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 Oct 15, 2003; 02:00PM - Fall tuna fishing Venice, LA
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Capt. Scott Avanzino
 Author E-mail:  avanzino@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Had a decent trip out offshore Monday with Hunter Ledbetter and friends...tuna fishing was a little slow in the early part of the day although I think we were lucky to pick up 3 yellowfin before noon..decided to quit around shortly thereafter amid building seas and limited patience...made 10 or 12 drifts over some productive bottom area picking up 5 red snapper, all studs, the usual jacks, about a dozen two of which kept and a nice yellowedge grouper..lost as many fish to the hangs below...oddly enough it calmed to near flat glass in the afternoon and despite a rippng current we were able to save the day...
Things weren't looking good for Tuesday's overnight tuna trip with a group of charter captains from South Florida so we decided to leave a few hours earlier than usual to take advantage of the good weather we had on the way home..arrived at the spot about 3am where the boys fought about 75 blackfin and 5 yellowfin without any rest for 5 hours..had one decent yellowfin about 70 pounds out of the bunch releasing the large majority of the blackfin..it was glass calm until about 6:30am but the pace slowed and the west wind started blowing hard against the current with the rising sun, so we decided to head in about two hours later...seems like every rig in blue water is holding a healthy supply of hardtails and baby bonita or frigate mackeral, not sure what they are but they make for some nice live decoys....Paradise Outfitters - 985-845-8006

 Oct 8, 2003; 01:38PM - Ealry October Venice Louisiana report
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Capt. Scott Avanzino
 Author E-mail:  avanzino@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Man where do I start..what a stretch of great weather and big fish..marlin, tuna, dolphin, snapper, grouper, tripletail, AJ....and it has been flat as glass last 3 days.

After a recent overnight tuna trip we find it strange that the yellowfin are biting better during the day lately..I think we went through 50 blackfin before we decided to drift away from the rig and fish for swords and flying fish..still eluded by the sworded prince of darkness in this the latest attempt - drifted 8 miles in 5 hours along the 2500 foot line toward the Canyon..not even a click...I think we did manage to put 30 flying fish in the livewell as they came to inspect the glow from the fisherman's greenlight..the day broke and we caught 3 decent yellows on flying fish before the Marlin showed up..have to credit Sonny with this fish..he was able to get a blackfin out of the box on on a hook withing 15 seconds. The cool thing about that blue, other than it being the largest one we have ever released from the Albemarle was that it stayed in my sight for most of the 2 hour fight..I got to see it charge the tuna, take the blackfin - and swim off with it sideways before it stopped and gulped it 10 seconds later - tells me I should allow for more time to swallow a natural bait when trolling..we usually give them about 5 seconds..next year we'll give them 10-15..since the fish swam on top of the water 30-50 yards behind the boat most of the fight I got a feel for what these fish do when on the prowl..never seen one swimming free like that for so long..they are almost snakelike. After the leader was touched..(we are out of tags) we tried to break it off by locking the drag all the way down..couldn't break it or pull the 6/0 live bait hook..Sonny had to grab the line and take a suicide wrap to snap it at the leader..it is amazing that it is hard to break them off when you wnat to..have to tip my hat to the folks at Mustad..not only did that tiny hook grab, but it held with 20 pounds of drag for 2 hours..never did see where it stuck but it did the job along with all 5 of the anglers taking a turn..nice going Nathan, Curt, Dave, Craig and Mike

Yesterday we had every intention of fishing Medusa again for day time tuna..we did stop in the 93 block and troll for wahoo for 90 minutes picking up 2 baracuda..but that was OK with JD my junior angler who really wanted barracuda over wahoo..water has been near cobalt blue at Medusa and 93 last 4 days..I was surprised to see that after such a hard northerly blow the 5 previous days..from my observations the whole slug of bluewater is moving from SE to NW making for a nice rip close in..it also explains why the water is better to the west..(we proved it to be green and blue green to the east)...

anyway..the tuna were just not cooperating for Monday's trip although we did catch a 20 pound dolphin and 5 tripletail at Medusa for the extra run..we ended the day stopping at a wreck we had pulled one snapper off on the way in from Sunday's trip..we caught a 40 pound gag, Amberjack and 6 red snapper..most about 8 pounds one 15 and one an easy 20..Allen, Travis, Billy and Judy were able to save the trip in the 90 minutes we had left to fish..

