Venice Louisiana Fishing Report
February 8, 2016 report
We have not been out fishing a great deal since the new year started, but we never are very busy during Christmas and January. Not a lot of folks want to fish in the middle of Winter, but it can be very productive at times. It can also be very unproductive. The weather ( the wind )can really make it difficult to find places to fish, and when you do know areas to fish out of the wind and waves you hope the Redfish bite. Between the cold fronts, when things settle down, the fishing can be great at times. After all, the fish have to feed sometimes.
A couple of weeks ago I took out two young guys from New York City. Jacob and Dez wanted some Big Redfish action. I had not fished for a couple weeks before we went out, because I was on vacation in the Florida Keys. No matter, I just kept an eye on the weather a few days ahead of our trip and knew a likely area to try with the conditions we had. We ended up on a beach near the mouth of a pass off the Mississippi River and anchored down. We cast out are lures and it was on immediately. The first Redfish was 26 pounds. Jacob caught it. We caught some more, then Dez caught the biggest of the day at 33 pounds. After a while the bite slowed, so we stopped at a point a few hundred yards away and found the Redfish again. We ended up with 26 Redfish released. All of them lived and swam away. We missed about 15 more. It was a good bite that day.
Last week I had two older fellows from Pennsylvania down to lodge for three days of fishing. Tony and Bill. Super nice guys. Plenty of fishing experience. The first day was calm, but foggy as can be. We caught 9 Bull Redfish and made it back in alive through the fog. The second day we went further down river with no fog, but windy. We boated three big Redfish early and that was it. The third day it was super windy and we did not boat any fish. Not even a bite. I hate those days. I am glad that doesn’t happen often. They said they enjoyed the whole “shooting match”. They said they would be back. They know how it goes sometimes. These guys had all kinds of stories to tell about their military days. I really enjoyed hanging out with them.
Anyway, that’s what is going on with us. I start getting busy fishing again later this month. I sure hope the weather is not windy, not foggy, the fish are biting and everything is great and easy.
January 12 2016 report.
Once upon a time, two brothers from South Dakota named Lowell and Leon came down to a far and out of the way place, so a big fish would open up a can of woop ass on a artificial lure, as opposed to catching their regular old Walleye like back at home. So, they called me, Capt. Shawn, to catch “BULL” Redfish off the passes of the Mississippi River, the best place in the world to target these line stripping fish. Now, Capt. Shawn does not get many people from Louisiana calling him for big Redfish, because most of them want to catch Speckled Sea Trout on live Shrimp so they can fry them up. Well, that’s fine, but if you Crappie fish then you are trout fishing. For any fisherman, way back in the corner of your mind, you know you want a big fish to hit, that’s challenging to get in the net. Besides, a Redfish under twenty pounds is really good on the grill.
Anyway, high river or not, we punished the big Redfish this last week with not so great conditions. Two out of our three days fishing were good days with plenty of action. These guys found out that you can’t just sit down and fight these fish, because they are darting around in all directions until you tire them out. Lowell and Leon were tired out as well. When we got back to the lodge in the afternoon they went down to the bar for a few drinks before coming back and joining me for a few before supper. In bed for eight we all were. They said it was a blast and they are coming back. These guys surely were a good time. I could tell they had a good time too!
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December 21, 2015 Report.
The second week of December we had three guys down from Missouri at the Fish On Lodge for three days of fishing. Mike, Dan, and Gary had such a good time hooking up with the “BULL” Redfish last year that they came again this year. Again, I was fishing with some retired guys that had a lot more diverse fishing experience than me. They have fished all over the place. They have caught Northern Pike, Muskie, Walleye, Small mouth Bass, and you name it. I just hang out around the passes of the Mississippi River in my bay boat and target mostly Big Redfish with artificial lures in muddy water. Itis a big world out there and I am in my little corner of it. My little area of the world has the best “BULL” Redfishing than anywhere else though. Its always interesting talking to my clients about their fishing adventures elsewhere. In the three days we fished we averaged 20-25 Big Redfish per day. That’s average fishing, but not really what I call good fishing. These guys worked hard for Redfish strikes, and it paid off. We kept our one oversized Redfish per angler per day and released the rest. They brought vacuum seal bags with them, so we bagged the fish for them to take home for the grill. I hope to see them next year.
December 19, 2015 report.
It has been a while since I have given a report on my fishing around the Venice, Louisiana area, because I have been really busy fishing. The first few days of December I had Gary and Rich from California staying at the lodge and fishing with me. Here again, I had some retired guys fishing with me who have a lot more experience fishing different areas of the country and fishing techniques than me. They have fished Alaska and the Northwest and you name it. I just hang around down here Redfishing. They really did not come down here to catch a 17” Trout or a 17” Redfish. The main attraction, as usual with me, was to target the big “BULL REDFISH”. The passes off the Mississippi River are the best place in the world to consistently catch these 15 to 35 lb. (or bigger) Redfish. After three days of catching and releasing these strong-fast fish these guys were pretty worn out. They said they had a good time fishing and that the food at the lodge was good. They took some Redfish back on the airplane to grill back in California.
