT&T phone and called in to report good conditions and great fishing. With darkness now upon us, we moved about 11 miles southwest to the Marlin rig. We found this rig to be absolutely covered up with BLACKFIN TUNA - in the 8- 12lb range. We jigged with diamond jigs - one silver and glow-in-the dark. We used 7' shimano bottom poles with Torium 30 reels freshly spooled with 60 lb Power Pro braided line. Both jigs caught fish, but glow-in-the-dark was more successful. Not sure the total, but the catching was non stop until we rested.

We pushed out a little further and made a stop at the Ram Powel rig which we found to be covered with small toothy critters. The shark advocates should spend some time at this rig and see "the health of the stock" first hand. They ate everthing we put in the water including metal jigs.

Next stop was a rig known as Horn Mountain - about 11 miles south. The rig showed no life on the surface and very few marks on the depthfinder but no sharks. We began the process of cutting the blackfin into chucks and pitching them in the water, 3 or 4 chucks at a time every 3 minutes. About an hour into the process, a reel started screeming on one of the two poles we had deployed. Capt. Steve grabbed the rod and it was fish on! We did not know what we had until about 10 minutes into the battle and Steve reported he could feel head shakes, which is a sure sign of tuna. 10 minutes later the yellow fin was doing his traditional circle of death swiming near the boat. I grabbed the gaff and stuck him with a head shot. But the gaff pulled through and the fish was now swimming again but still hooked up. This time I got it underneath and was able to hoist him over the gunnel and in the fish box. Yes! And, 80lb on ice! We caught 1 more yellowfin in the 50lb class and then one about 25lbs. The bite slowed down and the fisherman were exhausted. So, we decided to point the bow to the mouth of the Mississippi river, engaged the autopilot and proceeded downwind about 7 knots until sun up.

I found coming into South Pass interesting as the entrance makes a dog leg left, then a dog leg right before you get into the relatively straight river entrance. And, just to make sure you are on your proper navigation game, there are rocks just above the surface which can be completely covered at high tide. So, if you were to miss one of these dog legs, you next stop is boulder city.

Note, the river temp was 47 degrees and coooooooold air.

Capt. Matt
Signature Yacht Shares
www.signatureshares.com

Thursday, December 24, 2009 @ 7:16:10 AM

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Bill

LA, LA USA

Where are the Yellowfun Tuna being caught
Which rig or ridge line or?? Looking at going out after the front and getting into some YFT. Each time we have chased them so far all we loaded up on was BLACKFIN TUNA.

Bill

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 3:30:05 PM

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Mike Lane - RodnReel.com

Metairie, LA USA

If you are reading the reports on RodnReel and are from out of town, I would like to share some great news with you.

The fall is one of the best times to fish in Louisiana. The weather is great and the fish are on-fire.

We enjoy great limits because we are blessed with a bountiful resource. Each licensed fisherman/woman is allowed 25 speckled trout, 5 redfish and 10 flounder. The distances traveled to the fishing spots are very short because the trout, redfish & flounder move "inside".

Louisiana truly is a Sportsman's Paradise.

If you have your own boat, bring it down and go fishing. You will find plenty of people willing to help you "find the fish". Excellent help is provided by the staff at our marinas and of course the readers of RodnReel are here to help as well.

No-Boat... No Problem. Our guides are some of the best in the world. They know where the fish are, have great equipment and live to put you, you family & guests "on the fish".

Our offshore fishing is the best in the world. Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, BLACKFIN TUNA, Wahoo, Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Lemon Fish (Cobia), Amberjack are all ON RIGHT NOW!

Fall is really a blessing from God, let's go enjoy it!