Today we thought we might try the Elf platform since we had busted at Medusa the day before..bad call..green water and no fish..John Morise and I complained about it all day until his fly-boy buddies buzzed the tower..we were able to get a report on a line 3 miles south so off we both went...we pulled a mixed spread of ballyhoo and divers - weren't on it 15 minutes when the first wahoo hit a purple and black Braid murauder bait on the shortline..except this wahoo kept running until he got deep into the backing he went deep..after a 45 minute fight with Neville, Ray and Russel Choina getting a turn we gaffed a est..160+ pound yellowfin...Sonny and I had been wondering when we were going to have to use the tuna door..well today was the day...we quickly gutted it and packed it away..oddly enogh the stomach was packed solid with about 30 small blue crabs almost enough to boil...maybe the next new live bait craze..who knows..never seen that before...the fish weighed 138 pound gutted and bled at the marina and I have to say since we have been gutting our bigger tuna's by cutting off the gill plate stuffing the carcass with ice..the meat has been purple and rubbery..we have been making an incision at the anus and pulling all the gut out through the gill plate...we also picked up a 30 pound dolphin on a naked ballyhoo later in the day and a few blackfin at the trawl boats 5 miles out of South Pass...they must have had the entire Bon Secour and Bayou La Batre fleet out there..most of the boats are holding bonita and sharks but the ones closer to the 7 mile rigs have balckfin on them as well....We ran the rip from south of Elf (Matterhorn) to 2 miles inside of little Arco..it has to be the same rip that runs just outside of West Delta 106 and 105 although the water is cleaner to the west...it was likwise loaded with tripletail although we never stopped on it today...

We have some great underwater shots to be developed from the marlin day..my digital broke 3 days ago so I have to wait for the rprint filmm..can't wait to see what we were able to get...

Will try and post them all tomorrow...Paradise Outfitters
 Apr 30, 2003; 11:40PM - Snapper and grouper report from LA
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Capt. Scott Avanzino
 Author E-mail:  avanzino@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: We have been finding easy limits of red snapper over wrecks in Main Pass in 160 feet of water. We had our limit for the last 4 trips before 10am each day with anywhere from 3-5 gag grouper as well. Been fishing live hardtails and tuna bellies for the grouper and trout and amberjack bellies for the snapper. Entered the weekend tournament and won with a 26 pound snapper for this year's shootout. We have been saving the afternoon to catch more amberjack and grouper with a few cobia mixed in. Been averaging 5 grouper per last 4 trips. The jacks have been easy while grouper fishing platforms in 250-300 feet of water. The cobia have been either on top or following hooked fish from the bottom. Cut bait and jigs have been nailing the curious cobia. Largest fish went 40 pounds...Paradise Outfitters - 504-451-7579
 Apr 7, 2003; 09:47AM - Venice, Louisiana
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Capt. Scott Avanzino
 Author E-mail:  avanzino@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The last two weeks have been cut and dried...really the same catch every day. We would try trolling out to the East hitting every rig withing 40 miles of South Pass and then spend the afternoon bottom fishing. Plenty of cobalt blue water but we had not really got on the wahoo like we had compared to last year. Using a mixed spread of Brain Murauders and Islander ballyhoo on long lines and downriggers we avergaed 1.5 wahoo per day. Most of the hoos went 25-40 pounds. We had a few balckfins mixed in and even 5 mahi on Saturday.

