~~Chance Martini Ryan Powers nice job today gentlemen, because it was ROUGH AS @#%& !
- Capt. Rickey Beck
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~~Chance Martini Ryan Powers nice job today gentlemen, because it was ROUGH AS @#%& !
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Another Venice, Louisiana fishing trip is in the books. Captain Ben Morris and I ventured down to Cypress Cove Marina with orders to pick up a new addition of Captain Brant’s boat collection, a used 31’ Contender. Along with these orders, Brant generously gave me the go ahead to fish this boat before bringing it back to Ocean Isle. Of course I was all over this opportunity and couldn’t wait to try my luck in the Gulf. We were fortunate enough to fish offshore both Thursday (1/7) and Friday (1/8) however these two days of fishing could quite possibly be the most mentally challenging days of fishing I have ever had. Day one offshore began mid morning after we fixed a few things on the boat and headed out of Southwest Pass. Marine forecast’s showed winds in the 15-20 knot range, seas 4-6 feet with heavy rain most of the day. As many times he is wrong, the weather man was spot on this particular day. We trudged our way 12 miles out to a set of rigs in 72-degree water where I hoped a few wahoo or yellowfin tuna would be lurking. Once we got to the rigs, we set out a spread of swimming plugs similar to what the locals down there use to catch wahoo. Three to four rods, all rigged with hard body diving plugs in colors purple, green, and a gaudy bubblegum pink that supposedly catches the most fish – definitely different from our normal NC gulf stream spread. Not necessarily confident with my approach, I pointed the boat towards the nearest oil rig and before I could tell Ben how skeptical I was about this type of fishing, we had our first bite from a small yet encouraging 25-pound yellowfin. On our second pass of the rig we picked up a 30-pound wahoo. Both on the pink lure. It was actually working! Then like a light switch, the wind changed directions and the bite got real quiet, real quick. We trolled and chunk baited a few other rigs in the area yet our targeted species simply did not want to bite. With our heads held high we headed back to Cypress Cove with hopes of figuring out this off bite the following day. Marine forecasts for this day (1/8), showed light and variable winds most of the day with seas averaging around 2 feet. With calm conditions in mind, we woke up early and abruptly got hit with a fog bank just a few hundred yards from the dock. On charters in NC, I have encountered fog on many trips yet this fog was THICK. Couldn’t see the bow of the boat, much less anything around it. Two other local charter boats near the dock sat idle as we all contemplated on what to do. One boat, without radar, opted to stay at the dock and try their luck another day and the other boat, with radar decided to take it slow down the Mississippi until the fog lifted some. This other boat and I agreed to follow each other as best we could yet the fog had us separated in minutes. None the less, we turned our radar on and headed towards south pass. Two hours later we finally made it to the mouth. Our plan was to run about 30 miles to the east towards an area called the salt dome. This area is well known for its incredible king mackerel and yellowfin tuna action during certain times of the year. This area was also showing good 73 degree water when I checked the satellite shot prior to departure. Once we made out of south pass, we quickly realized that the weatherman was back to normal and wrong again. 3-5 foot seas kept the trim tabs down the whole ride out as we trudged out towards the legendary salt dome. With about 10 miles to go, I mentioned to Ben that the water clarity had failed to change and the sea temp was still residing in the low 60’s. With hopes of a miraculous temp break we continued on the last 10 miles. As we neared the numbers my hopes of giant yellowfin and skying king mackerel quickly diminished. After a 30 mile, back breaking wet ride, we had placed ourselves in 61 degree dirty green water. We deployed baits just in case the undesirable water was just a thin top layer but unfortunately we didn’t get any bites. “What now?” Ben asked as I pondered the GPS. My plan was to do what I and many other NC king mackerel fishermen would probably do, and that was to run offshore until I found good water. So off we went to the nearest rig offshore and thankfully we found a temp break in 1200 feet of water. We deployed our baits and fished hard for the next 2 hours culling through false albacore, small amberjacks and countless small sharks. We were in utter disbelief. This is Venice! Shouldn’t there be yellowfin tuna and wahoo waiting to engulf all our baits!? My thought was to run the break line until we found birds or some sort of activity as I had done in the past. However, after miles of searching with full confidence of finding something, I made the executive decision to wave my white flag and surrender to the Gulf. Once back at the dock I met up with the charter captain we had lost in the fog that morning. Unfortunately, he had experienced the same temperature, color and action we did. These two days of fishing were pretty eye opening to me. Many people think that once in famous fishing destination, it becomes more of a catching trip instead of a fishing trip. It shows you that no where you are, and what obstacles you have to face before you get there, there is always bad days of fishing. Regardless of the lack of evidence that we went fishing, the most enjoyable part of this trip was learning a new area. The people, the culture, the water and even that gaudy pink lure are the differences that make places like Venice, Louisiana unique. Till next time Venice --
The Off Season:
Brandon Sauls, Brian Walker and Clay Morphis enjoyed a day at Honey Hill Hunting Preserve with a little hunting and topping the day off with a trout bite. YuDu Shrimp my peeps....
