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MLC Fishing Charters
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MidLife Crisis

Venice, LA USA

My guests on board the MLC today were a family vacation coming from the east and west coast of our country to fish Venice.  Venice has become a fantastic destination for those who want to catch fish!  I was glad to have Mike, LouAnn, Ray, and Johna out for a day of fishing fun.  The first cast brought in a fine 4 lb. trout, the second cast brought in a 3 1/2 lb. trout, and the third cast . . . ., well actually the fourth cast it was another 3 lb. trout.  Then someone must have rung the bell calling the Ladyfish in for breakfast!  We would catch several Ladyfish, then a couple of trout.  We moved a bit, a bit more, a bit more, and finally returned to our original spot.  Ray wanted to test the D.O.A. without a cork.  He popped it a bit and had a fine fish in the boat.  It was on, and on, and on!  They caught more than they had expected and the size of the fish were GREAT!  I would estimate the average size to be 2 1/2 lbs.  The gentle SE winds made for a fabulous morning.  A highlight of the morning was a huge 27 lb. 4 oz. Jack Crevalle caught by Ray.  The first run of the brute almost stripped all the line off the 4000 Shimano reel.  Ray knew what he was doing and saved the line, and brought that big Jack into the boat in less than 20 minutes.  For those of you who have caught Jack Crevalle, you know how hard they fight, and how remarkable it is to land one of these fighting machines in that period of time.  I think Ray is still smiling, ear to ear!  There were no complaints from the crew today, the weather was perfect, the fishing was perfect, and all our fishermen were superb!  We will be out tomorrow looking for reds.  It will be another perfect day! Please check out the picture of these fine people with their catch. Jesus is Lord.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 @ 6:20:53 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Wayne, Chris, and Evan had a super day with storms all around and fish on the line.  We headed out before daylight with lightning on the horizon.  Made it to our destination and started catching nice trout with live shrimp under a cork.  The bite would start and stop, start and stop.  When they had 55 trout in the box we made a run between two thunder heads and made it to our redfish spot.  What a super spot.  They started catching nice keeper reds and even a few too big for the box.  Soon they had their limits and even caught a few to release.  At this spot they were using dead shrimp under a cork.  It was one of those days that make smiles on every face.  Just look at the picture and you will see what I mean.  Jesus is Lord

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 @ 5:38:01 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

It's about time!  Starting to put together days of easy trout limits here in Venice.  Yesterday, Daron and David Hammered the trout in short order then limited on reds as well.  Today Chris, Doug, Jose, and Mike were limited with 100 fine trout by 8:30.  These were very nice trout, most 2 lbs. or better.  Both days live shrimp was the key, though we did catch a few on plastic.  Today the action was so fast and furious that I never got a chance to sit down.  Looks like the river is stabilizing and the trout are in traditional places for spawning.  I look for the fishing to get simply "gooder and gooder!"  Come on down and fish, or better yet, give one of the fine Venice guides a call and get out on the water.  You'll be glad you did.  Check out the picture.  Jesus is Lord.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 7:53:52 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Out early this morning with Chip and Stewart for trout and reds.  It was just getting light in the east when we past the cane line.  In a few minutes we slid into our spot and  . . . . . well, NOTHING!  Made a move just about 200 yards away and it was on!  Chip and Stewart kept me hopping with one trout after another.  Soon they had their limit and we started for reds.  Directly in our path was a huge thunder storm that looked BAD!  We arrived at the redfish hole and the rain was just about a mile away.  I handed out rain jackets and gave the guys poles rigged for reds.  Soon they were pulling in reds right and left in the 16 1/2" to 24" range.  It was a fantastic blessing and even the rain clouds seemed to pass on either side of us.  Just to show how great the redfish bite was, I tossed out the rig with nothing but a jighead.  A few pops and a fine 20" red was headed to the boat.  Since they had their limits I unhooked the red and released it.  Chip said, "I have heard about you doing this but now I have seen it for myself!  Simply fantastic!"  It was one of those days.  Check out the picture.  Jesus is Lord.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 @ 1:58:04 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

It was one of those special days with Bill Noak, Bruce & Linda Mahan. These wonderful folks from Texas, have been fishing with me for years. Yesterday we went to Breton Island with very limited success. On down to Gossier Island where we crowned Mr. Bill the Ladies man with all the Lady fish he caught. Back in to the mainland we hit my favorite redfish hole and it was on fire. It was not the only thing on fire, the temperatures were blazing HOT! Both Linda and Mr. Bill became overheated when the air became still and the temps were stifling. We made a run to the marina to get them cooled down.

Today we decided to head down river with a fair West wind blowing. We slipped into our spot as the sun was just breaking the horizon. It was still too dark to see if the water was fishable but that didn't matter because in no time Linda had a fine 20" speckled trout on the line and in the net. As soon as I got another line in the water, another trout was splashing across the top and into the boat. Hectic, doesn't describe the action. I couldn't believe we were the only boat around. It wasn't until we had 40 trout in the cooler before another boat showed up. It was another guide boat and they respectfully stayed a good distance away. I motioned them over but the guide still stayed back. By 8:00 we had 70 fat trout in the box measuring from 16" to 22". Then a big school of bull reds passed by and both Linda and Mr. Bill had a huge fight on their hands. They did the dance of "line under line" and "round and round the boat", you know the drill. They landed both and Bill's red weighed 25 lbs. and Linda's was right at 30 lbs. Not to be undone, Bruce helped and everyone was well worn out early in the morning. By 8:30 the winds kicked up and the bite was about over. Our live shrimp were gone and we turned the MLC toward Cypress Cove Marina. We lined the fine catch up on the cleaning table and took a picture. Be sure to check this nice catch out. You'll agree it was a super fishing trip with a wonderful group from Texas! Jesus is Lord.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 @ 7:19:52 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

After the storms of yesterday, it was blue sky perfect today. James, Michelle, Katy, and Dakota wanted reds.  We headed into a pond to find off color water.  However, it wasn't long before they were hauling in reds, and some were 33" long!  Katy caught the biggest at that spot with a 23 lb. black drum.  Then Dakota topped that with a 24 lb. Jack Crevalle.  We moved around a bit from pond to pond and found some very clean water.  It was here that Michelle showed who was BOSS!  She hooked into a giant redfish that stripped off line, run after run.  When it surfaced a few feet out I knew it was big but I didn't realize how BIG!  She fought that bull for a good 15 minutes and we put it in the boat.  It was longer than my 40" wide ice chest.  She proudly held it up for the picture and bragging rights of the trip:  42 lbs. 1 oz.!!!  Now that's a BIG, BIG REDFISH.  Of course she released the red unharmed, and took the opportunity to do a little bragging, which I must admit, she deserved!  Well done.  The fishing in Venice is on track and trout and reds are in familiar places.  Come on down and enjoy the fun.  Jesus is Lord.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ 5:09:31 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

What a wonderful day today on the water.  My good friend Randy McCollum, his son Matt, Matt's friend Renne', and Danny came in and stayed in the MLC Lodge last night.  They took me out to dinner last night and even brought me one of Randy's special sausage sandwiches at the dock this morning!  We struck out early this morning and headed straight to a spot where I have caught trout before. (Down river on the East side.) They were there waiting on us.  Renee' caught the first two fish and according to her, caught the biggest, the most, and the prettiest fish.  I can truly say she was busy all day hauling in fish for sure.  They boxed 75 nice Venice trout and we made a move for some reds.  Pulled up to my spot and guess who caught the first red?  Renee' was bending the pole and working hard to land the nice  7 lb. red.  She then caught the second one as well.  However, it wasn't long before the guys got to work and soon everyone was bringing in reds.  The box was full to the top so they caught a few to release and we headed in.  It was one of those easy days where we didn't go fishing ----- we went catching!!!  I can't wait for them to come back again.  Jesus is Lord.

Monday, June 9, 2014 @ 3:36:24 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice3, LA USA

What a super day today.  Winds SE at 15+ knots and partly cloudy skies.  My crew, Richard, Ron, Murray, and Rich wanted to get some trout.  Stopped at my first spot down river, and only landed a few, plus multitudes of gafftopsail cats.  Off to the next spot and it was the honey hole.  With live shrimp from Venice Bait we hammered the trout and put 100 in the box.  Not really big trout, just 13" to 17".  Then we went to the redfish honeyhole and they hammered the reds.  They quickly put 20 in the box and then caught another 20 before calling it a day.  Man!  These guys were keeping this old captain plenty busy today!  It was one of those days where everything went perfectly, and we all enjoyed our blessings.  Check out the picture.  Jesus is Lord.

