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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 “Pale Horse” at 6:00a.m. and promptly departed through the Southwest pass of the river to a shallow rig to catch bait…..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 it’s supposed to be !!!Austin just knew there were marlin down there, but was happy to get his two buddies their first yellow fins....they didn’t know they had to be indoctrinated, by eating the tuna’s heart....or at least taking a bite.

At the end of the day Austin’s 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.


August 27, 2011 at 9:14am

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....

Susan Gros
Reel Louisiana Adventures

April 30, 2010 at 4:27pm

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!

<center><b>REEL LOUISIANA ADVENTURES ~ SUSAN GROS ~ 504-329-7335



March 21, 2010 at 5:16pm

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.


March 21, 2010 at 5:00pm

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!




August 24, 2009 at 9:07pm

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.


August 24, 2009 at 8:41pm

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" 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."

Thanks again,
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.

<b><center>REEL LOUISIANA ADVENTURES ~ SUSAN GROS ~ 504-329-7335</b></center>

June 29, 2009 at 7:12pm

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.

<b><center>REEL LOUISIANAADVENTURES ~ SUSAN GROS ~ 504-329-7335</b></center>

June 08, 2009 at 6:48pm

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.

<b><center>REEL LOUISIANA ADVENTURES ~ 504-329-7335 ~ SUSAN GROS


February 24, 2009 at 1:07pm

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.

<b><center>SUSAN GROS ~ REEL LOUISIANA ADVENTURES ~ 504-329-7335 ~


February 23, 2009 at 6:45pm

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:

<b><i>Hey Susan:

"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,




January 27, 2009 at 5:22pm

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!

<b><center>REEL LOUISIANA ADVENTURES ~ 504-329-7335 ~ SUSAN GROS


January 02, 2009 at 10:11am

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!

September 28, 2008 at 8:45pm

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.

<b><center>SUSAN GROS ~ REEL LOUISIANA ADVENTURES ~ 504-329-7335</b></center>

September 28, 2008 at 8:25pm

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

<B>REEL LOUISIANA ADVENTURES ~ 504-329-7335 ~ Susan Gros</B>

August 19, 2008 at 1:41pm

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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July 24, 2008 at 11:13am

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.

<b><center>REEL LOUISIANA ADVENTURES ~ 504-329-7335 ~ SUSAN GROS</b></center>

July 23, 2008 at 9:59am

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!

July 14, 2008 at 11:41am
A comment titled: No River crossings in response to a report titled: MISSISSIPPI RIVER CLOSURE

In response to sowtrout...

According to the Coast Guard, you cannot be in the River-period! No crossings, etc.

They are also allowing recreational vessels to use Red Pass as long as they do not enter the River. If caught, exxpect a hefty fine I am told.

The Faux Pas is in full swing. Fish the West side for Reds, and go out of Tiger or Grand Pass to hit the Gulf. Saw some really nice snapper (22-pounds) today, a few wahoo, some dolphin and plenty of redfish weighed in.

Sorry for the delay in responding as I just got home from Venice a few minutes ago.

Hope that helps.


July 24, 2008 at 10:11pm
A comment titled: Problem Solved! Kick Them Off the Premises in response to a report titled: Capt Charlie

Maybe the person running the marina (Chris Moran) should prohibit the vessel from mooring there. If the vessel has no port from which to operate, he cannot operate...end of story! Lawbreakers NOT welcome!!

There can be no excuse for the behavior that took place on that vessel...

Susan Gros

July 14, 2008 at 2:07pm
A comment titled: Braggin' Rights in response to a report titled: VENICE OFFSHORE FISHING - WHAT A WEEKEND!

Sorry the photos were a little slow...ENJOY!!


June 18, 2008 at 10:02am
A comment titled: Thanks for a great time! in response to a report titled: IWFA 2008 Louisiana "Reds and Specks" Tournament


Connie and I enjoyed fishing with you on the last day. You know the fishing is good in Venice when you ONLY catch 69 redfish on 8# test between two ladies.

I am looking forward to next year as I am sure all of the IWFA ladies are.


May 10, 2008 at 12:04pm

Thanks JLT! Last year half the group got stranded on the tarmac during the big NY blizzard. It was nice to see them all make it to Louisiana this time. They are already planning their return in 2009!

February 22, 2008 at 7:07pm
A comment titled: Sore Arms & Full Ice Chests in response to a report titled: Maiden Voyage


Great Job putting this group on some world-class redfish action. They'll be back for more this summer I am certain!


February 12, 2008 at 8:51am
A comment titled: Six is the Limit in response to a report titled: Venice Tuna Fishing - Boats Available This Weekend!!

Sorry, most charter boats are six-pack licensed in Venice. The only exception to that is the old Cougar a.k.a Delta Blue.

November 08, 2007 at 1:33pm

Dear Destini:

I was just about your age when I started fishing with my daddy down in Destin, Florida. We would go out and I would catch big sting rays, croakers, pinfish and speckled trout on my little Zebco rod and reel.

Throughout the years, I kept on fishing and catching bigger and bigger fish. Later I got interested in tournaments, and did pretty good catching big sailfish on light tackle and winning tournaments and even won a number of World Records.

