Barrie Arthur wanted to treat his Grandson, Austin Summers, to an offshore graduation trip with a couple of friends. I set them up with Capt. Kevin Beach on the 33-ft Freeman cat for a trip they wil long remember. Now Barrie is no stranger to offshore fishing having fished aboard their sportfisher 'The Grandson' for years, but he told me after the trip it was the BEST offshore trip he had possibly ever been on. They were finished before 1:00 p.m. with no more space in the huge cooler and headed back to Mississippi.
Here are a few comments from Barrie:
'This was a fishing trip for Austin as a high school graduation gift and he invited two of his fellow graduating football team mates to join him.
We met Kevin on the âPale Horseâ at 6:00a.m. and promptly departed through the Southwest pass of the river to a shallow rig to catch baitâ¦..from there South to the first floater and put the lines out. While the water color was less than ideal the action picked up quickly and two fat yellowfin tuna were boated.
Not satisfied with the water color, Kevin moved further South where there was an active green/blue color change line, tuna busting the surface, six frigate birds working and non-stop action.....just the way itâs supposed to be !!!Austin just knew there were marlin down there, but was happy to get his two buddies their first yellow fins....they didnât know they had to be indoctrinated, by eating the tunaâs heart....or at least taking a bite.
At the end of the day Austinâs two football buddies realized that there was a sport more physically demanding than football....that is -- a stand-up tug of war with a yellow fin tuna!!
The only thing better than catching the tuna, was getting home, firing up the grill and sharing the feast with others. Tell Kevin hello and we WILL be back....Barrie.'
There are still some great dates available this fall to get in on some world-class offshore action out of Venice, LA.
For you chance a a BIG ONE, call SUSAN at 504-329-7335 to book your date. You may take up to six people aboard the offshore vessels, so grab a few friends or family and give me a call.
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Just to get the word out to any media, VIP's etc. that need to get out into the Delta to view or photograph the oil spill.
There are a number of inshore boats (up to 24-feet in length) as well as offshore boats (up to 39-feet in length) for hire on a daily basis. These are full time Venice charter captains that are not currently fishing due to the weather and pending the oil slick coming ashore.
Offshore boats can accommodate up to six (6) passengers and inshore boats can handle up to four (4) passengers.
If you need to get to the lower part of Plaquemines Parish by water, please give me a call and I will hook you up with the appropriate vessel based on your needs.
We are all in this together....
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Sammy Gooch and friends from Georgia had another great trip to Venice in October. Below is the long overdue report on their trip:
<i><b>"Susan, thanks again for a wonderful trip. All the guys could not stop talking about how great the tip was. We all work for Gwinnett County Fire Department. The guys in the group picture are from left to right, Mitchell Holder, Adam Smith, Paul Thaxton, Sammy Gooch, and George Childs (retired). We are already planning our next trip! I don't know how we will be able to top this one though. We caught 3 BIG Yellowfin Tuna --- their weights were 137, 157, & 167 pounds. We also caught our limit of Amberjack in the 30-40 lb. range and 15-20 Blackfin Tuna in 30 lb. range. We had beautiful weather and as you can see the fish cooperated as well. This was my second trip and as usual you came through with hooking us up with a great Captain -- Trey Pique. We fished behind the shrimp boats for the tuna and the rigs for the AJ's. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you guys again next year."</i></b>
There have been some great fish caught all winter when the weather cooperates and allows the boats to make it out to the fishing grounds.
Spring and summer dates are booking up quickly, so make plans NOW for your trip offshore, especially if you need a weekend. Several boats are available and range in length from 30 to 38 feet, all captained by the most professional and productive offshore guides in Venice.
Call or email to set up your date!
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Pictured in Dr. Bobby with a 30-pound jack crevalle he landed on a 10-weight fly rod last week while fishing with Capt. Rich Waldner. These bruisers are bad enough on spin tackle...let alone a fly rod. After quickly weighing the brute on a BogaGrip, it was released to fight again. In additon to the jacks, there have been plenty of nice reds around too. When the wind cooperates, expect 20+ shots per day on fish cruising the shallows and oyster reefs.