Friday, May 30, 2014 @ 2:07:22 PM

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WES MCADAMS

GREENWELL SPRINGS, LA USA

Had an awesome day Monday, fishing with
my good friend Captain Dan of MLC
Charters and my daughter Kelsey and her
boyfriend Patrick Talbot. We were
celebrating Patrick's college
graduation!! It was a picture perfect
day and as usual, Captn Dan put us on
the fish. We had a blast catching about
70 trout and just enough reds (we
weren't really interested in them) and
even a very nice flounder. Captn Dan
has a servants heart and always goes
the extra mile to make sure we catch
fish! And you just can't stay in a
nicer lodge anywhere or have a better
host!! I can't wait till next time!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 @ 9:03:47 AM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Been very busy fishing for everything from bull reds to speckled trout, to keeper reds, and flounder.  The weather has been nothing short of FANTASTIC, and has allowed us to get to places we needed to fish.  The river has dropped a bit and starting to clear.  This means the reds are moving inside and if you know where to find them, WOW! It's super easy.  For instance, I had Wayne, Jim, and Steve and we pulled up on a bank looking for reds.  They put a 3/8 oz. jig head on the bottom with dead shrimp and IT WAS ON!  They limited in no time with several bulls released.  Then I had the most delightful family, Shawn, Christie, and Will.  We went to one spot and they caught 43 reds with some big ones along the way and it was a trip of a lifetime for this family.  Can't wait to have them back again!  Today I had Wes McAdams, Kelsey, and Patrick.  They wanted mostly trout with some reds.  Went to the beach at South Pass and it was ON for bull reds!  Everyone got their turn pulling in the "strippers!"  These girls stripped off line like it was nothing.  Along the way we did find 4 nice reds for the box and that was just what they wanted.  Then we moved to another spot and it was ON for trout.  These were fine trout, in the 2-3 lb. range, on every cast.  I'm telling you it was as fast as you could get a live shrimp on the hook and cast.  It was nothing to have 3 on at a time.  Live shrimp from Venice Bait made it easy.  I remember asking specifically for "trout shrimp" this morning (I told Clayton I wanted the ones with the "T" on their backs!"  Well, he picked out some good ones as this super team boxed 70 of the finest trout you could ever want.  Wes even added a nice flounder as well.  To say it was a GREAT DAY is an understatement.  Nothing makes a guide feel successful like hearing, "This was the best trip of my life."  Music to my ears.  I've posted a picture of Wes, Kelsey, and Patrick, with their catch here on RNR.  Check it out.  Get on board the MLC and make some great memories of your own.  Jesus is Lord.

Monday, May 26, 2014 @ 4:11:07 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Armed with a livewell filled with live shrimp from Venice Bait Shop, Charlie, Steve, Don, and Jeff went looking for trout today.  We made it downriver with the winds blowing very hard and I decided to try a new spot.  The water was off color and I told the guys, "I don't know if there are any trout here but let's give it a try."  Out went the corks and it wasn't long before trout started coming to the net.  These were nice trout and the guys just kept up the action until about 9:30 and my clicker read "88."  I was pleasantly surprised and the guys were happy about our catch.  We bounced around a bit looking for reds but could not find a concentration of reds and called it a day a little after noon.  At the dock the guys all jumped in to help clean the fish, which this guide appreciated very much! Be sure to check out the picture. Jesus is Lord

Monday, May 12, 2014 @ 3:19:50 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Fished today with Frank, Emile, Fred, and Woodrow.  We decided to hit a spot where I found BIG reds yesterday.  Down the Mississippi River we slipped into our spot and it was ON!!!  Right off the bat Woodrow and Frank were on with big bulls in the 18-20 lb. range.  Since these fish were extremely active we tried not to have more than two on at a time.  Even that was almost too much with fish after fish ringing the boat again and again.  Then with a burst of drag Fred had a big girl that almost climbed out of the water.  It took him quite a while to reel her in and she tilted the scale at 32 lbs. 9 oz.!!!  Emile was the quiet one on board but I think he caught as many as anyone and didn

Monday, May 5, 2014 @ 7:43:05 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Finally got a break from the howling winds today.  John and Chris came in from Texas for their semiannual bull red trip.  These are some of the most environmentally conscious people I know.  They go to extremes to make sure every fish is returned unharmed and healthy.  Today we headed down along a beach I know hoping to find the big girls.  It didn't take long and John was hooked up with a fine 32 lb. red.  In the meantime, Chris was wrestling with a 24 lb. Jack Crevalle. It took Chris at least 25 minutes to land the Jack, during which time, John landed another big bull red.  Several times they hooked up and landed doubles.  It was a great day catching and releasing big bulls in Venice.  They caught all but a couple with a 4" Flurry under a popping cork.  Check out the picture.  Jesus is Lord.

Friday, May 2, 2014 @ 5:15:17 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Simply must share my last two trips.  Brad, Adam, Billy & Dock, came in from Georgia, and Tennessee just ahead of this awful weather front of the past two days.  The day before they arrived it was slick calm and you could fish anywhere from Empire to Southwest Pass, no problem.  As soon as they arrived the winds picked up and when we left the marina it was howling at a steady 25 mph.  Well, we moved into a small area surrounded by canes (one of the blessings of Venice Fishing), and on the second cast Adam had a fine red in the boat.  The guys fished hard and had their limits by 8:30 and continued to catch and release reds, sheepshead, and even some big bull reds.  We moved along the canes and even caught a respectful number of speckled trout.  The second day the winds had shifted to the east and made our fishing much more difficult.  It was rough going and difficult fishing but these guys were always positive and a genuine pleasure to be with.  At one point Brad cast out his line toward the canes.  Well, he cast the entire rod & reel out into the water.  I could see the cork so I told him the cork was up .. . . . . but before I could get his attention he was diving into the water after that rod & reel.  Out of sight for a few seconds and up he came with the rig!  In 14 years of guiding I have never had that happen.  We all agreed that we should have gotten a video of the whole thing.  Thanks Brad, you're my hero!  I've included a picture of Brad holding up a garfish he caught a little later.  You can see his clothes are still very wet.  A MLC fishing trip is one you will remember for a lifetime; I'm sure Brad will!  Jesus is Lord.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 7:14:01 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Out the past two days with John Gibson, his son Tanner, and son-in-law Daniel.  The weather was the big story for this trip with two days of completely opposite conditions and every weather condition except snow!  With challenging conditions these guys chunked dead shrimp under a cork, and plastics for reds along the canes.  It was tough finding clean water along the east side with the strong onshore winds of the past few days.  Yesterday the "Big Fish Man" was Tanner with a fine 17 lb. red caught using a plastic flurry under a cork.  The guys had a wager on big fish for the trip and Tanner was solidly in the lead.  We worked the canes with a nice box of keepers and several "biggies" released when the skies got dark, and the temps dropped at least 15 degrees.  We headed to the dock almost in time.  It started to rain in sheets and the winds were absolutely horrible.
Today we headed south to Freshwater Bayou and were surprised to find clean water and slick conditions.  Tanner was the first on the board again today.  On his second cast he landed a fine red using a Zaraspook topwater plug.  We decided to make a run to South Pass looking for a "BIG" red and guess who caught the "Biggie?"  Tanner used a plastic flurry under a cork and landed a super 29 lb. red.  That total held up and he won the wager.  Now, he may not be so lucky trying to collect!  Along the way the guys filled the box with reds, a flounder and some nice trout.  The weather today was calm, clear, cloudy, and windy!  Take your pick we had it all, including a GREAT TIME!  If you want to have some great fishing fun, give me a call.  Jesus is Lord.

Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 5:15:21 PM

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MidLife Crisis--MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Been out fishing the past few days.  Randy and Pam Sullivan came in looking to catch some redfish.  Our first day was right out of the travel guide for most beautiful days of the year.  The winds were very light, cool in the morning, short sleeves in the afternoon.  We slipped into a spot in a small pond.  The water was about 2.5' deep and just clear enough to see the head of the trolling motor under the water.  We trolled along the bank a very short distance and caught our first fish.  I set the power pole and we never moved.  Randy and Pam caught 46 reds all in this one spot.  A super day!  The next morning we awoke to the winds howling and the temperatures much lower.  It was COLD!  Headed back where we found them only to find muddy water and whitecaps all around.  Down south we went into Blind Bay.  Moved into a small pocket and started fishing.  We moved deliberately along the bank casting dead shrimp under a cork for at least a half mile before we found our first fish.  The winds were so strong it was hard to cast but Randy and Pam were up to the challenge.  They started catching the reds and these were considerably larger than the day before.  They easily boxed their limit and more before heading in.  They had been prepared for difficult conditions and made the most of the day in spite of the winds.
The next day I had Jason, Matt, Lance, and Tyler.  During the night the front passed through and we had light winds.  However, the 30+ mph winds of the day before left the water very muddy.  However, these guys, all very good casters, worked the banks like they had done it all their lives.  I was impressed!  We would pick up one here, one there, but never did we get on a steady bite.  But that's not the whole story. Tyler hooked up with a big line stripper.  It was obviously big and made several long runs before Tyler could coax it close.  It popped up for a second and I could tell it was large, no, LARGE!  When it crossed the side of the boat we took a quick picture and weighed the fish before releasing it:  37lbs. 8oz.  Wow!  A real beauty and the largest on the MLC so far this year.  A little while later we slipped into a very shallow pocket.  I mean SHALLOW!  I had all the guys up front to keep the motor from dragging when someone yelled, "Look at the redfish!"  Sure enough, we could see reds darting out in front of the MLC in every direction.  We immediately put out the baits and soon we had fish on!  Lance caught the biggest here; a fine 32lb. 10oz. beauty with a huge belly.  I'm not sure what they were feeding on, but this one was really full.  Of course we released this "biggie" right after the picture.  It was a great day to be out on the water and we all, especially the captain, had a great time.  I can't wait for these folks to come again.  Be sure to check out the pictures of these big reds.  Give me a call if you want to go fishing.
Jesus is Lord.

Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 1:57:39 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

We have been enjoying a Bi-Polar Winter this year in Venice.  One day it is freezing cold, the next it is 70 degrees!  However, the fishing in Venice is steady and on FIRE!  Went out with Jeff and Annette Parker who were down from Minnesota to celebrate Annette's birthday, and their 31st anniversary.  They wanted to catch some reds and Annette said, "I want to catch a 10 lb. red."  She caught the first fish of the day but it wasn't a 10 lb. red; it was an 11 lb. 7 oz. red!  You should have seen her smile!  We worked along the canes in some ponds and found a spot with plenty of reds.  Before the day was out Annette had caught and released a fine 17 lb. red.  A great birthday fishing trip and anniversary excursion.black drum, and a very nice flounder.  The guys were very competitive and Jamie thought he had the biggest red at 19 lbs. until Chris landed the hog of the day, a 25 lb. beauty.  Man, what a day!Trout and Redfish waiting to make your day!  Jesus is Lord  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 12:35:03 PM

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Randy McCollum

Lafayette, LA USA

Another great trip with Capt. Dan Dix of MLC Charters on September 6, 2013.

Scott Sands & Bob Riches from Baton Rouge and Randy McCollum from Lafayette had a great day in Breton Sound fishing for trout and redfish.

Capt. Dan put us on the fish with live bait and good equipment that could handle the big specks.

A picture perfect day to fish with MLC Charters.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 @ 10:20:37 AM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Out into Breton Sound before daylight today and slipped into our spot as the sun spit a line of gold across the peaceful ripples.  Randy, Scott, and Bob wanted trout so we were armed with 150 live shrimp from Venice Bait Shop.  I use a simple rig:  3' of 20 lb. red Cajun mono under a small popping cork.  At the business end, is a 1/0 Kayle hook with a #5 splitshot about 6" above the hook.  I expected the trout to sleep in until the sun was up and that was the case.  Then it turned on big time.  Someone was bringing in a fish almost all the time however the trout today were a mix of small to medium sized trout.  Good eating ones but no scale-breakers!  It wasn't long before the clicker was up to 70 and the bite was tailing off.  So, Bob suggested we go after some bull reds for the excitement of the "reel-song" .....  ZZZZZZzzzzzzz!  Off we went and slipped into our spot in water that was just 2' deep.  In no time Randy, then Bob, then Randy, then Scott, then .... you get the idea.  It was on!  After about 7 or 8 we decided to look for some "boxer" reds.  This time I pulled up on a spot in water that was barely knee deep.  The guys were casting dead shrimp under a Comtackle oval clip-on cork with a 3/8 oz. jighead, right up against the bank in water about 16" deep.  We could see reds smashing the minnows along the bank and soon they were smashing our shrimp.  It didn't take long to get our box full of "boxers."  These were 18" to 23" reds great for fillets or grilling.  Altogether the guys probably caught about 50 reds along with their 70 trout.  It was almost a perfect weather day as well, in and out sun with a steady but peaceful wind from the East.  We headed in and you could see smiles all around.  A super day with super fishermen!  Jesus is Lord.

Friday, September 6, 2013 @ 6:57:51 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

My group today with Triad Electric was nothing but ALL BUSINESS!  We headed out into Breton Sound before the sun woke up.  It was very smooth for a welcomed change.  Slipped into my spot and the guys started fishing with live shrimp under a cork.  Not much action until the sun was awake and then it was, gotta say it, "ELECTRIC!"  The trout were very good size, and hitting anything that hit the water.  At times we would have a lull in the action and then it would take off again.  I kept track on the counter and at 8:30 the guys had a super box with 100 fine trout.  They debated going in but opted for a little redfish action.  Off we went.  As I slipped into my spot along the canes I said, "I'm not sure the reds are here."  It didn't take long to be sure as the reds started pouring into the ice chest.  Here the guys used dead shrimp under a cork with a 3/8 oz. jig head.  By 10:30 there were 20 cooling on top of the trout and they put back at least 20 more.  Wow!  It was a fantastic day with NO RAIN!  We will be at it again tomorrow morning looking for a 2-peat!  Jesus is Lord.

Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 3:57:01 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

A special day of fun for Capt. Dan today.  On board was Rev. Michi Head and his son Jordy, Ron Newton, and Chuck Dixon.  We headed out as the sun was just creeping up and were treated to a magnificent sunrise.  Slipped into our spot with live shrimp and it was on from the first cast!  For the next 3 1/2 hours we were "CATCHING" not "FISHING!"  Someone had a fish on all the time.  Not all were keepers but it was non-stop action, and lots of fun.  Jordy caught the biggest red of the day and it was about 14 lbs.  Altogether the guys caught in excess of 40 reds and boxed about 30 nice trout.  Best part, they were all in the same spot.  We did run around a little looking for some bulls but we struck out today.  It was a great day on the water with an absolutely wonderful crew.  They made my day lots of fun!!!  Jesus is Lord.

Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 6:28:45 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Jay, Jeff, and Curt wanted some trout action and to learn a little of the area down river.  It was blowing pretty hard so I had to find a place that was protected, and one that had fish!  Right now you can find plenty of places with reds, but a protected spot with trout?.... NO PROBLEM.  From the first cast to the last these guys were on the fish.  At first they cast close to the canes and it was a red on every cast.  Not wanting to use our live shrimp up on reds, I got the guys to cast out into open water.  It was on with a trout hitting the boat as fast as I could net.  These were big female trout with big fat bellies.  The full moon helped us with the spawn and I would estimate the average size of our 50 trout to be about 2 1/2 lbs., all caught on live shrimp under a cork.  When the trout bite slowed they just cast off the other side of the boat and the reds were biting so rapidly I caught 2 with nothing but a hook under a cork.  It was crazy and no one was complaining ... just catching!  It was a great day and we headed in early with a full box of fish and smiles on our faces.  Check out the picture of the fish.  Jesus is Lord.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 12:18:36 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

The redfish bite here in Venice is OFF THE CHARTS!!!  Today I had Chris, Jeff, and John out for reds.  We pulled up on a spot where my anchor was almost above the water and cast out.  Two pops and the cork with dead shrimp under it went down.  It was on!  In no time the guys boxed reds from 18" to 24".  Then it was catch and release.  When they finally gave up the counter read 271 reds.  That is 90 reds per person by 11:00, all in the same spot! And as a special bonus, the last fish of the morning was a 34 lb. Black Drum; a real monster. In all my years in Venice I have never seen a redfish bite this aggressive.  Yesterday Brock Wester brought his family and requested reds.  We pulled up to this very same spot and with dead shrimp under a cork the four of them caught 314 reds all in the same spot BY 9:15!!!  They were absolutely worn out complaining of blisters.  Just an incredible bite.  None of these fish were in the 20+ lb. range but al l nice fish from 15" to 27".  Lots of fun and constant action.  No one was bored for even a minute.  I don't know how long this bite will last but if you enjoy catching reds, a lot of reds, you should get on down to Venice.  It's fantastic!!! Jesus is Lord.

Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 2:12:31 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Headed down river this morning with Brad, Maredath, Will, and Matt, looking for reds.  Our first stop was all it took and by a little after 8:00 they had their limits and caught beautiful 20"-26" reds with several bulls they released.  Altogether they caught 41 nice reds using dead shrimp under a cork.  Big fisher-person of the day was Mom -- Maredath.  The first big one she caught she scooped it up and put a big kiss right on the lips!  Though we didn't target trout today, we caught several with dead shrimp under a cork.  The winds were light and almost cool (for July), and we loved it.  The river is starting to clear and the ponds are cleaning up.  Look for the reds to start moving into the passes.  Trout are being caught from South Pass to Breton Island.  Not much trout action yet on the West side down river.  I expect that to turn on now that the river has started to drop.  It's a great year here in Venice, with fine catches of trout and reds.  The best bait for trout continues to be live shrimp, and reds, they are so plentiful they will bite a bare hook!  Gotta love Venice.  Jesus is Lord.

Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 6:33:54 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Almost daily I am asked, "Has the oil spill hurt your fishing?" Of course we all wish it had never happened but to say it has hurt our fishing, well, it is probably too early to make a definitive statement. I say this because following the oil spill, the Mississippi River reached record levels, and for three years a persistent West wind has influenced water salinity in Venice. This year, however, beginning in March, the winds returned to their traditional direction: SE. The SE winds push salt water into the marshes all along the east side of the river. Even with a relatively high river, 12.7' currently, there is a strong substrata of salt. Speckled Trout need that salt level to spawn and this year we have seen a return to that activity in traditional areas. I'd like to say it has been as it was in the "old days" but I'm not sure anything is like that. It has been very encouraging and the size of our trout in Venice are significantly larger than in previous years.

Today I had Matt, Randy, and Bob on the hunt for trout. We left the marina with rain clouds chasing us down river and settled into our spot on the east side. It didn't take long before the guys were pulling in very nice Speckled Trout in the 2-3 lb. range. Fish after fish were all fat and heavy. Along the way bull reds passed through and Bob had a big time hauling in several of the brutes. When Matt hooked up with the line screaming we were both certain it was a big red. He fought the fish for several minutes before he was able to bring it along side the boat. It was then I got a glimpse of a BIG Speckled Trout. Matt kept his cool and did his job on the pole, I did mine with the net. When it was weighed it was right at 6 1/2 lbs!!! It was 27 1/2" long and simply dwarfed the 2's, 3's and 4 lb. trout in the box. I've posted a picture of Matt and the trout. Great job, man. By 9:00 this morning they had 75 nice trout in the box and we made a move to catch reds. One stop was all it took and they had no trouble putting 15+ reds in the boat along with 2 very nice flounder. We counted the different fish we caught today and it was 12! Gotta love Venice. You just never know what you are going to catch. One thing is certain: Every cast is one less till you hook that BIG ONE! Jesus is Lord.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 @ 6:36:00 PM

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MidLife Crisis----MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Happy Father's Day to all Dads out there.

Been fishing almost every day since the middle of April and I must confess my reports have taken a break. The fishing in Venice is still FANTASTIC! We are catching reds like they are stacked in a barrel. It has been very common to catch 50, 100, 150, and more each day with dead shrimp under a cork. I have been fishing here for 16 years now and I don't remember the redfish bite this good before. The river stage has a lot to do with this as it has stayed steady at 12' for about two months. This has the reds poised on the outer limits of the passes just waiting for the river to drop. When it does, the reds will enter the passes and we will have to look for them. Right now, just pull up to some canes and start casting. It's almost a no brainer.

Yesterday we set two new records on the MLC. It was a Christmas gift for their father, Clyde, and Chip, David, and Roger were along for the fun. We started off strong at our first stop putting plenty of reds (17" to 25") in the box. Made another move and the guys set the records! We were fishing along some canes in muddy water, about 3' deep. The guys had long since filled their limits and were playing catch and release. Chip and Roger cast out onto a flat and were no more than 2' apart. Both of their corks went down at the same time and I figured they had reds on the line. However, both guys were struggling with their fish and couldn't get them to come to the top. When you can't get a fish up in 3' of water, it must be a big stingray, right? Well they kept working and working and soon I got a glimpse of Roger's fish: a HUGE alligator gar. This was a whopper! Last year we had one brought in that tipped the scales at 36 lbs. This one made that look like bait! On the back of the boat Chip was having a similar fight trying to keep his fish out of the motor and powerpole. I figured it was another gar they hooked together. Well, the big gar on the front was ready so I put the nose into the net and David grabbed the tail and we hoisted this river monster into the boat. None of us could believe how big it was: right at 70 lbs!!! It immediately started pounding my boat like a drum and we all got out of the way. Meanwhile, Chip was finally able to see his fish: a huge black drum. We were able to get this one into the boat and it was right at 46 lbs!!!! The two biggest fish ever boated on the MLC and they were both caught 2' apart in 3' of water. Unbelievable!!! Then to top it all off, Clyde caught the biggest red of his life, 27 lbs., on his last cast of the day. It just couldn't have been a better day on the MLC. Check out the pictures. Jesus is Lord

Sunday, June 16, 2013 @ 11:30:09 AM

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MidLife Crisis----MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

I have recieved several emails regarding the rising river and fishing.  Well, today, with the river on the rise, Brian, Corey, and Dow wanted to catch fish.  So, we headed out down the river in somewhat thick fog, out the east side.  I moved into a small pond with a friend following behind in his boat.  I pointed to a spot for him to start and we moved across the pond.  In just a few minutes he called and said it was on.  That was an understatement.  We moved along with him and in 30 minutes the guys had their limits of reds and started catching and releasing.  Today I kept the counter going just to see how many they would catch.  Well, we left them biting in this spot and the counter had 66 on it!!  We moved a few miles away, further south and I stopped along some canes and the guys started casting out as before.  We were in 3' of water, using dead shrimp under a cork.  The bite started up and it got frantic with the guys pulling them in right and left.  At one point Dow handed me his rod and walked to the front for more shrimp.  I showed him his hook, with nothing on it, and cast out.  Three pops later a red was on the way to the boat.  He took the rod and started catching them one after the other with no bait, just a hook.  Soon all three were catching them with nothing but a hook under a cork!  All the while the counter was keeping an accurate count of the reds caught and released.  We set a cutoff time at 12:30 and were extatic that the counter read:  201.  They had caught 135 reds at our second stop and that didn't count the many black drum, 1 freshwater cat, 1 hardhead cat.  I had to chuckle, they had loaded plenty of beer onboard at the marina, only one had been consumed.  They had their hands full with all those fish!  Of course we all know that it is not always like this and we give thanks for special blessings.  Jesus is Lord.

Saturday, April 27, 2013 @ 6:40:18 PM

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MidLife Crisis----MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Out early this morning headed down river on the East side with Ken, Rick, Jay, & Rick.  Stopped along a bank to get the guys set up using live bait under a cork.  Right off the bat Rick pulled in a fine trout, then we caught two more on successive casts.  It was on! ..... Or though I thought.  To be honest, I was surprised with the trout because the water looked like coffee milk.  We worked along the bank with little success for it seemed like forever.  Made a short move to another cove and it was here we started catching a variety of fish, Sheepshead, redfish, one lonely catfish, and at least 5 big stinrays.  In no time the guys caught their 20 for the box and kept catching and catching.  It was nothing to have two or three on at the same time.  In all, they caught about 80 keeper reds and only 1 that was just short of 16".  With 20 big Sheepshead they had a day that left Rick with sore arms and having to take a break from the action!  Great time, great fishing, great guys!  Jesus is Lord.

Friday, April 26, 2013 @ 8:07:36 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

If it's reds you want, we got em!  Yesterday John & Tanner Gibson drove in from Tennessee, for redfish action.  John got the first one and I never heard such excitement in my life.  He couldn't believe how big it was.  (I thought it was pretty much a normal red, about 31".)  The guys fished along South Pass with absolute FLAT seas which made it easy fishing.  We pulled up right into the shallow water and kept fishing with a purple/white Hybrid Flurry.  The big girls would come by in schools and several times both guys had big ones on.  They brought their own rigs with 17 lb. mono on them and asked what I had on mine.  We fish with 50 lb. Power Pro.  Well, it didn't take but one break-off with the mono for them to change to our rigs.  It's a good thing because the best was yet to come.  Both guys caught several reds, most over 27", with a few just under 27".  Then we had a nice run of BIG reds.  John caught a whopper at 27 lbs. and it was "high-fives" and more whoops & hollers!  But the biggest went to Tanner just a few casts later.  He wrestled in a fine 31 1/2 lb. red.  More whoops & hollers!  The guys did catch other fish, really big sheepshead, to 6 lbs, and black drum in the 8 lb. range, and of course silverbacks!  It wasn't a typical Venice day where we put 75 to 100 reds over the side, but it was a personal best for my guests as both broke their redfish records.  That has to make for a very good day on any fishing trip.  Come on down, the weather is warming up and the fishing is too!  Still have some April dates open, give me a call and we'll work on your personal best too.  225-939-3525.  Jesus is Lord.

Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ 8:18:56 AM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Fished yesterday with Gary Gilbert and his son Dylan.  We headed down river under gray skys and increasing winds from the NE.  Pulled into a bay and moved along the canes.  As the boat drifted to a stop I set the power pole to get the rods rigged with the bait I wanted to use here.  The water was very dirty and I really didn't expect to get anything but you never know.  I set Gary up with a 4" Crystal Hybrid Flurry under a cork and showed them how to cast and pop.  While I was setting up the second rod, Gary made his first cast.  You guessed it, BAM!  It was on and a fine 27" red was fighting its way to the boat.  When I was able to get Dylan's rod rigged he cast out and on his first cast, you guessed it, BAM!  It was on, and a fine 26" red was fighting its way to the boat.  Barely able to get another rig set for me, I mad my first cast.  You guessed it, BAM!  It was on and a 24" red was coming to the boat.  I was a little more than surprised and pleased.  We were soon brought back to reality as our corks just popped and popped with nothing to show for it.  We moved along the canes and Gary caught another and then another.  Moved a few hundred yards and found a little cleaner water and Gary caught and released a fine 27 lb. red.  As we moved along the canes I watch for multiple hits in one spot.  Soon we found a spot like that and we all put dead shrimp under a cork on our rigs.  You guessed it, it was on!  I sat back and watched the guys catch almost 40 reds with the smallest being 18" and the largest being 41" and 34 lbs. It was not until 12:30 that we began to see any clearing and the warm sunshine was a genuine blessing with the cold brisk winds.  It was a blessing to fish with these guys.  We laughed and laughed and saw Gary set his personal best red at 27 lbs. broken later with another personal best of 34 lbs.  Dylan also set his personal best red with one about 22 lbs.  By the time we headed in the clouds were gone and the warmth of the sun warmed our backs.  Simply a fantastic day in the Venice marsh.  Jesus is Lord.

Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 9:11:10 AM

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Capt. Dan

Venice, LA USA

Fished both Saturday and Sunday looking for reds.  First, a word about the river.  It is muddy!  I think I saw deer tracks as I crossed the river!!!  We have been spoiled with the low and green river for months.  It's back to reality and the Muddy Mississippi is living up to its name.  Now, for the fishing.  I had two wonderful brothers, Howard and Ronnie Bowen out looking for redfish.  They booked this trip the early part of the week as they looked at the weather forecasts.  That is the best way to set up a trip in the winter months because our weather is so fickled.  And they did good on the weather as it was moderate to light winds and temps in the 50's on Sat. and 60's on Sun.  We headed down toward South Pass on Saturday and our first stop was the best as they caught and released about 45 reds in the 10 lb. to 15 lb. range.  We just fished up against the canes in shallow water with plastic and/or dead shrimp under a cork.  We never found the reds stacked up but frequently found 3 or 4 in the same spot.  We didn't leave at the break of day because of the tide and cold morning.  I think that was a wise move.  On Sunday we did leave earlier as the winds were very low.  Headed out to the end of Pass a Loutre.  That area has taken a big hit with errosion and soon it will be an island out from the rest of the marsh.  The water there was very muddy so we didn't even stop to fish.  Moved into the marsh and found some "cleaner" not clean water and started casting our plastic and/or dead shrimp under a cork.  Ronnie hooked up first with the dead shrimp, then it was Howard with a plastic.  The action was not fast but it was steady.  What was different on Sunday was that these were BIG reds; line strippers for sure.  At first we fished along the canes then just started to drift as the wind moved us across open water.  When we hooked up we set the pole and worked that spot; repeaded the process over and over.  I lost count of the reds but estimate it was around 35 reds that went 15 lbs. to 30 lbs.  It was a much different group of fish with only one fish below 27".  As it was the day before, the guys took great care to get the fish back into the water so they could give someone else a thrill as well.  It was a great two days on the water and I can't wait until I fish with them again.  Jesus is Lord.

Monday, January 21, 2013 @ 10:54:15 AM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

It's that time of year when the fronts start pushing through with regularity, and the temperatures make wild fluctuations. It was that way this week as I had two trips. The first was with a wonderful family from Hattiesburg, Ms. Brad and Mandy brought along Charles and Mary Grace. Our hope was to load the boat with speckled trout, and then limit out on reds. We faced a day with the temps hovering in the middle 50's with strong NE winds. Went straight to a redfish hole and the first two casts produced reds for the box. Then it slowed but we kept catching and filled out their limit of reds. We continued moving around looking for trout but I believe the sudden change in the temperature, the strong winds, 20+ mph, and the rapid rise in the Mississippi River sent the trout into stagnation mode. We moved around a bunch and finaly made our way into Blind Bay. Here we found the big bulls that were hungry and STRONG! The largest was caught by Charles but everyone had the fun of bringing a big bull to the boat. They released the big ones but took lots of pictures. We had a great day on the water and my hat is off to the girls, Mandy and Mary Grace. They left Hattiesburg around 2:00 am, and we didn't get back to the dock until 4:00 pm. Wow, what a family. And I must tell you about Charles. He is in the Air Force stationed in Washington state. He is in a very elite program. He started this program with several hundred others and now with just 6 weeks to go only 43 remain. He says of the 43 remaining, only a handful will complete the course. He is in the survival instructor program. They train all branches of the military in the skills of survival in all types of situations. This means as a POW, in desert conditions, jungles, behind enemy lines, all sorts of stuff, most of which he is not allowed to discuss. What a young man! I guess a long day of fishing is a piece of cake for this family!

The next day I had Bob, Randy, Scott, and Mike. The winds were even stronger though the temperature was a good 15 degrees warmer. That was a welcome relief. We started out looking for trout. Not much success with the river temperature at 55 degrees. I moved down a canal and made the decision to rig the rods for bottom fishing. I pulled over on a small point and dropped the anchor while I re-riged the lines. While I was tying the lines the guys caught a couple of reds for the box and then Randy hooked something big. I watched as the big fish worked in the current. "Something about that doesn't look right," I said. "It is either a Black Drum or a ....." Just as I was about to say it, I heard someone say, "It's a huge Catfish." Sure enough, it was a whopper Blue Cat that pegged the scale at 35 lbs. We kept fishing and before long we had put a little more than 100 lbs. of Blue Catfish in the box!!! Every year I comment on this in my reports. The Blue Cats come down the river to lay their eggs at the edge of the Gulf. If you find a spot holding the big ones, you can literaly LOAD THE BOAT with some of the best tasting meat around. Seldom do I find fishermen who want to fish for, and keep, this nice fish. Well, these guys enjoyed the pull and I hope they enjoy the fish fillets.

We moved on down that bank and soon found the reds stacked on a ledge. It was a red on every cast, with most of them 17" to 19" in length. The guys had a blast catching the reds and even had a nice flounder as well. We did catch a couple of specks and one 3 lb. white trout as well. In all, it was a fantastic day in spite of the winds.

I must tell you about Scott. He was on break from West Point where he will graduate this Spring. Just being around this young man makes you proud to be an American and proud of our military personnel. It is no small feat to graduate from West Point. Thanks to all our military for your faithful service. So, two days in a row I was blessed to fish along side of two young men committed to the military.

Now, for those of you who fish the Venice area don't give up on the trout fishing just yet. If we don't get too much rain in the Ohio River Valley we can expect the river to remain relatively low though it will get colder through January. This will put the fish into locations like Yellow Cotton Bay, Bay Adams, Blind Bay, and Garden Island Bay. These areas will warm and remain relatively clean; just right for trout fishing. Some of my best trips have been in the winter months. If you are flexable on your fishing dates, you can catch a boat-load during the winter. If it's very windy, stay home, but after the front passes and the winds drop, hook up the boat or better yet, call your favorite guide and get on down to Venice. It's still the best place on earth to fish!!! Jesus is Lord.

Sunday, December 30, 2012 @ 11:56:32 AM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Unbelievable day fishing with Brian and his son Kyle, and Brian and his son Blane. The boys were 7 and 9. We headed down river to target reds for the boys. Stopped at a spot off South Pass and I baited a hook and tossed out the line for one of the boys. No sooner did the bait hit the water than the red was on the line. I gave it to one of the boys and IT WAS ON!!! Just two poles were used as each dad helped the boys wrestle the big reds to the boat. I sat back and watched these dads create "life long memories" with their sons. They wanted to make sure the boys had a good time ---- AND THEY DID!!! It took no time to put their limits of reds in the box and along the way they released another 20 or so back to fight another day. When the boys found out they couldn't keep any more, they wanted to go catch trout. So, off we went.

