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The fishing has been really good lately. This past weekend had everyone shutdown due to high winds and seas. Pretty much winter time fishing between fronts I guess. All groups are doing real well. Fish are being caught behind shrimp boats and also in open water. Cut bait (pogies / bonita) and livies are producing as are top water at times. The yellow fin are pretty good sized so be prepare for a fight. Lots of fun to be had for all. We hope you enjoy the pictures.

November 02, 2012 at 4:13pm

Happy Fathers Day to all!!

June 17, 2012 at 4:07am

Anyone know who runs a 33' AmeriCat with yamaha's? I understand from the VHF that they are overdue from a sword fishing trip. The CG said they were out of Grand Isle. We fish out of Venice so Im not much help. It may be the Reel Addict for the vessel name...
Surely someone on here knows of the group...
Captain Wilk

March 25, 2012 at 11:10pm

All mariners please make sure we are operating safely. There has been way too many accidents that have happened here recently. One is too many!! I am aware of 5 different vessels involved in four seperate situations where there has been injuries or missing persons in the last week. Boat operators put those life jackets on the little ones. The new law states that anyone 16 years or younger riding in a vessel less than 26' in length must have on a USCG approved PFD wile underway. It is no longer 12 yeards old... They have all kinds and sizes. Get a comfortable one!
We may only get one chance to get this one right..

Double check and triple confirm all your safety gear. There are many local water patrols that will help you check it all out if you are unsure. I am sure someone out there wants you to return home! The downside is not worth it.
The water is a wonderful place to enjoy but it can turn into a very unforgiving place immediately.

Prayers to all involved!!

Captain Wilk

July 16, 2011 at 10:52pm

Crew worked really hard to make their catch. Everything was caught on jigs except the snapper. The snapper were on squid or pogies. It really did not matter. Muliple tuna, snapper and a scamp that will make the top ten list in the state of Louisiana. He weighed 24.79#'s. Hard to believe he was hanging in 2800+' of water. Nice trip all around. Thanks to Quade, Ross, Jarrett, Francis, Daniel, and Josh (Broussard) for a job well done!

Captain Michael

Additional pictures to follow...

July 13, 2011 at 11:28am

All beware!! Fog is very thick in the river from Venice on out offshore. It was the same yesterday morning but broke an hour or so after sunrise. It seemed to let up some around 6 miles or so offshore out of South & South West pass areas respectively. Use caution as this is a very dangerous situation. Fair seas and calm winds were the norm yesterday. From what I can see this morning, it will be a very nice trip when you can get offshore. All the costal fishermen... the fog continued to hang around the passes until midmorning. It was a little hazy after midmorning but not bad at all. Good luck to all!!

Captain Wilk

May 09, 2011 at 2:34am

Looks like a very nice weekend shaping up for offshore fishing. It it almost glass offshore presently. Fish breaking all around. The big tuna should be showing up very soon. Pretty nice catches of smaller YFT and BFT are almost a given. The wahoo are giving but seem to be wide open or nothing. Lots of amberjack if you want some pull. It looks like the normal group of Captains are back on some fish and are awaiting the big YFT runs. Good luck to everyone for a very successful 2011 season. We want to see plenty of nice trip pictures so let's all do our part and share some photos. Let the fishing begin!!

Captain Michael

February 13, 2011 at 12:16am

Merry Christmas to all our fellow sportsladies and sportsmen..

Captain Michael
Cajun Knot Reel Adventures

December 24, 2010 at 9:19pm

Great trip this past Friday! Tuna easy as pie! Tuna are pretty thick just a few miles South of Venice boys!! Y'all know the spot! Save some fuel and get it done quick! There were a good many boats getting it on behind the shrimpers just like us. Let's all remember we need to work together on the big ones. There is no need to crowd or fuss. Lots of beautiful fish to go around right now. Let your fellow sportsmen/gals get their trophies in and they will give you your turn. Remember to take a kid fishing when you can even if they are not your own. Sorry no pictures this trip but our camera ended up getting sick! Thanks again Anthony Pugalia for the smoking hot deals on the 8 new jigging rigs. You are the best and I owe you and your Pop one.. We gonna see who the best of them all will be now .... Talica II 16 or Saltists 40's! Shootout baby!! Reports to follow!!

Wishing everyone tight lines and strong backs,

Captain Michael

October 28, 2010 at 4:37pm

We saw many beautiful grass beds in the MP299 towards VK900 areas today. There were nice dolphin in them thick. Yes, I said DOLPHIN. They were lit up and feeding like crazy! Black fin tuna in every direction at sundown. Some of you may not believe this but it is so very true. It was an amazing day to see all the activity. We were just watching. The water is beautiful. Baby hardtails everywhere. The latest charts show this area to be closed to all fishing but it needs to be reopened ASAP! I hate to make your mouths water but I am so tired of hearing all the bad press about this area. Trust me it is on as soon as it opens!!