November 30th 2015 report
The big “BULL” Redfishing has been pretty good for the last week, with the biggest one weighing in at 33 lbs. I have had folks fromTexas and Illinois fishing with me this last week and they are not used to the hard fighting these Redfish will give you. They are fast too. These folks also liked the fact that they had control of triggering the fish to strike by using artificial lures. No live bait (no commercial fishing ). I figure the success of a trip with me is a third on me ( the guide ), a third on my crew ( my clients ), and a third on the fish ( the environment for the day ). Things need to come together from different angles and line up. If one of my clients shows up and does not know how to operate a rod and reel I will help them the best I can and teach them to catch fish.
Anyway, we are busy here at the lodge until the middle of December, and all we can do is go out in the waters around Venice and see what we can come up with. I bet we find some of those hard fighting Redfish.
November 18 2015 report.
The big Redfish fishing has been solid for the last couple of weeks, especially when the wind is not blowing hard. I have had some hard core fisherman out with me here lately from different parts of the country that fish for Small Mouth Bass, Walleye, Striped Bass, and Pike. The fish we do not have here in Louisiana. They all came down here to Venice to go after these big, fast, strong Redfish. These folks I have had down the last couple weeks are from Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, California, Nevada, Washington State, and North Carolina. They really have a good time catching these big Redfish. Its different. They all said they are coming back down again.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at 4.5 ft and is supposed to hold steady for another week, but with all the rain last night and today it will probably rise again. A rise in the river muddies it up, but that does not bother my Bull Redfishing. The wind does, because it eliminates some areas to try fishing for the Reds. It is getting close to the time of year that fishing is more difficult because of the wind and fog, but there is still going to be some very productive days out fishing. Winter fishing can be really good here around Venice, and some of the heaviest Redfish are caught during the Winter months. We just have to get out on the water and give it our best shot.
Paul's latest catch.
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October 27, 2015 report.
Besides the big wind blow from the remains of hurricane Patricia yesterday and the day before, the Bull Redfishing has been pretty good lately. I cancelled one group of folks coming from Missouri that would have been fishing three days starting yesterday and that was a mistake. Yesterday would have been difficult with 40mph winds, but today we did well on the 20 plus lb. Reds with another group that did not want to cancel for anything. The last week or so I have had anglers from Missouri, Alabama, Wisconsin, and Texas and have had consistent catches. We have been concentrating our efforts on the big Redfish using artificial lures, but have tried for some slot Redfish in the Mississippi River and have not done to good on them. 95% of my clients want to battle the big Redfish. They can catch small fish at home, whether that be walleye, Crappie, Small Mouth Bass, or whatever. Venice, Louisiana is the best place in the world to target 20 plus pound Red Drum-period. These Reds are hard on my equipment, but that is ok. I encourage anyone from up North that likes to fish to come down here in the Winter months and get in on the big Redfish action.
October 16 2015 report.
We have had some good folks from South Carolina fishing and staying with us the last few days, and the big Redfish have cooperated with us. Yesterday, we boated 101 Redfish weighing between 16 To 28 lbs. That is a record for my boat. I have had more than a hundred fish boated before, but not BULL Redfish. It was on for sure. Today, we boated 60 Bull Reds in choppy water. We go out again tomorrow and we most probably won’t be able to go to the same area due to strong Northeast winds, but we have other areas that are holding the big Redfish.
It’s a great time of year to come down to Venice, Louisiana and go fishing. The weather is getting cooler and more comfortable as the fall months set in. Sometimes, it gets windy, but that does not mean you can’t have a great fishing trip. The weather will never be perfect for any planned in advance fishing trip. You just have to pick some days to fish and hope for the best. Try your best.
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October 12, 2015 report.
We have had a big time come back from our fishing production slump for the big “BULL” Redfish here in Venice. We have had numerous days that we have boated eighty plus Reds averaging over twenty pounds. Other days we have been boating fifty or more big Redfish. The wind has settled and when it has blown it has been coming from a favorable direction. We have found the fish near schools of baitfish in open water off of the surrounding cane points that make up the Mississippi River Delta. I have not been targeting the Speckled Trout because I have been going after the big fish, but I have spoken to some anglers that have caught some. The Specks are not thick yet, but I think after a few more cold fronts they will be thick in the river. Live Shrimp is the easy way to target the Specks if you like to fish with live bait, but artificial lures will work if you like to challenge yourself. The fishing should be just as good in November and December as it is now, and we still have some open dates during that time. The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is around four feet in New Orleans and the water is clear. I would like it to be around two feet, but I don’t want the mid west to have a drought either. Hopefully, if the wind blows it will come from a favorable direction. Have a good day!