We moved along Pass a Loutre and into another small canal looking for trout with mixed results. Then I decided to try a spot in the river. We moved along the bank in 20' of water and soon the trout were coming to the boat. These were not 2 lb. trout -- these were HOGS, SLABS, WHOPPERS!! The action was so fast I couldn't keep up with the net. Unfortunately, some were so big they fell off at the edge of the boat. We had two right at 6 lbs. and several at 5 lbs. Most were around 3 lbs. All were caught bouncing a Hybrid Flurry. In no time the big 168 qt. ice chest on the MLC was getting filled. Then it was a challenge to pack them in the box. Simply one of those trips "to die for." All the while the dads took time to make sure the boys were catching and reeling in fish. I got to tell you, it was an absolute blast to watch those boys reeling in the big trout. When we left the box was beyond full and the boys were both sound asleep before we reached the marina!!! What a day! What a crew! Jesus is Lord! Merry Christmas to you all. Capt Dan

Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 8:07:00 AM

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MidLife Crisis----MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

It was SUPER EASY today!  I've been telling you how good the fishing is in Venice.  Well, Wes McAdams was my guest on the MLC today and it was as easy as it gets.  We stopped at a spot, right in the river, and cast up close to the bank.  First cast, a fine 3 lb. trout.  Using a plastic Flurry, dark green and black, it was a no-brainer!  Just cast the 3/8 oz. jig toward the bank and let it sink.  Before it hit the bottom you had a fish on.  If you wanted to fish the current, just cast the 1/2 oz. jig out the back and let it sink in the 25'-30' of green Mississippi water and set the hook.  We found that you could get white trout, and I mean quality white trout, in the deep water, and specks in the 7'-15' of water. Just to see if the D.O.A. under a cork would work, I put on the near clear with red flake about 4' under a cork.  I cast it straight toward the bank expecting it to drift down current.  It didn't.  It drifted, rapidly down under the water.  In came another 2 lb. trout. It was one of those days you could do no wrong.  The only wrong thing you could do today, was to stay home and not fish Venice!!!  Though we didn't use double rigs, they would have made it WAY TO EASY!  I sent a friend a text the other day about the easy trout fishing in Venice:  "If every day was as easy as this, I'd do this till I'm 100!"  Today was even easier.  I'll say it again, the river is like this only once every 7 to 10 years.  Don't miss out.  Get your boat, or call your favorite guide and get in on the action before the river goes up.  You will be glad you did!  Jesus is Lord.

Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 8:27:21 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Hit the water early this morning, in fact, it was still dark as we moved down river.  Pulled into our spot and Steven, Deter, and Keith started casting before 6:00.  The next time I had time to look at the time it was 6:50 and they had 56 big trout in the box!  It was non stop action from the first cast.  The action slowed and we moved around a bit and got on a non-stop redfish bite.  I couldn't resist the opportunity and I cast a bare hook out and in no time I had a fine red in the boat.  I love the looks of disbelief every time!  When the tide started to move again we moved back in for trout and finished off our limit and headed in with 75 big trout, and 15 reds in the box.  It was another fantastic day in Venice.  If you get a chance, get down here and experience the green river water and fishing that will keep your memory machine flashing images of fat trout into the cold winter months!  Jesus is Lord.

Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 7:42:26 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

WOW! The fishing in Venice, is better every day.  With the river at a constant low level, the Jump has 10 to 20 boats every time I pass.  Yesterday Jim, John, and Mel were wanting Speckled Trout.  The winds were howling above 20 mph when we left the marina so we headed off down river.  Venice is blessed with huge canes that line our canals and boarder the bays and ponds.  When it is windy, like yesterday, they enable us to find a "somewhat" protected spot to fish.  It was that way yesterday.  In fact, we were just 4 miles from the marina and it was our first and only spot.  Spotted some birds diving and we pulled in along a protected shoreline.  From the first cast it was on.  They would hit anything that hit the water.  We quickly put 35 in the box and I thought we would limit in record time.  Then, for some reason, the bite slowed.  We would get two or three and then nothing for 20 or so minutes, then four more.  Our persistance paid off as they limited with 75 nice specks (to three pounds), before noon.  Along the way, Jim landed the biggest of the day, a 26 lb. bull red that jumped on one of our plastics.  The guys all fished under a cork and the bait that worked best was a green flury, at about 3'.  Even in deep water (17'-20'), the fish were hitting high in the water colum. That could be, because the water is clear, and they can see your bait 10' away! You can expect the fishing to be easy in Venice as the water is predicted to reach all time low levels into December.  You have to chuckle when you think we could have the all time high river one year and the all time low river the next.  Well, my guests are having ALL TIME FUN TRIPS for sure!  Jesus is Lord.

Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ 10:14:43 AM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

The trout are in Venice BIG TIME!  It seems you can fish almost anywhere right now and get limits of trout.  Today I had Wayne, Brett, and Dan on the MLC and by 12:00 they had 75 beautiful trout in the box.  We didn't fish for reds today.  Today we caught most of our trout on the D.O.A. under a cork.  Unlike yesterday, we fished mostly in water 8' deep and had our corks set for 4'-5'.  We had good incoming tide all day and the "no pop" action was what they wanted.  We would toss out the rig and give it one pop, then let it sit.  The trout, some to 3 lbs. would hit it on the run and it was almost work bringing them in against the current.  I say, "almost" because the guys all had smiles on their faces every time they plopped a fat trout in the box.  Me too.  Looks like I may have a day off tomorrow and back at it on Tuesday.  Gotta love Venice fishing this time of year.  Jesus is Lord.

Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 2:08:12 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Just when I think I have the fish figured out, well, something new comes along I didn't expect.  That was the case yesterday with Mark, Hunter, and Bob, here in Venice.  We started out fishing the bottom with plastic.  We were in 18' to 20' of water and the current was just about right.  We picked up one here and one there, not fast but steady enough not to move on.  We put a number of speckled trout in the box, along with 25 white trout and a nice 26" red.  However, the bite was less than I expected so we moved down river a bit looking for better speckled trout.  We stopped in a place where I had caught specks before and resumed our "plastic on the bottom" fishing.  We did pick up a few nice trout but I noticed that Hunter caught a fine trout as he retrieved his bait back to the boat.  That alerted me that the fish were possibly higher in the water column.  I hooked on a D.O.A. about 3' under a cork and on the first cast we had a solid 3 lb. trout.  That was it!  I changed everyone over to that and we started fishing.  We did get a few but it was less than I expected.  So, I changed to a plastic cocahoe under a cork with a 3/16" oz. jig head.  Better results but not "HOT" as I expected.  Once again I adjusted and used a 3/8 oz. jig head and made it 6' under the cork.  Bam!  That was it!  And all the while we were in 20' of water with a moderate current, the winds were blowing 15 to 20 mph.  That water depth and wind conditions favored a bottom bite.  However, on this day the fish had other ideas.  Goes to show you should keep on trying "something else" before you give up on a spot.  Just because you like to fish a certain way, it doesn't mean the fish want to "do it your way."  So we changed and the fish cooperated.  Before long we had accomplished one more item on Mark's bucket list:  we limited on trout with 100 big fat trout in the box, 25 white trout, and one nice red.  It was smiles all around and we headed for the marina.  It was a very happy day fishing here in Venice.  I felt it was special because I learned something new as well.  Jesus is Lord.

Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 4:36:31 AM

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MidLife Crisis----MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

On board the MLC today was Tim, Willie, and Dan. Our target today was speckled trout so we found our spot in the diversion early and almost immediately found trout though some were white trout. I have found that the "winter bite" is often difficult for some people to master. It was that case today so I opted to find trout under a cork to help these guys out. We found a spot that was just perfect and the trout, well, they were even better than perfect! These were solid 2 lb. trout with an occasional 3 lb. trout. The bite was not fast but it was steady and soon they had 75 fat speckled trout in the ice chest. All of these trout were caught using the near clear w/red flake D.O.A. I like to use a clip-on cork with the power pro line. I feel it makes the lure act more naturally and the trout hammered it today. After the trout we jumped on the reds, though we didn't bring back many. We also caught a fine southern flounder, about 3 lbs. It was a perfect weather day and my crew today was THE BEST!!! The only downer today was when I started to post this report. It was then I discovered that I had failed to put a memory card in my camera. So, all the pictures I shot at the cleaning station of the smiling faces and carefully lined up fish, well, they simply do not exist. Sorry guys. At least I didn't forget where the fish were!!!!