Sunday, October 4, 2009 @ 6:55:18 AM

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Capt. Danny

Baton Rouge, LA USA

Strike Zone Charters Louisiana & Guatemala

Saturday morning we left out of Cypress Cove Marina around 9am on Strike Zone Too with Charlie and crew from Texas for their “Meat in the Bucket Rodeo 09”. By the way, Happy 40th birthday to Larry. As we headed south to Green Canyon, the color change was gradual with no defined line. After dodging some fairly large thunderstorms full of fire, we arrived at our first stop. The outriggers were dropped into position and the lines were out. It only took ten minutes for the first double knock down. After a few minutes and some fancy boat maneuvering, we landed two Yellowfin Tuna, the first was about 50lbs with the second being around 60lbs. After a few more runs we had a curious Blue Marlin browse the spread but would not eat. About an hour later a White Marlin shows in the spread and hit one of the baits, but all we got was a messed up leader. He lives to fight another day. As we were presented with a beautiful sunset, the grilled was fired up for a steak dinner with all the fixings. We fished a couple of rigs with no surface signs but caught several BLACKFIN TUNA then moved on to the next spot. Around 2am Yellowfin Tuna started busting and the guys picked off another 4 Yellowfin, a few more Blackfin and 5 Rainbow Runners. With only a few minutes left before heading back north, Charlie hooked up. Thirty minutes later, a 100 pounder was in the box and we headed home.

Saturday’s day trip on Stress Management was not as lucky. They went to the rigs that produced fish on Friday but couldn’t get them to eat. Unfortunately that’s fishing.

We have the 55’ open Wednesday to Friday this week for a 24hr trip and Sunday to Monday next week.

Strike Zone Charters is celebrating 21 years in the charter business.

Give us a call to book your trip @ 225-892-4790 and visit our website @ www.strikezonecharters.net

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 @ 10:44:40 AM

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Capt. Gary Bonanno/STRIKE ZONE CHARTERS

Venice, LA USA

Well - the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is over and my crew and guests had a GREAT TIME!  Thanks to Brother Butch at Sand Dollar Marina on the Island for putting up with our groups and taking good care of us...It was a great tournament and the party was out of sight. I got to see a lot of my friends, customers and some of my Ex-captains.

On the fishing side the Strike Zone TOO anglers won four trophy's and had seven large ice chests filled with Tuna, Dolphin and Snapper fillets.

We arrived in Grand Isle on Wednesday afternoon on the Strike Zone TOO and the Stress Management.  At 6:00am on Thursday both groups were on the boats and ready for our long journey 125 miles southwest.  On the Strike Zone we ran 4 1/2 hours an stopped at our first platform to started trolling...After a short time we had our first 60 lb Yellowfin munching on one of our Islanders.  We worked the rig for about an hour and picked up 4 more 60 to 70 Yellowfin....We then put our autopilot on 180 and ran for 25 miles until we got to our home for the night.   We began trolling and it started off slow with a few Blackfin and Bonitos.  We did get a Marlin to put one of our Bonitos in his mouth - make three jumps and almost hit the drill ship.  He gave us a thrill but he never got hooked....After dark the bite was slow until 2:30 am. At that time we started catching some Blackfin along with some 60 to 70 lb Yellowfin until the sun came up...On Friday we picked up two Dolphin and on the way in we stopped and caught a limit of nice Red Snapper....By the time we got to Sand Dollar we had three large carts full of our catch on the Strike Zone.  

The Stress Management had a good trip also but things were so crazy I still don't know what they caught. I do know that my crew and anglers had a GOOD TIME..... They had some boat problems but they did have a good time....at one point on Saturday night they had 50 people on the boat....that's when I had to go to sleep.

On Sunday after finding everyone and getting the groups off the boats we had to go back to Venice and get ready for another 24 hr trip.   I hate to say it but both my crews looked a little green or should i say a lot GREEN.  By the time we got back to Venice and filled the boat up with diesel our new group was at the dock and ready to go fishing.   Capt. Kevin Aderhold, Seth Holl and Capt. David Frelich were back on the water again....heading Southwest on another 125 mile run.  They got back at 6:00 pm and had another great trip....this time the Marlin didn't get off the hook and they tagged a 250 to 300 lb Blue.  Off course the ice chest were full with Yellowfin and BLACKFIN TUNA....15 Yellowfin and  lots of Blackfin.  The weather was good but they did have a few bad storms blow through the night...This is when you want to be on a 55' sportfishing vessel.