September 28, 2015 report.
After an incredibly productive Summer catching many “BULL” Redfish, The last week and a half has been really slow fishing for me. The fish have just not been biting well for me or anyone I have spoken with for the last two weeks. I am sure someone did good somewhere. The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans has dropped to around 4 ft. and Fall is here with the shorter days, so it is a transition month. We have also had much wind, which has eliminated some really hot areas to fish for the big Reds, but we are used to fishing in areas we have not been around for a few weeks. We typically find the fish in these situations.
I postponed my trips for yesterday through tomorrow because of the weather, but the forecast was for the most part wrong. The wind laid today, although the seas are still heavy. The fishing should turn on any day now. This kind of thing happens every now and then. I just don’t like it happening to me. It’s bad for business. Fortunately, everyone I have been out with lately has been out with me before when it was all good. I will give another report soon to give the good news about the great fish bite from the twenty plus pound Redfish. Have a nice day, whether the fish are biting or not.
September 16, 2015 report.
The big “BULL” Redfishing continues to be outstanding here in the waters around Venice, Louisiana. The action has been so good that the big Reds are fighting over our lures and tearing up the tackle. It is a lot of extra work on me, but that is ok, I am prepared. The Mississippi River stage has dropped to under three feet in New Orleans, so the water has cleared up considerably, which means you can see the Redfish trailing the hooked one. It has been exciting fishing.
On my latest trip I had Kyle from Destin, Florida and his friend, Keith from Texas, along with his son, Cole. We boated 66 Redfish weighing 15 to 29 lbs. Most were over 20 lbs. They said it was unreal how many big Redfish we had here around the passes off the Mississippi River. Keith said it was his best trip ever as far as hunting or fishing.
If the winds don’t pick up we should have an easy time finding these schools of big Redfish. Even with windy conditions we should do well. Give me a call to book your Fall or Winter fishing trip.
August 30, 2015 Report.
The “BULL” Redfish have been on fire for the last couple of weeks off the passes of the Mississippi River around the Venice area for the last couple of weeks. These Redfish have been in different areas, and , fortunately the winds have not been strong, so we have been able to move around in case the sharks move in on us. Much of the time, cloud cover has been keeping us from burning up in the hot August Sun. You never know when the best time of the year to come down here fishing is, but this August has been the best Redfish bite of the year so far. The Redfish have been so thick that they take our lure under the cork and while you are fighting the hooked fish, another one hits the cork under water and busts the tackle up. Sometimes, when we get a fish next to the boat to net, another one or two Reds are next to it trying to take the lure. That happens a lot during the year, but the muddy water prevents us from seeing it. Now that the Mississippi River stage is below five feet in New Orleans, We will see the fish more often due to the water being much clearer. Its getting the time of year many anglers consider the best time to fish as far as the river being low. The “BULL” Redfish fishing should continue to be really good, and the slot Redfish should be easier to find as well. The Speckled Trout should be easier to target by mid October using artificial lures. November and December are usually great months to target 15 inch Specs ( if that is your thing ). All in all, it is shaping up for a very busy fall and early Winter for us at Fish On. We still have some openings in November if anyone wants in on what should be some great fishing action with a lot of options.
August 15, 2015 report
The last couple of weeks have given us some really good Redfishing here in Venice. I have been fishing with several groups of guys from Georgia and Oklahoma. We have been boating 40 plus “BULL” Redfish a day. One day we had 67 Reds. The average size fish was 20 pounds with the largest being 31 pounds. The weather has been calm, so we have been able to move around in different areas to fish. It has definitely been very hot as well, so we have been drinking a lot of water before we have headed out to fish. The only real problem we have been having is the sharks. Some days they are not around and some days they are everywhere. They tear up our tackle and sometimes bite our Redfish in half. Sometimes, we can move and get away from the sharks and sometimes we cannot. Everyone has been having a great time with all the fishing action.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at 11.8 ft. today and is supposed to be dropping to 8.5 ft. five days from now. That is a strong drop, and the river water should start clearing, and the slot Redfish should start moving into the river and be easier to target. With the clearer water we will be able to see the Redfish strike our lures, and fight over our lures.
Anyway, the fishing has been good and the fishing should be great for this fall. If you want in on it just give me a call now to book your Fall or Winter fishing trip. Yes, we still catch redfish in winter…
August 4, 2015 report.
The “BULL” Redfish are active and they are hitting our lures hard and giving us a hard fight all around and under my boat. The weather, for the most part, has been stable, so we have been able to try different areas just in case plan “A” doesn’t work out. These big fish move around, so we have to locate them every day. It is always good when they are active and bite good. Sometimes, the fish are around but not biting.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at 15.3 ft. today, and is supposed to be at 14.5 ft. five days from now. All the other stations north of us are falling as well, so the river is finally falling. It will be a while before it clears up, but it is heading in the right direction.