If you want your chance on a trophy red or maybe to tangle with a jack on fly, give me a call and I'll schedule your fly trip with a one of the great fly guides.
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Saturday, August 22
Debbie Bowman, Susan Atchley, Kelly Smith, Laura Marshall and I headed out for our annual "Girl's Offshore Trip" last Saturday. We decided to stay in Venice the night before so as to be well rested for our big day.
A rare cold front blessed us with some crisp weather along with a little more W-NW wind than we would have liked, but we quickly loaded up tons of food and drink on the 32-Twin Vee. The excitement at the marina was high as Capt. Hunter and his mate, Woody readied the boat and we eased out of the slip at 5:45 a.m.
With two 350 Yamaha Four Strokes pushing the vessel, the ride down the pass was quick. We crossed the delta and after a quick stop to load the livewell with plenty of frisky hardtails, we headed south.
Upon our arrival at the rig, the tuna were free jumping, which added to the groups excitement. Laura was up first, and got to feel the pain a tuna can dish up right away. With some much appreciated coaching from Woody, she landed the fish and collapsed on the bean bags. Next victim was Susan A. who had it a bit easier with a just legal fish. On to Debbie and Kelly who both got small tuna, and then me...more of the same...just a small yellowfin. All of a sudden, a big blue busted close to the rig so we sacraficed my yellowfin in hopes of tempting the marlin. No luck on the marlin, but something stole our tuna as we were reeling it back in, along with Hunter's marlin rigging.
Around 11 a.m. things started to get right and the bite got better. All of us landed yellowfin in the 50-60 pound class, along with the occasional barracuda, blackfin, and bonita to keep the arms stretched.
The seas started to build around 4 p.m. so we called it a day and got the boat ready to face the head seas on the ride North. I'm sure glad we were in a catamaran!
Back at the dock, Hunter and Woody cleaned the fish and there was plenty of tuna to fill all of our big ice chests.
The ladies were so excited, they called all their friends and it looks like there will be plenty of trips hitting the books shortly.
Thanks to Capt. Hunter and his capable mate Woody, for their patience and professionalism in coaching some of the less experienced ladies on the fine art of tuna wrangling.
It's a wonder they could even MOVE around the boat after all the food we fed them.
If you are ready to tangle with some fat yellowfin tuna, speedy wahoo and tough amberjack give me a call and we'll get you scheduled on one of several of the fastest and most comfortable vessels in the Gulf of Mexico operated by captains who fish full time and give it their all.
September and October are great months to fish and the Midnight Lump Season (JAN-MARCH 2010) will soon be upon us.
Call soon so you won't be left at the dock when the action heats up!
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OFFSHORE ~ MARSH ~ LIGHT TACKLE ~ FLY FISHING
Jason Caldwell and his wife, Karen made the trip down from Arkansas recently. They joined Captain Peter Young and I for a late afternoon inshore trip on August 15th. This was their annual Venice excursion which was to have included an an offshore tuna trip as well, but a blown port engine on the 32-Twin Vee on our way out of the pass short circuited that plan.
With some afternoon tide movement, we opted instead to show them some of the crystal clear ponds off the East side of the river. They caught their first redfish on a gold spoon, as in past trips they had always fished with bait.
"We found it challenging and couldn't believe the size of the redfish!" Karen exclaimed.
Jason was celebrating his 40th birthday and we also took in the sights, sounds and food at the Empire South Pass Tarpon Rodeo to pass some time before our afternoon departure.
Congrats to Capt. Chris Wilson on his 2nd place finish with a 150-pound silver king.
Karen and Jason, you were fun to fish with as always.
If you want to get in on some late summer and fall redfish, trout and flounder action, give me a call and we'll get you set up with one of the top captains in Venice.
