Venice - 5/30

Discussion in 'Offshore Fishing Reports' started by BretABaker, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. BretABaker

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    More detailed report and a couple more pics to come, but we had good fishing out of venice on Saturday. Had to cut the trip short due to only having one engine, but we managed some nice fish before that.


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    Hey Bret, what rig were you fishing?
     
  5. BretABaker

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    I can't remember. Eddie was there as well so maybe he'll say in his report
     
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    Cool, we went as far as holstien looking for YFT and the big boys just never really showed up, the place was however overrun with overfed blackfin and cudas....quit popping after the cudas ate my third popper.
     
  7. BretABaker

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    Cool, we went as far as holstien looking for YFT and the big boys just never really showed up, the place was however overrun with overfed blackfin and cudas....quit popping after the cudas ate my third popper.

    cudas stole $120 from me this weekend. Im never letting another one live, ever.
     
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    Nice tuna Bret!
     
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    Good sickles for that tuna in the pic. He isn't really big but looks good. $120 in lures isn't so bad Bret, I would have lost 5X that at the LA casinos! I won't tell my wife how much I spent in shibukis and runbohs and if I lose 5-6 it will be nasty
     
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    Nice catches, Bret.
    It looks LA had better offshore fishing than TX this weekend as guys who chartered the Big E fished Nancen and Diana and caught only blackfin.
     
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    Nice catches, Bret.
    It looks LA had better offshore fishing than TX this weekend as guys who chartered the Big E fished Nancen and Diana and caught only blackfin.


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    Very nice !!!
     
  16. BretABaker

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    Good sickles for that tuna in the pic. He isn't really big but looks good. $120 in lures isn't so bad Bret, I would have lost 5X that at the LA casinos! I won't tell my wife how much I spent in shibukis and runbohs and if I lose 5-6 it will be nasty


    it was pretty long, but didnt have a ton of girth. in a few months it wouldve been pretty heavy.

    $120 doesnt sound too bad, but I really only lost a couple expensive lures. I lost 5 or 6 hammered diamond jigs, a tady, salas, metal sardines, etc. honestly the most annoying thing was having to retie the P.R. knot 3 or 4 times when the leader got too short :mad:
     
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    :) lol

    cudas stole $120 from me this weekend. Im never letting another one live, ever.
     
  18. BretABaker

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    The gist of the trip is that I left Houston around 7PM on Friday to make the 430 mile drive to Venice. After getting to New Orleans and taking 90 and not business 90, I found myself in the slums of NO. The abundance of porch-drinking, jaywalking and boarded up windows gave me the sense that this was not the correct way. I hadn't remembered this from last time :eek: I stopped in a Waglreen's for directions, only to realize the cashier and all patrons were virtually useless. Not only had they never heard of the road "23" (they said they didn't do numbers) but they also couldn't show me where we were on a map of New Orleans. Baby steps...after they told me what road we were on - I was back on track. Made it to the dock by 3AM.

    515 comes early in the back seat of a pickup. got out, met everyone and started loading the boat. I'd guess we left the dock around 7AM. we stopped to make bait......though i have no bait making rigs so i just threw a hammered diamond jig. cuda.....first jig lost.

    i had another small bar jack that was bit in half by a cuda, and the other guys picked up a few blue runners.

    moving out to bluewater, they wanted to slow troll live baits. there was an early hit from a mahi that didn't take. I tried casting some while slow trolling but wasn't able to get anything. Picked up a baby mahi on the troll. Trolled over to another rig, but it was too fast to cast.

    once we got to the next rig we were jigging right next to the rig. i think there was another bait or two caught, i got an almaco, small yellowfin and lost another jig to a cuda.

    moving farther from the rig the other guys started chunking and were rewarded with a 80lb yellowfin. a short while later, another chunk got hit and i took over on the rod from evan and pulled in the tuna shown earlier.

    not a ton of action for a while, lost more jigs to a cuda, all the while trying to cast while slow trolling. Not much happening, then line got sucked into the prop. long story short we werent sure if it broke the seal, so we made the call not to run the one engine for fear of burning it up. obviously, the trip would be cut short but we decided to stay for another hour.

    fishing picked up pretty well. I hooked a very nice yellowfin on a jig, it made a huge run but the leader broke. i think my drag was too tight for the 80lb line i had. stupid mistake, still kicking myself for it.

    A few more were picked up on the chunk, they were really biting the chunks for a little while there. no monsters but good 50lb fish. I put the jig down and decided to start casting. I saw some fish busting and went for it. Got a small yellowfin - and lost more lures to cudas. The last one was a big disappointment.......cast...reel reel reel - big blowup.....pop. cuda. ugh.

    made it back to houston by about 6PM on Sunday. Nice weekend and very good fishing. I think had we stayed there wouldve been a lot more tuna caught.

    thanks to marty for the invite, hope to do it again soon!
     
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    very nice TYF bret. man those damn cudas! i caught too many but luckily didnt lose anything to one.