Venice, LA. Fishing Offshore/Inshore-Structural Steel
We had a really busy Labor Day weekend and it hasn't slowed down much this week either. The yellowfin tuna action was up and down with fish playing hide and seek from the throngs of weekend fishermen, but on Saturday the crew from Structural Steel Services in Meridian made their day count.
They brought a large group down for offshore as well as inshore action. Capt. Hunter entertained 5 guests on his boat Saturday and was the big dog at the dock at the end of the day with THREE FATTIES - a 151# yellowfin, 140# and a 100#. The 151-pound pig was fought solo for 90 minutes by a 15-year old girl, Kalli Reid...quite a feat when you see grown men whipped daily by 80-pounders. Congratulations on your big yellowfin Kalli!!
The inshore groups found limits of redfish and speckled trout with Capt. Chris and Capt. David. That evening all twenty- two anglers had a great time back at Charlotte's lodge sharing fish stories while dining on fresh fish filets.
Sunday proved to be a bit tougher offshore when I joined the guys to act as photographer and mate. We hit several rigs to the south without even marking tuna, but finally caught two at Medusa. With the action so slow, Capt. Hunter gave the guests the option of heading to the shallow rigs to target snapper and cobia. The red snapper were there and were hungry, so it didn't take long to fill the customers six limits with nice fish. We made a move to test the Lump, where we added a strawberry grouper to the ice. Tyler Peebles also got the surprise fish of the day - a shimmery african pompano- after a drop to the bottom on the Midnight Lump. These are beautiful fish and a fairly rare catch.
After that, we hit some of the rigs in West Delta on the way in where we found a pod of cobia circling a pipe. Hunter hooked one about 30-pounds which took him into the rig.
The inshore boats on day two did well again, with Capt. Chris taking top boat honors Sunday with 50 nice trout caught on topwaters, along with some redfish. Capt. David got limits of redfish again. This was a great group of guys and young ladies with wonderful attitudes about fishing - they made it known they were here to have FUN!! Thanks to Tony Dean for handling the boat assignments and overall organization from his end. The group ate well too as they pulled a trailer with all sorts of food and cooking gear and parked it out front of the lodge.
There are a couple of open dates next week during the week. If you've got your sights set on a cool October trip, which is one of the most popular months for targeting tuna, better lock down a date soon.
Give me a call as I offer the attention to detail to make your day a smashing success - whether a business outing for a large group, bachelor party or individual boat charter... I will schedule you on a FAST BOAT with a TOP CAPTAIN!!
REEL LOUISIANA ADVENTURES ~ 504-329-7335 ~SUSAN GROS
"FISHING ADVENTURES WITH SOUTH LOUISIANA'S MOST PRODUCTIVE & PROFESSIONAL GUIDES"
OFFSHORE ~ LIGHT TACKLE ~ MARSH ~ FLY FISHING
Kalli Reid & Capt Hunter 151-Pound Yellowfin
African Pompano - Rare Catch
About The Author: Captain Susan Gros
Company: Reel Louisiana Adventures
Area Reporting: Venice, Louisiana
Bio: Multi IGFA World Record holder Susan Gros hails from Destin, FL and has been fishing since the age of 6. In 2000, she formed her company Reel Louisiana Adventures to match traveling anglers with the perfect captain for the style of fishing they choose to pursue -- from cobalt bluewater for yellowfin tuna, wahoo and marlin to skinny water redfish on fly. Her motto is "No surprises at the dock." Susan is an active member of Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association. Her photos and feature stories appear in Louisiana Sportsman Magazine as well as other local and national publications.