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If you are looking for great days of Bull Red Fishing look no farther. Capt. Shawn works harder than any guide I have ever fished with. If he has to go 10 miles or 50 miles to the fish, he will do his best to put you on fish. I’ve fished when we put as many as 60+ fish in the boat in one day. The accommodations are fabulous. This is the only Capt. me and my friends use. Been going with him for about 10 years.
Date of Posting: Dec 1, 2022 | Posted by: Randy Blair
Great accommodations. All of this Crew are professionals, who put you on fish, and treat you like family. I've booked two trips. One with friends and one with boys. Everyone had a great time.
Date of Posting: Dec 1, 2022 | Posted by: Guest Bud Parks
I fished for three days May 14th through May 16th and the fishing was great, we loaded the cooler each day. The first two days we had our limit of perfect size red fish in just a couple of hours, the third day we had 9 red fish and a cooler full of sheeps head and a few trout. This was my third trip to fish with Capt. Shawn and Capt. Pete it won't be my last. I'm already looking forward too my next trip.
Date of Posting: May 20, 2020 | Posted by: Tommy Hudson
I was looking for a place to take my wife for big bull reds and this trip was it. Captain Shawn was the man, he put us on big bulls every morning with my biggest being 34 lbs. and my wife 32 lbs.
The accommodations were 5 star. We will definitely be making a return trip!
Date of Posting: Feb 28, 2020 | Posted by: Scott Frost
Capt. Shawn and Capt. Pete were outstanding Captains. Great accommodations and awesome fishing. Their knowledge of local fishing is 5 star quality and I had the trip of a lifetime! Great memories, thanks for a great time!
Date of Posting: Apr 12, 2019 | Posted by: John Moran
Just returned from my second trip booked through Fish-On Guide Service. Both times have been a great experience and even when the weather hasn't given us ideal conditions we've still managed to boat a number of bull reds. In two days this past trip the three of us boated close to 40 bulls, 6 big jacks, and a few other toss ins. This doesn't include the fish you don't get to the boat for a variety of reasons. I second a previous comment regarding Captain Shawn's gear - from the boat to the equipment it is all top of the line. This matters. Can't go wrong with Shawn’s operation!
Date of Posting: Oct 24, 2018 | Posted by: Stephen M
We had great fishing and great hospitality. Captain Shawn and Captain Pete worked very hard for us. We caught our limit of big and small Reds all three days. We had an outstanding trip.
Date of Posting: Apr 26, 2018 | Posted by: Randy McKee
If you read Captain Shawn's report posted for Dec.21, the group fishing was us, a group out of SD boys on our 4th trip to his lodge. A cold front shut down the bull reds which happens to us fishing walleyes in SD all the time.. We worked hard to catch those bulls but hard work paid off. Even in December you can catch those big Redfish. We will be back.
Date of Posting: Jan 3, 2018 | Posted by: Lowell Somsen
I was looking for the ultimate big red fish trip, but also wanted good numbers of fish. Boy did I find it with Captain Shawn and Fish-On Guide Service. They surpassed every expectation I had in both the fishing and the lodging. On our best day we boated over 57 fish and lost another 23. These are "Big Bull Reds". I'd recommend Fish-On over any guide service in LA.
Date of Posting: Dec 13, 2017 | Posted by: Jon Henry
My wife, daughter and I had a fantastic time with Captain Shawn on the Friday after Thanksgiving while we were in South Louisiana visiting family. The frontal conditions weren't ideal but Captain Shawn ran new water, had us mix up techniques and worked hard to put us on fish. All said and done, it ended up being an awesome day of fishing, catching quality bull reds practically non-stop for the final couple hours of the day. As a tournament bass angler, one thing I really appreciated was that Capt. Shawn runs premium gear, including high-quality rods, reels, line, popping corks, lures and terminal tackle. This all adds to the customers' success and an all-around enjoyable experience. Thank you for a memorable day of fishing and I can't wait to come back for an extended day trip!
