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The Yellowfins Start 2020 the Same Way we Ended 2019

Posted on January 9th, 2020 by Captain Chandler

The ball has dropped in Times Square and the confetti has been swept up but the New Year’s celebration continues in Venice as the Yellowfin Tunas and Wahoo are partying like it’s 2019! The only way to get in on this craxy offshore action is to book your trip with Champion Charters right now!

Huge Yellowfins in Abundance

Venice, Louisiana is known all over the world as the Yellowfin Tuna epicenter and is known for huge Yellowfins during the winter. Well, I’m here to tell you that we’re blowing away everything you’ve ever heard with the HUGE Yellowfins that we’ve been catching!

We’ve been targeting Yellowfins in the 120 – 150 lb class on our way out to the fishing grounds when we find giant schools of Pogy and giant Yellowfins coming up to feed on the “Pogy Balls.” Believe it or not, we’re targeting these beasts by sight-fishing them with topwater plugs on large spinning reels. There are few things more exciting that getting a ferocious topwater bite on these massive tunas!

More Tunas on the Rigs

Once the Pogy Balls go deep and the action tapers off, we’ll continue out the the tuna grounds near the oil rigs and begin trolling and live baiting for the Yellowfins that are lurking on “the shelf.”

The Yellowfins are not quite as big as the fish closer to the beach but we’re still catching limits of Yellowfins up to 100 lbs! This is the action that put Venice on the map. Give us a call to get in on this crazy bite!

Everybody Yell Wahoo!

Yellowfins aren’t the only game in town during the Winter, either. Our amazing December Wahoo action has continued into January and February and has been as good as we’ve ever seen it!

Our clients have been catch world-class Wahoo that range from 40 – 100 lbs…and catching a bunch of them! Wahoo are notorious for drag-melting screaming runs when hooked and will test the skill of even the most veteran angler!

Don’t forget that Wahoo taste AMAZING and a cooler full of Wahoo will nicely complement your other cooler jammed with Yellowfin Tuna! The may be the best time of the year to pull off the best 1-2 punch for your next grilling/sushi outing.

Let Champion Charters get you to the fishing grounds at warp speed and in comfort about our custom 36′ and 39′ Yellowfin center console fishing machines. Nobody in Venice can get you to this stellar Winter bite quicker than Champion Charters!

Don’t forget to ask us about large parties! We can take up to
12 anglers!

Happy New Year! Let’s go fishing!

Capt. Chandler

The Wahoo Bite is Off the Hook!

Posted on February 18th, 2019 by Captain Chandler

As you know by now, Venice is one of the premier Yellowfin Tuna fisheries in the world. However, someone forgot to tell the huge Wahoo that we’ve been catching over the past month!

We’re hitting the Gulf of Mexico in our custom 36′ and 39′ Yellowfins 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.

However, on the way to the Yellowfin grounds, we’re getting into thick Wahoo schools. We’re getting shots on Islander lures rigged with ballyhoo, trolled at 7-9 knots. Right now, the colors that work the best are pink, blue/white and purple/black.

We have been averaging 5 to 8 Wahoo per trip! As you can see in the picture above, we’ve been coming back with many more. Even though we’re fishing top-flight tackle, these Wahoo are melting drags and burning biceps! Few pelagic species can match the scorching runs of which Wahoo are capable.

Don’t Worry. The Tunas are Still Around Too.

The Yellowfin Tunas aren’t going to take this Wahoo invasion lightly. The Yellowfins have also been ferocious and have not passed up any of our baits either.

As we move into the Springtime Yellowfin bite, we’ll continue to see more bites as the Yellowfins return to the feeding grounds that they left for the winter.

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 20 to 40 pounds and larger!

There are also big Blackfin Tuna mixed in with the Yellowfins and they’re ready for a fight! Some trophy sharks are lurking for a slugfest once we catch our limit of tunas, which does not take long.

Come join me to take advantage of this unreal Wahoo action and jumbo Yellowfin activity. We’re running two custom We still have a few dates available in February and March is starting to fill up as well. Give us a call to set up your trip. Let’s get into the bite!

Tight Lines,
Captain Chandler