Yesterday I had a family from Texas to see what Venice is all about. They requested redfish as we left the marina so we headed south. As I approached my destination I could see them blowing bait up. I didn't say anything but I knew I was about to blow their minds. It took 27 minutes to put our 30 redfish in the box. It was ON. Not to my surprise they couldn't believe it. They caught and released until they cried uncle.....100redfish later.
This morning my peeps wanted trout. Pulled up to our one and only spot while it was still dark. I told them to get started but they wouldn't bite until the sun came up. Like clock work it turned ON. It was crazy but real steady. #75 hit the ice in the big K2 at 830.
August has been as good as I've ever seen it.
Today we had a lot of factors working against us. We had Storms all around making the wind almost too much to deal with. I had to reposition three times due to wind shifts. Funnel clouds. Tangles. And DISRESPECTFUL boaters. Through it all we stayed the course and made it happen. I had a wonderfully pleasant family today that made it easy for me keep my patience. The fish never really turned on crazy but it was steady. When it was all said and done we put together one heck of a box!
Now for the disrespectful boater. I've been fishing full time for 16 years and another 16 years before that as a kid growing up. In all my years I've never had somebody drop anchor so close to me. I've had them run over my fish. Even anchor right where I'm casting. But I've never had anybody anchor 15' from me. As the guy approached I told him where he was trying to drop anchor would result in him falling back into me. I actually thought he was going to drift back and hit me! 'Luckily' he missed me by 15'. I shared displeasures with him while his boys laughed. Great job as a dad buddy. Teach your kids to be a disrespectful $$$hole. Our fish were moving back and forth around the boat. When he pulled up luckily the school was behind us because we could no longer cast out the starboard side of my boat!!! Which is where the structure was that we were fishing!!! So he cut us off from the structure that we were anchored on!!! How do you justify in your mind that that's ok???? I guess the fact that he was trout fishing out of a 36' contender with triple 300's explains a lot. I guess he was just desperate for a front row seat to the clinic because that's what he got. I chummed live shrimp behind my boat and kept the fish in MY corks although he did his best to try and cast PAST my boat. Then we he had enough he cranked up his 900hp yacht 15' from me and prop washed us as he went to pick up his anchor. My customers who had saved their hard earned money all year to bring their 13 yr old son on this trip couldn't believe what they were witnessing. It was all I could stand to not use profanity. I apologized to them and said look let's just be patient. We only need a dozen more. It took 20 min to settle everything down but we got them going and finished up a great box of trout.
This is my first time publicly exposing someone for these acts but I will continue it if they do. Have some respect on the water. If you wait your turn I'll call you in and let you have it when I'm done. I don't get on top of people and I don't expect them to do it to me either. Rant over. Have a nice day.
This morning was more of the same.....limits of nice fat late summer trout! One stop shop for. Pulled up and it was catfishfest but we were patient and the trout showed up shortly. It was never crazy fast but it was steady with nice quality. Finished up our limit at 930am. Capt Jon made a few moves picking up a few before hitting the bite hard at about 945. He finished up with his limit of fine fatties!! www.reelshotfishing.com
Reel Shot Guide Service and Venice Charters working a group together today. It was a BAD day to be a trout. Capt. Jon Carter and Capt Brent Roy curb stomping the big fatties!! www.reelshotfishing or www.venicecharters.com
July and August are fast becoming my two favorite months. July was insanely good and August is looking to be a continuation. The trout bite has simply been amazing for my clients. We keep repeatedly hearing 'I've never seen anything like this'. Trout have been downright stupid, redfish have been obnoxious and the snapper are just nasty. Venice is special and we lead the pack on the delta! www.reelshotfishing.com
Really not sure what I can say. It's simply fantastic right now with many days looking like the 'old days'. www.reelshotfishing.com
July has been absolutely as good as it gets. Extremely consistent and piles of fish! This morning required a lot of 'working the kinks out' but we got it done. Just had to have a little patience and do some some coaching/teaching. Made three moves catching fish on every stop before finishing up with some slabs....leaving them biting every cast. Capt Jon however had veteran anglers and it was a one stop demolishin. www.reelshotfishing.com
A little video of the pile of speckled trout carnage we unloaded on the Venice marina dock Friday.
