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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 are Marching into Venice for Spring

Posted on March 3rd, 2020 by Captain Chandler

The Venice fishery continues to live up to its legendary reputation and Champion Charters is here to put our anglers on the bite! The Yellowfin Tuna made an early appearance and they are here to stay through the Spring conditions. We’re also getting into some amazing Wahoo action on our way out to the Yellowfin grounds. Let’s get into our latest fishing report.

Getting Out Front to Tangle with Tunas

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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!

Black Goes with Yellow

While catching these huge Yellowfins, our clients are also getting tight on some large Blackfin Tunas too. These tackle-busting Blackfins are mixed in with the Yellowfin schools and are in the 30 lb to 40 lb range!

Wahoos On the Way to the Grounds

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As we make our way to the Tuna grounds, we’re picking off 2 to 4 Wahoo each trip by trolling artificials over rips and color changes, as well as looking for bird activity. These Wahoos are in the 40-80 lb class and will absolutely melt our drags…and then melt in your mouth for dinner.

Ask About the Champion Charters Overnight Trip

We have been enjoying EPIC overnight charters with our anglers lately and you should get in on this bucket-list 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
huge Wahoo (from 30 lbs to 80 lbs) 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, Bigeye Tuna and swarms of 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.

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. Don’t forget to ask us about large parties! We can take up to 12 anglers! Give us a call to reserve your experience of a lifetime!

Tight Lines,
Captain Chandler

Nighttime is the Right Time for Tunas!

Posted on February 5th, 2020 by Captain Chandler

Venice, Louisiana is known all over the world as the Yellowfin Tuna epicenter and is known for huge Yellowfins during February and March. Champion Charters is all over this red-hot Tuna bite and we’re making it happen with our exclusive OVERNIGHT fishing trips!

Tuna, Wahoo, Tuna, Wahoo, Tuna

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

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We will fish our way offshore to the point that we can get set up for the dusk “witching hour” when Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna and swarms of 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.

The Yellowfins we’re catching range in size from 60 lbs to 150 lbs plus the Bigeyes and Blackfins are up to 50 lbs!

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.

At this point, we need to give those sore arms a break as we make our way back in, targeting Wahoo and Mahi Mahi as targets of opportunity.

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!

Let Champion Charters get you to the fishing grounds at warp speed and fish all night in comfort aboard our custom 36′ and 39′ Yellowfin center console fishing machines. Nobody in Venice can get you to this amazing overnight bite quicker than Champion Charters!

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

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!

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

Venice, La Wahoo and Tuna Fishing

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Captain Chandler

Well hunting seasons over and it’s time to get back to the fishing! You can say it’s anything but cold right now in Venice, because the fishing is on fire! With this past week of decent weather the wahoo bite has been on! With numerous rigs extremity close in has held plenty of wahoo ranging from 40 to 60 lbs class, and in most cases double digit bites and hauls!

The lump fishing by all means is full of life! Some days about a mile from approaching the lump you can see giant schools of bait getting exploded by tunas, big king macrales,etc. Most fish caught off the lump are hand fed. While chumming the waters it seems every piece of bait you throw in gets eaten by some kind fish! Before you know it the rods are bent over and drags are screaming! Most will say this time of year is their favorite, it’s defiantly mine! Most days we’re not having to travel further than 30 miles out before we’re on fish! At just 1 of the many lumps you can catch big yellow fin tunas ranging from 60 to 150 lbs class and sometimes even bigger than that like 180 to 200plus class!! 7 out of the top 10 gulf record yft’s is from the world famous Midnight Lump! Also there are usually many huge blackfin tunas ranging from the 15 to 30lb class.

The wahoos are also plentiful at our lumps, not to mention many different species of delicious bottom fish such as, amberjacks, bee-line snapper, lane snapper, and also grouper. So when the wind isn’t blowing gather your buddies put on a coat and some boots and call me to book a charter! Now is the time to book a trip of a life time!!

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Venice, La. Tuna Fishing 7-23-13

Posted on August 2nd, 2013 by Captain Chandler

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venice la fishing reportvenice Louisiana fishing report The July tuna season has been good despite all the dirty water and rough seas.  Fortunately we have had very little trouble catching bait so it hasn’t been hard to put a nice box of fish together. We are live baiting with Hardtails, Thread fins, Pogies, and whatever else we can find that a tuna fish will eat. I am using a eagle claw 8/0 heavy wire circle hook with 10 to 12 ft. of frenzy 80# fluorocarbon. I normally use 60# but noticed I was getting more hook ups on the 80.  The Wahoo bite had slowed down a little but is starting to kind of pick back up.  As far as Dolphin they are still holding thick on rip lines and floaters. I still have a few a few spots open in august if you are looking to get out to Venice on a trip of a lifetime.

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