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2014-10-09

Inshore Fishing Report--

The inshore fishing has been steady and is producing fish.. We are getting our limit or close to it most days while red fishing. We are in transition right now from summer to fall and this is usually when our river level is at its lowest and is a very clean green. For the past couple of weeks the river has not been its usual self for this time of year and is dirtier than usual. This has made for a little bit tougher fishing and we have not been able to access all of our fishing areas.. However, we are still doing well in areas that are holding clean water. The river is clearing and it won't be long until it is back to normal. We are getting our second real cold front this coming Monday which should drop the temperatures once again and will hopefully push the trout into more a Fall pattern. They will start to push into some of the deeper holes and canals located off of the Miss River which makes for easy pickens.. The Flounder are starting to show up, they are running a little behind this year but that could be due to the unseasonal dirty river water. The red fishing as always remains productive. The inshore fishing will remain good and will only get better as we move through October and into November. We still have open days in October (not many) and in November.. Lodging is available as well.

Capt. Damon Mcknight
Super Strike Charters
985 960 1900
info@superstrikecharters.com


2014-10-09

Offshore Fishing Report

It has definitely been a little while since our last fishing report but it is because we have been incredibly busy and the fishing is non-stop. Right now the Tuna fishing could not be any better. We are catching Yellow fin and Black fin Tuna on a daily basis, but it is that time of the year. The weather has been very cooperative allowing us to get to all of the areas that usually produce Tuna during September, and now October, so that is one of the main reasons we are having so much success. The Yellowfin have been all different sizes lately.. Our largest being a 194 pounder caught by the Lee crew on 10/6/14, followed by several in the 160lb, 150lb, and 140lb. class. So the big Tuna are here and are giving anglers more than they bargained for most days. The Black fin tuna have been mixed in as well and they are averaging about 20-25lbs., and just these alone are a test for most of our customers. The cobia fishing has been fairly good and should only get better as we move through the month of October. We havenít really fished for them most of the days that we were out because the tuna fishing has been outstanding, but on the days we did it was productive, and is only getting better. So from now thru November we will mainly be concentrating on the Tuna and Cobia fishing. After we get a few more cold fronts the cobia will move into deeper waters, but the wahoo will move move in. Usually the first or second week of November is a good time to fish wahoo depending on water temps. The cooler it is the better it will be for the hoos. The fishing is excellent right now, we still have some open days in October, but not many. November is a great month to fish as well and we do have more openings then..

Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
800.318.1720
info@superstrikecharters.com


2014-08-27

The inshore fishing over the past month has been very good, but, we are now moving into one of the best times of the year for a very nice mixed bag of Redfish, Flounder, and Trout. We will mainly be catching reds and flounder over the next several weeks but it won't be long until the trout move into the passes as well. This time of the year the Mississippi river water level drops and the salty waters of the Gulf of Mexico start to push into the river and fill all of the passes to the gulf that would normally not have a very high salinity level. When this happens the baitfish move in as well and the redfish, trout, and flounder all move in with the bait. So when you are able to fish the interior of the Delta and Mississippi River, the amount of places that will be holding fish triples to what you have fishing only on the exterior areas. So, there is a lot more catching than fishing this time of the year. We have open days in September and October for both inshore and offshore so if your looking to come down and fish you can't pick a better time.


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2014-08-27

The offshore fishing over the past month has been excellent for the most part. There was a little bit of a slow down during the last week of August for Yellow fin. It wasn't that the fish weren't there, they just wouldn't cooperate. This time of the year they can get finicky and will only eat certain size live bait or they will get very particular about eating chum. The black fin Tuna are starting to show up again which is a sure sign we are moving in September and Fall is approaching. Over the next two months we will be fishing primarily behind the deep water trawlers for Yellow fin Tuna. This is the time of the year the big fish move in so potential state records are a possibility. Mixed in with the bigger YFT, there are the smaller ones ranging between 80-130lbs. plus there is ample blackfin tuna ranging in the 15-20lb. category which definitely are a handful for most anglers. The cobia season is about to begin as well. The water is clean, the temps. are just right and it won't be long until we start having some real good catches of Cobia. This is also the time of year when the 50+lbers are circling the shallower structures and will eat just about anything you drop to them. Depending on how soon we start to get cold fronts, the wahoo fishing can be very good also. If the water temperatures cool down enough we will see a very good push of wahoo into the area during late September and October. The offshore fishing should remain very consistent from now thru October, primarily for Yellow fin Tuna. We have open days and lodging is available.