A few years ago, I turned my love of fishing into a business, and began to write stories about fishing in Louisiana Sportsman Magazine. I also go to boat shows and talk about fishing to other kids like yourself, so I would love to meet you and take a picture with you if you are at the New Orleans Boat Show in 2008.

So Destini, I am proud of you for catching your first keeper redfish and also that you are wearing your life jacket. I wear mine when I am in the boat too.

Now I have a favor to ask of you....make sure that you teach your brother and sister to fish as good as you and also keep in mind you do not have to keep all the fish you catch. Take a photo, give the fish a hug and kiss and let it go to make more baby fish for years to come, especially if you catch a really big bull redfish.

It is up to "us girls" to help conserve fish so that they will continue to be fun for us to catch for many years to come!


Love & tight lines,
Ms. Susan Gros

November 07, 2007 at 8:35am
A comment titled: Good Dog in response to a report titled: praying to god

What a good dog and cute shot....thanks for sharing.

Susan Gros
Louisiana Sportsman Field Reporter

November 01, 2007 at 6:11pm
A comment titled: Calm Before The Storm in response to a report titled: Helping down south

BUMP -Still nice down here in Myrtle Grove...NE wind and so far no tide rise, but I am sure it is coming.


September 21, 2007 at 8:51am
A comment titled: GREAT FISH in response to a report titled: BIG WARSAW

Mike and JJ:

Congrats on yet another big warsaw and pending LOWA Fish Record. Hey Mike...Want to try one of THOSE on the fly??

JJ, I still have your "2005-Fish of the Year Award" to present you for the hog 358.25# warsaw you landed December of '05!

Good Job Guys!

Susan Gros
LOWA Fish Records Committee

September 11, 2007 at 8:41am
A comment titled: YCB Not Open in response to a report titled: does any body know

Hey Stan:

It is my understanding that they cleaned up a bit around the launch, but it is not going to reopen. There is still rip-rap blocking the ramps.


August 20, 2007 at 4:34pm
A comment titled: True Sportsmen-Always Willing to Help in response to a report titled: Helping down south

Thanks meauxjeauxx2 and to everyone that has volunteered for the LASM convoy. It is best for us to be prepared early...I can still remember watching Katrina mow across Florida then exlode in the Gulf...all the time forecasted to turn North into the panhandle. If Hurricane Dean gets anywhere into the north central Gulf I'm out of here. As Capt. Boola said, those of us in southern Plaquemines Parish have to hit the road 36-hours out.

That being said, I do have a 22-Skeeter ZX Bay boat that I might need help with as I am sporting a cast to my right knee now after a July 4th boating accident.

Keep this thread going and let's keep our fingers crossed this thing tracks west...

Susan Gros

August 17, 2007 at 8:25am
A comment titled: Venice Lodging in response to a report titled: venice lodgeing

Try the VENICE INN 985-534-7424.

Newly renovated motel near Mile Marker 1 (further south than the Lighthouse on the right side going South) $85+ tax per night - 2 dbl beds, refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot in each room. FYI...many of my customers have stayed there recently.

P.S. If you need something larger that sleeps 6 in one place, email me for info.

Susan Gros

August 14, 2007 at 9:16pm
A comment titled: EXCELLENT! in response to a report titled: 233.25 Yellow fin Tuna caught out of Moran's Belle Pass Marina

Congrats, Chris. I was on the water that day and heard about the big fish on the VHF, but no one could tell us who caught it.

Too bad you had to fight that small 170-pounder to get it out of the way so you could land the BIG ONE!!

I hope the customers appreciate how special of a day that was.


August 08, 2007 at 12:10pm
A comment titled: Offshore Safety in response to a report titled: Venice Offshore Adventure For Christopher Crowe

Yes, it really helped to take the time BEFORE the trip to explain how dangerous a big thrashing fish can be. Once you get out there and things are happening quickly, children get caught up in the moment (as do adults) and sometimes try to look over the side only to find a gaffed fish coming over the gunnel right at them. Chris said Christopher did everything we talked about and really had a good time...he wanted to know if they could go again the next day!

The photo of him with the deck brush is priceless!

July 17, 2007 at 7:26am
A comment titled: Great Day in response to a report titled: Another Good Friday in Venice

Hi Dennis...good to see you back down our way!

Nice catch....sounds like you guys had some great action at the rig too. We'll have to get together when I get off of these crutches.


July 09, 2007 at 12:28pm
A comment titled: Lydia's On A Roll in response to a report titled: Unstopable

Great job, Lydia....Glad to see Capt. Brandon get you out from behind the desk at the marina. I am sure you enjoyed putting a whipping on those specks once you got warmed up.

At least they didn't pull the rod out of your hands :)


July 01, 2007 at 9:32pm


Since it's your birthday...Happy Birthday.

For your present, I'll try and get you & Shelley some dolphin as I'll be offshore again this weekend tearing them up!

June 27, 2007 at 9:58pm
A comment titled: Awesome Fis-Awesome Photo! in response to a report titled: TWO HUNDRED POUNDS!

Congrats Capt. Brett & Crew on an outstanding catch.

The photo is great...looks like a cover to me, eh Todd??


May 23, 2007 at 6:30pm
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