I have been saying this for months now, how fantastic the trout fishing would be if the river stayed low into the winter. Well, it is, and it is! The river is low and the trout fishing is simply FANTASTIC! With every cold front that passes, the fish simply stack up and it is very easy to catch an ice chest full of trout. Don't let this opportunity get by you. It happens about once every 7 or so, years. Looks like this is one of those times. Give me a call and let's get some fish for your freezer! Jesus is Lord.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 5:40:54 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Day three with my friends from Tennessee, Tim, Adam, Jeff, and Bobby.  Each day was different and we went in different directions each day.  That is the luxury of a multiple day trip.  Yesterday, as soon as we set the anchor it was on!  Trout, reds, black drum, on every cast.  That lasted about an hour and a half and shut off like a faucet.  We drifted a while but no real success.  Headed off in another direction and I pulled up on a bank where I had caught reds previously.  By this time the winds were starting to kick up and we were grateful for the tall canes in front of us blocking the winds.  They caught reds on the first cast, then nothing!  I just couldn't believe it.  We drifted down the bank and started picking up more and I set the anchor.  While they were catching reds on the shoreline side of the boat, I started casting a D.O.A. shrimp under a cork out away from the bank.  It wasn't long before the trout started hammering that D.O.A.  It was fantastic, reds on one side of the boat and trout on the other.  These were BIG trout, all of them 2 lbs. to 5 lbs.  The guys would fish reds for a few casts, then trout, then reds, then trout.  They simply hammered the fish and Adam caught the biggest of the trip, a 33 lb. Black Drum.  That was one ugly fish!  It was one of those days you wanted to last forever, but the guys wanted to get on the road home so we called it a day around 12:30.  I think we could have caught fish till dark.  As it was, they limited on trout and reds, and if I had to guess, they probably caught in excess of 70 reds throughout the day.  This is a trip they will remember for a long, long,time.  I know I will.  Get on board the MLC this Fall, the fishing in Venice is great!!  Jesus is Lord.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 @ 8:12:20 AM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Today I had Tim and Dan on the MLC and the target was trout.  We armed our rods with the near clear with red flake D.O.A. and headed out at earliest light into a small bay close to Venice.  We actually had a hard time seeing the corks at first.  It didn't take long to get bites but they were either white trout or small specks.  We moved around a little and soon we were picking up nice specks, not fast, but steady.  By 10:30 we were limited with 50 nice trout and we headed in.  It was a blast fishing today, and it was a day filled with bites:  gnats, and trout!  Check out the picture of the sunrise and the nice specks.  Jesus is Lord.

Sunday, November 4, 2012 @ 1:14:11 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Had a great day fishing with Todd Guidry and friends.  We wanted a good mix of reds and trout and that's just what we got.  Started off in the river bouncing plastic on the bottom for trout and it didn't take long to find them.  The trout have now moved into the river system and all you have to do is get your plastic to the bottom and bounce it up and down while waiting for the very light bite.  If you react quickly you will be rewarded.  It took the guys a few minutes to catch on to the bite but when they did, it was on!  They caught a mix of specks and whites, and a bunch of both.  Then we went along the banks casting dead shrimp under a cork and it was "a redfish day."  It was so fast at times we had three on at a time.  It was no problem filling our limits of reds and casting back bunches and bunches more.  I've had a cancellation next Friday, and Saturday in case your fishing arm is beginning to twitch!  Give me a call.  225-939-3525  Jesus is Lord.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 @ 2:25:28 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

On our first day, the Dingus family put 70 trout in the box and we decided we would target reds the second day. Well, at our first stop Sue hooked up first but it got off before it met the net. Next it was Alicia and her red was just perfect. It was her first red ever but not her biggest; that would be a little later in the day. We worked along the runouts on Main Pass but unfortunately it was an almost "no tide" day, so the runout was minimal. We continued to pick up one here, two there, and moved into a canal where I have found them before. I anchored in the canal and directed their casts toward a shallow bank on the starbord side. Alicia was fixated on the bank and said, "There is an aligator over there!" I looked all around and proudly proclaimed in my best Capt. Dan voice, "I believe it is a log." They cast up along the bank and the corks went down almost immediately. I was happy ........ until ....... you guessed it, that log turned into an aligator and it started chase our corks! Well, at least I was right about where the fish were.

For some reason aligators love popping corks. I cast out and baited the small gator to the side of the boat. Alicia demonstrated multitudes of adult restraint by not shouting those four words: "I TOLD YOU SO!" She grabbed her camera and took plenty of close up shots of the gator. Back to fishing we went. Well, the gator was staking out his territory and simply wouldn't leave us alone. Eventually we had to move and leave the canal altogether. Went back where we had started but all we found was two guys in a bass boat. Or should I say, two guys out of their bass boat. They had turned into what they believed was a canal. It wasn't. They were pushing their bass boat and slopping through the soft muck. We stood by to offer assistance but they managed to get the boat floating again. I showed them the way into the canal and we left them drying off.

Into another canal we started to cast on corners and again we picked up one or two here and there. There were a few small ones but for the most part we were catching quality reds. It was then that Runt (Robert, AKA Granddad), cast on a corner and his line started screeming. I could tell it was big, and thought for a few minutes it might be a 30+ lb sting ray, (secretly hoping it wasn't a big aligator!!!). It was more than Runt could handle so he passed the line to his 17 year old granddaughter, Alicia. She worked the big (something), for almost 10 minutes and all around the boat a couple of times. Finally I was able to see that it was a big bull red. She managed to keep the bull out of the motor, power pole, and anchor rope like a seasoned fisherwoman. We landed the fish and it weighed in at almost 27 lbs. So, when it came time for the picture, both Runt and Alicia posed with the bull. Check out the picture. We had a great day and headed in with a full box of reds and drum so they could hit the road home to Kansas. Delightful people who I hope will come again very soon. Jesus is Lord.

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 11:26:57 AM

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MidLife Crisis--MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Venice fishing is getting exciting.  For several weeks now we have been catching plenty of flounder as we work the drop-offs in the current.  All it takes is a little shrimp on a jig head or a plastic cocahoe bounced along the bottom.  Two days ago we had one that went 5 lbs.  Now, that's a doormat for sure!  Today my crew, Runt (Richard), Sue, Lynn, and Alicia Dingus came all the way from Kansas to fish for specks and reds.  Today we decided to fish for trout and they were not dissappointed at all.  We stopped along a runout and worked up a small canal.  It wasn't long before Sue was hooked up and it was on!  We were using the D.O.A. under a cork, and a plastic cocahoe under a cork.  Both worked equally well today.  The bite was steady all morning and I have to say that Sue was the champion this day.  When we unloaded the trout we had 70 nice ones to send back to the heartland.  Oh, they also caught a nice 23" red as well.  Tomorrow morning we will set our sights on reds.  They want the girls to get a good fight so that is our goal.  The redfishing has been spectacular lately so I suspect they will wearout long before the fish stop biting.  The river is green and the trout are moving in with plenty being caught in the spillways and diversion.  The word is out and you have to get there early to get your favorite spot.  Gotta love Venice this time of year.  It's like taking candy from a baby!  It is adicting fun, fun, fun.  As long as the river stays low the fishing will just get better and better.  Check out the picture of the Dingus family.  Jesus is Lord.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 7:22:50 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

I am often asked, "Capt. Dan, did you grow up fishing?" When I was 9 my family moved from Mobile, Alabama, to Jacksonville, Florida. Across the street from our house was a beautiful freshwater lake. That first year in our new home I received a rod and reel for Christmas. I knew nothing about fishing; and I mean NOTHING! However, it seemed like fun so off to the lake I went. As my love for fishing grew I learned how to catch bream, bass, and freshwater catfish. As I look back on it now, it is hard to believe but my parents would let me stay out all night at the lake fishing. (Times were different in "the old days"). My father would leave for work around 6:00 am so I would bring home my fish, usually a fine stringer of catfish before he left home. He would take those fish over to a needy part of town and give them away. It wasn't long before the folks in that part of town recognized his Rambler stationwagon, and gathered up as they saw him coming. This was long before catfish was commercially grown and shipped all over the country. Did my family eat fish? Not often, and if they did I would not sit at the table with them. I loved to catch them but I didn't want to eat them. Today I'll sit at the table but fish is not my favorite food. I know, seems hard to believe, but I love to fish and take people fishing; especially kids who are beginning their love of a bent pole and a strong tug. That is what I enjoyed most about this past weekend.

Family trips are especially fun for me. Bud Chandler brought his son Seth, and Seth's two boys, Sean and Aubry. We set out to catch reds to give the boys a lot of pole-bending action. On Friday, they caught upwards of 45 reds and on Saturday, they caught upwards of 60 reds. Along the way they caught Jack Crevalle, Flounder, two types of catfish, croaker, pinfish, ladyfish, needlefish, and what appeared to be a redbelly bream. Seth hooked up on a genuine line-stripper, a 22 lb. Jack Crevalle. I had to laugh as I overheard a phone call he made to his wife where he told of catching a huge Jack Russell that took 20 minutes to land! Gotta love it!

Bud and Seth were great with the boys as they coached, and helped them to learn how to set the hook, hold the poles, and even how to net the fish. These are family bonding times that will be remembered for a lifetime. In years to come, those boys will impart that knowledge to their children as well. What I like most about trips like this is "expectations." Here's what I mean, "It doesn't matter what is on the end of the line, as long as it pulls!" Even when the boys pulled in a big blue crab, it was exciting and fun. On Saturday we were treated to a special run of reds. We were fishing along a sandbar with a nice flow of clear green water. Mr. Bud hooked up on a 26" red and when it came alongside the boat I could see a school of reds following. I called to Seth to drop his line in the water. Immediately he was hooked up. Sean did the same and his pole slammed down on the gunnewale. It was on! As Mr. Bud got his fish off he put a line out for Aubry who was hooked up! The action was so fast we were almost panting with excitement. The action slowed a little and we were able to catch our breath when it started again. This kept us busy for almost an hour as I watched storm clouds building to the North. By the way, while the boys were catching reds, they also hooked up on 5 very nice flounder as well. Two of the flounder were 4 lbs. Not bad! When it looked like we were about to get wet we headed in. However, by the time we reached the marina it looked better so I went back out into Baptiste Collet. Just hoping to catch a few small reds for the boys, I was surprised when Sean hooked up on a nice 25" red. We started casting out into the deep water and caught another 15 or so big reds with supply boats, shrimp boats, bass boats, work boats, and guide boats slipping past in every direction. Let me tell you, those kids had a blast! Truth be told, I think Bud and Seth had more fun watching the boys, and I know I did! I'll post pictures so you can see some of the fun.

