Been many years since my last post and sadly not enough time to fish with kids in sports etc. Son and I just got kayaks and made trip to Port Sulphur. Plenty reds and a few trout and super easy. Pic of the boy with his first kayak red.
Hunter picked up 12 more yellows Wednesday and 6 yellowfins today (Thursday)..that with the 12 he had Tuesday makes 30 total..all fish in 30-40 pounds class but one 60 pounder from today..he also said they are seeing some oil 'riplines' offshore near 93 block..no huge spill like the media is telling you and no oil covered sea birds dead turtles, jellyfish or catfish floting out there..I fished the secret flounder hole today for an hour..got one flounder 12 reds and my first speck of the year on a topwater..nice 4 pound speck..will post the pictures the media doesnt want you to see. HEAR YE HEAR YE HEAR YE.'We are catching tuna offshore out of Venice' and lots of them..and They taste great and are safe to eat!
Hunter has not had a call for a fishing charter in a week..just calls from concerned friends a.k.a. regular customers..keep them coming..we appreciate you all checking on us..I'll post the pics of the other 18 yellowfins when I get the pics from Hunter..The lodge is likewise more than open..we have three groups who havent cancelled fishing trip or lodging arrangements between now and end of June..we have not 'picked up' an oil company lease tenant..guess I didnt get my plywood sign out to the road soon enough..anyway..we are a fishing lodge not a crew quarters..always will be..If you have a trip to Venice, planned or booked and your lodging provider has sold you out for a spill responder we would love to have your business this summer!
Hope to make it back out for some wade fishing before all the 'forced' closures go into effect in the 'sensitive areas'..had a fun time releasing spill free redfish today..
Hunter had his first trip back since the spillhysteria started..he ended up with 12 yellowfins in the 30-40 pound class..surprisingly no news crews interviewed him..I will post pics when he sends them..he has the same crew tomorrow..some of our oldest and loyal customers..with the flood of cancellations its nice to know you can count on your top 10% to bail you out! Hey Nancy Grace you cow check out our dolphin safe tuna!
Been sometime since I have visited the site..Capt Hunter had a group from Houston last week out for a tuna trip..funny things was the tuna were slack..they had one solid yellowfin in the box early but got covered up with sharks and kings for hours and went through one entire box of hooks..out of frustration they tied on a heavy wire leader and set the line and bait in the chum..it was picked up and the fight was on for 90 minutes before they decided to try and purposely beak the fish off..Hunter told me the line was rubbing onthe side of the boat several times but no one cared.for some reason the rodman wanted to hang in so they let him...the mood changed some ten minutes later when they could see a huge yellowfin circling below..I have only know a few guys who are good enough to magically transform a shark into a tuna mid fuight but Capt Hunter for sure has the ability..The fish was weighed the following morning at 215# and is the largest tuna to be landed on his new boat..enjoy this pic from last Wednesday of the 215# hammerfin tuna...
Angler, Bryan Goulart 6'0"; Mate, Woodrow Wilson IV 6' 2" - 103.8 pound wahoo 6'8"..Captain Hunter Caballaro not pictured.. Feb 12th 2009 caught right next to that low cloud over the angler's right shoulder
Thanks to Capt William Wall of Pelagic charters for these shots..Will said he saw the thing get air and he quickly grabbed his camera and started snapping..anglers were Stephen Rickert Jr., Steve Rickert Sr., Scott Rickert, Jonathan Landry, Dutt and Slick..contact Capt Hunter at 504-610-1686 for the whole story or to book trip..February has been the mako month..what Steve failed to tell you was they had shots at 2 other makos that day..Crazy..enjoy Will's pics..
