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So, anybody and everybody who fishes has probably wondered, “is it better to fish before of after the rain?”.

If you were planning a fishing trip, but the forecast is calling for rain, you are probably wondering if you
should throw your gear together before the storm approaches or if you should postpone it until the
weather clears.

Should you fish before it rains or after? – that is the question.

The answer to that question is: It depends. The weather before a rainstorm can impact the activity levels
of fish, meaning that conditions might be more favorable before or after it rains, depending on how the
weather has been in recent days or weeks.

If the temperature has been temperate and it has rained in recent days or weeks, fishing before the next
forecasted storm is likely better. Fish, like the majority of animals, are very in-tune with the weather,
which means that they are highly sensitive to changes in barometric pressure. When a storm front is
approaching, the pressure changes; after it leaves, the pressure changes again.

Generally, most experienced anglers recommend fishing before a cold front arrives (cold fronts are
attributed with rain), as barometric pressure is lowers in the days before the system arrives. Since fish
are affected by changes in pressure and can sense when it’s about to shift, most species tend to be
highly active in the days leading up to a rain storm. Obviously, you’re bound to catch more fish when
they are active.

Why does the falling pressure that’s associated with a coming cold front (or rain) affect fish? Because air
bubbles are expelled in the water as the pressure drops. As those air bubbles release, tiny organisms
and other particles move up to the surface of the water. Fish follow those organisms up to the
surface so that they can feed on them, which makes the conditions very favorable for anglers.

Once a cold front (or rain storm) passes, the conditions tend to decline. That’s because barometric
pressure increases after a storm, and that pressure tends to make fish lethargic. Just like humans, when
fish are lethargic, their activity levels decrease, which means that they don’t move toward the surface of
the water. In other words, fish usually won’t move up to the surface to feed, which makes for
unfavorable conditions for fishermen.

However, while most fishermen recommend fishing before a rainstorm approaches, sometimes, you
might have a better shot at making a catch after the storm passes. For example, if there’s been a long
spell of hot, dry weather, you might do better after it rains as opposed to before. The reason? – Hot, dry
weather affects the conditions of the water. There’s less food to feed on at the surface of the water
when it’s hot and dry, which means less activity. However, rain stirs up organic matter in the water; it
also attracts insects to the water. Therefore, when more food is present at the surface of the water after
it rains, more fish will be near the surface of the water to feed.

Looking to catch some serious fish. Come fish on one of our inshore charters, right before the rain. You will catch fish like nobody’s business!

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Looking for adventure in fishing, oil rig fishing is more exiting than you could ever imagine. Oil rig fishing is considered by many fishing pros as some of the “most exciting and best fishing in the world”. Here’s a closer look at one of our most thrilling fishing charters in the deep blue sea.

Since the first oil rig platform positioned itself off the Louisiana coast in 1947, the oil rig population has grown to more than 3,700. So many in fact, that these oil rigs have essentially created a man-made reef, home to several different species of fish.

Unfortunately, oil rigs often receive bad press no thanks in part to the 2010 BP oil spill, although it has significantly got better since.

This catastrophe was an isolated incident as most oil rigs operate flawlessly and without incident.

In fact, we see them as a benefit to our coast as they provide structure and shelter for many fish species, thus creating some seriously good fishing!

Oil rig fishing in the deep blue sea is action-packed, always with surprises, as you never know what type of fish will be at the end of your line. Varieties that you may see include snapper, amberjack, grouper, lemon fish, redfish, shark, tuna, wahoo, and marlin.

So if you are looking for an experience of a lifetime, oil rig fishing is the way to go. We go way out, in waters that are thousands of feet deep where you will find truly unique creatures. Prepare yourself for a long day (or night) of tireless fishing and a really good time.

To book your oil rig fishing charter, please give us a call at (504) 909-TUNA and we’ll reserve you a spot on one of our oil rig fishing charters.

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Venice Louisiana Fishing – The Definitive Guide

The Venice Louisiana Fishing  guide is finally here. We the staff of Home Run Charters are proud to present it to you!

We hope that this guide provides you with valuable information covering essentially any question a person could ask about fishing in Venice, LA including types of fish you will find here, tactics, rigs, strategies, knots, license requirements, charters, fishing limits, and more. We hope to answer all of your questions.

Without further adieu…

Please explore our definitive guide to fishing in Venice, Louisiana!

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About Venice, the Tuna Town and Redfish World Capital

Venice, Louisiana is known by many as the #1 fishing destination in the U.S. So it’s no wonder anglers from all over the country flock to this small community to enjoy fishing at its finest. Here we take a closer look at American’s hot spot for diverse fishing opportunities and the little place that we like to call home.