Capt. Kevin is out on a 24hr trip on the 55' Strike Zone Too today and Capt. Josh is on a day trip on the 39' Stress Management....Pictures and reports will follow tomorrow.

We are now booking for September and October when the Blue water moves in closer and the big Yellowfin start chasing the Mullets.  It is also starts the BEST season in Guatemala for the Sailfish RUN....Make plan for one of our exciting fishing trips out of Venice or Guatemala.....you will never forget the fun and the catch you will have'''''''

STRIKE ZONE CHARTERS  LOUISIANA & GUATEMALA

225~279~3800  or  985~966~2666

www.strikezonecharters.net   

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 6:17:17 PM

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Venice Houseboat Rentals

Venice, LA USA

Fishing in Venice – As Good As It Gets!!

The trophy trout season is here and the offshore fishing is on fire!

As always, our reports come from recent guests of the houseboat.

First, the offshore report…

The seas were fishable for the majority of last week.  Most boats went out of South and Southwest Pass and reported decent catches of YF tuna, many in the 60 – 100 pound class.  The YF in excess of 100 pounds have not shown up in full force yet, although they are still out there ready and waiting.  On overnight trips, the YF action has been steady and the blackfin action has been unbelievable, on cut bait, diamond jigs and topwater poppers.  

The most recent guests caught 12 YF, the majority of which were caught on overnight trips.  The also caught countless BLACKFIN TUNA, limits of snapper on a daily basis, many dolphin, and best of all, a nice blue marlin.  The only bad news regarding offshore fishing is that you have to run quite a ways to find blue water, sometimes as much as 80 or more miles to the south.

Now, the inside report…

The speck fishing is easy as it gets; however, it is now the time of year when live bait is really critical on most days, especially for the larger trout.  With the next full moon, which is now upon us, the trophy trout should show up again as they did last month.  Several fish in excess of 8 pounds were caught this week, primarily downriver.  Trout in the 5 – 6 pound range are quite common right now.  With the full moon that is now upon us, trout in excess of 8 pounds should be caught over the next week or so.

The reds are biting on both live and artificial baits; however, lures tipped with market shrimp under a cork have produced quick limits.  A recent guest reported catching and releasing 70 plus redfish in a single trip, many of the fish in the 3 – 5 pound category with a few bull reds mixed in.

We are booking up fast; however we have some availability in July and a good bit of availability for August.

If you are looking for first-class waterfront accommodations, check out the ad and photos for our houseboat available for rent on rodnreel.com, under real estate, camps for rent, Venice Waterfront Accommodations.  The houseboat has all of the amenities of home, including satellite TV.   

If you are interested, book now because we expect to be booked for the entire summer before the middle of July.

Venice Rentals, LLC
504-455-4952

Sunday, July 5, 2009 @ 8:41:04 PM

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Capt. Jim--Mule Team Chartes

Fourchon, LA USA

We are now running trips out of Kajun Sportsman Marina in Fourchon on the new Mule Team, a 32' twin vee.  So far so good, the people have been great and the fishing has been even better!  The new boat is amazing with plenty of room and a super comfortable ride!  It is rigged out with a HUGE custom fish box and brand new reliable, efficient Yamaha 250 four strokes.

On memorial day weekend we ran an overnight trip with Danny Taverner and family.  We ran out to the canyon and the tuna were waiting.  The yellowfin bite was fast and furious on chunks and the blackfin were waiting for jigs down deep.  The final tally was 8 yellowfin, 28 Blackfin, and 6 Amberjack.  

Last Thursday we made a deep drop trip for fun and loaded up the boat with yellowedge grouper, snowey grouper, tilefish, and barrel fish.  One yellowedge should place 7th in the state at 34 lbs 5 ozs.

On Saturday we had the guys from Seacore Marine on board looking to catch some fish.  We spent most of the day looking for the tuna bite that never really happened.  So we switched gears and put a limit of big Amberjack in the boat along with some dolphin and a lone BLACKFIN TUNA.

