Venice Louisiana Fishing Report
August 18, 2014 Report.
There have not been any dramatic changes down here in Venice the last couple of weeks. We are still catching a bunch of Redfish. Big Redfish. The Mississippi River has fallen and has turned clear with nice slot Redfish being caught in the passes. One thing that is new for me is these schools of Cow nose Rays (that is what I am told they are). We have seen these massive commotions in the water thinking they are Redfish, so we motor over to them (leaving solid Redfish action) and they are hundreds of these 10 to 20 pound rays swimming on top of one another everywhere. We ended up foul hooking a few before we figured out what they were. They fight hard. Like any ray, I don’t like them because of their stingers. I have never seen big schools of them, and really don’t want to see them again. Jerry, Zach, and Adam from South Carolina thought the rays were cool, but not as cool as the 20 to 28 pound Redfish that wore them out.
The fishing here lately has been fairly easy, because the weather has been calm and the seas have been calm. The fish are always around all year, but if the seas are up we are forced to fish certain areas that may or may not have hungry fish. The fishing should be consistently good all the way through the New Year as long as a tropical depression doesn’t form in the Gulf of Mexico. That would give me a depression. I still have some openings in September, October, November, and December. December is a great time to come, but hunting season and the holidays have everyone doing something else besides fishing. Anyway, the fishing is good-no lie. Come down and get in on the action.
see pictures below.
August 6, 2014 Report.
The 20 plus pound Redfish bite has been really good the last week, and the sharks have not been as active in the areas we have been fishing. The weather has been fairly stable around the mouth of the Mississippi River, with just some thunder storms here and there. I don’t like lightning, but I do like the cloud cover these storms give us to keep the heat in check. The Mississippi River stage has really dropped hard this last week, so the water is slowing down and getting clear. The Redfish will now start moving in the interior of the river system (they are already there). I will start using spinnerbaits and crank baits in any of the channels to catch slot Redfish and a few oversized Reds. Most of the Big “Bull” Redfish will still be off the outside passes, but some of them will find their way into the river. These big Redfish spawn between mid August to mid October off the outside points and sandbars.
Fortunately, I have had some of my clients the last couple of weeks tell me that their fishing trip with me has been the best trip they have ever been on. Most of them fresh water fish and have not hooked up with these big, strong, and fast Redfish using artificial lures. The Moms, Dads, teenagers, and kids have been having a real good time. It has all been good, so come down and get in on some good fishing action.
July 23, 2014 Report.
I have been chasing the Redfish the last week with clients from Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and Texas. We have found the big Redfish, but we have had to move around to find them. The reason we have had problems zeroing in on the fish is the electrical storms and Sharks have run us off from different places. The Sharks have been really thick, and they move around to places they were not before. The Sharks ruin our tackle and run off the Reds. It’s just the time of year when you get Sharks and electrical storms. The good thing is that we have not had any tropical storms-yet. We have caught some nice fish even with the challenges.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is right at 7 feet and steady. The river should drop if we don’t get a lot of rain up north, because all the river stations up there have a falling river. All that means is that we can target Redfish and Flounder up all the passes of the Mississippi River. Eventually, the Trout will move in also, but not until Octoberish. Until then, most of the fishing will be on the outside beaches, bays, and ponds in the canes.
The guiding business slows down for me in August, because of the heat. Many of my clients don’t want to deal with the heat, although the Redfish fishing is good. I don’t really want to be out on the water a whole lot in August either. I am pretty much booked in October and November ( with a few open dates ), but I have openings in September and December. December is a great month to fish, but because of the holidays and hunting season I have less folks calling me. The Tripletail fishing should be good for September and October. Tripletail fishing is difficult because they are so strong and they head for their structure immediately. It’s fun though.
Everyone has had a good time fishing lately, but everyone agrees it is work. No pain-no gain. Call me for your Fall fishing trip.
July 14th 2014 report.
Well, it is the same fishing story down here in Venice. The Redfish are around and they are biting most of the time. They are not always in the same location, but we have moved around to different areas, and we are finding them.
This last week, I had Rick, Bill, and Jerry from Missouri fishing with me for three days. These guys have fished with me before and like catching the big Redfish. They have meat in the freezer at home, but not the big Redfish. They are amazed at how fast these Redfish can swim around the boat, and then change direction. We caught a bunch of big Reds everyday (around 40 each day). They are coming back in December.
I also had Dewayne and Linda from Florida come fishing for a couple of days for the big Redfish. This husband and wife team love to fish and are good at fishing. Where they are from has Redfish and Snook, but the Redfish are small. They wanted to see about these big Redfish, and they got it. The first day we had constant action all day, but the second day was slow early then it really turned on after eleven a.m. We had a full moon, so maybe that had something to do with it. Or, maybe it was just me not doing good early, but it was probably the moon. Anyway, they left worn out.
Everyone said they had a great time and will be back. They said the food and lodge were great. They even said I was Ok!