Located near the southeastern tip of Louisiana, just where the Mississippi River flows into the Gulf of Mexico, Venice is the jumping-off point for some insanely good inshore, offshore, and oil rig fishing. It is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Plaquemines Parish, LA, and the last community down the Mississippi accessible by automobile. Because of its southern terminus location at the end of the Great River Road, Venice earned its town nickname “The End of the World”.

Up until 1985 when Dave and Debbie Ballay opened the Venice Marina, Venice was best known as an oil and commercial fishing town. Dave was convinced of the area’s great potential for sports fishing after working on a Venice charter boat since 1977. He was proven correct. Venice has since become a booming market for tourism creating vast opportunities for fishing charters, guide services, hotels, lodges, and restaurants.

Venice, Louisiana is no stranger to challenges. In 2005, along with many other towns nearby, Venice was almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Afterwards, significant rebuilding, reopening, and reoccupation took place. Then, shortly after in April 2010, Venice faced yet another disaster when oil from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion began washing ashore in the community. After both catastrophes, Venice proved its resilience and fought to keep the tourism alive by continuing to offer great fishing and outdoor adventures.

Whether you’re interested in landing a huge, trophy fish offshore or merely looking to bring home a huge stock of freshly caught fish, Venice, LA is the place to go! From gorgeous redfish to record-setting tarpon, sailfish, and tuna, you’re sure to experience the fishing adventure of a lifetime!

Big Game Fishing Knots

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Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin tuna are one of the most abundant fish off the coast of Louisiana, and a common fish you are likely to come across on an offshore chartered fishing trip.

Thanks to the speed and agility of this large species, they make for a fishing adventure you will not forget.

About Yellowfin Tuna

• One of the larger tuna species, reaching weights of over 400 lbs. Most anglers will catch yellowfin between 20 and 250lbs in Venice

• Yellowfin often travel in schools towards the surface of the water

• Yellowfin tuna are fast and powerful swimmers in the pelagic fish family

• Yellowfin are known as the ahi fish in Hawaii, which is the name for the closely related bigeye tuna

• Yellowfins’ diet consists of flying fish, squid, and crustaceans

Strategies used to catch Yellowfin Tuna: Chumming

Chumming is an effective fishing technique when fish have gone down deeper or do not want to eat live bait. For chum we pretty much use whatever we have at the time depending on the time of year. During the winter we will use pogies, and cut Bonita.

One of the biggest things you see people do is chum too much. This will cause the fish to go down and fill up. If we are fishing the lumps during the winter, we like to have a steady flow of red meat and pogies going out. On the days that the water is cleaner, watch your chum slick once the chum gets out of your sight you can throw a couple more pieces in the water.

Chunking

Similar to Chumming, this is throwing cut up pieces of fish into the water to attract tuna. The best thing you can do is get a 25lb flat of hacked up butterfish. Toss handfuls of this into the water as you fish.

In general 25lb of chopped butterfish should last your 4 hours, so two flats may be necessary for longer trips. Add in a box of sardines and you’re good to go.

Trolling

A method that involves creating a flashy presentation with multiple lures. Green is the most popular color to attract yellowfin. Try tossing smaller skirted baits out, yellowfin tend to like to bite on these.

Live Baiting

Live baiting is by far one of the best and most productive method of catching yellowfin tuna. Some good live bait to use while fishing are: threadfin herring, menhaden, blue runners, and mullet.

Live baiting can be tricky at times. One of the most important things when live baiting is to match the hook size with your bait. If you put a hook that is too big or too heavy on a fragile bait, it will cause it to not swim naturally, which will result in a lot less bites.

When in Venice Louisiana fishing, we use many different types of live bait depending on the time of the year and what is available, so it is very important to know what the tuna are biting on. Once they key in on a certain bait it can be difficult to get them to bite other baits.

One important thing to remember when live baiting is you want your bait to act natural, dragging your bait around will cause it to not swim proper. The best way to put them out is into the current while just bumping them in and out of gear. This will allow your baits to swim and not be dragged. Make sure you put your baits out a nice distance behind the boat which will allow for more hook ups. The gear we use when live baiting is Mustad demons hooks from size 5/0-8/0 3x and 60-130lb high seas fluorocarbon.

See our full guide on tricks to catch yellowfin

WAHOO

If you’re in the mood for some fun game fishing,  wahoo is the trip for you.  Wahoo have the ability to swim up to 60 mph and usually do not swim in schools, thus making it an exciting fish to catch. They put up quite the fight!

Catching these beasts will be a challenge, but an exciting one. Wahoo season runs from January through March.

