Overnight Tuna Fishing Trips in Venice La

Posted on July 3rd, 2018 by Captain Chandler

August is some of our favorite fishing of the year.  It gives us the opportunity to take advantage of predictable weather and the fish feeding at night.   We leave in the late afternoon and come back the next day. Fishing all night opens up a whole new opportunity for my August clients.  It allows us to not only target them during the dark when they are feeding, but also get that first light bite which sometimes is the best.  Call us to see what days we have available and let’s make it an adventure.

Fishing Report:

Our day trips are doing better now.  There was a lull period there for a while where the tuna were basically gone.  I hate when that happens, but that is fishing.  We want our customers to catch tuna more than they do, so it is really heart breaking when that happens, but I’m happy to report we are back in them.  When they were absent we were making up for it with snappers, mahi and even had a blue marlin we released.

 

Let’s hope it gets better everyday.  I have 11 trips in a row coming up and will be reporting everyday on Facebook, so be sure to follow us.

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

Venice Tuna Fishing Has Picked Up!

Posted on April 23rd, 2018 by Captain Chandler

The tuna fishing has started to really pick up, in fact we are in full swing!  We are catching them solid.  Having quality bait has been the difference including fresh pogies and hardtails.   After you catch bait, we blast out to the floating oil rigs and fish until about noon and then we go sword fishing unless you want to tuna fish all day long.

And the swordfish are still are goto transition in the afternoons after we have put some tuna in the boat.  Dropping deep has yielded a lot of fish this year! In fact we are up to 19 fish caught!  Absolutely on fire.

The snapper season is opening June 1st and we don’t have an end date.  But it is usually 2 to 3 weeks.  I recommend you book your snapper trips now as we only have few dates left.  Let’s load up!

The size of the tuna are ranging from about 60 to 80 pounds with a 100 pounder throw in there.

Amerjack season is also opening up May 1st.  Another fun fish we can target after we load the boat with Tuna.

The other day we had a blue marlin take the bait.  We lost it after a short fight, but they are always possibility.

The wahoo have shown up big time.

And deep dropping for tile fish has been great.  We have caught a few.  More of a bi-catch for swordfish.

Big Tuna are our speciality though!

 

Tuna Fishing

 

We have dates available in June and July still. I recommend you get in the books asap.  Remember we are all inclusive and for only $400 per person you can enjoy world class fishing with us.

Tight Lines,
Captain Chandler

Tuna Fishing is Getting Back To Normal!

Posted on March 29th, 2018 by Captain Chandler

It has been a weird couple weeks here in Venice, Louisiana.  For the first time in a long time, the tuna fishing was slow.  I believe the season transition started early or a combination of late in the year cold fronts, but whatever it is, we are glad fishing is picking back up.  To make up for the lack of tuna, we have been targeting the next best thing: swordfish! I have had the opportunity to learn from one of the best sword fisherman and honed the skill over years.  With a little luck on my side and a great crew, we have been crushing them.  In fact on one trip we boated 4 fish!

Swordfish

So that has been the story as of late.  Instead of struggling with a slow tuna bite, we have been putting our clients on the hot swordfish bite instead.  Checking my years of log books, I have not seen a swordfish bite like this in a long time.  I believe we are better at targeting them now and catching them during the day takes some real expertise, but some other factors such as wind, tides, moon, currents, etc all come into play with targeting swords.

One thing that remains constant is if you get a good bait in front of them, they will most likely eat it!  This is why we take our time to prepare the bait just right. Whether we use squid, mahi mahi bellies, mackerel, etc, we take the extra time to sew and prepare it just right.  When your bait is very deep you want the best opportunity and most of the time a swordfish will wack the bait with their sharp bill, so it important that the bait can withstand the attack so that they will come back and eat it.  Fish on!

