Posts Tagged "Swordfish"

Yellowfins Up to Bat with Red Snapper on Deck!

Posted on May 27th, 2020 by Captain Chandler

The legendary Venice, Louisiana fishing grounds continue to deliver on Yellowfin Tuna and Swordfish as well as other pelagic species. Champion Charters is OPEN FOR BUSINESS and is ready to get you out to the grounds to take full advantage of this great action. We’re also ready for Red Snapper season to open on June 1st! The Venice hotels and restaurants have reopened and we’re all ready to welcome you back to the Yellowfin Tuna Capital of the world! Let’s get to the latest fishing report:

The Yellowfin Tuna are Thick

We’re hitting the Gulf of Mexico in our custom 36′ and 39′ Yellowfins with our livewells crammed with live pogies and hardtails. We’re also loaded down with chunk baits to make sure that we cover all of our bases, Our clients have been relaxing in comfort and safety as we rip it out to the tuna grounds to find the Tuna of a lifetime.

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 50 lbs to 60 lbs with the occasional fish weighing up to 100 lbs! Book your trip NOW to get in on this incredible Tuna action!

Blackfins Are Thick Too

While fishing – and catching- big Yellowfins, our clients are enjoying some stellar Blackfin Tuna fishing too. There are some nice Blackfins mixed in with the Yellowfin schools and these Blackfins are in the 15 lb to 25 lb range. They’re tackle busters too!

Red Snapper Season Opens!

The world famous Venice, Louisiana Red Snapper Season opens on June 1st and everyone is preparing to catch their share of Red Gold! We at Champion Charters have been pre-fishing certain areas to zero in on where the Red Snapper are holding up so that our clients can catch their limit of huge Red Snapper. Give us a call to book your Red Snapper experience!

Swordfishing Remains Steady

We continue to put our clients on Swordfish in the 150 lb to 300 lb range during our daytiming trips as well as our specialty overnight trips. When you book your trip, let us know if you want to vbook teh Tuna/Swordfish combination trip, where we target Yellowfins on the way out and target Swordfish once we’ve boated our limit of tunas. That’s what’s great about operating our 36′ and 39′ Yellowfins: We have the speed and range to tap BOTH fisheries…and more!

Overnight Fishing Experience

Our Overnight Trips, which leave the dock at Noon and return at Noon the following day are action-packed trips! Our anglers are catching large Wahoo (from 30 lbs to 80 lbs), Mahi Mahi and even a Blue Marlin or too during the daylight hours on our way out to the Tuna grounds by trolling various lures and lures rigged with dead baits.

We will fish our way offshore to the point that we can get set up for the dusk “witching hour” when Yellowfin Tuna and Blackfin Tuna launch into a feeding frenzy on schools of flying fish as we pitch live baits to them. After it gets dark, the action stays red-hot. We switch from live baits to “chunking” to keep the tunas around the boat and pitching jigs.

There is not time for rest as the bite is amazing all night! As the sun peeks above the horizon to begin the day, we’ll switch back to live baits as the first hour of daylight brings the big Yellowfins back on the bite.

Our Overnight Trips are worthy of your Bucket List. Call us NOW to book your Venice Overnight Trip to experience the angling experience of a lifetime!

Keep in mind that Champion Charters is in full compliance with CDC and State of Louisiana COVID guidelines. Our boats are continually cleaned and being offshore in the salt air is one of the best ways to AVOID infection. Fishing is great for your health and now is the best time to get out of the house!

As you can see, the Venice fishing trip of a lifetime awaits! Our Yellowfin Tuna/Red Snapper combo trips are booking up quickly as we near the June 1st opening date. The season is only open through August 1st so call us NOW to grab your spot!

Tight Lines,
Captain Chandler

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

Red Snapper Season is in Full Swing!

Posted on July 3rd, 2019 by Captain Chandler

Folks, the Red Snapper fishing has been some of the best we’ve ever seen! With a little less than a month remaining in the 2019 Red Snapper season, you need to book your trip with Champion Charters NOW to get in on this action before the season closes on August 2nd! Call us NOW.

While Red Snapper fishing, we’re also encountering huge Cobia like the 73 lb sea monster in the picture below! The Red Snapper and Cobia have been found in 200 feet of water and we’re catching them on live bait and cut bait.

Yellowfin Tuna are Still King

Even though the Red Snapper and Cobia fishing is amazing, let’s not forget what made Venice, Louisiana famous: Yelllowfin Tuna! We’re leaving the dock with Yellowfins as our target species and we’re finding plenty of them in the 25 – 50 lb class. We’re catching them quickly so that we can then put our anglers on the Red Snappers on the way back in.

Mahi Mahi and Blue Marlin hanging with the Tunas

As if the Yellowfin and Red Snapper action wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, While we’re out searching for the Yellowfins, we’re also catching a bunch of Mahi Mahi, some more Wahoos and even a few Blue Marlin!

best fishing charters venice

What more could an angler want? You can check the boxes on a slew of offshore species all while filling the fish boxes for enough seafood to feed an army!

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 the bite quicker than Champion Charters!

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

Have a Happy and Safe Independence Day Holiday! God Bless America!

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