About Wahoo:

Wahoo is a thin and streamlined predator found in tropical offshore waters around the world. They have an amazing outline pattern when they are caught; they have very sharp teeth that cut its prey in a similar way to scissors. Wahoo is one of the fastest and attractive pelagic fish. They get speeds of more than 50 miles per hour and are known for their stealth. The fish is long and thin, with vertical blue lines. They have blue eyes and wide opening mouth equipped with sharp teeth.

• Fastest species of mackerel in American water.

• Wahoo is found offshore; they tend to be solitary but are sometimes
found in small schools.

• We usually travel 15-30 miles off the Venice, Louisiana coast to
catch wahoo–that is their primary zone.

• Wahoo have long mouths with very sharp teeth, they are slender
and have white and blue zebra-like stripes.

Strategies used to catch Wahoo

• Surface trolling.

• Deep trolling (most effective)

For trolling, you can try nomad dive baits and other swimming plugs that can be trolled quickly. Yo-Zuri Bonita or Braid Marauder lures work very well. When they are on the surface, they sometimes take stick baits or poppers as well. Check out a guide on catching wahoo.

Produced wire rigs with as light of wire as you feel comfortable with, Use a colored coffee wire around # 6, which will be around a 55 lb test. Rig a 6/0, 7/0 or even 8/0 live bait hook with a similar treble hook around 5 inches back. It is best to make these rigs only 2 feet long and use the Albright special to connect it to an 80 lb fluorocarbon leader that should give it a length of five to seven feet. There is no need for a very long leader, as it is best to not even let an experienced wire man handle the leader, because many people lose this fish because the wire man allows a bit of slack or unequal pressure. Of course, when you are trolling with cigar sinker and long leaders, you have no other choice in this matter.

The wahoo will give you a run for your money; they are a fast and challenging fish to catch. The wahoo is not targeted commercially thus there are currently no bag limits, however captains normally do not keep more than 12 in a boat.

Dolphin-Fish (Mahi-Mahi)

Not to be confused with mammalian dolphins, dolphin-fish are fish and the two bear no relation.

We often call dolphin-fish mahi-mahi because mahi-mahi means strong-strong in Hawaiian, a perfect
name for a fish known for their powerful fight once hooked.

About Mahi-Mah

Mahi-mahi (a.k.a. common dolphinfish and dorado) is a surface-dwelling, fish found in offshore around the gulf of mexico, as well as tropical and subtropical waters around the world. Its name in Hawaiian means “very strong”, in Spanish it means “golden”, which is derived from its beautiful golden hue.  Due to its name, “dolphin”, mahi-mahi is often confused with bottle nosed dolphin. Although, they couldn’t be more different in looks. Bottle-nosed dolphins are air-breathing mammals while mahi-mahis are actual fish.

Even though the average life span of mahi-mahis is only four years, they are one of the fastest-growing fish that spawn in warm ocean currents throughout the year. The average size is anywhere from 15 to 29 pounds. A large catch would be considered to be between 30 to 39 pounds. A massive catch would be anything over 40 pounds. Mahi-mahi have compressed bodies, a single, long-based dorsal fin running from the head to tail. They well known for their bedazzled colors – gold on the sides with shiny blues and greens on the sides and back. Mature males have a prominent foreheads protruding over the body. Females have more of a rounded head. Females are smaller than males. When mahi-mahis hunt, three black diagonal stripes will actually appear on each side of the body.

Look for floating debris in the off-shore waters around 120 feet deep where these carnivorous fish travel in schools and feed on flying fish, crabs, squid, mackerel, and other forage fish. Expect a tough fight as mahi-mahis are extremely strong and fast swimmers that can travel speeds up to 57 mph. Once a mahi-mahi is caught and out of the water, its golden color often changes to several different hues before finally fading to a muted yellow-grey upon death.

• Found in abundance in the spring and into the summer months, season is April-August.

• Mahi-Mahi feed on a variety of prey – small fish, squid sargassum, crabs, and crustaceans.

• Mahi-Mahi are very strong and fast swimmers. They are usually between 15-30lbs.

• Male and females can be distinguished by the shape of their head.

• Mahi-Mahi range in colors from green, blue and yellow. Once out of the water they will display yellow to gold tones.

• Travel in schools.

Strategies used to catch Mahi-Mahi

Tackle

For trying to target mahi around floating debris, we would highly recommend poppers or any type of bait. A spinning reel and rod combo is well suited, and a  60-80 braided line with a leaders is also recommended. The optimal rod is 7 feet long and has an extra-fast action; that is good for managing lure weights up to 1 ounce (although you usually throw lures 50% heavier than the rating). Most anglers choose to use 65lb  braided line  due to the slightly increased line width that does not  affect casting distance. At least not noticeably. Fused and braided lines provide more casting distance as compared to mono. This is because it is a much smaller line diameter of fused and braided lines. Also, the fused and braided lines have virtually no stretch capacity, that enables the angler to carefully work even the most difficult lures, sense the softest hits, and set the hook. Fused line is the favored line because it possesses better abrasion resistance; It is much less likely to form a wind knot.