2014-08-07


The fishing offshore right now is excellent. If your looking to catch YFT then now is the time to go. The bite should stay very good all the way thru October so if you canít make it right now you still have time.. However, August is one of our best months when it comes to flat calm seas. It is hot, but the fishing are biting very good right now. Along with the Tuna we are catching a few cobia and amberjack as well. So, most days your gonna have a full box of fish when you get back to the dock. Some of the fish have been hanging in close so the runs arenít to far, other days we are having to run out to the floaters, in 2,000ft. plus of water. Most of the fish are being caught on live bait or chum. Some days they prefer one more than the other so as long as you have both your in good shape. However, live bait has been the best choice. For those who like to throw top-water poppers at the fish, they are eating those up as well. Most of the fish are in the 50-70lb. range which you will see in the pics. Which is more of a fight than most are ready for anyway. We still have open days in August and September and the fishing is going to be excellent. We have lodging as well at the Marina, and for those of you who want to mix in some inshore fishing the next two months are equally as good as offshore.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
1.800.318.1720


2014-08-07

Inshore Fishing ReportóAugust 7th, 2014.

The inshore fishing right now in Venice is very good. We are catching a lot of Redfish right now with a few trout mixed in. The bull reds are thicker than ever off of the passes right now so they are a fairly easy find and definitely let you know you have something on the other end of the rod. The smaller reds are starting to move into the ponds and river system as the river drops this time of the year. The water is cleaning up nicely and most areas are holding clear-water now which make it easier to sight cast to the reds. The flounder are starting show up. We are catching a few more than we had been, September and October are the best months for that so we are looking forward to it. So as of right now we are catching all the Bull Reds most people can handle since they are thicker than ever. Some are coming off of top water lures and others off of our usual way which is plastic under a cork. Trout will begin to move into the passes during September as well, but usually make there best showing in mid-October thru November. The inshore fishing is hard to beat for those looking for a lot of action. It will remain this way thru November. We still have open days in August and September, for offshore fishing as well for those who would like to do both. We also have lodging if you want a great place to stay while in Venice.

Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
800.318.1720
info@superstrikecharters.com


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2014-07-16

Inshore Fishing ReportóJuly 16th, 2014.

The Inshore fishing for Reds and Specks has been good over the past week. Most of our clients preferred to go after the Bull Reds instead of the smaller keeper size reds so that is what we did. The Bulls were thick just about everyday except for this past Sunday. We pulled up to the spot and caught two real quick and then they just quit biting. A decent size storm built up to the north of us and pushed in some 20 knot winds and that is what probably did it although it didnít last long. The other days were very good. Saturday produced all the Bull Reds you could handle. We went thru two spinning reels (Saros and a Stradic) but they had already caught a bunch of fish prior so it was their time. Charlie Causey and his wife were the Bull Red kings as they proceeded to catch enough to lose count. So, overall the inshore fishing has been very good. Just about all the groups we have had wanted to chase redfish so we havenít fished for specks in a while, but the boats who have been are doing Ok. September and October are much better months for Trout in this area so it should really pick up then. Most of the fish have been caught on artificial, although, the keeper size reds usually will require shrimp if you want a consistent bite. We have open days from now Ė October. If you want to mix it in some offshore fishing along with inshore then Venice is the place. Our lodge is now available for overnight accomodations. It is very conveniently located at the Venice Marina on the water, so you can walk out the back door and we pick you up by boat. For dinner you can walk to the Venice Marina restaurant.

Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
800.318.1720


2014-07-16

This past week once again was about as good of weather as you could ask for. Sunday was a little rainy and windy but not that bad. A lot of fish were caught this past week, mostly Tuna, but that is usually what we target this time of the year. Along with the Tuna there were a few Mahi Mahi, Mangrove Snapper, a 104lb. Warsaw Grouperócaught by the Calvert crew from Ca.ócongrats. And for the crews that mixed it up with inshore caught quite a few Redfish as well. The Bruno crew that fished on Sat. July 12th hammered the Tuna catching 8 studs. So, as you will see from the pics., the Tuna are definitely here right now, the best part is it will only get better from now-October. Of course some days will be better than others, but youíve always got a chance for some YFT. The Mangrove snapper this year could not be thicker. Limits are caught most days but then there are some days it is a struggle depending on timing and currents. Starting Aug. 1 we can add Amberjack to the box again so that will make quite a few fisherman happy. The cobia have been here since May but August is a much better month than the previous three if your looking for cobia. We still have open days in July and August and the fishing should be excellent. For those of you who want to mix in some inshore fishing that should be very good as well.


2014-07-08

Inshore Fishing ReportóJuly 8th, 2014.

Fishing inshore over the past three weeks has had some challenges but limits were still caught almost every day out. Tides are the most important thing when fishing for Reds or Trout down here and over the past week we didnít have much of one. However, being on the Mississippi river you can still find moving water, which is all it takes if you have a small tide range. We have had numerous trips over the past three weeks and although the fish did vary in size and the time it took to fill a limit, there was definitely no shortage of fish. Most of the keeper redfish were in the 18-20 inch range, they seemed to be thick on certain points. You could fish 200 yards of banks and marsh and not get a bite, then come across one point and it is one after another. The trout bite has been tough lately, mainly due to dirty water but we are approaching the time of the year when the river is at its lowest point and the water is very clean most days. July and August are two very good months for to fish for Bull Reds. Some days we are sight casting and throwing top water baits, other days they are eating shrimp on the bottom or under a cork. We still have open days in July and August, mainly during the week and the fishing should be excellent. You can mix in inshore fishing with offshore fishing if you want to get the full experience of Venice fishing. Lodging is available as well.

Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
800.318.1720
info@superstrikecharters.com


2014-07-08

Where to start? I guess first with the weather. This past June and now into July has been the most calm and dry early part of summer we have seen in a while. Compared to last June which was all but shut down due to wind and rain. So far the weather has been as good as you can ask for when it comes to fishing. The fishing part of it has been as good as it always is this time of the year. The blue water fishing for Tuna has been very good, of course some days better than others, but for the most part they were cooperative. June is usually a month that can go either way for Tuna but this past June has produced a lot of Yellow fin. July and August are usually the better months out of the two when it comes to Tuna fishing so it seems we have a lot to look forward to. The Mahi Mahi have shown up this summer. It has been a little better than last year when it comes to Mahi fishing, but then again, the rip lines have been excellent offshore as well. So over the next month we will primarily be fishing for Tuna and Mahi Mahi offshore, and as always you can get a shot at a bill fish certain days. Around the rigs in shallower water the Mangrove snapper bite is as good as it gets. They are hungry most days so catching a box full has been fairly easy to do. Mix in a few cobia with that and youíve got more fish than you know what to do with. Amberjack season opens on August 1 so you can add that species to the box starting then. Overall, the fishing so far this year has been very good, mainly contributed to the weather end of it, but as usual the fishing in Venice is hard to beat any time of the year. We have another week long round of trips starting tomorrow so I will have some good stories and pictures of fish to go along with it. We do have open boats for offshore and inshore throughout July and August so anyone interested this is a great time to go.

Damon McKnight/Super Strike Charters


2014-06-23

Inshore Fishing Report...Venice, La.

The inshore fishing so far in June has been good but that is not without saying we have had to work a little harder for the fish. Limits of Redfish have been caught just about everyday but some days we were definitely on the search, however, other days it was immediate. If you went to the right hole first thing in the morning it almost seemed as if you couldn't get away from them the rest of the day. But, if you struggled first thing then that is how the rest of the day went most days. Speckled trout have been a little tougher than the reds although they are around. Most people have wanted a mixed bag of fish including reds and specks so that is what we have been targeting. The Bull Reds have really shown up in the past week. Over three days of fishing we probably caught and released somewhere over 40 bull reds over 18lbs. each. Most days it was sight casting to them and some just blind casting into schools of bait. As usual the fishing in Venice is hard to beat. If your looking for a day of inshore and offshore fishing you have to go to Venice.. Lodging is available as well at the Marina. We still have open dates in July and the fishing should be as good as it always is.