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In celebration of his 43rd birthday, Lavoy Hart and friends headed out with Capt. Will on the 34-ft. Contender for their first bluewater trip. I think it's safe to say, they are now spoiled by the fantastic offshore fishery we have here off of Venice, LA.
They had a bang-up day catching plenty of tuna, dolphin and snapper and seeing sights they never expected to see in the cobalt blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Pastor Hart's take on the day is attached below:
<B><I>"Hey Ms. Susan... thanks for everything!
We had the time of our life with Captain Will Wall on his beautiful "ALL IN" Contender...it was an awesome boat!
Capt. Will is for sure a pro. Man, before 9:00 a.m., we had five mahi-mahi in the boat. In addition, we saw whales and sharks and caught a boat load of tuna. We just stopped catching tuna as we had so much fish. It was great.
Then we jumped over board and took a swim in water that was 3500 feet deep. Boy I tell you this is a guys dream. I'm looking forward to my next trip."
Pastor Lavoy Hart</B></I>
The seas have been calm for the most part and the fish have been cooperative. There are stll some open days in July along with plenty in August, September and October.
To schedule your day on the water, give me a call and I'll set your date with one of the most professional and productive captains in Venice, LA.
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Staci Warner (a.k.a Geaux Coastal) and friends hit it just right as they heeded offshore for their FIRST bluewater trip on May 31st.
Due to a blown powerhead on one of Capt. Hunter's engines, they made a quick switch to Capt. Trey's beautiful 36-foot Yellowfin and had two captains to entertain them that day for the price of one!
Staci picks up the story from here:
<i><b>Well Miss Susan,
As promised I am giving the rundown of our trip. I must say that I knew we were in for a treat when the two handsome Captains pulled up to the Marina in a beautiful 36-foot Yellowfin.
After introductions were made we were in the boat and headed out to the deep blue yonder. Once we got on a plane it was about an hour and a half later until the boat slowed down and I could crawl my butt out of one of those E-Sea Rider beanbags. If we wouldn't have caught any fish I would have to say the beanbags were the highlight of the day....for the women anyway.
Once we reached the section of the rip we were going to fish, Capts Hunter and Trey made the rigs up for trolling and we just trolled away for about 15 minutes and I was the first contestant up to battle a nice Mahi Mahi. About 10 minutes later that fish was gently placed in the iced coffin of fish death. 8 Mahi Mahi later it was time for something else, I just didn't know it was gonna be a BLUE MARLIN. We never hooked the darn thing, but the Capts sure gave it everything they had to make the hook up. I witnessed my first in experience seeing that blue beauty come out of the water while crashing bait AWESOME!!
Well after the Marlin experience we got on plane and ran to a shrimp boat that might be holding tuna behind and under it. The tuna were a no-show, so back on plane we went to a good sized rig and Capt Hunter kept us in position and the 6 of us went to fishing our little fish hearts out.
Capt Hunter handed me a rod with a heavy silver jig bait on it and he told me to drop it to the bottom and give it a jerk or two and reel just a bit. Well on the second jerk and reel combo something hugh hit the bait and meant some business. After reeling and reeling and reeling and reeling some more (it is a heck of a long was down to the bottom by the way) a 42.8 pound gag grouper was laying on the deck. Several red snapper were caught and released as the next day (June 1) was opening day of the season.
Next, a school of lemon fish (cobia) came to the boat and 2 were pulled out of that bunch. One of the Beckys hooked an unknown fish and it was released. Someone hooked an AJ and brought it in while I was getting beat down by the gag grouper. Two boats of divers pulled up and hooked to the rig and when they went over our bite was off.
Hit a few more rigs with only red snapper for luck. Headed back in a bit early and I took me a nice siesta in the bean bag until I felt the boat come off plane and looked up and saw tree tops. Forty-five minutes later we were on our way back to the cabins with ice chests full of fillets.
Well that was it and I am ready to go again! Great time out on the water and it was the most beautiful water I've ever seen."
