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Ran a trip out of Venice on thursday with Rex and Jack from Austin, Tx. They wanted tuna and tuna they got. We started out by struggling big time to catch mullet. In an hour we had about 10-12 mullet. Then the last two casts we got about 20 more mullet. In the end we didnt need any mullet at all. Couldnt even buy a hit on a mullet but as soon as we started chunking with the blackfins we had jigged up we had doubles on yellowfin. In about 2 hours we landed a dozen yellowfin up to about 70 pounds. Of course we released a few with only two anglers on the boat. Most of the fish were in the 20 pound class. The rigging of choice was 80 pound frenzy flouro, with a 7/o circle hook and a chunk of blackfin. The fish were eating chunks very aggressively and none of them had any thing else in their stomachs. Around 1230 a storm started coming through so we moved a little ways to try and catch a wahoo. First two rigs we trolled by produced nothing but on the third rig the first pass was a double header as both guys got their first hooters. the big one ate an Orange halco trembler and weighed in at 62 pounds. We ended up keeping 7 yellowfin and 2 wahoo.

On a side note I caught at least three additional yellowfins on jigs while trying to jig up blackfins.

 

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My son and I need to get down there and fish with you. I normally fish with Reel Peace but I would love to get the chance to fish with you on your boat. How do you like it by the way, its an awesome looking ride

Do you find that teh bigger yellowfin during the winter season are caught during the day in comparasin to the nite bite. I dont hear of many people catching any real beasts at night
 

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Eddie,

Fishing with Paradise Outfitters the first weekend in January. Actually Fri and Sat. Never fished with them but we'll see. You.ve got some Texas yahoos that weekend too I think. Looking for a great weather break. Seems like in January we've always booked two days but never fished em both. I'm bringing 3 lump newbies so it ought to be interesting.

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Brian, I wanted to go with you but my wife griped at me missing my birthday party with my kids to go fish (dont know what shes thinking about). I had a really successful 2 days fishing Venice in March last year year but we had to comb the damn ocean to find them as they had moved off the lump.

Two other things eventually I will target down off Venice ....swords and Makos. They both seem to grow real big down there becuase everyone else is busy fishing tuna
 

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OOH swordfishing is fun. Biggest I have put in the boat is in the 300 pound range. The lump shuts off at night for tuna kinda wierd as they generally feed in most places at night. ALthough I will say this there is generally no close in y/f bite at night off venice.
 
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Im in for a venice trip no doubt, I would have gone on Brians but its my birthday. I love Venice
sounds good! january is a tough month for me in terms of work, its our chaos month but i could do a weekend or take a couple days. any ideas of when youd want to do it?
 
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