Mahi Tackle Checklist

  • 7 foot rod rated for 65-80 lb braid and also lure weights of up to 1 oz
  • Spinning reel rated for 65 lb braided line
  • 50-80 pound fluorocarbon leader
  • 130 pound barrel swivel
  • Poppers
  • 4/0 to 7/0 Circle Hook

Recommended Mahi Rig

The line should be fixed with a 3 foot length of 50-80lb fluorocarbon leader, utilizing a 130 pound barrel swivel. The body of the swivel eliminates any chance of picking up debris as well as it offers a quick connection place between the line and leader. Anglers need to be cautious to not reel the swivel into the rod. This can damage your guides! A lot of anglers prefer to use an albright or uni-knot in place of a swivel.

Circle hooks are great, as they improve hook-ups. Additionally, they are more beneficial for the fish. If you plan on releasing that is. Tie your 4/0-7/0 hook to the leader, about 3 to 4 feet of 30 to 60 pound fluorocarbon, and fix it to your primary line. You can utilize a Spider Hitch to produce a loop in the other end of the rig to fix to the main line with a snap swivel.

Technique

Chunking, casting, and trolling are some really great ways of catching yourself a Mahi Mahi. Whenever you find them, they are not going to turn down many baits that you offer them. We will talk about some of the basics of trolling, along with some methods for bailing as well.

Trolling is probably the best method for finding these beasts.  Often times Mahi Mahi  are found when looking for other offshore fish, such as yellowfin tuna or Marlin.  Whenever  you find debris or a nice weed patch, spreads can be adjusted to lure in big Mahi bites.

Just like other offshore fish, you would be trolling a spread. We often rig ballyhoo and lures. The typical spread when running for Mahi are made from seven lines. It’s better to have medium size Ballyhoo along with a couple of Horse Ballyhoo. Your lure selection should be diverse! My color choice will be on the more vibrant colors.

As soon as you hook a Mahi, be ready for a great fight, particularly if you’re using light tackle. Dolphin 20 lbs and under will more than likely travel in groups of the same size fish. If you do hook one, there is going to be others around. Now bailing would come into play. A bailing rig can be a hook tied to a leader and attached to your main line. If your utilizing a lighter leader, a snap swivel is probably best. Dolphin have small teeth and can chaff a leader fairly quickly. Quick changes are crucial when you have a school of fish behind the boat!

Bait like shrimp and ballyhoo are what we tend to favor. However, cut false albacore really turns them on too. Cut your bait into chunks and throw some out.  You should just be trying to drive them into a frenzy. Bait your hook with the same baits we talked about. The Mahi will come in schools to feed.  This is also a great technique to get fish out from under a weed patch. Have some spinning rods set with bucktail and your good to go.

The Mahi-Mahi provides one of the best offshore fishing adventures for anglers of all skill levels. These fish are plentiful on the coast when in Venice, Louisiana fishing

Marlin

The Marlin is one tough and fast fish, a pelagic predator and prized game fish. Get ready for a fight once hooked. Marlin will jump and try to get away once hooked on the line. They are a sought after game fish because of their sheer power, but are usually not consumed. April through November is Marlin season, but the best months are June-October.

About Marlin

• The marlin are very fast swimmers, they can swim up to 60 mph
• Females can reach 1300 lbs, while males usually only reach about
300 lbs
• Marlin feed on squid, yellowfin and blackfin tuna, mackerel
• The Marlin use its spear-shaped jaw to catch food
• Marlin are solitary fish and rarely will they be found swimming in
schools

Strategies used to catch Marlin

• Trolling (recommended)

• Drifting can also be used at times

For trolling here are our recommended lures to use.

#1: Mold Craft Wide Range

Used by some of the biggest names in Venice Louisiana fishing, the Mold Craft Wide Range has a squared-off nose and center hole and gets its name from the wide range of speeds and conditions through which the lure can be pulled.

#2: Mold Craft Super Chugger

Another favorite amongst expert Marlin anglers is the Mold Craft Super Chugger, known for its concave face which allows the lure to grab a gulp of air and let it out in a thick bubble stream with a short side-to-side wiggle of its head.  It also has the ability to rise and fall regularly which attracts the attention of the marlin. Interesting fact: The 1,402-pound, all tackle Atlantic blue marlin caught in 1992 and world record holder was caught using a pink-and-white Super Chugger.