We are glad you finally got to see some blue water, Staci, and look forward to getting you hooked up to a yellowfin on your next trip."</i></b>
There are some grat July, August and September dates still available, along with a few weekdays in June. Give me a call and we'll set you up on the 32-Twin Vee, 36-Yellowfin, 34-Contender or 31-Gravois cat.
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After a few blustery fronts threatened to cancel their trip, Dr. Robert Shafor and friends headed to Venice for their long awaited trip. The group of five were among the first guests to stay at the brand new Lighthouse Lodge Friday evening. Congratulations to Ms. Joan Strohmeyer and family for bringing the Lighthouse back to it's pre-Katrina glory.
At five a.m. Saturday morning, the crew headed out so as to try and beat the weather forcasted to come in later. They settled in aboard Capt. Hunter Caballero's new 32-Twin Vee "Tail Whipped" powered by twin Yamaha 350's for the quick trip down river.
Hunter passed up the Lump and decided to run long and it paid off in a hot wahoo bite. The crew also landed four tough-fighting amberjack and a few blackfin tuna to top off the cooler.
The yellowfin tuna bite finally turned on late with several fish in the 200-pound class being reported that evening.
I am waiting on photos from Dr. Shafor and will add those later as I am sure they are still busy packing fish for his dad to take back to California.
If you are flexible and can pick your days around the weather, there are some good fish to be had in March. Those wanting to schedule summer trips should do so now, especially if you need a weekend.
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DU Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Director Jeremy Mercer and his buddy, Paul Bramble from Maryland, made the trek south to test our waters for reds on fly recently. After discussing their timeframe, we decided on Jan 30th and 31st as their target dates.
I scheduled their trip with Capt. Bryan Carter aboard his Hells Bay flats skiff after determining the sytle of fishing they wished to do. With the blustery cold fronts rolling through, I told them it would be touch-and-go. Finally I gave them the all clear and they boarded flights from the frigid northeast.
The weather was a bit windy for their first day, but the still managed to catch/release some trophy fish. Saturday was a really nice day and the duo caught/released numerous trophy sized redfish along with some bruiser black drum -- all on fly and all sight casted in skinny water.
Paul emailed me and said they had a blast -- so much so that they are now looking into property in Plaquemines Parish! Now they know why we call it "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE."
Thanks guys, and we hope to see you again soon.
If you want to schedule a fly fishing trip with one of the top guides in South Louisiana, give me a call and I will handle eveything to make your day one to remember. We have some world-class sight casting to reds yearround, so give me a call to schedule your date.
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Dr. Clay Williams called me because he had the sudden itch to go after some bruiser redfish on fly. He couldn't have picked a better day than last Friday!
Bright sunny skies and not too much wind allowed Clay and his friend Jim to sight cast to many redfish and a monster black drum in skinny water. All fish were caught using Capt. Rich's "Terminator Crab" fly.
Below is Dr. Williams take on the day:
"Great day out of Port Sulphur with Capt. Rich.
Very low wind,pleasant temperature, and several BIG Bull REDS were sited.
Capt. Rich did everything right and Jim and I had a great time and as you can see, caught some world class fish.
Can't wait to go again!! Fun, relaxing, exciting day in the beautiful Louisiana marsh flyfishing-It doesn't get any better than the day we had!"
Thank you Susan,
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Great Way to Ring in the New Year...
Bob Hernandez and his dad John wanted to end 2008 on a good note and called me to arrange a trip to target redfish and speckled trout. Bob told me he had only two requests -- for John to get a hand getting in and out of the boat and to "catch alot of fish". After hearing their wishes, I decided Capt. Larry Stinson would be a perfect match, and set up their date.
The guys drove in the morning of the trip from Baton Rouge but somehow took a wrong turn (or two) and got lost near Belle Chasse for an hour or so. It didn't matter as the fog was pretty thick. Capt. Larry assisted John into the boat and they were off after the fog lifted. The first couple of stops yeilded nothing, but the third one was a charm.