Captain Wilk

October 09, 2010 at 10:19pm

Gentlemen, I have had a H2O Optics camera for a few years and have hed very good service with it. Last year I leaned up against the side of the boat while putting a gaff in a nice yellowfin and broke the case. Bad situation but I sent it back for repairs and for a fair price they repaired it without a hitch. Well... when I took the camera back out to film some underwater activities it immediately filled with saltwater. All bad! I called the Pentax repair center and they replaced it with a brand new latest and greatest model. Just passing on the good customer service. Yes, it was supposed to be a waterproof camera.:)

September 22, 2010 at 12:44pm

Anyone know who does boat T-Top canvas replacements in the North Shore area?


Capt. Michael

March 08, 2010 at 9:35am

Fishermen / Fisherladies, get the Valentine's day business out of the way and get the heck offshore and get to the tuna & wahoo. Valentines day with a bowed-up rod pounding the tuna. Hard to beat!! I hope that is not taken the wrong way! This is Big Time sportsfishing!! This report is right off the press. The gulf is almost glass out of Venice right now. Tuna boiling all aound the rigs last night. Grab the rods and get it done. Good weather and calm seas forecasted all day until tomorrow where it will kick-up again. I am sure my fellow charter captains will get it done today!! Good luck to all! Post your pictures and tell your stories.

Captain Wilk

February 14, 2010 at 5:13am

Happy New Year to all my fellow sportsmen and sportsladies out there. Thanks for a great 2009! Make your resolutions and Good Luck sticking with them....

January 01, 2010 at 12:26am

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Thanks for sharing all the pictures and stories throughout the last year. Prayers, tight lines, and "Thumbs-up" wishes to everyone from all of us at Cajun Knot Reel Adventures.

December 25, 2009 at 7:44am

Anyone lose this weather buoy. It was banging around the platform this morning around the Main Pass 299 area. It is heading SSW. I imagine someone will be pretty disappointed when they discover it missing. It is really rough out here this morning and we have no way of assisting with its recovery..

December 18, 2009 at 7:20am

A new friend with his pet. I like to have crapped myself when he came into the den with it in his arms. He lives on his own ranch in Texas. I was not aware but these guys make some great pets.

December 02, 2009 at 12:12am

Anyone witnessing an incident involving the NOPD in the Superdome parking garage after the Saints vs. the Jets game please contact me via email. If you saw it I am sure you would remember the incident. It involved a family in a black Tahoe and the NOPD. Any additional information would be greatly appreciated. Please pass this around to as many fellow sportsmen as possible.

Thanks for your consideration,
Captain Michael

October 08, 2009 at 10:53pm

A few more pictures to enjoy!!

Captain Michael

September 24, 2009 at 12:29am

Great trip this past weekend! The water was beautiful. The tuna & dolphin were turned on like wildfire. We went 0 for 3 on YFT starting the day. We pulled the hooks on two and broke the big boy of the day off right at the boat. Our crew settled in and got their share of pull and bloody decks going 9 for 12 on the next YFT and 4 for 5 on the Dorado. Everyone wanted to eat a tuna heart. We were treated to a huge whale shark and some great tail-walking from a giant Dorado for a great finale! Thanks to the team for a fantastic adventure. Nothing but "Thumbs-Up" fishing over here baby!

Captain Michael

September 24, 2009 at 12:15am
A comment titled: Re: Honest outboard repair in response to a report titled: Honest outboard repair

Outcast marine in Boutte area or Cajun Outboards Baton Rouge area .

October 18 at 11:28pm
A comment titled: We always have room for a good hand in response to a report titled: Venice Offshore

Give me a holler.. I am pretty sure we can work something out..

Captain Wilk

June 06, 2013 at 12:00am
A comment titled: Federal Red Snapper Season in response to a report titled: Red Snapper Fishing

Update.. Looks like we will have 28 days this year instead of the 24 days we had two days ago... I am glad to see the changes. Just a quick update. Looks like it will be Gulf wide. Good Luck to all...

Captain Wilk

June 05, 2013 at 11:53pm
A comment titled: Good question in response to a report titled: Spooling a Trolling Reel

We back all of our trolling gear and run braid with a ~ 125 YRD top shot of Blue Diamond Mono. 'Double-Uni' a fluoro leader to your mono. That stuff is kind of expensive for more than 15' or so per rig... There has been a couple times when we actually got down to the backing on a 50 VSW. Hard to believe but still leadered the fish.. The backing gives the braid something to bite onto to stop it from slipping. Some new reel spools already have a rubber coating but I still run the backing. Maybe old school but we still do it.

I would suggest a simple single wire leader for wahoo. The haywire twist is what we use for atachment. You can make this as complicated as you choose I guess. I say keep it simple. Cable works also and we do run it on shirted lures as it is less likely to kink.

Good luck and Happy Fishing.

Captain Wilk

March 01, 2013 at 11:26pm
A comment titled: Well... in response to a report titled: Fog down river???

It sure was foggy this morning.. Burned off about 2PM offshore

November 02, 2012 at 3:50pm
A comment titled: Keep up the good work in response to a report titled: Venice Offshore!

Very NICE fish Capt. I hope you guys are enjoying that mighty fine camp yall built.