#3: Pakula Lumo Sprocket

Want to know how good this one is? Angler Jody Wentworth jumped overboard to retrieve a lure which had just been used to catch a 500-pound blue marlin and fell into the water.  Determined not to lose his Pakula Lumo Sprocket, Wentworth swam 20-feet in shark-infested waters to find his sinking lure!  This one is designed as a straight runner with a very tight swimming action and works well in any position, but especially in the long outrigger slot.

#4: Tournament Tackle’s Ilander Lure (aka Hawaiian Eye)

Developed in 1976, this lure is one of a kind and the first of many – the first true high-speed trolling lure, the first to have permanent nylon skirts, and the first to use realistic eyes.  The Ilander is probably best known for its versatility where anglers use the lure to fish for all types of marlin species.

#5: Copa Fishing Lures’ Tado

Each and every one of these beautiful, large lures are made by hand and crafted using real shell inserts.  Steve Coggin is the founder and creator of the Tados which are more like pieces of art as well as effective and highly regarded lures, “Tado is a big lure, and it runs great on the short corner.  I first started making it during the late 70’s and early 80’s at a time when most guys were making smaller lures.  I gave one to Chip Van Mols on Jen Ken Po, and he caught a 700-pounder on it.  He promptly named the lure Tado, which is short for the Hawaiian name for skipjack over 10 pounds, ‘otado’.”

Fish Found In the Gulf of Mexico Limits on deep water Reef Fish (dept 400-1300ft)

– For this we use electric reels
– Deep water grouper (4 per person)
– Barrel fish (10 per person)
– Oil fish (1 per person)
– Tile fish (10 per person)
– Along with many other type of fish.

When you are fishing that deep you never know what you will
come up with!

Limit on shallow water Reef Fish (depth 50-400ft)

– Cobia (2 per person)
– King mackerel (2 per person)
– Red Snapper (2 per person)
– Shallow water grouper (4 per person)
– Warsaw grouper (1 per boat)
– Mangrove snapper (10 per person)
– B liners (10 per person)
– Amberjack (1 per person)

Limits on different Pelagic Fish

– Yellowfin Tuna (2 per person)
– Blackfin Tuna (no more than 20 per boat) (the two above are special limits that all the captains use to not over catch. The legal limit for yellowfin is 3 and blackfin is unlimited.)
– Wahoo (no more than 12 per boat)
– White Marlin (we do not keep)
– Blue Marlin (we do not keep)
– Sailfish (we do not keep)
– Swordfish (1 per person, max 4 in a boat)
– The only type of shark we keep is a Mako. (1 per boat)
– Mahi-Mahi (dolphin – no limit)

What types of permits and licenses do I need?

You will need a three-day non-resident guide/charter fishing license that can be purchased for $10.00. For more information, please call the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at (888) 765-2602.

You will also need a free landing permit. New regulation changes require that all anglers and charter captains possessing tunas, billfishes, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, and snappers first obtain an Offshore Landing Permit. You can get this permit by clicking here.

When are the best months for Venice Louisiana Fishing – INSHORE

That depends on what you would like to catch. Inshore fishing is spectacular year-round, but here’s an idea of what species are most prominent:

Speckled trout (from April to November)

Flounder (from March to November)

Redfish, drum and sheepshead (year-round)

When are the best months for Venice Louisiana Fishing – OFFSHORE

Offshore fishing is a different story. Here’s what you can expect.

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January – March

In these months our main targets will be wahoo, yellowfin tuna and blackfin tuna. While also catch amberjack, grouper, king mackerel and other reef fish. This time of..

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August Fishing Report

Venice, Louisiana

August has just begun and for the next few months we will see some of the BEST yellowfin tuna fishing in Venice, Louisiana of the year! Just this past weekend we fished Faux Pas Rodeo, and although we didn’t win 1st place this year we were able to put a PILE of yellowfin in the boat. Along with some wahoo and mahi-mahi.

Yellowfin Tuna

Starting in august is when we begin to put up number of yellowfin tuna in the 40-100 range.  As we move into September, October and November big yellowfin will begin to show up behind the shrimp boats.  This is when you have a chance at catching tuna over 200 pounds in Venice, Louisiana!  The best part about these months is that if the shrimp boats are at a standstill we are still able to run out to the floaters and catch numbers.

Amberjack, Swordfish, Grouper, Tile Fish, Snapper

The fishing in Venice, Louisiana is finally starting to get consistent with solid catches coming in everyday of yellowfin tuna and more.  Amberjack season has also just reopened and will stay open until the gulf reaches its quota.