Date of Posting: Nov 26, 2017 | Posted by: Tag W
Oct 31-November 4 Have fish all over the world and not ever ran into a more hospitable, clean professional operation. superb accommodations ,excellent fishing for slots and bull Redfish, with average of 50 hookups a day with numerous 18-25lb releases. This cowboy from Colorado will be back. I rank it 5 Star
Date of Posting: Nov 5, 2017 | Posted by: Larry LaKamp
me and 2 fishing buds booked 3 days with fish on guide service in october 2017 and the fishing and weather was great all 3 days. first day we hooked over 60 bull reds and capt shawn netted over 50 of them ranging from 15 lbs to 32 lbs. what a fantastic day of fishing. days 2 and 3 were also great days with netting over 30 bull reds in the bays and then went to the river for some slot reds to finish filling the coolers. the lodge was top shelf also and i have been in a few in my 30 plus years of fishing excursions all over the U.S.A. and beyond. we will going back again , hopefully sooner than later. thank you capt shawn and leila for a fantastic experience in southern louisiana. best to you, steve.
Date of Posting: Oct 25, 2017 | Posted by: steve bell
My buddy and I got back from an awesome fishing trip for Bull Reds. I highly recommend Fish On Guide Service because I was constantly yelling "Fish On." The fishing was great, the accommodations were wonderful, the price was reasonable, and Shawn/Leila were gracious, friendly hosts. It's the accumulation of a bunch of little things that add to a great fishing trip (besides catching 44 Bull Reds my first day with my largest on the trip at 32lbs). Shawn always initiated my frayed lure change, popper change, rod change to make sure I optimized my fishing. I didn't have to say anything. He would say "let's fly you first class" when my plastic lure would get frayed and he would change to a fresh lure. He always had a great attitude when it came to my birds nest to work through. He would hand me a new rod to use. He also had patience with us trying odd lures or my buddy using a fly rod but I always came back to the popping cork. I would definitely recommend Fish On. See you folks next time.
Date of Posting: Aug 30, 2017 | Posted by: Curtis
This was my second trip this year. The first day was slow, but we still caught a bunch of small redfish and other assorted sea creatures. The weather prevented us from going after bull reds. The next day was another story. We caught MANY redfish up to 30lbs. I also caught several huge jack crevalles up to 24.5lbs. One took me over 30 minutes to bring in. At one point I had 3 huge fish on 4 casts. I couldn't stop laughing. It was one of those "best days of my life" days. The last day started off great, 3 huge fish right off the bat. But then mother nature took over and the storms moved in. Captain Shawn can control many things, but weather isn't one of them. After getting to a safe haven until the storm passed, we continued to fish, but our fish didn't cooperate. We still managed to catch a bunch of trout (great for sushi) and other assorted critters. The fact that my wife and I came for a second trip within 6 months should be the best indicator of the quality of our experience. My only hesitancy about writing this review is that if Captain Lanier's service becomes too well-known, than it will be harder for me to book a trip! If you want the best book with Fish-on Guide Service. Finally, this trip my wife only caught a 26lb red asher largest and I caught a 30 pounder. I finally beat her
Date of Posting: Jun 30, 2017 | Posted by: Gerald Feigin
My wife and I just spent two days fishing at fishon-guideservice. We were greeted on arrival by Shawn and Leila and made to feel at home. The accommodations are excellent, clean and comfortable. Our first day of fishing was a little slow, but we still caught many redfish over 20 lbs. Our next day started a little slow, but that changed quickly. After limiting out on snapper in 10 minutes we went for redfish. We caught numerous fish, most weighing more than 20 lbs. My wife caught the largest, 39 lbs!!!. My largest was 26 lbs. The boats are safe, well-equipped and fast, fast fast. Captains Shawn and Pete work together to help you catch fish in a fun friendly environment. I feel I have friends for life and already planning my next trip. Even though it was a trip of a lifetime, it is the first of what I hope are many trips of my lifetime. Just like the numerous fishing shows say. Venice is the fishing capital of the World and Fish On Guide Service is the passport to that world.
Date of Posting: Feb 21, 2017 | Posted by: Gerald Feigin
We had a BLAST.!!!! Our fishing involved 35mph winds, but our Captain Johnny, did EVERYTHING he possibly could to get us fish. HE DID.!! WE will most definitely be going back.. Also the lodging was luxurious.!!! MY husband, our friend and I had wonderful time.