Kenneth Avanzino with 200 pound sow he shot with .243 at 200 yards on a solo stalk..I hung back about 50 yards so that he wouldnt be tempted to give me the rifle..well I mean I wouldnt be tempted to snatch it from him..got it all on video..pretty cool
Pretty hilarious trip Saturday..best thing that happened was Ron cathcing this 90# (est) wahoo on a 30 pound outfit..it was one of three that combined for 200plus pounds..he is part of a crew from Biloxi that has fished with me Jan 10th the last 5 years and in every trip we have crushed the wahoo..where's the comedy? They always come for fresh yellowfin tuna but get the chef's wahoo special and the guy who fished with me the day before Eddy C. has fshed Jan 9th the last two years looking for wahoo and the bite goes off the following day each time..I havent had the heart to call him today but at least we found one 50# hoo for him Friday..Paradise Outfitters 504-451-7579
Does anyone remember the picture of the "Buck Wild" harvest that was circulating the net a few years ago..To look at the pic would intially make you furious but when you read the story it made perfect sense..think it was up Tensas way ..Hunting club was losing thier lease to landowners successors..basically the new owner wanted to boot the club after decades of strict managment and trophy rules..anyway..pic had something like 20 bucks and some does and 8 people or so in the background grinning..guess they sent a framed copy to the new owners..please post it or email it to me..
Ian King, Chevron "Blind Faith" Drilling team lead connected with this 100 pound warsaw grouper on November 14th. The fight took about 20 minutes once we got him off the wreck..It's a place that can only be fished on ultra calm days with no current and waves due to its size and depth..440 feet of water and 100x50ft target..I have fished there 3 times and we are 100% on warsaw grouper..this one ate a magnum mullet on the first drop..no telling how many warsaws are down there..it gets little to no pressure..
Lane Stevens gets his revenge..trophy hunting isnt easy..this fish took 5 hrs to land..some just dont give up..weighed 170# on flat top scale..wasnt there when it was weighed and suspect soemthing was touching the ground..new record for me..fight time with max heat 5 hrs..we've landed 1000# marlin quicker..some just dont quit I'd guess..figured the meat was spoiled but it was cherry red..will be eating poki tonight..
Highlight of the week..this was the last of 8 yellowfins from Friday..we have been on them pretty hard this week..I was saying just the day before that we were due to see a mako and low and behold he latches on to our last fish of the day..it was a 100 pound tuna we had on the line for 45 minutes before it "gave up"..figured it was tail wrapped but when I sawe the tail was missing I left the fish in the water awaiting the impending arrival of our little friend here..in fact I let it swim up and grab on..it hung on for a few seconds while Bill was readying the mako set up..I could have pet it..anyway after 30 secnds of toying with it we pulled the bait and switch yanking the tuna out of the water and leaving a chunk with hook hidden inside..got 2 jumps out of him fought it for nearly 2 hours with everyone on the boat getting two turns including Bill and I..in fact Bill shot it between the eyes with his spear gun but it broke the 400 pound mono attached to the 180 pound bouy..we eventually gaffed roped and gutted him for the boat ride home..lots of tuna and cobia thuis week..full reports on our homepage at paradise-outfitters.com..
Enjoy this picture of the sailfish from Sunday on Scott Leger's boat..It would be nice if these things were as common in Louisiana as they are in south Florida this time of year..we catch red snapper here like they catch sails there and they catch red snapper like we catch sails here..very rare..glad to see this forum now has a separate section for college sports posts..geaux tigers..also important..just had a dozen plaquemines parish oysters tonight..surprisingly salty..in other news state higway 23 was open although into one lane for aboput 1.5 miles..no longer detouring on the levee..it will be nice to be fully on normal soon..wind means work..back to fishing next weather break..