Other than tuna and amberjack there are plenty more species to catch this time of year including swordfish, deep water grouper, tile fish, shallow water grouper, and various types of snapper (red snapper is closed). We will begin to see our run of cobia starting in September but we are starting to see them right now.

New 42′ Custom Conch

We are also very excited to announce that we have added a new vessel to our fleet! Now you can ride in style and comfort when you book a trip on our 42′ Custom Conch (Room for 1-6 people). This new ride comes equipped with equipped with Quad 350’s, Simrad electronics, a bathroom, and Seakeeper Technology.

Seakeeper provides the solution to a host of excuses to stay ashore. No more fear of motion sickness. No more fatigue after only four hours of seeking the bite. No more worrying about the children or elderly guests on a rolling deck. It’s confidence, comfort, safety, and smiles.

Now our boat transforms from rolling to stable, guests go from sick to smiling, and memories turn from “never again” to “best trip ever.” Home Run Charters is the ONLY charter company in Venice, Louisiana to have Seakeeper technology!

P.S. SAVE $100 OFF with code “HRC100OFF” when you book a trip on our NEW 42’ Conch.

Duck Hunting (NOW BOOKING)

Home Run Charters provides the finest Venice duck hunting around and would like you to join us for your next hunting trip in Louisiana. Come Duck Hunting with us in early fall for our teal season. We are fully equipped to give you a great experience. With our Blast and Cast package you can hunt ducks early morning and finish off the trip charter fishing for Redfish and Speckle Trout. Duck hunting, and Blast and Cast continues in late fall through late winter.

Open Dates

We still have plenty of days open in August and September during the week.  These months are my favorite months to fish yellowfin tuna thanks to consistency and numbers.  If you’re looking for a spot in October I would CALL NOW because we are almost full!

If you have any questions, please give me a call at (504) 228-0083 or call our office at (504) 982-8862.

Looking Forward to fishing with you,

Captain John Pisa

(504) 982-8862.

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Venice, Louisiana

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Why Shallow CrankBaits Are Awesome For Catching Redfish

Crankbaits are a superb redfish lure that a lot of people don’t think to use. Anglers often love boasting about their lures that are one off and work, things other people don’t typically use. What you may not have known is that shallow-diving crankbaits are a really good lure to use when your conventional lures and methods fail you.

What About Shallow Crankbaits Is So Good?

There are actually quite a few reasons why this is such a good lure to use to catch redfish. For one, its an action that redfish don’t often see. They’re used to seeing so many other things that its actually intriguing and enticing to them to see the shallow crankbait action. Often times they’re used to seeing corks, gold spoons, and spinners. However, something with the wiggle and bump of a crankbait is usually something new to them. This is very appealing to bite on.

Another reason is because they float to the surface when your not retrieving them. This makes is way easier to get unsnagged from tree limbs and ultimately gives them a different appeal. How you ask? Reeling slower will cause a crankbait to run shallower. If you pull is shallow enough you can create a waking affect that really gets the attention of potential predictors, such as red fish! On top of that they are easy to cast, for that you can cast them far and accurately. Some crankbaits are as heavy as a half ounce. You can surely lob that thing quite a ways.

I would suggest a medium to medium heavy power rod with fast action. Try to stay away from braid, it doesn’t cast the best.

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5 Reasons you Should Book a Fishing Trip in Venice, Louisiana

Planning the perfect fishing trip can be hard. What is it about your search for an outdoor adventure that is most appealing? Is it the thought of being out in the deep sea with a big boat, state of the art technology, and the best fishing gear on the market? All whilst wrestling massive fish? Then maybe you should consider fishing in Venice, Louisiana. We are going to go over the top 5 reasons why you should consider booking your next fishing trip in Venice, the yellowfin tuna fishing capital of the world.

The Diversity of Fish

There is a plethora of fish that can be found while fishing offshore in Venice, Louisiana. The list could go on and on. We will just hit on some of the big fighters you might encounter while out on your fishing adventure. Offshore in Venice, LA you can find: white marlin, blue marlin, blackfin and yellowfin tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, amberjack, grouper, Mako sharks, cobia, mangrove snapper, dorado, king mackerel, and much more! There’s no telling what you might be fighting with while fishing here. Except for more than likely some monster yellowfin tuna, which we will talk about next.

The Tuna

Venice, LA is known as “tuna town” and that is for good reason! Often times targeted out of Venice, yellowfin are some of the most challenging fish even to the most experienced fisherman. They have great eyesight and they’re fast swimmers. They can often be seen darting through the water! Yellowfin can be seen under the surface of the water and are often caught while swimming in schools. Captains use a variety of tactics to help catch these beasts. These tactics include top water fishing, live baiting, kite fishing, and chumming. In the summer time the average tuna is 50-60 pounds. In the fall and winter months it’s much different. It’s not uncommon to see yellowfin over 200 pounds! If you want to catch a lot of big tuna, Venice, LA is the place!