Date of Posting: Nov 11, 2016 | Posted by: GStephanie Spottsuest
Had a fishing trip of a life time, with Fish-On Guide service... Captain Shawn had up on the Redfish all three day we fished. If I remember right the smallest Red we caught was 13lbs and my Mother caught the wooper 31lbs.. All 3 of us caught fish all day long. Averaged 15 to 25 fish per-person ... and let me tell you my arms were sore... Great place and even Greater people. Thanks for providing a great time and my mom got to cross out item off her bucket list and it was a awesome birthday present for myself... Highest recommendations for Fish-On.....
Date of Posting: Nov 3, 2016 | Posted by: Forrest B Matyear
We are used to fishing Texas Coast but This was a fishing trip of a life time! We stayed in the brick house and we were very pleased with the entire trip!!!!
Thanks Laila and Shawn for the best fishing trip of my life!
Date of Posting: Oct 28, 2016 | Posted by: libby & Blake Matyear
I have fished with Captain Shawn for the past 3 years. He and his wife Leila run a great lodge with great accommodation. I personally have caught a red fish each of the past 3 years over 30 lbs. with a 34 pounder this year. We also caught triple tail this year thanks to Shawn in 13-16 lb. range. Thanks again Shawn for a great trip. See you and Leila next year.
Date of Posting: Oct 20, 2016 | Posted by: Gary Myers
My brother Mark and I fished with Shawn in late August. We had a great 2 day trip, boated 42, the biggest was 32lbs. We will definitely be back.
Date of Posting: Sep 14, 2016 | Posted by: Jeff Rausch
This is the second trip that I have taken with Fish on, and on both occasions it has been the best guided trip that I have been on. On both trips the quality and quantity of fish have exceed my expectations. Capt Shawn is a knowledgeable and helpful guide.
I took two of my brothers along this trip, and they were very pleased.
Date of Posting: May 2, 2016 | Posted by: Stan Kohlmeyer
Had such a great time fishing with Captain Shawn, we are already planning another trip. Not only was it a successful outing, Shawn provided the perfect recipe for redfish on the bbq. Highly recommend Captain Shawn and Fish On Guide Service!
Date of Posting: Mar 22, 2016 | Posted by: Ray Stroman
I and 2 friends drove 1500 miles to fish with Capt. Shawn to escape SD winter weather the last week in Feb. We knew weather could be a factor as a major storm hit north of New Orleans. Capt Shawn convinced us to stay a couple extra days to allow the weather to settle done.
It paid off. Fishing got better each day resulting in over 65 bull reds , many over 20 lb -35 lbs. Biggest was a 46 long X 27 girth monster which the redfish formula on the internet calculated out at a whooping 42.92 Lbs.
Capt Shawn also lined up and offshore trip for us that produced three yellow fin 126, 120, & 101 lbs plus numerous black fin tuna, wahoo, amber jack, and king mackeral. What impressed me the most was how hard Capt Shawn worked to find the huge bull reds.
Great trip !! I'm taking another group down next winter. Thanks for working hard in tough conditions to make this one of the most enjoyable trips I've had, Capt. Shawn!!
Date of Posting: Mar 3, 2016 | Posted by: Lowell Somsen
just fished 3 days w/captain shawn and not one bit disappointed! weather was rough but shawn worked hard for us to score some dandy reds up to 26lbs maybe 28lbs! We hit the mardi gras on the way home, that's a younger mans event, for sure!! anyway, bill and I had a ball and are looking forward to doing it again!! thanks shawn .. tight lines!!