We still have some days open for June if anybody wants to get on the water.  The fishing has been good and should only get better.

Give us a call 504-858-0965 or check out our website. www.muleteamcharters.com

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 @ 4:26:48 PM

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CAPT JOSH HOWARD

Venice, LA USA

Openings :  One boat open Saturday (23rd)  Two boats open Sunday and Monday (24th & 25th)

The last two weeks have been good on the water. If the wind would go away, it would be Awesome!

Last weekend we ran around looking for yellowfin but the rough water limited us to where we could go. We did not find the tuna but put plenty of nice fish in the box! Huge almaco jacks and amberjack took the place of the tuna!

This week we fished Thursday, Friday and Saturday!  Everyday but Saturday was a bit bumpy!  Thursday we were bottom fishing. Ended the day with nice amberjack and huge mangrove snapper!  Friday we made the run for tuna! Stopped at the grass and put one nice dolphin in the boat!  We were able to find good bait and there were a few tuna around but they quickly faded before we could get one in the boat! Again, ended the day with beautiful amberjack and BLACKFIN TUNA and one dolphin!

Saturday, here is what happens when the wind lays down enough to run! We started out on tuna, had a 90 pounder in the boat in no time! We were also able to put a couple of smaller yellowfin and nice big blackfin in the box! After the bite died down, we made another run to find dolphin! Here we landed four, two of them nice big bulls! Even found a wahoo! On the way back to the house, we stopped for about 45 mins and put four big amberjack in the boat!  Summer is here, the fish are here!  I also found a ton of bait that had plenty of action around it! I cant wait to get back in that area. Next week should be crazy with dolphin!

Capt Gray and I both have Memorial day open as well as the Sunday!  Here is your chance to load the freezer with tuna and dolphin!

We still have plenty of open dates for blue water and inshore trips!

Call for info or to book your trip!

Capt Josh Howard
225-572-7408
deepsouthcharters@cox.net
www.deepsouthcharters.com

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @ 12:12:00 AM

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Capt. Troy Wetzel

Venice, LA USA

We had a great past few days down here in Venice. The temperatures were in the mid to high seventies, and it just makes for some very comfortable fishing. And I LOVE fishing. Know what else I love? Power Pro braided line. Especially when spooled on my Shimano reels with a big Bomber bait on the end of the line. These baits are being pulled at 5 to 7 knots on 200 pound power pro. Wahoo just can't turn that great bait down as it swims and wiggles 45 feet down. That Power pro really helps it dig. Many people believe the misconception that more speed equals a deeper bait-this simply, isn’t true. But behind every successful rod setup is a great boat. For me, that is Twin Vee. And behind every boat, is a great engine. My Yamaha outboards crank right up in the morning and perform from the dock to the fishing grounds. The acceleration, horsepower, and top end just can't be beat. Dependable outboard motors provided by Yamaha are the reason my anglers come back safe and sound and with a full fishbox every trip out. Many times I am running 75 or more miles to chase these tuna down…and on top of that, you can add the 25 mile run it takes to get from the marina down the river to the mouth of the pass.

This past week we had anglers in all the way from New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. Talk about dedication! Traveling all the way across the country to sample some of the great offshore fishing we have right here in South Louisiana! From trout fishing to tuna!! We put these guys on some great catches of amberjack, scamp, cobia, BLACKFIN TUNA, wahoo, yellowfin tuna…even some inshore species like redfish and speckled trout thrown in! You know you have a serious problem when the price tag on your coolers to ship back home are more expensive than the plane ticket for yourself!

Tip of the day: If you’re after the mako shark, these guys can grow up to 15 feet long…and bigger. Many times when they hit your bait, they have actually whacked it with their tails. And these fish also jump, spin, twist, and flip when hooked…which equals a very chaffed leader if you use mono. Use 15 feet of 1500 pound cable…I attach mine with a swivel to my Power Pro braided line.

Guys, do yourself a favor and call me, Capt. Troy Wetzel at 504.701.3474. The fish are here; they’re hungry, and they’re waiting for you to feed them their last meal.

