Posts Tagged "Venice Fishing"

Move Over, Wahoo. Tunas are Coming!

Posted on March 19th, 2019 by Captain Chandler

As I’ve been reporting over the past few months, the Wahoo bite has been epic on the legendary Venice, Louisiana fishing grounds. Well, somebody forgot to tell the Yellowfin Tuna because they’ve returned with a vengeance and want to reclaim their crown as King of the Gulf!

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.

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 40 lbs to 80 lbs and larger! Book your trip NOW to get in on this incredible Tuna action!

You Can Bet on Black Too

While fishing – and catching- big Yellowfins, our clients are enjoying some bonus Blackfin Tuna fishing too. There are some stud Blackfins mixed in with the Yellowfin schools and these Blackfins are in the 30 lb to 40 lb range. They’re tackle busters too!

The Wahoo are Still on the Prowl

Even though the Yellowfins have retaken center stage, the Wahoo bite is still on fire around the oil rigs and other areas as we make our way to the Yellowfin grounds. That’s what’s great about operating our 36′ and 39′ Yellowfins: We have the speed and range to tap BOTH fisheries…and more!

We have been averaging 2 to 4 Wahoo per trip. Even though we’re fishing top-flight tackle, these Wahoo are melting drags and burning biceps! A Wahoo run is something that must be experienced to be believed. The same goes for eating Wahoo for dinner.

The springtime bite is only going to get better but you need to get out there with us soon as our March trips are nearly filled up and April is booking quickly too. Give us a call to reserve your experience of a lifetime!

Tight Lines,
Captain 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

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

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