First it was redfish and big ones to boot. The guys tussled with bull reds, including a a couple of 40-pound brusiers which they released. Then it was on to the speckled trout area.
John called me today and said, "Susan, I just had to call and tell you that I caught so many fish and Capt. Larry was a real gentleman."
"He really knows how to have fun and I was treated like a king," Hernandez added.
The Hernandez' are still eating specks and enjoying the bounty of their day of inshore fishing in Venice and said they are saving up for another trip this summer.
Fishing is good in the winter although bookings are a bit sluggish this time of year. If you would like to catch some quality fish and make a few memories with friends, family or co-workers, just give me a call and I'll arrange a trip to remember.
Best Fishes for a Great New Year!
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More "Marsh Madness" moments took place on Capt. Hunter's boat on Monday when I headed out with a great group consisting of Bill Jarobe, a design engineer from PRADCO/Bomber, Colin Moore, a magazine editor from Birmingham and Ric Hawthorne of OKUMA who travled all the way from Ontario. The plan was to test some jigs that PRADO is about to market and bend some of the newest jigging tackle outfitted with fast retrieve reels supplied by Okuma.
We tried to go offshore for tuna. Amazingly, we found blue water 8 miles out but we quickly decided the seas were a bit much for some of the crew so we headed northeast to the close in rigs to test jigs on snapper and grouper. The jigs we used were 4 oz. darters and 7 oz. knife-type jigs. It didn't take long to entice the first snapper -- a nice 8 pounder which I got on one of the 4 oz jigs. Everyone else hooked up as well on the heavier PRADCO jigs. We released about 70 snapper and I managed one nice gag grouper on the soon to be named "Suzie-Q" darter. What a color for this area!! After our arms and backs were completely spent, and the rods and reels were sufficiently put through their paces, we headed in for a hot meal at "Crawgators" consisting of our fresh grouper preapred for us along with bowls of hot seafood gumbo.
This was a great group of guys and I always look forward to getting together with them each September.
Thanks to Capt. Hunter for a great day of fishing his new 32-Twin Vee <i>"Tail Whipped"</i>...she's a beauty Hunter!
During the annual "Marsh Madness" event held in Venice last week, I got the chance to take a trip on Capt. Hunter's new blazing fast 32-Twin Vee rigged out with two YAMAHA 350hp four stroke engines.
Hunter's maiden voyage took place on Sunday, September 21st. He had a great crew consisting of Koby Fulks from UnderArmor, David Sams award winning outdoor writer/photographer, Myles Freeman and PRADCO/Bomber's Mark Schindel.
Although the seas were pretty rough, this was their only chance and they voted to make a run for it. This new style hull outfitted with twin 350hp YAMAHA's is SUPER FAST and got them down the River to South Pass in 22 minutes!
After boatingf a few dolphin and a lone blackfin tuna, Koby got the big fish of the day and ended up winning the largest tuna prize at Marsh Madness for his 88-pound Yellowfin.
If you are ready to get out on the water and tangle with some yellowfin and blackfin tuna and speedy wahoo, just give me a call and I'll schedule you aboard one of the 32-foot Twin Vees or aboard a 34-Contender, all of which are operated by the TOP captains in Venice and are FAST, COMFORTABLE boats.
There are some GREAT DATES still available in October, which is a fantastic time to target these species.
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Full report to follow later, but I promised to get these photos up right away. Our first annual "Bradley Place Girls Tuna Trip" was a smashing success -- 10 yellowfin tuna from 55 to 110-pounds wore these ladies out. Four of the ladies had never been offshore before, so thanks to Capt. Bill Delabar, they are SPOILED FOREVER! Great job Cheryl, Joann, Bonnie, Michelle and Debbie
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Tim Day was visiting from Texas when he caught and released this big black drum weighing 46-pounds. Tim and his buddy Hardy were fishing with Capt. Bryan Carter aboard Bryan's Hell's Bay flats boat.
Great Catch, Tim!
