They call Louisiana the Sportsman's Paradise for a reason. Billy and I enjoyed an incredible week of fishing and hospitality Venice Louisiana style. We stayed at Fin and Feather Lodge in Venice and were treated to a week of spectacular fishing.
Tuesday we got to do a full day of Redfish and Trout in the bayou. We managed to catch well over 75 nice Trout in the 15 to 20 inch range. We actually had to move locations to stop catching them. Which wasn't great because every fifth or sixth cast was a Redfish, of which we managed to only catch 40 or so. The fishery is unlike any fishery I have every fished. The Mississippi river dumps such great amounts of nutrient rich water into the delta that the fish just thrive. The bait and mullet schools are every where as are the Redfish and Trout. The water is very murky so dark colored plastics were the bait of choice with plenty of action guaranteed. We spent two great days working the inshore species with unbelievable results.
Our third day we were treated to a spectacular day of Tuna fishing offshore with Capt. Mike Ellis. Seaching out the shrimp boats in about 2 to 300 foot of water we were almost instantly hooked up with 20lb Black Fin Tuna. These fish if you have never caught one should be added to your list of must catch species. We also were visited by several nice Yellow Fin Tuna in the 50 to 60lb range. These fish are surely some of the greatest gamefish I have ever caught and Venice Louisiana is a destination that should be added to everyones list to visit who love to fish.
On Tampa Bay this weekends cold snap should get things a little more lined up with the time of year. The bite has been steady but not spectacular and this colder weather should bring the water temps down to a little more seasonal state.Snook, Redfish and Trout should remain steady inshore.
Catch more of Capt. Mike Anderson and Capt. Billy Nobles every Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m., for the Reel Animals Fishing Show on WFLA-TV in Tampa and Every Sunday morning on 620WDAE from 7 to 9 a.m. for Reel Animals Radio or to book a trip call 1866GAMEFISH.