Capt. Damon McKnight/Super Strike Charters
985 960 1900


2014-06-23

Offshore Report--Venice, La.

The offshore fishing has been very good this June. It is mostly due to having very good weather and close to flat calm seas most days. Thunderstorms were at a minimum for most of the month which allowed us to run to the spots that were holding the most fish. The Yellowfin Tuna bite was a little tough during the first week of June but has been getting consistently better. This past Saturday (6/21) with the Emperly crew was a very good day. They stopped at 8 Yellowfin with four of them being over 70lbs. each. So as of now the YFT bite is on. There are also quite a few Mahi Mahi that have shown up but that is a day by day bite. You can't count on them being there everyday but this is the best time of the year to fish for them. There have also been a few wahoo caught by us along with one Blue Marlin. The rig fishing for Mangrove snapper has been off the charts.. The Mangroves are thicker than ever right now and certainly makes up for the Red Snapper season being closed. Along with the Mangroves are a few Cobia and certain types of Grouper, but right now the Mangrove snapper are definitely hungry.. As we move into July we should see the Tuna bite get even better as it usually does during July and August. Live bait is very easy to find right now and along with that of course the bigger fish are to. We still have open days in July to get out and fish. Lodging is available as well.


2014-05-22

Inshore Fishing Report--May 22, 2014

The inshore fishing out of Venice right now is as good as it gets. Last week was a little tough (mainly due to high winds) but even on a slow day limits are either met or were very close. This week so far the fishing has been perfect. Limits of Redfish were caught each day out, along with a few trout, drum, and flounder. Most of our Redfish are being caught on artificial lures about two feet under a popping cork. We are fishing the Roseau cane lines and beaches for a mixed bag. The amount of bait that is in the area right now is incredible. When you cast and the cork hits the water hundreds of finger mullets shatter the surface, when this happens you know your fishing in the right place. Usually shortly thereafter your hooked-up. Some days it has been very fast paced catching your limit of Redfish within just a two-hour time frame. There were a couple of days we have had to put in a little more time but still caught a limit and caught a released a bunch more. So, as usual for this time of year you canít ask for better fishing. The weather is just right now, only having to wear shorts and a t-shirt in the morning. No more long pants and jackets. We are starting to fill up fast for June but we do still have some days open if your planning on fishing with us. Lodging is available as well.

Capt. Damon McKnight
1.800.318.1720
www.superstrikecharters.com


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2014-05-22

Offshore Fishing Report--May 22, 2014

Over the past several days summertime finally feels like it has arrived. We have had several cold fronts in the beginning of May, which caused temperatures to drop and the winds to blow. The first part of May was fairly windy causing us to cancel a few of our trips or taking the groups inshore fishing that came from across the country and were down for a few days. The Yellow fin Tuna fishing could not be better right now. On just about every day out the tuna have been cooperating, some days better than others of course. It is all about timing and location. If the spot you were fishing early in the day wasnít producing any fish but showed sign that there were fish in the area, you had better be back later because it will probably be a much better spot that afternoon and produce fish. Most days though it has been good upon arrival, but, some days it was fast and quick, other days the catching was more spread out thru the day. The dorado are starting to make an appearance but the temps. Offshore right now are still in the mid 70ís, which is cool for this time of the year. Last year the temps. Were in the 80ís at this time but after the winter we had it is no surprise. The water has been blue with a few good pushes of clean water from the South but not much action from dorado just yet, but it is coming. Around the rigs we are still catching a bunch of Amberjack. The winter months were tough on them with the low temperatures, which probably made them lethargic, but, they are wide open now. We are also going to start fishing for mangrove snapper, red snapper (June 1-9 this year which we still have some open days to do.) cobia, and grouper. Every year one out of all the species (except for tuna which seem to always be abundant) outshines the rest as far as numbers are concerned so we are looking forward to see which one shows up in the most numbers. We still have a few days open in June as well as July for those who plan on a fishing vacation this year. There is plenty of lodging available as well.

Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
800.318.1720
info@superstrikecharters.com



2014-04-29

Inshore Fishing Report Venice, La.