Date of Posting: Feb 10, 2016 | Posted by: tony wojchehoski
Un-BULL-ievable. That's how I'd describe my two days of redfishing with Captain Shawn. I went down with two buds from Boston who have fished with Shawn before. And although I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, the actual experience far exceeded expectations. For anyone who hasn't done this type of fishing before but is thinking about it, let me tell you why it's a must -- because the bulls take off like runaway freight trains. Just when you think you have them tired, they tear our more line and make you earn the catch. And let me tell you why you should do this with Fish-On Guide services. Because Captain Shawn gets you on these bad boys. More importantly, he gets you to them safely. It was incredibly foggy the first morning and the marina saw many fisherman hanging out around the docks waiting for the fog to burn off. Not Shawn. The guy knows the Mississippi better than I know the back roads to my house. With eyes on his instruments, he safely navigated around logs, by tankers, through narrow outlets and got us on fish fast. And let me tell you, he's not afraid to burn fuel to keep the action going. He'll take you where there are fish, period. I caught 19 reds in two days. Six over 20lbs and one over 30. It was the best fishing of my life. My forearms are still burning. If you're thinking about doing it, do it. You won't be disappointed. I can't wait to get back down there again.
Date of Posting: Mar 28, 2015 | Posted by: Chris Bousquet
Just finished my second 3 day fishing trip with Capt. Shawn.(11/29-12/01) Just like the first trip, the fishing was great and the lodging was exceptional. Caught large numbers of Bull Reds and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. can`t wait for my next trip.
Date of Posting: Dec 5, 2014 | Posted by: Danny Simmons
Three days of great fishing and great accommodations. Who could ask for more? Capt. Shawn we thank you for a memorable visit. John, Greg and I left La. exhausted from catching so many bull reds. The long ride back to Florida was worth it. The overall rating for the three days can only be summed up in one word - TERRIFIC. Thanks again. Gil
Date of Posting: Nov 10, 2014 | Posted by: Gil Lewin
We had a great vacation with Captain Shawn; it was a wonderful 3 day trip to Venice. Captain Shawn did a great job in very windy conditions, and we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our stay. Great accommodations.. We hope to be able to return soon.
Dwayne & Sheryl Lewis, Wayne Moore & Belinda
Date of Posting: Oct 10, 2014 | Posted by: Belinda Durden
Decided to take a fishing trip to see what redfishing in Venice Louisiana was all about. Capt. Shawn made sure we were on the fish and had a great time. These fish will wear you out. Real fighters. Caught tons of big fish and nice small keepers to bring home. Accommodations were excellent. Cant say enough about this trip. Will go again...maybe in the fall.
Date of Posting: Jun 22, 2014 | Posted by: Dewayne Cox
My husband and I came to New Orleans for my birthday and our anniversary. We both love to fish and had spoken with Capt. Shawn at length. We arrived late on a soggy 4/17 and were greeted warmly. We woke to howling 40 mph winds and rain but still wanted to go out as it would be our only day to fish. Capt. Shawn worked tirelessly to put us on fish up and down the river, as the gulf had 6 ft. seas and we could not safely go out in that. Even though it wasn't a great fishing day, we made new friends and plan on going back in October. Fish-On guide service and Capt. Shawn are a class act
Date of Posting: Jun 4, 2014 | Posted by: Billy & Hollace McPhillips
I have fished from Canada to Mexico and this has got to be in the top 2 best trips I have been on. Capt. Shawn has an eye for details, he is not afraid to move to a different location to get on fish. Very nice lodging, clean and comfortable. I will be back. Thank you for a very enjoyable trip. You owe this trip to yourself if you like to pull on fish. Jeff Miley
Date of Posting: Mar 14, 2014 | Posted by: Jeff`s Bait & Gun
A friend and I came down from Boston to visit New Orleans and escape the snow. While we were here we decided to head to Venice and fish for some Big Redfish. We decided on Captain Shawn and Fish On Guide Service. Even though it's not a great time to fish we were going to try anyway. We booked a trip for Monday. Captain Shawn called and informed us Monday was going to be very cold and windy. He gave us the option to switch to a better day. We chose Saturday instead. Captain Shawn put us on the fish and we caught over 20 Bull Reds including a 38 pounder! Thanks for looking out for your clients Capt. Shawn. I recommend Fish On Guide Service and will be back to fish with him again.
Date of Posting: Jan 5, 2014 | Posted by: Neil
We had a wonderful fishing trip with Captain Shawn we fished for 3 days and caught lots of red fish of various sizes! I am looking forward to returning again as soon as possible.