So, every one of my clients have really had a great time catching these big, fast, and strong fighting Redfish. Most of these folks fish a lot, but they don’t have Redfish where they live, so they love catching them. Recently, I have had folks from Texas, Missouri, California, Oregon, and even Louisiana. They all have fished with me for three or four days and stayed here at the lodge. It has all been good. Let us hope the weather stays stable and we don’t get any hurricanes. Have a good one. Capt. Shawn-out.
July 17, 2015 report.
We have had some really good Redfish action here in the waters around Venice for the last couple of weeks. I have not had much time off the water, so I have not been able to post a report. The weather has been hot, but the stable weather has helped us move around and find the big “BULL” Redfish. Fortunately, we have had a breeze to cool us down, but it has not been windy. The water we have been fishing has been murky due to the muddy Mississippi, but the fish locate our lures under a popping cork. When we do find clearer water the Sharks seem to be thick and tear up our tackle, so most of our better Redfishing has been in areas holding the murky water with a visibility of four inches or so. The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at 15 ft. and is expected to crest at 15.5 ft. on the 22nd of this month, so the river is still rising. When the river starts falling the water should start clearing and make catching the slot Redfish easier to locate. We can also start using a variety of lures to catch fish instead of using the popping corks. The corks do the job.
Everyone has said they have had a good time catching the big Reds and has enjoyed staying at the lodge. We have been getting up early to beat the heat and coming in early afternoon. Everyone is usually ready to come in due to the good bite and the Summer heat.
We have had plenty of fish over 25 lbs. the last couple of weeks, with the largest weighing 33 lbs. We boated many more over 20 lbs. Every day is different, so we will see how tomorrow goes.
Give me a call to book your Fall or Winter fishing trip.
July 4, 2015 report.
I hope everyone is doing well on this fourth of July holiday. I am off the water for a couple of days and doing some chores, so I had time to give a report on the Red Fish fishing here in Venice. For the last week and a half I have had some good folks from Texas, north Louisiana, and Delaware fishing multiple days. We have caught some nice big Redfish down off the passes of the Mississippi River. We have been watching the weather reports to determine where we don’t want to fish, so we can determine where we can fish comfortably. At this point, we go to an area and begin the hunt of finding the fish. It is always good when we find the fish early, but half the time we have to move around some to find where the big Reds are roaming around and are biting. Sometimes, I know they are around, but not biting. This time of year the Sharks can move into the area you are fishing and tear up your tackle and run off the Bull Redfish. When it comes to my specialty: targeting 20 plus pound Redfish, you have to move around an area a good bit to find them, because they roam around a lot. Here lately, we have had some days when we caught (boated) 8 or 10 Reds and some days we boated 40 of them. We missed plenty as well. It causes some confusion when we hook a big Redfish and it swims rapidly right at the boat and you have to catch up to the fish to set the hook. We miss many fish because of this. By the end of the first day of fishing my clients get more used to this happening, so their hook up ratio goes up, which is a good thing.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at 13.3 feet today and is expected to crest at 14.5 feet on July 19th at 14.5 feet. It is raining up north, so they keep changing the river stage prediction. They will probably change that again.
If the wind lies down we should have some good fishing trips. So, come on down for some good Redfish action, and have a good time.
THESE LADIES DID GOOD WITH US LAST WEEK!
June 26, 2015 Report.
The big “BULL” Redfish fishing here around Venice has been really good for the last week and a half or so. The fishing is what we are used to, mainly because the wind has settled down. When the wind lays down the tides take care of cleaning up the mess. Every day is different as far as fishing goes, and the fish bite always has different results, but it sure helps if I have experienced anglers and some decent weather. The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at 12.1 feet today and is rising ( yet again ) to around 14.5 feet in mid July, so we have a high river and it is not dropping like we would like. Here again, if the wind stays down I can have some really good days for my clients catching the big Redfish, and we are in one of the historically calmest times of the year: hurricane season. If we don’t have a storm developing, then it is usually calm seas.
No one has been losing any weight staying here at the lodge. Everyone has liked the cooking. The ladies have been catching the biggest Redfish here lately as well.
All good here. We are booking a lot of days for this late Summer and fall and we have openings for my favorite month of the year to fish: December. If a guide from down here tells you December is not a good time to fish here, you ask them if they deer hunt. If they say “yes”, then that means they want to Deer hunt instead of fish in December. They are hunting instead of fishing. December is when I like Spec fishing as much as Redfishing using artificial lures.
Check in with you later, hopefully with great fishing news.
June 13, 2015 report.