The inshore fishing remains very good as it usually does fishing out of Venice. We are such a unique fishery that even a slow day of fishing still gives plenty of opportunity to catch fish. We had a tough couple of weeks in early April mainly due to the fish being scattered out instead of grouped together. We usually hit a couple of spots and in one of those spots you will find non-stop action. Well, it has been a bit different up until about this past Sunday for us. We have had to continue to move spots to catch a couple here and a couple there to fill a limit but there were still plenty of fish to catch. It has been a fairly good mix of Redfish, Speckled-Trout, and Flounder, along with a few Sheepshead and Drum. Of course all excellent eating fish. This past Sunday was the exception, the first hour of fishing was a little slow until the tide started to fall and it was on after that. I had two experienced fisherman out of the day, they only wanted to catch and release, so we sat on one point and caught over 75 redfish of all sizes. Some were Bull Reds and some were smaller reds but the action was non-stop for almost 5 hours. This is fairly typical of how the month of May usually is for Redfish. The bigger Bull Reds have moved in as well along the beaches. On this past Thursday they were averaging 25+lbs. with a couple of them going over 30lbs. We were mostly sight casting to them which really makes it exciting. So, this time of the year offers some excellent inshore fishing with a variety of fish. We have open days in May and June so this is a great time of the year to get out there and catch some fish.

Captain Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters LLC
1 800 318 1720


2014-04-29

The offshore fishing in April has been very good on the days we can get out to fish. It has been a fairly windy April although it wasn't as windy as last year. Yellowfin Tuna have been in all the usual spots so far this Month and will continue this way into May. We are catching black fin tuna with a small mix of Yellowfin at some of the closer areas, and for the bigger more concentrated schools of Yellowfin we are running out to the floaters. Most of the Yellowfin are holding anywhere between 25 and 45 miles offshore. The big fish of the week was caught by the Klassen crew which was a 166lber. It was the largest I have seen in almost a month. So the Yellowfin Tuna and Blackfin Tuna are definitely biting right now. We are awaiting for the arrival of Mahi Mahi which have actually already shown up, we just haven't caught any yet. There were a few along a good rip line which formed up last Friday. With the temps. warming up and it being that time of the year the Mahi Mahi will get more concentrated off of our coast and that will be another fish to add to the box for May-July. We will also be fishing for Amberjack, Mangrove Snapper, Cobia, and Grouper as well. Red Snapper season is set to open June 1 so we will be fishing for them until the season closes again. So, the fishing has been excellent on the good weather days. The weather usually gets better as we move into May-August so we are looking forward to that. We still have open days in May-August, although June is filling fast so if your looking to get offshore or inshore and catch some fish, Venice is the place to be.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters LLC


2014-04-04

The inshore fishing has just been absolutely incredible over the past couple of months and the best part is, it is getting better. The Red fishing is as good as it gets and they are ranging in all sizes. Some days are better than others of course, but even on the tough days we are squeezing out limits. We only had one day that we short since February, but the opportunity was there. The bigger bull reds have been hanging on the sandbars along the edges of the Gulf and the smaller fish 16-25 inches have been inside the interior marshes and coastal ponds. The trout fishing has been Ok, we have been picking up some trout during the day while red fishing, we haven't really been concentrating on them, but they are there. It will get very good as we move further into Spring. We have been good for about 2-3 flounder every trip as well. The inside fishing will only get better as we move thru April and May.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
800 318 1720


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2014-04-04

We finished up the month of March, and moved into April and of course the springtime winds followed. This past March definitely had some of the best weather we have seen this time of the year in the last two at least. Most days were very nice and the avg. wave height was about 2-3ís. The Tuna fishing was very good most days, but it was up and down. Some days were on fire and the others were just Ok. We never really had a consistent pattern for longer than two-three days. The wahoo stuck around for most of March and even into April so far. So, as of right now we are still catching plenty of Tuna, a lot of Black fin mixed in with the Yellow fin, so a full box of fish is usually the result when you have both. As we move into April the Dorado will start to show up slowly, although the end of May thru June is usually the most productive. We will start fishing the floaters anywhere from 25-45 miles offshore more often for Tuna now, as they are already there in big numbers. Most of the fish will avg. about 50-70lbs. with the occasional 100lber. A lot of these fish will be taken on top-water so there is nothing more exciting than that. Around the rigs we will be fishing for A.J.ís, Grouper, Cobia, and Mangrove Snapper, which is almost always productive. We are looking forward to a good Spring and Summer so if your looking to catch some fish then Venice is definitely the place to go. Lodging is available with us and throughout Venice. We can give you the best recommendation for that as well depending on group size and length of stay.

Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
800.318.1720
info@superstrikecharters.com


2014-03-11

Inshore Fishing--Venice, La.

It has been a cold year so far in 2014, but the fishing still remains excellent. We have been catching mostly Red Fish and they have been fairly easy to find. This time of the year when you find one, you can sit there and catch fish until you reach your limit and then some. So, they are schooled up good. Most of the Reds have been in the 18-24 inch range, which are perfect eating size. We have had a few Bull Reds as well with the largest so far going about 25lbs. and are usually a handful for most anglers. We have had a few trout and flounder mixed in. This past week we had a least one flounder each day and the largest speck we had came on 3/6 weighing it at 5lbs. There usually isn't a lot of speckled trout caught this time of the year due to the colder water temps. but when you do catch 'em they are usually on the larger side. Most of our fish have come off of artificial coaches under a cork. However, some days we have been tight lining with dead shrimp. As we move into Spring the fishing will only get better as the Spring months are usually very productive when it comes to inshore fishing Venice.

Capt. Damon McKnight
504 400 6511


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2014-03-11

Offshore Venice, La.-Super Strike Charters

The fishing this year is about as good as it gets. Sure there are some tough days but for the most part it has been a great year. Although it has been one of the coldest years I can remember, the wind has really not been all that bad. So with very few windy days, fairly calm seas, and cooler days than we are use to the fishing really couldnít have been much better. We got started early in January with Wahoo, which is usually the case. Wahoo first, followed by a mix of Wahoo and Tuna, then usually mostly Tuna, which is where we are now. This past weekend was the best tuna bite so far with a large concentration of Yellow fin tuna averaging about 80-100lbs. with a bunch of Black Fin tuna in between. So really this has been a textbook winter fishing season down here in Venice. Max ďTuna KillerĒ Miller who is 8 years old took part in the largest Tuna caught by us in March, which was about 155lbs. So, the Yellow fin, have shown up. Right now I think we are just approaching the peak of the Tuna bite on the Lump, and it should be very good from now thru the end of March. It could go into April but that changes from year to year. The Tuna are already out at the floaters, which is where we will be fishing for them most days during the month of April and May. We are approaching spring very fast and we will be looking forward to fishing Dorado as they will start to move in about mid-April. Around the shallower rigs we will be targeting Snapper, Cobia, and Grouper, as well.

Capt, Damon McKnight


2014-02-03

It has been just a little over a month since our last report but I was waiting until this time to post so I could say "Its on" time to go fishing. The weather in January was pretty tough to deal with and as we move into February I am not going to say it will be smooth sailing, but it will hopefully be more mild than this past January with a few less windy days. The fish are in fairly close so the runs to the fishing grounds are not too bad even on some of the bumpier days. The Wahoo bite has been excellent over the past two weeks. Of course one day will differ from the next, as the past three days are a testament to that, but that is just offshore fishing in general. This past weekend was a sure sign as Capt. Willy B was able to put 20 Wahoo in the boat with the R. Saenz crew. That is not something that happens everyday and is not easy to do. It takes sheer numbers of fish in order to do that, so the fish are here. But, on Friday fishing the same areas produced only 1 wahoo and 1 black fin tuna, so that is how big a difference one day can make offshore fishing. The Yellowfin Tuna fishing has picked up as well and will only get better from now till about the end of March in the winter hotspots. All of the Wahoo have been caught on the troll, with the exception of Saturday when some were caught by just casting out. The Tuna are coming off the troll, chunk, and live bait. So, despite the weather the fishing is very good right now and should continue on for at least the next couple of months. On the windy days we can fish inside protected waters for red fish which can be a lot of fun on light tackle. We still have some weekdays left during February and March so if your planning on fishing with us this winter now is the time to book your reservation and let us show you how good the fishing is out of Venice, La.