Kind of a late report..last week I was able to get out Wednesday and Thursday for a tuna and grouper trip with a group who drove in from Houston. They were tired of cleaning up and were willing to make the trip happen at all costs. Glad they did..Bill was supposed to take them but the road situation into Plaquemines was still unsettled and at the last minute I brought my boat back down by water..Glad I did..Interesting things I saw along the way were the bulk cargo barge that slammed into the L/N train bridge at the Seabrooke canal.. The bridge was closed for repairs over the weekend when Scott Leger and Hunter tried to bring thier boats down by water but I made it through without having to reroute to the Rigolettes..I am told it will open from 7am to 6pm. I also saw a Nabors Barge drilling rig sunk in the MRGO near Hopedale and a few pilings amiss at Venice Marina including one I layed over at the end of Pier A.missed my props thankfully.I put a bouy on it so that others wouldnt make the same mistake but I think it has been pulled out..just be careful if you throw a net or try and back into open slips as many of the pilings were pulled out or over by the boats that were tied up to them for Ike and Gustav. Venice Marina is at full capacity..they even have live bait for the non purist inshore fisherman. Anyway the fishing report...last time James Oehlke drove over we had to wait 2 days for weather that never came and he went home empty handed..glad he made a second run at it, you never know how some folks will react to a weather cancellation..weather was great on day 1 which we had planed to target tuna..little wind and easy bait..we didnt see another boat all day aside form a commercial tuna fisherman who was "green-sticking" for tuna. We made several stops before we found what we were looking for..we ended up catching 8 yellowfins and a blackfin..three yellows were released because they were small but we ended up keeping 5 fat ones.all action came in 3 hours..weather turned on us for the ride in and contuinuted into day 2; we spent the day on the shelf in 3-5's releasing short jacks and the endangered red snapper..had to fish live bottom since the current was running 2 knots; jigs would get swept out at high angles so our only option was to back drift over patch reefs with live baits on heavy weights.any attempt to fish structure resulted in hangs..as further insult the current was running into the wind...worst conditions you could have..we did catch over 100 fish that day but only 2 fat scamps and an almaco came home with us..proably caught 50 amberjacks..all 20-28 inches..Had to use the convoy to get home Sautrday morning although I saw several large center consoles coming donw the southbound lanes with large 18 wheelers..The convoy was still in effect when Scott L and Ian left last night..they and Bill had trips yesterday..Scott had a sailfish and Bill a mess of yellowfin. Hope everyone is doing well..good to be back at it..Paradise Outfitters - 985-845-8006
Talked to the guys who are renting our lodge this month..they had tide gauges set up near the mouth of batiste collette..they measured a max surge of 6 feet as of this morning..which goes with what Sheffir Hingle said."water was within 5 feet of top of levee...
AFTER CHARTERING A PLANE MIKE BUTLER SAID THAT "THEIR MARINA WAS FINE" - THE PARISH ISNT LETTING ANYONE IN..POWER LINES WERE STILL STANDING..
I DONT HAVE A TV RIGHT NOW SO I DONT KNOW ANYTHING OTHER THAN FROM TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS
ANY UPDATES WOULD BE GREAT..FEEL FOR THE GUYS WEST OF VENICE
Here's a pic of a fish that almost got away..Angler Brian Smith "BS" of Lake Charles fought this beast on August 8th.. about 20 minutes into the fight the fish tailwrapped itself..I could see it coming in backwards a few minutes later and rushed to assist the landing..by the time I made it out of the tower with about 10 feet to go I had made it to the gaff rack where I grabbed a second gaff which was a snapper gaff (just grabbed the first thing I could) by the time I turned around the fish about was halfway out of the water tail first..the mate, Rene Dandry (a duck hunter) sank the first gaff in it and I followed about a 1/4 second later just as the fish came back to life..fortuntaly I landed the point into the belly and as as the fish went deep pulling Rene's gaff out and him nearly overboard I somehow managed to hang on and stop the 120 pound fish and bring it to the surface with the fish doing a high speed arc motion back to the surface.the 60 pound leader had broken so I was the only thing between great elation and dissapointment....close inspection of the snapper gaff revealed damage to the hook it will only be used for gaffing snapper and jacks here on out.
Hey John and Craig..here's one for the site! this is the second time in 2 weeks we have caught two fish on the same jig..last time it was amberjacks last Saturday it was scamps.. we were using vertical jigs over a wreck in 140ft of water..these two scamps are about an hour away from being fried in butter and topped with crabmeat..just thrilled TS Eddie is giving me much needed family time..with the close of snapper season set for tomorrow I think there will be lots of future family times..
The drawing for Fshing to Hear was yesterday..lots of familar names..Looks like E-man cleaned up!
Mary Danner Harmon's first marlin! I didnt approve of this pose but snapped the shot anyway..the fish swam off like a sprinter with a tag implanted in its backstrap..afterwards she voluntarily walked the plank as is tradition with the first billfish release..also taking the plunge were Meryl Alex and my lil sis..
We too took our shot at the snapper opener..Initially we tried for swordfish for 3 hours last Sunday night but eventually took a chance on trying to find the endangered red snapper..we had been catching plenty on jigs as incidentals prior to June 1 so we knew where to look..seems to me those things are swarming and starving to death..took us an hour to get day 1 limit on way out and an hour to get the remainder on the way home..no swordfish bites..wind kicked up about midnight something fierce so we bailed early..snappers were pretty huge too..gearing up for a day trip this morning..