We have been very busy here at the fishing lodge the past couple of weeks here in Venice/ Boothville, so I have not had a lot of time to give a report. Most days we have been doing well catching the funniest fish to catch: the big Bull Redfish using artificial lures. Some days we have not done very well due to the windy conditions, but we have caught some nice fish on the tough days as well. Some guides might not admit they have low production days, but I live in the real world where everything is not perfect. The windy weather makes Bull Redfish fishing tougher than when we have calm seas. Fortunately, I have had some good anglers fishing with me lately, and they have fished with me multiple days. Sometimes, it takes good fisherman to help their guide overcome some tough fishing conditions. I have had folks from Tennessee, North Carolina x 3, New York, Connecticut, and Texas here lately, and they fished hard. Some days we caught four Bull Redfish and other days forty-five. Every day is different. Every day has its challenges. Most days have been good. Every day we are wore out when we come off the water and Leila has made us comfortable back at the lodge. Plenty of food and air conditioning.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans has crested at 12,7 feet and should start slowly falling’. We have a lot of muddy water, but if the wind settles down everything will be just fine.
May 27, 2015 report.
With all the rain in the Midwest and everywhere the Mississippi River is on a slight rise again, but when the wind settles down the water clears up. The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at 11.2 feet and five days from now it will be at 12 feet, so the river is not falling as fast as we would like, but it is the wind that we want to lay down so we have different areas to fish.
We are catching some nice fish regardless of the weather. We have mostly been targeting the big “BULL” Redfish, so we are fishing the outside bays and beaches, and since the river is high that is where we need to be anyway. We have had anglers from Texas, Alabama, Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee here the last couple of weeks fishing, and they called me for the fish they can’t catch where they are from: the big Redfish. They really are impressed with the power of the Redfish. We have been catching them with artificial lures. Mostly soft plastics under a popping cork. We have used some large crankbaits as well, but with the murky water it is hard to beat a popping cork for results.
Anyway, the better the weather, the better the fishing most of the time. We do well when the weather is tough at times, but we just can’t move around as much in rough seas. Let the seas be calm and the fish bite good.
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May 16, 2015 report.
The inshore fishing here in Venice has been pretty good for the last couple of weeks, despite the wind. The wind has forced us to fish certain areas, and we have to find the fish in these areas even if we have not fished them lately. Before a couple weeks ago, we had some good days, but also some tough ones. Now that we are in mid May things are starting to come together and the fishing is more consistant because the fish are happy. I like good fishing trips not bad ones. Every now and then we have a bad one and it sucks. Good days are ahead.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at 10.4 feet and was falling good until some rain storms up North somewhere brought more water into the system, so it is supposed to drop to 10.3 feet in five days, then drop again. The wind is the issue as far as being able to fish in certain areas. Oh well. The Bull Redfishing has really been good even though we have had to move around some to find them. Once we find them they have been thick. Everyone has had a great time fighting the 20 plus pound Redfish. We have also caught some nice Speckled Trout when my clients want to target them. Most of my fishing is for the trophy size Redfish on artificial lures.
Its been really good to see my clients who fish with every year at this time, and some new clients as well. I wish the fish would be at every stop, but maybe it would not be as fun if that were the case. Its been fun hanging out with them at the lodge as well. We still have some openings in June and July. We are also booking trips for the fall and early winter. I think December is my favorite month to fish here in Venice. Stay tuned to my next report. I have been so busy that I have slacked on them lately.
3 May 2015 Report
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is cresting ( again ) today at 13.8 feet in New Orleans and all the stations north are on a fall. We always look forward to the river falling, so the water slows down and eventually clears up. The fish are still here, regardless of the river stage. The wind has been the major factor in finding the right place to fish. When the wind is up it eliminates good areas to fish. We have been catching some nice “BULL” Redfish on some of the calmer days, and when it is windy we have been fishing the canes for slot Redfish. The Speckled Trout have been showing up as well now that May has arrived. Some days have been tough fishing, but some days we have done well. It is the time of year where the weather should settle down and let us fish where we want to, instead of where we have to. Come on down and get in on some fishing.
April 11, 2015 report.
The Mississippi River is high, fast, and muddy down here in Venice, but we are fishing the outside bays and catching Redfish. The big “BULL” Redfish are around, but they are not showing themselves by boiling in the water, so we are guessing where they are and stumbling on schools of them. It has not been easy to stay on them with constant action, so we have had to work for them. The slot Redfish have been near structure and they are taking dead shrimp under a cork. The foggy conditions in the morning have forced us to get a late start, but that is to be expected this time of year. April is not the best time of year to fish (because of weather conditions) but it can be really good on certain days. At the end of the day, everyone has had a good time and has caught some nice fish, even if they are tired from working hard for them. Come on down if you have time and get in on some fishing action.
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pics from the two last weeks.
April 3, 2015 Report.
The fishing here in Venice has been more difficult for the last week and a half for me anyway, but we have still caught some really nice fish. The Redfish bite has been off somewhat. The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is currently cresting at 14.2 feet and will stay at that stage for the next 5 days and then start falling. The whole Mississippi River is falling according to all the stations north of here. I am sure the fish bite will get better here shortly. We have just had to work hard for our fish, and that can happen any time of year. The fog continues to be around in the mornings, and then the warm days burn it off. I am glad I have radar for that fog.