It’s the Redfish Capital of the World

There are redfish in most areas, probably every coastal spot in Louisiana. What you may not know is Venice, La is at the mouth of the largest river in the country. A ton of nutrients come from this river and deposits in the River Delta. This feeds the small little fish that you could say start the “food chain” that ultimately leads to the red fish and all the way up to the “bull reds”.

You Will Have A Lot of Fish Dinners at Home

If you go on a fishing trip in Venice, then you are more than likely going to go home with an abundance of food. No reason to be hungry for a LONG time. You will always have a fresh caught meal at home that you can cook with you family as you reminisce  about your amazing fishing vacation. It’s always fun to look back and laugh about dad getting whooped by that 150lb tuna.

The Charters Are The Best You Will Ever Experience

Ultimately, fishing with a charter service in Venice, La is a vacation. There are rarely times where the whole family can equally enjoy a vacation as adults and kids usually like different things. This is different however, the whole family can enjoy a fishing trip like this. If you go with a professional chartering company like Home Run Charters, then you will be cruising on one of the one sophisticated, comfortable, and technologically equipped boats there is for fishing. But more important than that, you will have one of the most experienced captains guiding you on your trip, ensuring you have the most fun, make the most out of your trip, and of course that you catch a ton of fish. Our captains really know their stuff, you can not find a better guide. But above everything else, you will not find people that care more about your experience fishing in Venice, Louisiana.

Please let us know if your interesting in booking your fishing trip in Venice, Louisiana

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What is the best drone for fishing you ask? Perfect fishing drones should enjoy an excellent battery life, with a respectable flight speed, be strong for the wind and easy to control. A fishing drone with these qualities would be perfect to go fishing. If you are a fishing enthusiast who is looking for a way to improve your catch,  then drones may be the right solution for you. Not only can you use a drone to explore the surrounding area for schools of fish, but you can also use the drone to throw out your line far into the water.

More anglers are looking for new and innovative ways to increase their catch. It is very competitive, and each new idea goes through a lot of tests and errors before being considered new and effective way. The same applies to drones. Because a drone for fishing is certainly a fantastic idea, it’s absolutely worth trying them in practice, right? Fishermen have many uses for them, and believe it or not, they are actually very good at improving the rate of fish caught. Several people use it to explore the surroundings and hunting for fish close by, while others mount complete fishing lines and make use of them as complex fishing mechanisms. The following is the list of the best fishing drones.

Splash Drone 3 Fisherman: This is specifically made for the purpose of fishing. Swell Pro is one of the only manufacturers in the world whose sole objective is to produce waterproof drones. They have gone a pace further with the Splash Drone 3 Fisherman, making it particular to fishing. This drone is 100% water resistant. You can land the drone on the water and utilize the live video monitor attach to the transmitter to watch the live feed from the camera. This allows you to explore fish both above and below the surface. This drone comes with a payload release mechanism designed for casting bates. This saves you having to purchase any additional accessories that may be required.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro: The next on our list of the best drones for fishing is DJI Phantom 4 Pro. If you are not familiar with a drone, basically this is a monster! This drone has a wide range of up to 7 km, which is not only impressive but the abundance of range for drone fishing. Just as impressive as it range is its 30 minutes flying time. Among all of the drones currently available, very few can surpass this, 30 minutes should be enough to throw your line, get a bite and return the drone back to you.

Yuneec Typhoon H: This is an outstanding fishing drone, it is not shocking to see a great drone produce by Yuneec, and it’s fairly a common happening because Yuneec is standing extraordinarily on the drones’ market through their Q500 rousing up quite a fuss when it was initially released, their Typhoon H model looks to do the same. This is a great hexacopter that can lift average to the big game with ease. All you require to do is to fix the fishing mechanism and you are ok to go.

Upair One: This is an exceptional drone for fishing which can serve anglers in many ways. With its firm landing gear, you are able to easily attach the fishing line, swivel and the complete fishing mechanism to it; in addition, the 3-axis camera gimbal will permit you to fluently rotate the camera to your desired position, making it much easier for you to catch fish from a huge distance and those hard to reach places.

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How do tides affect fishing you wonder?

Lets first understand what tides are, then we can understand how tides affect fishing. Tides are the rising and falling of the sea level. It is as a result of the gravitational pull of the sun and moon and follows a lunar timetable. In general terms, fishing is generally better when the tide is running, that is, during the middle period of the tide, instead of the peak of the low or high tide when the water is “slack “. Snappers and a lot of other fish species tend to feel more excited when the water is flowing. However, the fish biting regularly slows down with a slow or high water flow. It makes sense to time fishing trips during times that coincide with the tides.

