Tuna Fishing in Venice on Super Bowl Sunday!
Capt. Josh Howard
February 9, 2010
Venice - Saltwater Fishing Report
OPEN BOAT SATURDAY SUNDAY AND MONDAY (FEB 13,14&15)
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY'S TRIP
We had Mike's crew from Texas on the boat Sunday for a little Venice tuna fishing. They were originally booked with another captain for that Friday and Saturday but the wind blew them out so I was able to snag them for Sunday. This was a great crew of guys to have out fishing, we had a blast!
We left the dock at 5 am Sunday morning. It was a bit cool on the water but the being a little cool meant no fog so we made good time to the gulf. Sea's were a little rough at first but after we got the Glacier Bay on step, it really wasnt bad.
We started off by trolling for wahoo at a few rigs. First bait in the water starts to scream, I am pumped at this point. Got the fish boat side and its a tuna, no, a wahoo, no, its a damn king!! ha ha! O well, got the blood pumping anyway. We hit a few more rigs with nothing to show for it. We decided to try our hand at amberjack but bait was a problem. I had a couple of decent live ones. Sent the first one down about 150 ft and BAM, fish on!! Landed about a 40 pound AJ then got a hit on the other bait but nothing. Jigs are great right now as well but after that we decided to start tuna fishing.
After we had donated about 4 packs of hooks to the kings and sharks, we got our first fish on but I thought I saw a bonita take the bait and then a shark was chasing it. After the fish took off like crazy, we thought ok, the shark has it now! Like a fool, I push the drag to full so we can make quick work of this shark. We did make good time on bringing the fish up but this shark had yellow fins hanging off of it! We were able to hook up and land one more after that and then the sharks took over.
We spent the next two hours or so playing hide and seek and then it was like we could do no wrong! We doubled up like three times. We lost one fish on two different drifts but got the other one and landed both fish on one of the doubles! We had the fish box to the top and it was almost time to head back for the Super Bowl. The guys wanted one more fish, sent lines back out and within about three mins, FISH ON!!!!!!
We landed that fish and headed for the barn at about 3pm, that fish put us at 7 yellowfin 60-100 pounds and 2 amberjack around 40 pounds!
One of the amberjack was caught while tuna fishing! The other on live bait!
All tuna were caught on cut bonita! (I know Capt Gray, they are little tunny) ha ha!!
Please check out the Video from Sunday, this will let you see exactly what you can expect while fishing Venice in the winter!
Here is the link:
Also, we have this video and more on our site and blog! Also plenty of pics on our site and on rodnreel!
Capt Gray and I still have plenty of open dates for you to fish in Feb and March! We want your business, give us a shot, I know you will be happy with our effort!!
Capt Josh Howard
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