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Louisiana - Venice & the Gulf of Mexico

Capt. Damon McKnight
April 19, 2003
Venice - Saltwater Fishing Report

Amberjacks and Groupers!

Our lump season came to an end about the first week in April. We have been fishing Ambejack and Grouper steadily for the past three weeks. The Amberjack are so thick that once you have caught your limit, you move to another location to target another species, and all you catch is more Amberjack. It is work getting past them to the grouper, but it is well worth it. Plenty of Gag Grouper, Scamp Grouper, and Warsaw grouper are being caught. Most of the Amberjack have been averaging 30-50lbs. and the Grouper have been about 25-40lbs. All of them are caught on live hartdtails and diamond jigs.

Our Snapper season opens April 21st. While fishing for Amberjack and Grouper we had to release plenty of snapper in the 20-25lb. range. I can't wait to get back on them, and this time put them in the boat. We usually do very well Snapper fishing down here in Venice, La.

Blue water fishing is getting ready to be on fire. The marlin and dolphin are starting to show up, and the big yellowfin tuna are being caught as well. The most exciting thing about blue water fishing during the summer is you never know what your going to catch. We slow drift live bait around the deep water floaters, and wait for a strike. The live hardtail will usually come to the surface when something is chasing him, swim in a tight circle, and slap his tail on the water. An then, KABOOM, marlin, tuna, or dolphin. Whatever happens to be in the area. The tuna usually hit the bait the hardest. Sometimes coming totally out of the waterlike a missile or hitting the bait at 40 mph on the surface. The marlin are very explosive as well or they can be mild tempered. Sometimes they just swim up to the hardtail, suck him up, and your line just gets tight. But watch out when he realizes he is hooked. It is usually the greatest show on earth. Our rip lines are coming together and starting to form up as close as 7 miles out. Last year our biggest blue marlin was 500lbs., hopefully we will do better this year. Until the next post. Good Fishing.

Capt. Damon McKnight/Super Strike Charters

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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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Super Strike Charters
237 Sports Marina Road
Venice, LA 70460
Phone: 985.960.1900
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