Tides also affects deep-sea fishing, dictating the place where the fish retain their structure and concentrating food in circular movements of water that lead to a small whirlpool and deeper nutrient-rich water pushed to the surface. The impact of the tide is strongest in shallow waters, bay, estuaries and the harbor, as well as around the islands and reefs that “press” the tide through narrow channels.

How high the tides raise will differ depending on the position of the moon relative to the sun. When both are in line, we experience big tides. When they are opposite each other the tidal range is small, once the moon’s orbit brings it closest to Earth every 27.5 days (pedigree) we experience the highest tides in a month. When the moon is at the furthest point from Earth, the tides are lower.

The feeding cycle of several fish is directly affected by the movements of the tides. In most of the world, fish that cling to coastal areas feed mainly on the flood tide when tiny organisms are washed with warm water in winter and with cold water in summer. There are times when the fish feed at the start of the flood tide and the tail end of the ebb tide, This would explain the variation in the diet of fish species from one region to another at different times. What may seem indicative of certain fish species eating habits in one place may not be the same anywhere  else at a short distance away.

Tidal flow provides one of the three main things that fish need: food. Current sweeps drag small marine animals and plants along with it, concentrating them in small whirlpools where a structure such as reefs or rocks disrupts the flow of water. All types of fish benefit from this, gathering where the food is concentrated. When small fish and smaller organisms are washed in with the rising tide, the larger fish will follow and feed on them, leaving when the food source is finished.

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Yes their are differences in fishing rods.

There surely can be a difference in rods, depending on the technique of fishing and the target fish species. For instance, a high pace trolling outfit requires the boat to be roving upwards of 17 knots, trolling lead weights in excess of 3 or 4 lbs with the bait, not to mention targeting species that range more than 80 lbs who travel in excess of 60mph. Apparently, that’s an excessive case, but that outfit might not be helpful in a lake. If  action lures that involve swimming motion are involved, then a fast retrieving spinning rod may perhaps be helpful. Whether it’s on a lake, jigging over a wreck in 100ft of water, or pulling a top water plug tempting bass that might be the preferred rod.

The rods generally go by the sensitivity level, which is all about preference. A freshwater rod is generally a little more flexible, giving additional sensitivity and letting you feel the strike of fish. A normal saltwater rod will be a bit stouter, adding extra strength to battle potentially bigger fish.

When it comes to game fishing, you cannot do without a fishing rod. If you are new to fishing, the fishing rod will be the major investment. It is the basic tool that makes most fishing possible and pleasurable. Many a time, just using a fishing rod can become addictive for a lot of people. The following are some tips that will help you in choosing the best fishing rod for your requirements.

Weight: The fishing rod is described by the weight. And in this case, the weight does not indicate the real heaviness of the rod. Instead, this explains how flexible the rod will be for particular types of fish and specific types of lures. Hence, classifications such as Ultra Light, Light, Medium-Light, Medium-Heavy, Medium, Heavy and ultra-Heavy are terms used when describing fishing poles or fishing rods to aid the fisherman to choose the right one for his objectives.

Action: The fishing rod can also describe by action. This describes how much the fishing rod can bend when the rod is pulled by a certain force, and how quickly it retracts to its neutral position when the force is removed. The action is classified as slow, medium or fast, although middle points between the levels can be found.

One or two pieces: several fishing rods are described as one piece, because they come in, well, one piece. It is said that they feel very natural for the fisherman, which allows for a more relaxed and comfortable time.

However, two-piece fishing rods are more complex. Although with the right engineering, these rods can accomplish theirs very well. Though, you must be careful when picking a two-piece rod. If manufactured inefficiently, they can be catastrophic even for a skilled fishermen.

It is a familiar adage that ‘you get what you pay for’, though we are also aware of the fact that there are products out there that are expensive for what you are really getting. Fishing equipment is like any other product. There are “‘bargains” that do not even deserve the time it takes to carry them out to your car, and there are many products that cost so much that it can even make the fish to jump into your boat. Rods are among the most expensive components of fishing gear and are therefore the most scrutinized purchases we make.

Choosing the right fishing rod can be a confusing experience for someone who wants more for their money. With an incredible variety of good rods available for serious fishermen today, it’s easy to find the best rod that is perfect for what you want to do. But, at the same time, you may end up with something that may not be right and you will spend good money for something you will not use. I think the most expensive rod you have is the one you never use. With that said, pick out a rod that will accommodate to what your fishing for, be that fresh water or salt water.

 

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