Louisiana Fishing Report – Venice, LA, September – 2017.
We have moved into the Fall Fishing pattern and it is Big Tuna Time Offshore.
This time of year the larger Yellowfin migrate off the coast of Venice to the Mississippi Canyon just off the shelf.. Their main target–Mullets and By-Catch. The Big Trawlers start to fish for Royal Red Shrimp out in 300-600ft. of water and the big YFT’s are there to eat up all the by-catch that comes out of the nets. This is the time of year it is possible to catch the big 200+ lb. Tuna, but there are a bunch of 120-180+ to catch while you wait for that bigger one. There will also be schools of open water Tuna chasing Mullet that have pushed out to spawn. This time of year we will catch Blackfin Tuna, Cobia, Swordfish, Marlin, and Grouper.
The Inshore fishing has been as good as it gets for Bull Reds.
The Bull reds are stacked up outside the passes.. Most are averaging about 20lbs. plus but there are a lot in the 30+range to catch as well. We are catching the Bulls with plastic lures under a popping cork and it has been excellent. They are chasing the corks and putting on a great top water show. Mixed in with the big Reds are trout and sharks. Slot reds are still inside along the cane lines and they have even started to push into the river.. Trout will be showing up in numbers once we get a couple of more cold fronts thru here. The big Flounder have started to show up as well and we will be targeting them for at least another month.