A few years ago I was invited to fish on The Islander which was a floating barge set up which was towed each spring out to the Chandelear Islands just offshore from Venice. It was a wonderful set up--all we had to do was fish; they supplied bunks, A/C, GREAT meals and wonderful fellowship for not a lot of money. Sadly, The Islander sank during one of the infamous 2005 hurricanes. I was reading today in the current issue of Sportfishing Magazine (page 72), and it says that a guy is putting a 385 ft. boat on the water which will serve as a mothership, providing sleeping arrangements and meals. The boat will ply the waters of GOM and anchor in such places as near the Midnight Lump. Fishermen will be ferried out to the ship by boats or helicopters. This sounds like a reincarnation of The Islander but on a much larger scale. I'm having some problems with my internet, but my friend looked on their website, and things/pricing look pretty decent. Check out: Welcome to Fisherman's Paradise / Phone: (727) 441-3474 If this turns out to be as advertized, this could be the worst nightmare for the charter captains in Venice.