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Louisiana - Venice & the Gulf of Mexico

Capt. Damon McKnight
January 22, 2001
Venice - Saltwater Fishing Report

What! Another Amberjack!

Yesterday, we had a break in the unbelievably windy weather that we've been having in Louisiana and made it offshore. Our destination was back to the world famous midnight lump. Our goal was to catch Wahoo and Tuna. We did succeed in catching tuna but not like we had expected.

We started out trolling West Delta 143 which is a block located in the Gulf of Mexico. We had no luck there so we went straight to the midnight lump. We began chumming for tuna and immediately we had Bonita and King Mackeral in the chum line with a few tuna and wahoo mixed in. When your chumming on the lump it is nothing to have hundreds of Bonita eating the chum as you throw it overboard. What you want to do is get a big enough piece of bait on your hook that will make it down past the Bonita to catch the bigger Tuna that hang lower than the Bonita. The only problem we had yesterday is that below the Bonita we had Amberjack stacked up thick. At the depth that we would usually catch Tuna we were catching Amberjack. The A.J.'s were decent size so we weren't complaining to much. We ended up catching around 8 or 9 Amberjack, 4 blackfin tuna, and lost 1 big yellowfin tuna right behind the boat.

I didn't see the big Yellowfin and Wahoo in the numbers that I usually but they are definately out there. The fishing was starting to pick up, or I guess I should say we were starting to catch what we went after, but due to high winds out of nowhere we had to call it a day. The fishing this time of year out of Venice, La. is hard to beat. The lump season starts in February and goes on through April. So anyone interested needs to get in on the action. Super Strike Charters/Capt. Damon McKnight

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Offshore fishing for Tuna, Marlin, Dolphin, Wahoo, and many other species. As seen on ESPN Outdoors. We are located 1 hour south of New Orleans in Venice, La. at the Venice Marina

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237 Sports Marina Road
Venice, LA 70460
Phone: 985.960.1900
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