The last few days has brought a lot of west and northwest winds. It's made it difficult for a lot of folks but not my clients. Fishing has been as good as it gets. We made the necessary adjustments in locations and easily found the fish each day. This week looks to be a more favorable span of weather but it can't get much better than its been!! High river. High winds. High temps. None of that matters. We still catch fish.
Its been real good in spite of the west winds. www.reelshotfishing.com
Still updating pics from this summer! When your ready for the #1 experience in the #1 destination -------> www.reelshotfishing.com
The word on the street is there aren't any trout in Venice. That makes me 'LOL'.
Tons of great catches this summer to catch up on.
Couple more pics of some of our amazing catches.
Here's some more pictures from this year.
We've been so busy this year I just haven't been able to make time to put up reports. This has been a strange year. Some days are like the 'old days' and then we have the occasional day where we are left scratching our heads wondering what just happened. The good news is that those head scratchers have been few and far between. Overall this has been a very productive year. Trout have been very good and the bull reds may be the best I've ever seen. Slots reds have been tougher but limits are pretty easy. We've had to adjust a bit as some spots that were excellent last year have been ghost towns this year, and vice versa. Of course here we are in mid July and still have a high river. That's certainly a factor. With that being said we are sending clients away with an excellent experience with many of our long time customers saying their trips remind them of fishing with us 10 years ago!
If your looking for a fishing trip of a lifetime, we are the people to see. Nobody is more consistent successful and puts the fish on the dock like we do. Nobody.
It's now May and we are entering arguably the best 3-4 months of the year. Right on cue the fish are cooperating and giving themselves up! Good trout catches are coming from a variety of directions from Venice marina. The biggest trout, as usually is the case, are coming from south of Venice. The biggest girls haven't arrived yet but the quality is VERY good. Good clean water is pretty easy to find, you just have to play to winds.
Reds have gone from 'average' to full blown. Basically what I'm saying is that it's ON and you don't want to miss out! The proof is in the pics!!
Been so busy cranking out charter after charter I haven't had much time to post reports. As is usually the case, I keep hearing people say don't go to Venice with the high river and muddy water. I simply have to laugh. A little high river has little effect on my clients and my success. In fact is rather the river a little high as low river scatters the fish, while a 'normal' river keeps the fish concentrated. The key is to know where they are concentrated and how to react to the conditions.
The trout have really started to pick up the last few weeks. Quality has been pretty good depending on what direction the wind allows us to go. I've already seen some of better quality trout for April that I've seen in several years. The true sows have not moved in yet en mass but it's getting better each day. This morning we had about 3 hours before the weather ran us off and we caught 2-5# trout leaving them biting almost every cast. The worse the weather got, the nastier they got! My guys turned heads BIG TIME back at the dock unloading that box of trout under the given circumstances.
Redfish have been business as usual. We have what I feel is the biggest crop of juvenile reds Venice has ever seen. We are absolutely inundated with 15-3/4' fish. The coming years will be SICK!! Even with so many shorties, limits are pretty easy. When the winds are down bulls are a dime a dozen.
Absolutely mind blowing redfish action down here in Venice. You have to watch this video! The guys were tired of catching and just simply teasing the reds. Acres and acres. Today I had a different group and we released 1500# of fish today! That sounds crazy for an inshore charter but it's a fact. We caught 110 redfish and drum today with the smallest fish being 10lbs!!! Seriously....our smallest fish was 10lbs! www.reelshotfishing.con
Had a cancellation this weekend due to clients not taking my word on the weather. What's happening on Wednesday Thursday in BATON ROUGE has NOTHING to do with the weather in VENICE on Saturday-Sunday.
Saturday morninh we made a quick run to a spot I wanted to check. Arrived and caught a 45' bull on the first cast. Then 5 cast = 0. Moved about 50 yards and the kaos ensued. 26-28' reds EVERY cast! It looked like they were jumping and catching the bait in the air before it could hit the water! Then after you hooked one, the others started fighting over the poping cork! It took 27 minutes to box our limit and that's only because we released 6-7 over 27'. This was as good of a redfish bite as you will EVER see. Left them biting instead of pounding on them unnecessarily.
Obviously the redfish bite is on and we are starting to pick up some good trout as well. Don't mess around and miss out this year! www.reelshotfishing.com