15 Oct 2003 - 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