Monday, March 16, 2009 @ 9:57:06 PM

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CAPTAIN TROY WETZEL

VENICE, LA USA

  This week offered exceptional fishing in Venice - Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, BLACKFIN TUNA, Cobia, Amberjack, and the #1 Yellow-Edge Grouper in the State of Louisiana.
  James Frank, from Little Rock, Arkansas, came fishing aboard the Kingfish II. We were fishing about 460 feet of water. Using Power Pro line because it does not stretch, allowed this angler to feel a great hit. He set his hook, and fought the fight.
  James brought up a beautiful Yellow-Edged Grouper, which was super-sized. We all knew it was a record breaking fish.
  When we got back to the Venice Marina, we weighed this fabulous catch. It weighed in at a wopping 43.7 pounds - #1 in the State of Louisiana! Amazing catch! So this catch was icing on the cake, as James and his crew filled their icechests up with all of the fish they caught and broke a state record.
  To book your offshore fishing charter, call us (504) 701-3474.

Sunday, March 15, 2009 @ 10:15:32 AM

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CAPT JOSH HOWARD

Venice, LA USA

Tuna Fishing in Venice
OPEN DAYS TO FISH!!!

I was talking to Capt Gray Long tonight and we thought it was funny how some captains try to sound busy, so how is this for Original????? I HAVE EVERYTHING IN MARCH OPEN EXCEPT FOR THE 14TH! And to top that- I HAVE BOTH BOATS OPEN!

We take care of everything that you will need to fish, we even clean your catch at no extra cost and we DO NOT charge extra for fuel!! It is in the price, so now you know exactly what you will owe!!

February was a good month for us but March is empty for some reason. I will let the pictures speak for our fishing! Here is what we ended up with Saturday!!!!

Saturday I had Carroll's crew from Texas down to fish aboard the Looney Tuna, boat fresh out of the shop. Seas and Wind forcasts were all pointing to BAD!! Very Bad!! We left the dock with ten pounds of shrimp in search of mangrove snapper but after being in the gulf, we decided to try for tuna. The seas were at about 3-4 ft so we pushed on! After making it to the spot, the Red Eye and the Mother Load were already on site. It was just us all day.

Aaron and I set up for amberjack and only took about 45 mins to land a six man limit, it was off to find the tuna. Water was blue but we could not seem to locate anything but sharks and kings. Live bait, cut bait, NOTHING!!

A grass line was pushing through so we let the customers have fun catching a few small dolphin when I heard Gary on the Red Eye on the radio say, "We just boated our first tuna and we are hooked up again" ! For some reason, as the green water pushed through our location, the tuna turned on like a switch!! We stayed doubled up most of the day. As fast as Aaron could get the hook from a fish, I would send out another line! It would take about 45 seconds for the tuna to find it then it was FISH ON again. At one point I looked down and two yellowfin and a black was on the deck. Everyone was busy, too busy to put the fish in the box! Not long after that Aaron called me to say, the fish box is full, What do I do?? Clear out the other box, start stacking them in there!!

What a day. Some of the best fishing I have seen in a while!
We ended the day with:

8 yellowfin tuna
9 huge BLACKFIN TUNA
6 man limit of amberjack
6 small dolphin

We used everything we could get our hands on for bait. Live bait, cut pogies, king and bonita. They wanted it all!

All aj's were taken on live mullet!

All Frenzy fluorocarbon and Frenzy circle hooks!!!

I am not sure what you are waiting on, The fish are here NOW!! Lets go fishing!

As you read at the top of the post, open dates is not a problem in March!!! We have two boats running, we can get you on the water.

Capt Josh Howard
225-572-7408
deepsouthcharters@cox.net
www.deepsouthcharters.com

Monday, March 2, 2009 @ 11:57:28 PM

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CAPT JOSH HOWARD

Venice, LA USA

OPEN BOAT SUNDAY (FEB 22) FRIDAY(27TH) SATURDAY (28TH)

We were all looking forward to a great weekend after a nice haul the weekend before! The fish did not let us down one bit!!