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I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH COAST GUARD SECTOR NEW ORLEANS AND THIS IS THE LATEST INFORMATION FOR THOSE HEADING OUT OF VENICE TO FISH THE FAUX PAS RODEO OR THE GRAND ISLE TARPON RODEO:
<B>RIVER IS CLOSED FROM SW PASS BUOY TO HEAD OF PASSES.
BOATERS MAY USE TIGER PASS OR GRAND PASS ONLY!!!
BOATERS MAY NOT ENTER THE RIVER AT ANY POINT. I AM WORKING ON GETTING MORE INFORMATION AND WILL POST UPDATES AS I GET THEM.
11:00 A.M. ~ I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH COAST GUARD SECTOR NEW ORLEANS AND THIS IS THE LATEST INFORMATION FOR THOSE HEADING OUT OF VENICE TO FISH THE FAUX PAS RODEO OR THE GRAND ISLE TARPON RODEO:
RIVER IS CLOSED FROM THE SOUTHWEST PASS BUOY TO HEAD OF PASSES.
RECREATIONAL BOATERS MAY USE TIGER PASS OR GRAND PASS ONLY!!!
BOATERS MAY NOT ENTER THE RIVER AT ANY POINT. I AM WORKING ON GETTING MORE INFORMATION AND WILL POST UPDATES AS I GET THEM.
Last week was a busy one for the offshore fleet. The yellowfin tuna fishing has been on fire with an average of six good yellowfin per trip.
Capt. Bill had a couple of fly-guys on board on the 15th and they worked the rips, weedlines and Lump for little tunny, dolphin, snapper and more. The guys were in search of a big bull dolphin on fly, but that didn't happen. They're already looking forward to a repeat assault.
On Friday, it was a full slate of boats out. Cory Summers and crew had four yellowfin tuna and limits of snapper with Capt. Hunter on the 32-Twin Vee.
Mike Sams had a two boat bachelor part with Capt. Troy and Capt. Josh doing the entertaining. The tuna eluded them, but they had nice catches of snapper, amberjack and Troy's boat landed a bunch of really nice scamp group - YUM!
Capt. Bill had the USM-Gulf Coast Research Lab crew for snother shark tagging excursion. They found the sharks they were looking for an deployed several satellite tags. This crew also went in seach of whale sharks with the help of a spotter plane, but found none on Friday. They also "accidentally" boated a 130-pound yellowfin, which they graciously shared with others at the dock....Thanks guys!
On Saturday, Capt. James had Travis Leiva and crew on his 32-Twin Vee. I didn't get a report from them, but they were in the right spot and hopefully did well.
Capt. Kevin on the 30-Gravois "Pale Horse" garnered outstanding catch of the day with 10 big yellowfin tuna for Chris Green and the Mississippi crew on Saturday, July 19th. They also picked up their limits of nice red snapper and crammed them in the already stuffed fish box before calling it a day. Chris was so excited when he spoke to me as he and his girlfriend were grilling tuna steaks the next day. He said he is ready to set up a permanent camp in Venice!
On Sunday, Capt, Hunter had Cliff Carr and family. Cliff said Hunter put them on so many big tuna, they cried "uncle" -- especially when they had to fight an release a big blue marlin. The marlin broke the rod about two feet above the reel, so they had to "handline" the monster in while another reeled like crazy to keep up with the beast. Cliff will be sending some photos soon, which I will post soon.
The Faux Pas Rodeo takes place this Thursday-Sunday at Venice Marina. This should be hopping with over 200 boats registered to participate.
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Jamie Verdin gathered a group of friends and his son and headed offshore on Saturday with Capt. James Peters on the 32-Twin Vee. After getting threadfin herring and small hardtails, they headed out to bluewater to tangle with the tuna. They boated a good tuna early, but couldn't get the bite going for long. That afternoon they headed for the snapper grounds, where they landed 12 nice red snapper to fill the box.
Congrats to 13 year old Tyler on his first offshore fish ever -- the biggest red snapper of the day by the way!