Capt. Wilk

July 14, 2012 at 6:53pm
A comment titled: JMO in response to a report titled: Luck or Skill

There is an old saying that 10% of the hunters kill 90% of the deer. Luck surely is a factor but there is NO substitute for scouting etc.

July 14, 2012 at 6:48pm
A comment titled: Glad to see you aboard! in response to a report titled: New to Gulf fishing kinda..

I would suggest to shake a few hands at your local marina. You will be able to find many sportsmen / sportsladies willing to be very helpful. If you are in Venice and see one of our boats just walk up and say howdy. I know many guides and private owners that will be happy to help you out.

Captain Wilk

June 14, 2012 at 6:34pm
A comment titled: Nice fish.. in response to a report titled: 45lb Drum

Nice picture. Pretty strong girl right there. I should have said welcome aboard first.. Sorry

Captain Wilk

June 13, 2012 at 7:50pm
A comment titled: What a happy little girl!! in response to a report titled: Happy Dad!!

She sure is a beautiful little girl you got there Skipper. Enjoy every minute you can with her as they grow up so so fast. You will miss these days I assure you. I missed out on so much of my kids early days due to being offshore working. I surely wish I could have that to do over again. Take all the pictures and videos you possibly can as we cannot ever have enough!

Captain Wilk

May 06, 2012 at 9:46pm
A comment titled: Fish on!! in response to a report titled: Shrimp Boat Fishing

Easy to do just keep someone on the wheel and someone on the rod all the time..

May 06, 2012 at 9:31pm
A comment titled: Another one in response to a report titled: Shrimp Boat Fishing

Feeding the bait out

May 06, 2012 at 9:25pm
A comment titled: A couple pictures in response to a report titled: Shrimp Boat Fishing

Maybe this will be better..

May 06, 2012 at 9:21pm
A comment titled: IMHO in response to a report titled: Shrimp Boat Fishing

Like I said they SHOULD monitor VHF 16. Although they may be working on different channels I do believe all vessels are requested to monitor VHF 16. It is a common practice to have two + VHF radios. When the trawlers have their nets down and are working if you approach from the rear directly behind the boat it would be very difficult to get in touble. This is a a typical and common fishing technique. Feel free to contact me on details and I will help if I can..

Captain Wilk

May 06, 2012 at 9:15pm
A comment titled: Troubleshoot Brother in response to a report titled: trim on 90 merc stay on up

Disconnect and bypass all the trim switches. Hook up one at a time and test it. If you have one on the bow I would start there. If the bow switch works properly disconnect it and move to the motor if it has one. Continue to the one on the console controls. I would have to say a switch has gotten wet or went bad. I had one on the bow of a bayboat do it and it sure was a surprise to see the engine trimmed all the way up in the boat shed when I know full well I had it down. I found it as the battery was dead as well. I was very glad the trim pump did not burn up. I am sure it ran until the batter died. Just another reason to install battery cut-off switches and use them. Likely one is the bow or engine. You will find it easily. Good Luck!

Captain Wilk

May 06, 2012 at 7:01pm
A comment titled: Welcome to Sportsman Paradise!! in response to a report titled: Just moved here... seeking advice

You are surrounded with great fishing areas. Reds are pretty easy with a few spinner baits or shrimp. Look for some diving birds in open bays etc. and cast plastics for some pretty quick trout action. Most any launch or bait shop will have some good ideas as to where to go. Send me an email and I can give you some additional ideas. Good luck just take it easy in some areas as the depths change and there could be a good bit of debris.

Captain Wilk

May 06, 2012 at 6:49pm
A comment titled: Well.... in response to a report titled: Shrimp Boat Fishing

I always go with the good common sense method. If you see a potential fishing opportunity with a trawler try to contact them first with your intentions. They should be on VHF 16. If no answer move in a little closer and survey the situation. If they are at anchor they are most likely resting but possibly not. If they are working move up from the stern and try to get their attention. Stay away from the sides or front of the trawler. Do not interfer with their work. Most will not care if you fish around them just be friendly. It is amazing what a pack of smokes or a couple of cold drinks or even a fish will do. We have not ever had any issues that I can recall. Just move in slowly try to contact them and all should be fine. Good luck!!

Captain Wilk

May 06, 2012 at 6:41pm
A comment titled: You crazy or what??? in response to a report titled: Cajun Fishing Charters

Mister that ain't no redfish.. I like Kelly's fish but you fishing too deep if you on the gars..
It looks like you may have gone all corporate with that fancy shirt you got on Brother 'T'.
Kelly looks better holding fish anyway..

Captain Wilk

April 07, 2012 at 1:41pm
A comment titled: You bet!!! in response to a report titled: Tuna Time Charters 2012

Great job guys! Love the two at a time video.. Sweet sail

February 24, 2012 at 4:34pm
A comment titled: Both have advantages. in response to a report titled: bait cast or spinning?

You got to love a spinning rod in the wind... Just my opinion. I like them both..

February 22, 2012 at 8:08pm
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