Although the fishing has not been at its best for the last week, everyone has caught some nice Redfish and has had a good time, so if you are thinking about coming down you may as well come, because it is fixing to get better. The fish are just in a transition with all the warm weather and high river and whatever else we don’t know about and understand. I wish I could be a fish for a couple of days to get educated. Like a killer whale. Anyway, wish I could say the fish were jumping in the boat, but we have had to move around and work for them. I don’t just report the good news. It’ s fair and balanced news, like Fox.
March 24, 2015 report.
The Redfishing down river of Venice has been pretty good here lately. I have had folks from Florida, Massachusetts, and Utah fishing with me the last week and a half and we have had solid catches of “BULL” Redfish as well as some slot Redfish. We have mostly fished for the trophy size Reds. The largest this last week was a 34 pounder caught by Chris from Boston, but we caught many in the 20 plus pound range. Everyone has been having a blast. It has been extremely foggy for the last two weeks, so we have had some late starts, but the fish have been happy.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at thirteen feet now and is expected to crest fourteen feet the first of April. Its muddy, but the fish are around. As April goes into May the weather “should” turn better for fishing, and I expect this Spring to be as good as any. Hopefully, the fog will stay away and we won’t have any hurricanes to trouble us, but if it happens it happens. My job is to put people on fish no matter the weather. We are busy the rest of March so I will be letting you know how we are doing. Have a good one.
pics from my clients from Dallas.
March 15, 2015 report.
We have had to move around a good bit to find fish, but the Redfish are around. The big issue around here in Venice is the weather that we have had the last week. The wind has not been bad, but the rain has been steady, and the fog has been really thick. We went four days when the fog never lifted all day any day. The Mississippi River traffic had to stop and anchor down. We had a bunch of ships anchored down right in front of the lodge. I couldn’t see them, but I heard them. The weather in March can be really difficult, but it is to be expected this time of year. The fishing can be good.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is right at eleven feet and rising. By the end of March it is supposed to be around fourteen feet. The Spring rise is here, so we are definitely fishing the outer bays and beaches where the fish will be holding. The Mississippi River temperature is around 47 degrees and little, if any, salt water, so the Redfish will like it better on the outside where the incoming tides will bring in warmer salt water.
The big”BULL” Redfish are here. We just have to get to them, and we will. Come on down if you want to get in on it.
March 6, 2015 report.
I took a group of guys from Dallas out fishing for the big Redfish last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hullen, David, and Jim come down and fish with me a couple times a year and they really have a good time fighting the big Reds. They know February and early March are not the best time to come down fishing due to the strong cold fronts that can hit, but they also know that we have done well in the past during this time of year. It was windy when we fished, but I put the boat in areas where the ocean waves were not coming in on too bad and fished. We fished hard using popping corks with soft plastics about fifteen inches below and we also used spinnerbaits. The fish were not all that happy and we struggled to get a good bite. We also resorted to using dead shrimp on the bottom, which did catch some Black Drum up to 35lbs. The Shrimp also caught some big Reds as well, just not many of them. Each day it seemed like we would catch some nice fish right from the start and then they slack off and quit biting. Each day we caught a total of nine or ten fish. All the Redfish were over 20 lbs. with the largest being 35 lbs. The fishing was just tough, and I am not sure why. The week before we had very similar conditions and did well for three straight days. Everyone had a good time anyway, and they will be back in the Fall.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at 6.4 feet today, and is supposed to rise to 7.5 feet in five days, that is to be expected this time of year, and it doesn’t bother me in the least, except for logs floating in the river. We catch just as many “BULL” Redfish in the Spring as in the Fall. They don’t go anywhere. They are still roaming around and feeding off and on. I like it much better when they are feeding on than off J. When they are not aggressive, then we have to aggravate them with our lures. I always look at the weather and tides before I go out fishing, but at the end of the day, you simply have to go out and try for the fish.
We start getting busy at the end of next week. The slower months of Winter are over. Spring is about here. My associate guides and myself still have openings, so if you want in on some fishing action, please give us a call.
Sorry no pictures, I forgot the camera in the boat.
Pics from last week...
February 21, 2015 report.
The big “BULL” Redfish cooperated with us last week in a big way. I took Jim, Eddie, and Mark from East Tennessee out fishing for three days last week. We caught 25 to 35 big Redfish each day with two largest at 30 lbs. and the smallest at 14 lbs. Most of our Redfish were between 19lbs. to 26lbs. The fishing up where they live has been crummy this Winter, so they wanted action and they got it. We tried for some smaller Reds and struck out on them, but we kept some fish under 20lbs. each day for them to take home for the grill. They ended up having a good bit of fish to take home. We released a bunch of fish during that three days (about 90). I had not been out on the water for several weeks prior to last week, so I am glad the weather was fairly good and I remembered how to fish artificial lures. These guys are coming back in June.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at 3.2 feet today, and it is supposed to drop to 2.5 feet five days from now, but with all the rain to the North of us I think that it will change and start rising some. No big deal, because Spring is around the corner and the Mississippi is going to rise like it does every year. We are along for the ride, and we just need to look at what mother nature gives us on a daily basis and do our best to find fish that are biting.
