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Venice Tuna Fishing is Heating up For the Summer

Posted on June 3rd, 2019 by Captain Chandler

I can’t believe we are in June already and the fishing has been incredible. Not only are we covered up in nice tuna, but there are also a lot of Mahi and wahoo around.

While each day is different, the name of the game in the summer is to get on the fish early before it gets too hot. We are using live mullet mostly to entice big tuna.

The fish have been hanging around the oil rigs and often you can see them blowing up on top.

We have several dates available in July and our June is just about booked up. Give us a call to plan your destination fishing trip today.

Tight Lines,
Captain Chandler

The BIG Tuna Are Here!

Posted on December 19th, 2018 by Captain Chandler

January Through March is a great opportunity for our clients to get on some of the biggest fish of the year, however the big fish have really been here all year long.  While the summer is known for small tuna around 50 to 80 pounds, we had many go over 100 pounds last summer.  But here in the winter, the fish are pushing 200 pounds!  Now is the time get in the books if you have some dates in mind.  You can be sure you found the best captain and crew to make an adventure. Here are some pics from the recent trips:

Thankful for Butterballs in November

Posted on December 3rd, 2018 by Captain Chandler

Throughout the past  week, family and friends will gathered together on Thanksgiving to take stock of their blessings and to be thankful for so many things. We at Champion Charters would like to take a moment to express our thanks to YOU for the privilege to serve YOU. Without YOU, we would not be able to do what we love: Introduce YOU to the amazing, world-renowned Venice Fishery.

It may sound a bit cliché but we Americans are blessed to be living in the greatest, most generous nation in the world. We should be thankful for all of the sacrifices of those who came before us so that we may be free.

During November, we’ve also been blessed epic Yellowfin Tuna fishing! We’ve continued our October successes by “going the extra mile” to stay beyond the Venice fleet to take advantage of the amazing Yellowfin bite!

We’re hitting the Gulf of Mexico in our custom 36′ Yellowfin, powered by our triple 300 Yamahas, with our livewells crammed with live mullet and hardtails. Our clients have been relaxing in comfort and safety as we rip it out to the tuna grounds to find the tunas.

Once we arrive at the target zone and get our baits in the water, we’re being greeted by huge Yellowfin Tunas ranging in size from 100 to 150 pounds and larger!

We have been averaging 4 to 6 Yellowfins per trip! Why not more? Because a) we run out of fish box and cooler space for any more fish and b) our anglers have had their fill of battling these giants!

Our by-catch is better than most angling excursions around the world as we encounter big Blue Marlin and Sharks.

As you can see, the Gulf is alive and the Fall Yellowfin Tuna action is red-hot for the Holidays. We still have a few dates available in December even though we’ll be out of town for a week for some much-needed R & R. Book your trip now so that you can put some sushi in your Christmas stockings. Give us a call to set up your trip. I look forward to hearing from you.

Tight Lines,
Captain Chandler

The Big Boys Are Back in Town!

Posted on September 26th, 2018 by Captain Chandler

As many of you know, my favorite time of year has arrived: Fall! The temperatures are starting to drop off, the days are getting shorter…and the Yellowfins are getting LONGER!

We have been running a little further out and getting away from the rest of the fleet but “going the extra mile” has been paying off with epic Yellowfin Tuna and Blackfin Tuna bites.

We’re hitting the ocean in our custom 36′ Yellowfin, our triple 300 Yamahas purring like a kitten, with our livewells “blacked out” with live mullet and with bycatch for chumming. Our clients have been relaxing in comfort and safety as we rip it out to the shrimping grounds to find the tunas.

Once we arrive at the target zone and get our baits in the water, we’re being greeted by huge Yellowfin Tunas ranging in size fro m80 to 200 pounds! As a matter of fact, I was able to “hand feed” a fish from the transom that would up weighing more than  200 pounds. What an amazing bite! Check out this monster of the deep:

As if the enormous Yellowfins weren’t enough to keep my clients busy (and well-fed), we are in the middle of an EPIC Blackfin Tuna bite right now. We’ve been catching 10 to 30 Blackfins each trip, with the fish averaging nearly 30 pounds! These bruising Blackfins have been screaming drags and leading to sore arms and backs. We’re catching so many that some of our clients are yelling “No mas!” like Roberto Duran!