Check out this lit up fish in cobalt blue water we brought home for the grill:

Swordfish in Blue Water

As I mentioned, the tuna fishing is starting to turn around we are also entering our wahoo season.  While I am still fishing for swordfish, I’m ready to get back into the meat of our prized Yellowfin Tuna and put some sushi on the table.  This was an awesome day last month and your typical day in April.  So I look forward to getting back into the grind and giving my anglers some sore arms!

I still have some dates open in April and we are filling up the rest of the spring into summer.  I always recommend as soon as you know your dates, to give us a call and book them, because they go fast.

Tight Lines,
Captain Chandler

Tuna Fishing Tips in Venice Louisiana

Posted on December 30th, 2017 by Captain Chandler

Biggest yellowfin in Venice

Fish Like a Campion – Captain Chandler’s Secret Sauce

If you’ve been receiving our Champion Charters Newsletter, you’ve seen that the BIG YELLOWFIN TUNA BITE is in full swing out of Venice, Louisiana! The Champion Charters Team can barely get to the offshore tuna grounds without double and triple headers!

The trick to finding the monster Yellowfin Tunas and Blackfin Tunas is to locate and shadow the offshore shrimp boat fleet. This is one of the most exciting Fall/Winter fisheries in the Continental United States as our anglers get to pick and choose which tuna they want to hook.

The offshore shrimp boats are typically 50 to 65 feet long and they “trawl” their nets, bringing the nets up on deck every few hours to sort their catch. Shrimp get to stay on board as “passengers” who get to stay in an icy cooler for the remainder of the cruise. The rest of the haul is considered “by-catch” and is returned over the side into the water. Many saltwater species, especially tuna, have adapted to follow the shrimp boats and feast upon the by-catch bounty.

When we locate the shrimping fleet, we’ll often hail a nearby boat to purchase several buckets of by-catch to use as bait and chum. By this point, we’ve already loaded the livewells with live mullet that the Champion Charters Team netted earlier in the day.

Fishing near the shrimp boats is an experience unto itself as our anglers get to watch them work to harvest their bumper crop of shrimp. As the shrimp boats “do their thing,” various tuna species and other predators stage behind the boats as scrumptious by-catch morsels known drift slowly in the boats’ wake.

The Champion Charters Team knows just how to take advantage of this situation. Using our world-class Yellowfin Center Console to maneuver our anglers with surgical precision to within 60 yards or so behind the shrimpers. We begin chumming with our recently acquired by-catch. In no time, tunas and other apex predators can be seen under and around the boat. Now the fun begins.

Then, we place our live baits between the tunas and the all-you-can-eat buffet streaming off the stern of the shrimp boats. This is where the magic happens. The huge tunas cannot resist our baits that are the size of hog legs.

Let’s take a moment to discuss terminal tackle: We’re fishing Shimano TLD50 2-Speed reels on standup rods, spooled with 80 lb Suffix braid, terminating to a Bimini twist. We connect a 10-foot length of 40 lb Suffix fluorocarbon as the leader and finish the rig with a 6/0 Owner circle hook. This is a very simple yet stealthy rig for tunas. Remember: Tunas have big eyes on their heads. We need to drop down on our leader and hook sizes to fool them.

When the bite is on, our anglers can literally pick-and-choose the tuna that they want to hook! We pitch a 2 lb mullet a few feet away and the water erupts! This is one of the most weak-kneed moments in all of angling when a 200 lb Yellowfin explodes on your bait as it hits the water 6 feet from the covering board!

There will be times when we see wolves among the sheep: Sharks. Not to worry. The Champion Charters Team knows how to avoid the sharks as well as keeping sharks away from your trophy tunas. (In case you didn’t’ know, sharks love sushi too.)

Our anglers return to the dock with tired arms and huge, toothy smiles. Then it’s our turn to have tired arms as we clean hundreds of pounds of the choicest, sushi-grade tuna you’ve ever seen.

Come join us for an angling experience for the entire family and for memories that will last a lifetime. Call us now to book your trip!

Butterballs Aren’t Just for Thanksgiving (Biggest Fish Ever!)