   SATURDAY

We had our minds set on getting an early start but that did not work out like planned. Capt Troy and I were both running a little late so we decided to team up and run the foggy river together. Two radars are always better than one!

After we hit the gulf Capt Troy and I split up to do a little wahoo hunting, neither having very much luck. After about two hours, we both ended up at the same spot. I started trying to find the tuna while Capt Troy finished up his troll. We were going to be smart and drop the anchor! Not so smart, the current was so fast it looked like our bait was getting on step. After leaving the ball, it didnt take very long before we had fish in the slick. We hooked up and boated two beautiful 25 pound blackfin then the 50 wide started to scream. After I let Capt troy know that we were on the fish, we boated a nice 112 pound yellowfin. It was action all day after that. I had Capt Gray Long aboard the Looney Tuna with me and it was all we could do to keep up. Capt Gray and I looked around one time and it looked like we had butchered a hog on the boat, there was so much blood we could not keep it washed down. We ended the day with five yellowfin, a few amberjack, and four huge BLACKFIN TUNA. The bad thing is, we pulled hooks on several big fish, one of them right at the boat.  My favorite fish was one that was tail wrapped and as it came in, it looked dead. When the gaff touched this fish, it came back to life and ten mins later we were sticking the fish only to see that the only thing holding was the ine wrapped around the tail then hooked on the hook like a lasso. No hook in the fish! It is a good thing we had great anglers on the boat that kept all slack out or we would have lost this 120 pond yellowfin for sure!!!  

    SUNDAY

As my clock went off at four, I could hear the rain and wind outside. Not a great way to start a day. After talking with the crew, we decided to let the storm push through and ended up leaving the dock at eight. The fog was not as bad as saturday but we still had to deal with it. We decided to run straight to the tuna grounds and get started right away. We set up to pull baits around three rigs before finding the tuna. First two rigs, nothing!! Third times a charm, first round, boated a 50 pound wahoo. Second round, doubled up. Lost one, the other was about a 70-80 pounder! Nice fish!   We made a few more pulls with no luck, moved over to the tuna spot and had bonita in the slick within five mins!  We were able to catch some nice tuna before the sharks and storms moved in, so we called it a day and made a run for the pass!

The fishing has really turned on in Venice. If you were waiting on the fish, now is the time to book!  I cant promise how long they will hang around, all I know is they are here now!!

We have plenty of open days in March ans till have a few left in February including the weekend of the 28th! We have two boats for the winter so we should be able to get you on the water!  Call or email TODAY!

Capt Josh Howard
225-572-7408
deepsouthcharters@cox.net
www.deepsouthcharters.com

Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 9:05:28 PM

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Damon McKnight/Super Strike Charters

Venice, LA USA

Yesterday was one of the nicest days I have fished in a while. It was cold in the morning, we had to hose the boat down twice because of the ice that built up on the deck and when we reached our first spot offshore we had ice built up on the boat cushions. Don't see that very often down here. We had close to slick calm seas and temps. in the 60's most of the day.  It was a great day to be out on the water and although Jan. and Feb. can be cold and windy and can also be very calm and pleasant.  I took out the David Hamm group from Destin, Fl.    Our morning started out a little slow and upon pulling up to our 4th area the tuna were busting everywhere.  Big Ones.  At first it was hard to get set up on them and finally we got a good one.  After about a 35-45 minute fight and a few rod passes they got him in the boat.  Turned out to be a 153lb. Yellow Fin Tuna which is the largest we've gotten so far in 09.  We put in about three more hours and got three blackfin tuna.  Towards the end of the day we went after the wahoo and went 1 for 1.  The fishing is good right now and the most important thing is the weather is great for getting offshore. The wahoo bite has been one of the best I have seen in years and the tuna are making their presence known as well.  We've still got open days in Jan. and Feb.  We will be back at on Saturday.   


Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
1 800 318 1720
www.superstrikecharters.com
www.superstrikecharters.com/photos.php
Email:
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Friday, January 23, 2009 @ 7:05:50 AM

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