Date of Posting: Oct 16, 2013 | Posted by: J. W. Kirk
My grandson Christian and I have been out with Capt. Shawn three times in the last year and had a great time. We caught a lot of fish and he has taught Christian how to work a fish on the line and how to safely release them back into the water. I even brought three friends with me this time and I am sure they will be back too, just like us.
Date of Posting: Jul 23, 2013 | Posted by: Jim Stewart
As a gift for my son's graduation, I brought him down to Louisiana from Wisconsin for some Gulf Coast redfihing. We found Fish-On Guide Service online and booked two days with Shawn Lanier. What a great decision we made. Shawn Lanier will find you the fish. He really knows his business, and that means you will load the boat with monster redfish and your arms will be sore at the end of the day. Shawn really works hard for you, and I would recommend him to anyone looking for an awesome trip.
Date of Posting: Jun 28, 2013 | Posted by: Tim and Zach Lauridsen
My two sons, Carl and Glenn and I fished 3 days with Capt. Shawn the third week of May 2013. We've done a lot of fishing in Texas,Maine. Canada etc. Never had a trip like this before.Capt. Shawn put us on BIG Redfish everyday. The I had to quit fishing a half hour early, my muscles were so sore.(I'm 81)
Bill Sellke
Date of Posting: May 31, 2013 | Posted by: Bill Sellke
My brother said it all. Captain Shawn runs a first class operation. Capt. Shawn put us right into the big Redfish. Almost all that we caught were oversized. I am not sure my muscles could have lasted for more than three days we caught that many big fish. Many thanks to Capt. Shawn!!
Date of Posting: May 30, 2013 | Posted by: Carl Sellke
Our 3 day fishing trip was some of the best fishing I have ever had anywhere. Captain Shawn knows the waters around Venice and definitely knows where to find big bull redfish. We caught big fish throughout the three days, most between 20-34 lbs. We will definitely be back.
Date of Posting: May 30, 2013 | Posted by: Glenn Sellke
Another successful fishing trip with Captain Shawn.
He put us on some big Reds, his relentless hunt paid off again. Thank you, See you next year.
Date of Posting: Apr 9, 2013 | Posted by: Mark Landau
I've fished and hunted with outfitters from Alaska to S. Louisiana and I can honestly say I've "never had my fill" of catching fish until I fished with Capt. Shawn. Venice is an unbelievable fishery and Capt. Shawn's drive to put you on fish is unmatched by any guide I've ever been around.
Date of Posting: Jan 17, 2013 | Posted by: Thomas Kell
Date of Posting: Nov 14, 2012 | Posted by: Joe Bearrentine
Captain Shawn put us on the red fish first thing that morning and kept us on them all day. We caught well over 100 fish between the 2 of us that day and the smallest was 16 lbs. My arm and shoulder was so sore I could barely hold the steering wheel on the ride home. My father in law went with me on the trip and he was physically exhausted and just quit fishing the last hour. There was one time that day that I went 4 cast without a hit otherwise it was every cast or every other cast was a red!
Date of Posting: Nov 6, 2012 | Posted by: Rusty Jackson
Captain Shawn did a great job!!! We fished for 2 days and caught redfish of every size. We caught our limit and had fun catching the big bulls. Captain Shawn's fishing expertise was outstanding! Thanks again Captain Shawn!
Date of Posting: Sep 6, 2012 | Posted by: Dane and Janice Rogers
Captain Shawn put us on fish every day for 3 days straight! We caught between 40-50 fish per day!
We are looking forward to our next trip.
Date of Posting: Jul 17, 2012 | Posted by: Chris Flanigan
Captain Shawn is a safety first captain. We caught fish and had a great time and Shawn kept an eye out for water conditions, ships and ship wakes. Definitely book the 4 night/3 day package. Excellent fishing!
Date of Posting: Jun 23, 2012 | Posted by: Daren Hatch
Captain Shawn is an excellent guide! I learned a lot and the fishing was awesome!
Date of Posting: Jun 21, 2012 | Posted by: Damon McDonald