Posted on December 12th, 2017 by Captain Chandler

The Holiday Season is in full swing and so is the BIG YELLOWFIN TUNA BITE out of Venice, Louisiana! The Champion Charters Team can barely get to the offshore tuna grounds without double and triple headers!

We’ve been shadowing the shrimp boat fleet (yes, even a few “Jennys” are out there) in order to target Yellowfin Tunas and Blackfin Tunas. This is one of the most exciting Fall/Winter fisheries in the Continental United States as our anglers get to pick and choose which tuna they want to hook. The cobalt-blue water offshore is so clean and clear that we literally watch the tunas come up into spread of baits. Are you looking for a 200-pounder? Cast over there at 3 o’clock…and hang on. Do you want something in the 60-pound class? Here you go…pitch just behind the motors.

Fishing near the shrimp boats is an experience unto itself as our anglers get to watch them work to harvest their bumper crop of shrimp. As the shrimp boats “do their thing,” various tuna species and other predators stage behind the boats as scrumptious morsels known as “by-catch” drift slowly in the boats’ wake.

The Champion Charters Team knows just how to take advantage of this situation. Using our world-class Yellowfin Center Console to maneuver our anglers with surgical precision, we place our live baits between the tunas and the all-you-can-eat buffet streaming off the stern of the shrimp boats. This is where the magic happens. The huge tunas cannot resist our baits that are the size of hog legs.

Our anglers return to the dock with tired arms and huge, toothy smiles. Then it’s our turn to have tired arms as we clean hundreds of pounds of the choicest, sushi-grade tuna you’ve ever seen.

Come join us for an angling experience for the entire family and for memories that will last a lifetime. Call us now to book your trip!

Tight Lines,

Captain Chandler

P.S. This is one of the biggest fish we have caught to date!

Biggest yellowfin in Venice

Warning, There Are no Small Fish Here!

Posted on October 24th, 2017 by Captain Chandler

What a season we are having here in Venice Louisiana!  We have been very fortunate to have some great weather along with even better fishing.  I have had the opportunity to fish with folks from all around the country and the consensus is always the same: Tuna Are Bad Ass!  As I write this we are getting ready for our first real cold front of the season.  I expect the fishing to get even better with the opportunity at multiple fish over 200 pounds each day!  I still have dates open in November and December, so please give me a call (504) 684-1880 if you are ready to fish the Tuna Capital of The world.

Now onto our recent catches.

Not much has changed since my last report, other than we are getting multiple opportunities at big fish on most trips.  I’m talking BIG tuna, pushing over 200 pounds.

Upgrading to our new 2017 36′ Yellowfin has been part of the reason of our success over the rest of the fleet.  We are getting to the fishing grounds faster and more efficiently, giving us the best shot at those tuna feeding first thing in the morning.  That’s not to say the fish aren’t eating all day, it’s just being the first boat out there is a huge advantage and has led to some great catches.

With big fish, the fights are longer (over 1 hour) and the tax man (sharks) are usually around.  Sometimes they are red hot on our fish.  Here you can see we had a big bull shark get half our tuna.  We got the good half for the table!

As we approach November, it is PEEK Season for our biggest fish of the year.  Hopefully we get beautiful weather for all our clients booked and for those that want to book, we still have a few good dates open.

Tight lines,

Captain Chandler

The Big Fish Are Here!

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 by Captain Chandler

The number one question I get asked by our customers is, “When Is The Best Time Of Year To Catch Big Tuna?”.  Well, now is the time!  We have had an unreal past couple weeks with some of the best fishing we have seen in years.  Our fall season is always incredible here in Venice, Louisiana, but there is something absolutely special going on this year.  Looking at my captains journal and logs from the previous years, we were not into the big fish quite this early.  It’s possible due to the tropical disturbances, that things kicked off early. I believe this will be the story of the entire fall and into the winter.  As long as we get good weather, we are going to have a great chance at some really big fish on each and every trip.

Now onto our recent catches.