We still have some openings for March and April if anyone wants to come down and go after these fish with us. Just give us a call. Stay warm and dry.
January 22 , 2015 Report.
I did not fish for the last week, but I have been getting some fishing progress reports from a couple of my guide friends that have been out fishing the last couple of days. They have had some good days later this last week with catches of forty to fifty Redfish. These are all the big Redfish from fifteen to thirty pounds with a few around nine pounds that they put in the box. Yesterday, they went out (two boats) and had seven Redfish between the two boats. The conditions were really good yesterday as far as the seas. Apparently, the fish did not like the conditions yesterday. Sometimes, the fish are there, but they don’t bite. I don’t like those slow days, but it happens.
Since I was not fishing, I took the wife out to the movie house and saw “American Sniper”. This was a really good movie. It seemed like a very realistic movie based on a true story. It is directed by Clint Eastwood, and I am a big fan of his. The main reason I think it is a realistic story is that our U.S. troops are vulnerable in combat. Their duty is not a walk in the park. Our troops are tough and well trained, but their combat experience is not like some video game where one trooper goes in and kills 200 bad guys without a scratch. Our military troops have to work really hard with no guarantees of survival against enemies that are determined to kill them. I think too many Americans think our military can go anywhere and just kick any ones ass without any consequences. This ain’t so. Unfortunately, the bad guys train for battle and are disciplined to carry out evil deeds. Just like those nuts in France that shot up those newspaper people. I think we Americans have an advantage over the Europeans as far as this type of terrorist threat, because we have a right to own weapons. Most U.S. states allow us to carry weapons. We have a chance to defend ourselves when we are out and about. We can’t stop every threat from happening, but when it does, if we are alert and ready, the board meeting at the newspaper office will have some weapons handy under that sports coat. Maybe even a shotgun behind the file cabinets. At least over here, the average Joe can be an equalizer if the bad guys corner us. In Europe, only the government and the bad guys are armed. Here, we have the third type of armed people: your average law abiding citizen. Of course, some states won’t let you be ready, like up in the Northeast. Or, these states make it so difficult to own a weapon that it’s unrealistic to try to own one. Pennsylvania, and Maine are on board with the constitution, but the rest of the Northeast doesn’t like people to be able to defend themselves. The law can only respond to what’s already happened.
I bought the movie “The Hurt Locker”. This is a great movie as well. It has the last Jason Bourne guy in it, I forgot his name. It seemed realistic as well for the same reasons. I recommend both shows to see. My favorite part of both movies is seeing the bad guys go down ….
Time to go back to fishing….
January 14, 2015. Report.
It is January, which is typically the slowest month of the year for me as far as fishing charters, but we have been out a few days locating the big Redfish. In January the cold fronts bring strong winds which make fishing more difficult, but not impossible. With the strong winds, the water levels drop, so you have to make sure you have enough water where you stop the boat or you may get stuck in the mud. When the North wind stops blowing the South wind brings warm moist air that brings fog, which makes navigating difficult. At the end of the day, mother nature can make fishing more difficult than we want any day of the year, so we may as well go fishing and have a plan”A” along with a plan “B”. More days than not we find solid numbers of fish during the winter months.
Currently, the Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is around 7ft. and is expected to be around this stage for the next week. The water temperature in the river is in the mid forties, with the outer bays surrounding the river in the lower fifties. These outer bays is where the Redfish will be holding due to saltier warmer water. This is where we will be fishing until early Summer, when the Mississippi River typically falls again (no guarantees on that. It falls when it wants to).
So, if you like to fish and you want to go out and give some fishing a try, now is a good time to give me a call and set some dates up. Particularly if you are snowed in somewhere in the Northern U.S. now is a good time to come down and get away from ice fishing. It’s all good. I will keep you all up to date on my fishing trips…
January 02, 2015. Report.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I have some good news from down here in the Venice, Louisiana area: The Redfish are still here in 2015. It seems as if they are hitting the same lures we were using in 2014. J We don’t have to make any major changes in our strategy for finding the fish. We look at the weather and figure out where we definitely don’t want to go based on the seas, and go where we can fish without the boat bouncing around really hard. We get to the area and start fishing and looking for any sign of the fish. If we don’t have any luck with the fish, then we go to plan “B” and hope the fish are there. I always like it better when plan “A” works.
