Posts Tagged "Swordfish"

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 n 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 Chamption 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!


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