Gulf of Mexico’s Hottest Billfishing Destination
Dates: September 8 – 13, 2017
Location: Venice, Louisiana
Hotel: Cypress Cove Resort and Marina
Charter Boats: Mexican Gulf Fishing Company
Fishing – Venice Louisiana
One of the most overlooked fisheries in the United States, the offshore action off Venice Louisiana is unmatched in the Gulf of Mexico. The nutrient-rich waters of the mighty Mississippi create an enormous food chain that ends with some of the largest collections of apex predators anywhere along the entire Gulf, including wahoo, tuna, dolphin and marlin. Nearby oil and gas rigs hold hundreds of snapper, grouper and cobia as well, so we always have an excellent Plan B to fall back on if we run into bad weather offshore.
September is a prime wahoo and tuna month off the Louisiana coas, with fish of both species regularly topping the 100-pound mark. Most of our runs will be between 20 and 40 miles on wide-beamed Freeman catamarans -center consoles built for speed and smoothing out the seas. Our fishing hosts for this trip are the boys at the Mexican Gulf Coast Fishing Company (http://www.mgfishing.com/). We will use both live bait and lures and slow trolling and high-speed trolling, so you’ll get to see a lot of different techniques in action. If the tuna school up we might even get some to eat topwater plugs on large spinning rods. It’s quite a thrill to see a 100-pound yellowfin bust a popper!
Big dolphin patrol the incredible weedlines that can form in the spiraling arms of the great Loop Current that slowly spins the warm Gulf waters into the thread that eventually becomes the Gulf Stream. Voracious predators, dolphin fish rarely pass up the opportunity to pounce on anything they see, but once hooked, their acrobatic leaps and vicious head shakes can result in lost fish. Sometimes called the perfect game fish, the dolphin is a fine-eating fish that’s great whether grilled, fried, baked or made into ceviche.
Wahoo also make an impressive showing here in September and these toothy speedsters readily take high-speed lures and other shiny offerings trolled around the offshore rigs,reefs and weed lines. The waters offshore Louisiana account for a lot of wahoo pushing the 100-pound mark, so come prepared to take home a few steaks for the grill back home. Unlike other Marlin U sessions, you are encouraged to bring a hard-sided cooler so you can fill it up with fresh fish and take it back home. It’s hard to beat a good feed of tuna and wahoo in the dead of winter! (The cleaning and prep of your fish are also included in the price.)
Here’s some of the things you’ll learn at our fishing seminars:
• Where to start fishing -looking for the right signs and developing a plan
• What kind of baits or lures to pull in different situations
• How to chooe the right charter boat
• How to handle and take big fish at the boat
• How to target wahoo, dolphin and tuna – gamefish count too!
• Big-fish boat handling
• How to use your sounder to find billfish
We will stay at the Cypress Cove Marina and Lodge with clean beds and kicking air conditioning to recover from a great day of fishing. You can chek out the resort here: http://cypresscovevenice.com.