For the angler who is fascinated with catching sharks, look no further. There are big sharks mixed in with the Tunas (sharks like sushi too) that will pull drag for as long as you care to fight them.

Simply put, the Gulf is alive and the bite has never been better. We still have a few dates available in October and slots are starting to fill up for November. For Thanksgiving this year, come join me to catch a Butterball to go along with your turkey. Give me a call to set up your trip. I look forward to hearing from you.

Tight Lines,
Captain Chandler

When is the best Time To Tuna Fish in Venice La.

Posted on June 5th, 2018 by Captain Chandler

I get asked this question just about daily.  And in fact, the best time to go is when you can go.

We catch tuna all year long here in Venice.  That is why we call it the “Tuna Capital of the World”.  Most of our customers prefer the summer season.  The seas are more likely to be calm and we have the opportunity of catching mahi, wahoo and snapper.   Calmer conditions allow us to run faster and get to the grounds sooner as well.  It is an ideal situation for most anglers.  Just look at these recent photos:

But if you are solely interested in Tuna, there really is no better time than the present for you go fishing.  Granted we get bigger fish in the winter, however an 80 pound summer tuna fish is no slouch!   Plenty of meat for the coolers and a hell of a fight.   In fact, sometimes even our 40 pound fish act like much bigger ones and put a hurting on our angler arms.

I recommend you don’t get so caught up in the whole “winter are bigger fish in Venice” thing.   Because you have to worry about weather then and there are no guarantees in fishing.

So if you are looking to go Tuna fishing, I highly recommend you book as far in advance as you can.  We do still have a few dates left here in June and some in July.   Let’s get out there and get tight!
Tight Lines,
Captain Chandler

Spring Tuna Fishing in Venice LA Report

Posted on April 20th, 2017 by Captain Chandler

It’s now April and the bite is still wide open! We have been consistently been catching big wahoo and and huge yellowfin tuna. We are only running about 25 miles from the pass burning around 130 gallons. So get with us while we still have some dates open.

Last trip out we had Collin, Hunter, and Jake down to Venice from Texas to target Yellowfin Tuna and a Mako shark.

These guys were great and everyone had an awesome time. The tuna fishing here in Venice LA was phenomenal. The lump bite has really fired off and if you have been waiting to get in on the action now is the time.

We literally had fish under the boat all day! Big ones too!! Days like this are common for this time of year while fishing in and around Venice Louisiana, We took a gentleman’s limit and kept 6 but you could have caught all you wanted. When the fish we were catching were the size they were, 2 per person is really the best way to go.

Yellowfin tuna having about a 70 % yield it’s usually more meat than you know what to do with. Our fish we landed that day were from 70 to 171 lbs and they filled 3 huge ice chest.

I expect this bite to last in this area until late March as they will start moving to deeper water off the shelf after. This is also a great time to target Wahoo in Venice LA. Some days we pick up both when things play into our favor. We never got the MAKO they were after but everyone had a great time.

We still have plenty of dates available and want to get you and your group out there.

Wahoo Are Here and Big Tuna Still Plentiful!

Posted on March 21st, 2016 by Captain Chandler

We are fishing everyday, that is everyday mother nature allows us. We had a couple down days due to a front moving through, but rescheduled those trip and got out there. We had a couple days with bigger seas that we had to earn it, but the fishing was awesome.

As we get into spring, I expect the wahoo to stick around and I expect the mega big tuna to be an opportunity for the next 4 weeks or so. On any given trip we are hooking fish well over 100 pounds.

Here are some pictures from our recent trips:

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Report For May

Posted on May 27th, 2015 by Captain Chandler

Fishing is good, weather not so much. As we move out of spring and into the summer it will only get better! They are filling fast but we have plenty of available dates due to adding another boat to the fleet. So whatever date you are looking for we can most likely set you up for a great day of fishing the northern Gulf of Mexico! ALSO WE WILL HAVE A 45 DAY RED SNAPPER SEASON THIS YEAR STARTING JUNE 1!!! Book your date while you can!! Visit us at or give us a call at 318-730-4410



Let’s Get It

Posted on May 6th, 2015 by Captain Chandler

Yesterday I had the David E. party for back to back trips.  Here are pictures from yesterday.

Video Report

Posted on August 3rd, 2014 by Captain Chandler

Here is some video from one of this weeks trip. Thanks to our clients for taking the video.  Enjoy.