I have some weekday opening in October if you want to get in on the fun with your family. Give me a call at 225-939-3525. Jesus is Lord.

Monday, October 1, 2012 @ 10:00:24 AM

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MidLife Crisis----MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

It is way past my bedtime but I just have to share what happened today. I had three guys from all over the country, Joe, Mickey, and Bill. We were after redfish so I started in the Cubits Gap area. We moved along the east shoreline of Main Pass and started down the bank. The water is green and clear, as clear as you will ever see the water in Venice. Standing on the bow I noticed a big wake headed straight at me right up against the cane. The water there was maybe 3 1/2 feet deep. At first I thought it was a porpoise or maybe a huge aligator. As it passed in front of me I had the treat of my life. There in the water was a Trichechidae: Manatee. This beauty was at least 8-9' long with a giant flat tail at least 3' across. It didn't seem the least bit concerned with our boat and lumbered along, turning into a cut up into the Delta Duck Wildlife Refuge. I'm not sure if the guys on our trip relized how special this moment was. These are endangered animals and its closest relatives are the elephant. I often see special moments and have encounters with deer, coyotees, aligators, dolphin, etc. This was a special moment I'll never forget. I contacted Jack Bohannan who was the Federal Refuge Management Agent in Venice for years. He told me there was a sighting last spring of a Manatee in the Main Pass area. It is possible this is a resident Manatee. I will do my best to alert as many boaters, shrimpers, crabbers, bass fishermen, and guides as to the presence of this animal. They have no natural preditors except the collision with a boat prop. If you are in this area please keep an eye out for this unusual animal. There are so few of these animals today we need to do everything we can to protect them. I was blessed today, for sure!

The fishing? Oh, no problem the guys caught at least 35 reds or more. It was a good day fishing and a great day to be in God's great creation. Jesus is Lord.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @ 9:22:31 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Fished the past two days with Eric,Craig,Phil, and Fred, from the Ft. Worth area. Eric brought his friends over because he had heard how good the fishing is in Venice. Yesterday we caught a few trout, all very nice size, and about 35-40 reds. Today I took them to the end of the river to stretch their arms on some bull reds. Surprise! Not one genuine bull today. Everything we caught was "keeper" size though those that were right at 26" gave the guys a great fight. We had to hunt around a bit but when we found them it was almost every cast. I don't know how many they caught but they easily filled their limits along with a Spanish Mackrel, and several nice size black drum. They headed off to the airport this afternoon with two big ice chests full of fish fillets.

Venice is recovering from Isaac. Although the Myrtle Grove area was hit very hard with flooding, many homes and businesses in the Venice area had water damage from days of hurricane force winds blowing constantly for two days. Cypress Cove Marina Lodge sustained considerable damage and the Lodge will not be opened for several weeks. However, the marina is open for business and Harbormaster Mike Ballay runs a great marina with fuel, ice, and a great launch. Our Lodge also had a little wind-blown water under the threshold that was more aggrivating than damage. We had removed almost everything that was of value before the storm,and were very happy to have a place to return to. The river continues to stay at a very low level and as soon as the water temps drop below 80 degrees you can expect the trout to move into the river system in force. The greatest damage in Venice has been to the marsh areas and Breton Island. Breton is much smaller now though the area with the grass seemed to survive fairly well. The long sandbar to the south is less than half its pre-storm length. The marsh around Customhouse bay was badly battered and if you haven't been that way in a while, you may get lost.

There are currently two dredges working around Venice. One is in Baptist Collet in the area of the rock jetties. The other is in Pass a Loutre. I'm not sure what they are doing in Pass a Loutre but I did hear talk that this was a planned dredging operation. The good news is that both these dredges are depositing the spoil on the banks to rebild lost lands. That's great news. It may be too little too late but it is better than nothing and I am happy to see it happen.

If you have been thinking of a Fall fishing trip to Venice, come on down. There are plenty of guides who will show you a fishing trip of a lifetime. I'm available if you want to get on board the MLC. 225-939-3525. Jesus is Lord.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 @ 8:07:48 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Been busy the past couple of days "catching" more than "fishing."  Today I was blessed with Mr. Jack Miller (age 84), and his son and grandsons.  We headed out in the dark to Breton Island.  Today there were only 3 boats at the island; quite a shock.  Pulled up on one spot and never moved.  On the first cast we had a fine 2 lb. trout and the second cast was identical.  We used the near clear with red flake D.O.A. Shrimp under a cork all morning.  Thought we would escape the rain showers but a large cell moved right over the island and we all hunkered down.  Caught a fine box of trout and then moved inside for reds.  Had to wait out another rain shower before we could begin but started catching right off the bat.  Mr. Jack showed the younger guys how to catch reds and we put a fine group of reds in the box before heading in.  We will be back at it in the morning looking for some big bulls to stretch our strings.  Jesus is Lord.

Monday, August 13, 2012 @ 8:03:28 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

"What is the best tide to fish on?" This is a question I am asked frequently. If I could pick (which of course I can't), it would be a high tide at 4:30 in the morning and a 1.25' dropping tide thereafter. However, that exact combination doesn't come around very often; maybe once a year! So, here is the advise I give my guests. Tidal movements are important for trout, and to a lesser extent to reds. Trout want moving water. Even a big tide is better than no tide. That said, the best day to come is the day you can get your buddies together for a fishing adventure, regardless of tide. A good example of this is last Monday. It was a day with very little tide and you would expect the trout would sit with lock-jaw and watch the bait bounce by their noses. Randy McCollum and I launched before dawn from Cypress Cove Marina and headed out for trout. There were no live shrimp available so we were prepared to do it the way the Pilgrims did it: with plastic. We arrived at our spot, out the east side, and started casting the D.O.A. Shrimp, gold with silver flecks. I have found this color works best early in the day. As the sun gets up I change to the near clear with red flake shrimp. (My favorite).

You would expect, with no tidal movement to speak of, the trout fishing would be slooooooow! It was just the opposite. It was on fire! It was so good I slipped on a topdog and started hammering the trout on top while Randy plopped them on the deck with the D.O.A. Shrimp. Later on we tied on various colors of cocahoe minnows and caught trout up to 4 lbs. just swimming the bait back to the boat. It was too much fun and didn't take long to limit out.

Why did the fish bite so good on a day with no, or almost no tide? I'd like to give you an expert answer that would sound incredibly believable and make me sound smarter than I am. The truth is: I have no idea why they were on fire with no tide. And that is my point about planning your trip. I have seen days with great tide, winds just right, even holding my mouth just right, and you couldn't buy a bite! It's fishing. I've come to realize that fish hold in a certain spot because of one, or a combination of three things. Protection (some sort of structure, or grass, or dropp-off), Food source, or the need to spawn. So when looking for the fish, keep these three thoughts in mind. Does tide make a difference? The best answer is: sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. Plan your trip when it is most convenient for you and your party. Come expecting a fun time and leave that expectation up to me. I always guarantee FUN! If you are looking for FUN, give me a call: 225-939-3525.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 @ 3:46:46 PM

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MidLife Crisis---MLC Charters

Venice, LA USA

Left Venice Marina this morning before daylight with Ray & Tricia Burnam, and Thomas and Brenda Richardson.  Headed straight out the East side into Breton Sound.  The first cast had us salivating:  a fat 4 lb. trout!  Tricia hauled it in and it was on.  I was wishing all the trout were that size but we only had one more 4 lber. and it was caught by Thomas.  However, the big trout of the day was caught by Tricia; a 5 lb. 26" trout that stripped line like a big red.  When I cleaned the fish it had no eggs so I'm not sure if it was a big male or a female who had already dropped her eggs.  At any rate, it was a fine fight and will make a great meal.  Using live shrimp they filled the box with trout and we headed inside and stopped at a couple of places for reds.  Never got on a consistent bite for reds and I figure it was because the tide was dead still at that time.  We slipped into the marina as a big storm was building.  They jumped right in and helped me clean the fish.  It was a super day with cool overcast and great "catching" action.  Check out the photos.  Get on board the MLC this fall.  Give me a call to book your trip.  225-939-3525  Jesus is Lord.

Saturday, August 4, 2012 @ 7:21:22 PM

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