Advice for Venice Fishing in December

Discussion in 'Pelagics' started by scubaarchery, Dec 5, 2020.

  1. scubaarchery

    scubaarchery Senior Member

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    Putting my tackle box together. Not much experience at Venice and non this time of year... here is my current arsenal:


    Rods/reels line from left to right... Synit Venom 450 with 20000 Stella for jigging loaded with 65lb indicator braid. Valley Hill Exploder Series with Ocea Jigger 4000 with Seaguar threadlock 50 spliced to create indicator braid (thanks Bill!) Carpenter Endless Passion with 18000 Stella also with 50lb Threadlock. Last is a Phenix Titan with Saragosa 20000.


    Eddie mentioned Knife jigs so I added some Williamson, Fast Fight, Shout, 7 Seas and OTI. Let me know if there are anything else people recommend!


    I added a bunch of Halco Max 130 as well as some other swimbaits. I have Smith Baby Runboh, Shimano Orcas and Oceas and some Brabus and Sabiki.


    I was not planning to bring my bluefish lures Strategic Angler, Siren, Bertox and Hammer Head unless they are feeding on bigger bait.


    I did plan to bring my Tuna Hunter Jr. Poppers.
     
  2. scubaarchery

    scubaarchery Senior Member

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    For that of you that fish Venice regularly or at least more than me, any recommendations? I will be fishing with Captain Eddie Burger...
     

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  3. redgarvey

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    You're well prepared. Fierce looking popper!

    Need more Hot's Drift tune type or Jigging World metallic sardine jigs
    Any smaller assist hooks like 5/0, 6/0, 7/0?

    What hook size you run on the Halco130's?

    Braid Marauder type lures for wahoo troll?
     
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  4. Stevo

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    Eddie will have the troll stuff covered. He really knows his wahoo stuff. If you mention you want to cast to wahoo , “ on the slide “ similar to long range consider something that is relatively heavy and can cut water fast ( like a wahoo bomb or even a jig ). The Max 130 will have considerable drag in the water when retrieved at wahoo speed .
    Lastly pray for good weather as that will influence where you will go ( if you will be a le to go at all). Eddie has an even bigger boat so he will try to get out even if it’s a little choppy
     
  5. lite-liner

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    Ask Eddie, but my advice is keep gear to a minimum.
    1 jigger, 1 caster, a few jigs and plugs and associated hardware and leader. Nothing worse than getting on a good bite and having to fight around rods all over the gunnels because the boat looks like a russian trawler. Eddie will handle the troll stuff.

    Best advice: BRING GOOD WET WEATHER GEAR !!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  6. redgarvey

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    maybe 1 Slow Pitch Jig setup is all that needed
     
  7. scubaarchery

    scubaarchery Senior Member

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    I have some of
    I have some Hots drift tune jigs so can add them. I have plenty of smaller jigs, I pulled those from my bluefin bag and didn’t bother switching before the picture.

    I use 2/0 Owner ST66 hooks on my Halcos.
     
  8. scubaarchery

    scubaarchery Senior Member

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    Stevo, Eddie mentioned casting Halcos if we hook up on Wahoo so I will defer to his advice on that.

    lite-liner, I am the only one bringing my own gear and it’s all new to me so I want to try it before my Bluefin trip in the fall.

    I’m planning to wear waders and a waterproof jacket and will remind my friends to bring gear!

    I don’t slow pitch at all, have no patience for it...
     
  9. redgarvey

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    With all due respect to Capt. Eddie & you, Stevo has some sage advise "If you mention you want to cast to wahoo , "on the slide" with wahoo bomb" or a diamond jig

    Want to cast out and 'rip' that bomb or jig back as fast as possible, highest ratio reel is best...
    Have safe trip & catch'em up
     
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  10. scubaarchery

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    Cool thanks I will rig something on my 18k HG Stella.
     
  11. scubaarchery

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    Trip canceled due to weather... trying again in March!
     
  12. lite-liner

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  13. scubaarchery

    scubaarchery Senior Member

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    That’s Venice! Already booked for March 27-28...
     
  14. Deep_Sea_Gull

    Deep_Sea_Gull Lifetime Supporting Members

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    Well umm crap... yep that is Venice. Great fishing when you can go offshore due to weather... Second the good wet weather wear..
     
  15. Dobhar-Chu

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    Favorite wahoo set up

    Out west the raider 125 in gold with a 2.5 inch plastic hoochie squid slid up over a very sharp single hook is the ticket. My best wahoo outfit is a shimano TN50, it is fast and wide and maintains diameter with 80 lb JB and a 50 lb izor triple x mono. I use a seeker 7 foot, 40 to 60 lb rod. The squid on the hook keeps the wahoo bite off the mono. No Wire, use hoochie squid. I run 18 lbs. of drag for the strike and then back off a bit on the screaming run. The trick to hooking them good is to reel as fast as you can and keep winding through the drag when they hit the raider, then the nanosecond after they spit it you get the hook set. Don't stop cranking when they hit that raider.... then hang on. The spectra and wahoo are a lethal combination and will saw through an anchor rope like a bandsaw... flesh too, watch your thumb. Get a few of the raiders 125's, when the troll rigs go off, slide it in water while the boat is moving, then crank like hell on the handle, rod under crotch and using the rail helps with that crucial hookset.

    enjoy!
     
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  16. Deep_Sea_Gull

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    We had a better chew on top waters using smaller baits that were closer to the size pogies in the bait balls. The smallest Orca walker was the best tuna producer.
     
  17. Dobhar-Chu

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    How small a hook do you go to on the small baits DSG?... owner flyline size 2 (Not 2/0)?

    D-C