The weather is very hot, so we are getting up early and coming in early afternoon. The pop up thunderstorms are something we have to keep an eye on due to lightning, but the weather is mostly calm. The Mississippi River stage is between 6 and 7 feet, so it is slowly dropping, which should make the water clearer. For me, clearer water means we can start using different kinds of lures to catch fish. The fish can catch up and locate crank baits easier. We can also start fishing in the larger channels of the river when the water drops and slows down. If you like fishing down here, then now is the time to come down. I have all the ice and water you will need on the boat!
July 1, 2014 Report.
The fishing down river from Venice has been consistently good the last couple of weeks. The weather has not been windy, so that has allowed us to fish where we want to fish and if plan “A” does work out then plan “B” has been easy to get to. It has been very hot weather to fish in, so some cloud cover and a breeze is always welcome. The only thing that has been slowing the big Redfish bite are Sharks. The Sharks can move in areas where we are fishing and hit your lures and tear up your tackle. The Sharks can run you off. The Sharks tend to be a problem during the Summer months more than any other time. The Redfish fishing has been great the last couple of weeks even if we have had to move around and find them. We have caught them using lures in murky water. The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is around 7 ft. today and it should be around 8 ft. next week, so the water is murky around the passes and bays. I have talked to people targeting Speckled Trout, and they have been doing best using live shrimp. Live shrimp will be your best way to catch Specks until October, November, and December when you can use soft plastics with success.
Everyone has had a great time the last couple of weeks (all year), and say they want to do it again. I took folks out fishing from Texas and Kentucky this last week. They fished with me for three days each. They were worn out by the time day three was over. They said the Redfishing here around Venice was incredible. The Striper fishing up in Kentucky was no match for the big Red Drum. All good here .I still have openings in July for day trips. Give me a call!
June 23, 2014 Report
We have really been catching a bunch of the big Redfish down around the mouth of the passes of the Mississippi River, and the weather has not been a problem as far as getting to the areas that are holding fish. The light seas have let us move around if we need to. No need to be an expert at buying live shrimp, because these fish hit lures and plastics best. When I have clients that want some smaller Redfish to take home, I have brought along some frozen shrimp to get them to come out of the canes, but they have hit plastics under a cork and spinnerbaits. Doing any kind of fishing this time of year is work due to the heat, so we have been getting an early start to beat some of the heat. I have had clients from Texas, South Carolina, Florida, California, and Montana here over the last couple of weeks, and they all have said that they have had a great time. I have had a good time as well, but a couple of days off has reenergized me for fishing the last week of June. We are taking off a few days for the fourth of July, then we will be going at it again.
The Mississippi River stage is still hanging around nine to ten feet, so it is still muddy with a strong current and we are fishing the outside. The Redfish like murky water. That is why they like it here around Venice. The fertile murky water from the Mississippi river is what makes the habitat for the big Redfish the best in the world. It is the time of year where if I have a fit crew with me we should catch 30 to 50 of these big fish each day. You have to be in shape to do it. Let me know if you want in on some great Redfish fishing. No pain no gain.
A few pictures from these last days.... Lots of fun!
June 15th 2014 Report.
Happy Father's Day!
The weather, for the most part, has settled down here in the Venice area, so we have been able to move around and find a good bite on the Redfish. We have also found some Speckled Trout. Most everyone I have had fishing with me have wanted the Redfish, so I have not spent much time targeting the Specks. I have had folks fishing with me the last couple of weeks from South Carolina, Georgia, California, Tennessee, and Washington State, and they have wanted the hard fighting Redfish. The South Carolina guys call the Redfish “Spottails”. I like catching the Specks, but folks don’t travel across the country for them. The big Redfish is the star of the show.
The Mississippi River stage is around Eight feet in New Orleans and is expected to be around ten feet in a week, so the river is still muddy with fast fresh water for a while. No big deal. We are used to it. When it falls to around five feet we will start fishing in the river if we like. When that will happen no one knows, but most likely sometime in July. The only constant is change. Every fishing day is different. There are no guarantees. No promises. I just try to set my clients up with the best chance to hook up on some fish. Much of our chance at having success is the fishing skills of my clients. If someone hooks up on a big fish and they can’t work that fish around the boat, then that fish is going to get in the engine and break off. If someone has limited mobility, they need to let me know, so I can give them a hand. I ask if everyone has experience fishing, and the answer is almost always, “yes”. The Redfish fishing here in Venice is work. It is fun, but it is work. It takes effort by all. Everyone has been great. All good.
Everyone has really enjoyed the cooking here at the lodge. The wife has really got some good food going on. No peanut butter and jelly sandwiches here (unless you want one). I have had a lot of compliments on the food here. Good thing I have good help, I need all the help I can get. Unless we get some real stupid weather, I think we will clobber the fish this Summer. The fish are here. We just got to find them on a daily basis. The sooner we find them the better. Give me a call if you want in on some good fishing.