Check out the fish our group did great reeling in (Great job guys!):

Venice Tuna Fishing

As the temperatures begin to cool off, we will be switching gears a little bit in order to put our anglers on the fish, but one thing will remain consistent, the fish are BIG and test our anglers.  We have beefed up our leader and tackle size to ensure you always have the best chance at landing a pure monster out here.

Monster Tuna

Other than tuna, there has been some good sized mahi, marlin and swordfish on the deep drops, however our focus is 100% to put you on the big tuna as this is surely the best time of the year.  We still have dates available in October, November and December, so I highly recommend you reserve your trip right away to take advantage of this great tuna fishing bite.

If you have never fished in Venice, LA before, it is one of those places every fisherman must experience at least once.  Once you arrive to the area, you will smell the clean salt air and soon realize why we are famous for Tuna fishing.  You will be staying at the beautiful Marina/Hotel – Cypress Cove.  We keep our boat only steps away from your room, so that you may just hop on in the morning with your hot cup of coffee.

Once on our brand new 2017 36 foot Yellowfin boat, we will make our run to the fishing grounds.  Powered by triple 300 Yamaha motors, we are one of the fastest boats in the fleet, getting you to the fish first in order to give you the best opportunity at catching trophies.  All our trips our full days (not overnights), so time management is always our priority to ensure we use every minute wisely.

We may stop to get live bait early in the am when we know the fish are biting best on live baits.  Here we are throwing the cast net to fill the wells.

As we proceed offshore, we are looking for shrimp boats, birds, busts, etc.  Anything to give us signs of tuna.  By running trips daily (100% full time) and keeping excellent log books on tides, winds, moon phases and various other patterns, we have a huge advantage over the part-time fleet that only fish on the weekends.

As we begin to get into the fish, we will coach you no matter your age or experience level.  In fact, we even have young kids tackle tuna over one hundred pounds regularly.  Be ready for a battle than can last an hour depending on how big the fish is.

When you get the fish close to the boat,  we are ready with the gaff to bring her inside the boat.  High fives and large smiles shorty ensue and you have done it!

Back at the marina, we clean and bag all your fish (we don’t sell your fish!, Beware).  We have ice here as well and all you need is your cooler.  If you are from out of town, you can check your cooler with your airline or we can use Fedex to ship your catch back home carefully packed in a styrofoam cooler and the right amount of ice.  Our marina can handle that for your as well. Either way you are going home with a long time supply of fresh Yellowfin.  Sushi, grilled steaks, sashimi.. It’s up to you.

That’s the report for now, please give us a call to book your trip. If you have fished with us before, I welcome you to come back and experience some of the best fishing in the world.

Venice Tuna Fishing

Tight Lines,
Captain Chandler

 

 

Are Banana’s On Fishing Boats Bad Luck?!

Posted on August 14th, 2017 by Captain Chandler

If you haven’t heard, bringing bananas on a fishing boat is typically bad luck. In fact, old and grumpy captains have been known to cancel trips when a group shows up with a sack of bananas. But hey, they make great snacks when offshore fishing right?

I don’t warn my customers about this ancient myth and 1 out of 5 groups show up with them. While I would advise you to leave the bananas at the dock, I totally cracked the myth AGAIN this week. Just check out this funny photo with a great group of clients we had getting on a nice tuna!

The tuna have been ranging in the 60 to 100 pound range and they are going to keep getting bigger as we approach the fall season which has the biggest tuna of the year. If you have been waiting for the biggest tuna of the year to book your trip, I highly recommend you get on the calendar for September and October if I have your day available.

That’s the report for now.

Please give myself or Sonny a call today to check the calendar and see what we have available for you.

Venice Big Summer Tuna and Swordfish

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by Captain Chandler

The tuna fishing this summer continues to be very good.  We are finding some really big fish along with our typical summer fish.  When the bite slows down we are dropping for swordfish and having great success.  If you are looking to go tuna fishing, now is the time. With flat calm seas, we are able to run out to the fishing grounds faster and read the water easier.  I have some openings left in August, so please call me for availability.  Now enjoy the pics!