January can be a difficult month to fish because of the heavy winds that come with the cold fronts. When things settle down we have to be concerned about the fog. Thick fog on the Mississippi River. The fishing can be terrific during this time, so I make myself available to stand up to the challenge of winter fishing.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is currently at 3.7 ft. and in five days it’s supposed to at 4.6 ft. So the river is rising, and I don’t care. The Reds don’t leave and go to Alabama because the river gets high. They are here, swimming around. Some days they bite great and some days they don’t and some time during the day they might bite better than other times.
Anyway, went out today in heavy fog with some Colorado guys and did good on the “BULL” REDS, and earlier in the week with a family from Ohio who had a ball. It’s the time of year when business slows some and I will enjoy some time off, but after a few days I am ready to get back out on the water even if the weather looks tough. I look forward to the new year. I hope we all have a great year.
Give me a call to book your next trip. Now is the time: more choice of dates to accommodate you!
A few more pics of my last trips.
December 24, 2014 Report.
The big Redfish bite this December has been outstanding down the Mississippi River around the end of the passes South of Venice. October and November were good, but the fish really turned on this December. I never know when to tell people to come fishing here when they ask: “When is the best month to come fishing?”, because the fish are always here and we fish every month of the year. We can have a great day on any given day. We can also have not such a great day on any day. Fortunately, we don’t have too many terrible days. Anyway, this December has been great. There has been so many 18 to 30 lb. Redfish holding in certain areas that one fish will take the soft plastic under a cork, then another fish will hit the cork under the water, and they fight over it. The “BULL” Redfish end up tearing up your tackle they are so thick. They destroy all your tackle, or break your cork in half. Its best to have a couple of rods rigged with just a lead head and plastic when the fish get thick so there is only one target for them to hit. The first fish there gets the bait, and the other fish can follow the hooked fish to the boat, but not tear up everything. We have been boating between forty to fifty fish a day. One of our boats boated sixty- four. All of the Redfish have been big. That does not count all the misses and busted up tackle ones. Mucho action. This can happen in any month. I keep telling people that December is an under rated month. January and February can be great as well, but they are the toughest months due to the cold fronts and fog, but the fish are here. The fish don’t leave.
It is Christmas time, so I have to go, but I have more to tell. I will report back in a couple of days. Merry Christmas!
December 10 , 2014 report.
The big “BULL” Redfish are still hitting good down here in the Venice, Louisiana area. We have had folks fishing with us the last couple of weeks from Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana and North Carolina. They all came down for the big Reds. We have been concentrating our fishing down at the passes off the Mississippi River. The beaches and bays near the mouths of the passes have been holding the 20 plus pound Redfish. They roam around, so they are not sitting in the same spots, but if you work an area over for a while you eventually find them. It is always better when you find them early rather than later. We are constantly changing locations based on the wind and seas. If you can’t fish an area due to the seas, then you don’t go back there no matter how well you did there yesterday, because you are wasting your time. Most of our fish have been caught with soft plastics under a cork.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at 3.6 feet today, and is supposed to be at 4.0 feet in five days, so it is rising. The river should continue to rise after this week, so anyone wanting Speckled Trout will have a hard time. We never have been spoiled this year with a low river. It fluctuated so much this year, so we had to work to find slot Reds and Trout. It really did not bother us with the big Redfish fishing.
It seems everyone has enjoyed the fishing and the Fish On Lodge. Leila has been cooking up some good meals and keeping the place clean and comfortable. It has been like having family over all year. About half of everyone that has been over has been here before, so there has been a lot to talk about. We have had a few tough days fishing this year, but most of the time we have found some good action on the big Redfish, especially when you fish multiple days and make a vacation out of it. All good here. We will touch base soon.
My calendar for 2015 is pretty much wide open as of now. So, now is the time to book your next trip as you will be able to get the dates you want. it is never too early to book a fishing trip in Venice Louisiana!
November 25, 2014 report.
The “BULL” Redfish fishing has been good the last couple of weeks when we could get to them. The strong cold fronts we have been getting have brought heavy winds and they limit where we can fish, so on the windy days we have targeted the slot Redfish in the passes. The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is around four feet, and the river water is a clearer brown color, not the clear green color we are used to this time of year. The Speckled Trout have moved in the River in some areas, particularly down river from Venice. Some friends of mine have been catching them on live shrimp. Usually, by now, we would be catching the trout on soft plastics in the river, but I have not talked to anyone who has done well on them using artificial baits. The big Redfish like the lures though. They will eat them up. The weather does not have to be great to catch the big Reds, but it helps when the wind stays below 20mph. I work hard, but I can’t work miracles.
My clients over the last couple of weeks have been from Texas, Alabama, and South Carolina, and they have fished three or four days with us. They said they had fun and enjoyed staying with us at the lodge. We ate good and had a good time. We have a few days off for Thanksgiving and then get back on the water hunting down the fish, especially the big Redfish. It’s a hunt everyday.