Meanwhile Capt Jeff Beck of Team Do Work/OIFC laid some fiberglass with the Hail Yeah/OIFC Team on their latest project boat and I was joined my the lovely Miss Terri at the Myrtle Beach Boat Show. We all have the fever!!
This is it!! Only change was adding Dr Jeff Wallen's 5.03 trout. Be ready for 2016!!!!
Capt. Ben Morris of the OIFC is fishing in Venice, La and caught this wahoo along with some yellow fin tuna. He said the seas were rough as a...... cob, but they will get back at it tomorrow Sent from my iPhone
We fished near the 100/400 Sunday in 73.5 degree water, Went 2 for 5 on the wahoo. Had plenty of other short strikes as well.
~~We left LR at 0700 in the thick fog and headed out to @ 75’ and laid the smack down on the kings.. several boats there limited out. Will Scott and his son Andrew joined my son Dylan and myself for a great time spent doing what we love to do.
Our largest king was in the upped 20’s. We released a lot of them only keeping what we needed for a upcoming fish fry.We left um chewing…
Thanks for sharing Jim
~~Wahoo Wednesday.... These pics are from Sundays wahoo adventure... Chase, Jay and I stuck the Get'n Bent's nose at the Blackjack with wahoo and screaming drags on our minds... We made the 57 mile run and pulled back short of the #'s from a report received about salinity.. Water temp was steady 74. We started to set a spread of skirted ballyhoo. First line out was being placed in the long rigger slot and was crushed! After finishing setting the second line out, Jay got on the screaming 50W to angle the fish that bit us. A 7 minute battle ensued and Jay brought the Wahoo boatside. I sunk the hook in his lips and we brought it aboard, Chase abandoned the helm to grab the only reel we had a bait deployed on- As it started to scream. Not long after he brought a nice Mahi boatside and he hit the ice with the Hoo. Not a bad start, so we all went to work to deploy lines and get a full spread of baits and teasers out. It was a heart breaking day after that...... We had 4 more solid hook ups-- A straightened hook- NO FISH. A broken hook where the fish broke it at the barb leaving us the J and- NO FISH. A straightened clip swivel- NO FISH. AND.... A cut leader- #9 Piano wire leader- NO FISH... But I am offering a reward to anyone who can return the Pink and White JAG HEAD it took with him.... That was my most productive and favorite rig.. frown emoticon We had a few more short strikes and missed fish for the day... Which makes the best of us want to return and retaliate. I am weather watching and planning to return to the wahoo grounds soon to find "the one(s) that got away".... My freezer still has room and I'd like to fill it with HOO... Big congrats to Jay Owens on his first wahoo. (56.7# citation) Glad he could get out and hang with the Get'n Bent crew. Until the next adventure........ Cpt. Keith
Trask Cunningham, Elizabeth Kahn and the crew of the Contendender, The Scale Bound fished Sundau at the Black Jack Hole. Trask reported they were hooked up all day with multiple quad plus hooks, He said it was the bes bite he'd seen.
Thanks for the infor Trask!
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Mark Coley and crew of Hot Hooks had a good day wahoo fishing. 58, 54, 46, 25 pounds. I didn't get info on where they were fishing. Maybe Mark will comment to this report and share some details. Great job! Capt. Brant McMullan
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Please check the leaderboard results and make sure I haven't made a mistake...Congratulations to all and let's do it again next year. This year ended with a bang!!!