The amberjacks have been eating us alive on top and on the bottom. I think we caught 12 on topwater plugs. We were also able to catch 2 on flyrods one day, the largest 23.25 opounds will set the bar for the species on fly gear for Roger Delrio of Baton Rouge. 3 Attempts were made by Susan Gros to beat the existing IGFA Women's world record of 22.4 pound on 20# tippet, but all three fish she hooked broke off. The grouper have been feeding as well too. We have been taking all of our deep jigging close to the platform legs averaging 4 or 5 nice gags and scamps per day.
Things are simmering down in the Delta right now and we expect the pot to boil over soon. Check out the pictures on the web site at http://www.paradise-outfitters.comm Until next report....Paradise Outfitters - 504-451-7579
 Feb 14, 2003; 01:38AM - Venice, LOUISIANA Offshore report
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Capt. Scott Avanzino
 Author E-mail:  avanzino@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Thursday was the perfect day...forecast correct and everyone caught fish...
Had my good friends Jean and Barclay Laborde, John and Guy Halberg in from TX and Metairie. After the final stop to the trawl boats for the week, we made it home to the Lump with a borrowed anchor from non other than Bill Butler at VMI-Many thanks to him and Capt. Mike Frenette for helping out last 2 days with the hook.
On to fishing...no mako today thank God, but plenty of stupid and hungry tuna...got on a mean blackfin bite to the point of release....light tackle and no more line on the flyreel... Had to use slabs for bait to get it to the yellowfin which were likewise plentiful, visible and always ready for the occasional jog around the boat..I think I did 6 full laps today with 5 different fish.
Ended up with 4 yellows and kept 8 blackfin after getting down the hookset without the birdsnest...just have to say that Barclay was a reel spaz at first (That final shot is for you Guy). We had fun with the good natured ribbing while Fishing all day and I look forward to their return. Jean is Barclay's best girl of 4 years and she is as fine a fisherman is she is to look at...a big hit with the trawl boat crowd too...we could have got another 100 pounds if she only would get into the spirit of Mardi Gras...she likes to get dirty and wail on bonita with 'the quiver giver' bats by Capt. Terry Brousseau
Yet another fine day in te deep blue...started off at the Lump to find tht some kind person had cut our anchorline with a clean swift stroke of a knife....thanks alot fellow sportsman...
Made 3 drifts picking up 8 blackfin, then we tried drifting the outside and never saw another fish for 2 hours...then the sun shined on us again...as we picked up a small yellow and then a monster we chased 4 miles off the Lump going through everyone on the boat in 1:45...I took a turn and wimped out after 15 minutes and handed off the rod....as he neared the boat he started acting funny, though I could see he was at least 160+ and circlng just out of gaff range...Then out of no where he made a bursting run of 50 yards toward the bow with a 9 ft Mako in hot pursuit...before I could even react...he ran out of gas and made a 180 degree turn, tearing across the the surface where he crashed into the boat, dug in and then hung in the running gear...what happened next was stright out of Jaws...we could see anything but it soundeY like a bomb went off under the boat and all we could see was red...after the commotion and thumping stopped the Mako proceeeded to circle the boat doing 4 complete laps before we could fling a bait to him...we quickly dogged down the flying gaff and with a butterflied bonita on 40# leader we readied for the free gaff. What happened next completely surprised me. He teased him right ff the transom and I sank the gaff deep into his back quarter and pulled him along side he boat where he patiently waited for us to sink anothe two gaffs...one deep into the gills and the other into the tail..once he was on the tail rope we were able to gutt him and pull him in the boat where we dogged him down to the hause pipes...After te brief celebration and clean-up we decided to go home...about 20 minutes later we made it back to the Lump fortunately with no vibration, but the shark came back to life briefly...shaking violently while scattering the raining visceral organs liver, heart and fluid all over the entire boat...bad day for a washdown pump to sieze..he measured 104' TL/94'FL with a gutted girth of 44 inches...284 ponds on the Venie Marina Tournament scale...saved a peice of the spine and gallon of liver for Jason the shark man....We manged to catch the entire event on digital video...Aside from the elated cursing...we looked pretty calm and collected...
Wednesday was interesting with 67 boats in 1 sq mile...
It was a light tackle day for us not by choice but by shear attrition...we could only get strikes with 30 pound test...Lost alot of big fish but saved the day with 18 blackfin, 1 grouper, 3 aj and 20 beeliner, silks and hogs...Never did see any big fish in the slick today when all we saw were yellows yesterday..sounded like other boats had more success with bigguns..but whose complaining with 20-30 pound fish matched to light tackle...
Had Jim Striztenger and friends from Houston Saturday for 2 tuna and 2 jackss.Herb's fish took 1st placre at 75 pounds...Next day I had Vince Pisciotta and Danny Blackburn of Brian Harris GMC for an interesting day of diamond jigging...Ouch my neck and back are sore from watching...funnt thing is there wsn't any need to pump the jigs...just reel in the jerky 5-6 footers..noting that the jacks are as far out as 1/4 mile and 150 feet down at 143, 152 and 93 lately...blackfins mixed in...Is it a breeding ritual for the jacks?
Monday...finally a calm day if only the afternoon.
Left for the rocks today with Daniel Thomas and friends from Kentwood...planned to fish the redfish release tour but went to the Lump instead...what 25 knot winds? Not withstanding the previous adventures from this week...the weather was the exact opposite in the right direction of the predicted and a trip that was to be cancelled turned out 5 hookups on big boys...first double resulted in 3 laps around the boat, two underhand rudder dodges anH a breakoff at the gaff in both instances...nobody's fault when slashing tails hang on lines with no leader. Next double resulted in the same circus but one tail wrapped fish made it to the gaff in 15 minutes with the second fish's line hooked into the sickle fin...after a quick untangle it too came to gaff shortly thereafter another single with much less effort made the trip and we quickly headed in. The 15 minute fish with angler Neal 'chummy' Warren weighed 183 pounds and the otheres were 130 and 100 apeice...Tried trolling for wahoo on the rip today with no luck...before it got to the Lump in the morning and after it passed by at 3PM...
Also hung the anchor today so we attached a glow stick to the ball and pray that it will be there tomorrow without a flatboat attached to it.
As for the Venice I/O Winter Invitational...great tourney and thanks to the late entry polIcy 3 boat anglers walked the boars with 1,2 and 3 for both tuna and jacks...Congrats to Herb Green, Danny Blackburn and Vince Pisciotta for sweeping the board in the 2 day knee buster...next year they are going to have an alternate weekend for those without coaming pads...
Two bum days and then a great day today..thanks to Pastor Brad Watson's prayers..and the Lord's grace and good will He delivered!...I am not surprised!
Til next week when the wind lays again...Bye bye from Capt. Scott, Sonny and team Paradise Outfitters - 504-451-7579
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