2013-12-29

Offshore Fishing Report--12/29/2013

Here we are again getting ready to finish out another year. They sure do go by fast these days. As far as offshore goes for the month of December, there really hasn't been much to talk about unless you like wind. The wind has kept us from getting out for all of our scheduled offshore trips, which were not that many since we aren't that busy this time of the year due to holidays and usually inconsistent fishing. December is usually the slowest month out of Venice, however, it is still better than anywhere along the gulf coast when it comes to catching. BUT, the big story is just on the horizon. Usually Mid-January thru Mid-March can be the best time of the year to fish all year. Though the weather can be tough to get out in, the results if you can get out are outstanding. January is the month for Big Wahoo. They will migrate off the coast to spawn, they will be at just about any rig between 7 to 25 miles offshore and are plentiful. These are the bigger 50-80lb. wahoo most days and to catch 10-12 of them is not uncommon. If it is one of those days with not much user error, and we can convert all the bites into catches, you will have your best day ever of catching Wahoo. There is a lot of cockpit chaos and delivers what most hardcore fishing are looking for. The Yellowfin tuna will be mixed-in as well and they will really start to show up in big numbers towards the end of January to mid-February. There will be about a two-week run of the big fish, I consider those to be 180lbs. plus, which will move in sometime between mid-January, and mid-March, so a handful of lucky anglers will be here to try and take advantage of the big boys. The rest of the time they will mostly come and go, with the avg. being about 120lbs. with a mix of smaller and bigger fish. Also included in these catches will be Blackfin Tuna, Amberjack, and the very occasional Mako Shark. If you are a hardcore fisherman and want to experience some of the best fishing you have ever seen, this is the time of the year to go. If your a beginner, your going to learn a lot and hopefully bring some of the luck which goes along with being a rookie offshore fishing the Northern gulf this time of the year. Below are some pics of last years fishing trips and an awesome video made by one of our customers to let you experience what it can be like fishing Venice in the winter. Also, the inshore fishing is equally as good if you like catching Redfish, they are the most plentiful species of inshore fish in this area and catching the on light tackle is a whole lot of fun. So you can do a couple of days offshore or Inshore during this time of the year. If your looking to go offshore fishing with us, we will fill up, so it is important you book well in advance to be sure you get the day that is most convenient for you.


2013-11-29

We have just about made it thru the month of November and the reports and pictures page show about how much we were able to fish. The weather in November kept us fishing inshore throughout the month, there were a few fishable offshore days, but for the most part we had back to back cold fronts which completely kept us from getting out on our scheduled dates. Winter might be arriving early this year but so far it is still warming up fairly good after a cold front which means the fish will stick around a bit longer. The inshore fishing has really been incredible so far this month. The trout, nice ones 2-3 lbs. some days are stacked up into just about every hole 10ft. or better. Limits of trout were easily caught most days and if your crew had just a little experience then it was two at a time some days. The inshore is still very good right now and will probably remain this way until we get a rise in the river, but as for now, it is still very low which is making the fishing excellent. The offshore fishing has just about come to a complete halt. We will have one boat out tomorrow, but it has been about three weeks since we were able to get out. The Wahoo this time of the year can be plentiful, most are good solid fish to, 40+lbers., with some going over 70lbs. so there can be a lot of success chasing Wahoo in Nov. and December. The tuna fishing can get tricky in late-November and into December. It all comes down to where the fish are and if you can get there or not. Most of the time the Tuna will push further offshore in Nov-Dec. to get to the warmer blue-water and greater depths. This is where most of the bait fish are and sure enough, that is where most of the tuna fish are going to be. The weather has to be good enough to be able to get out there to them though and it isn't very likely during the time of the year with all the front. Mid-January is when the fish should push back in fairly close and the transition into Winter has taken place by then and the weather starts to cooperate a little more. So from Mid-January thru March is going to be the best time to go after Tuna and Wahoo from this date on. Some years the fish do start a little earlier than mid-Jan. but we will see what 2014 has for us. We still have openings in Feb. but they won't last long. March is booking fast. So, for either inshore or offshore, the fishing should be very good throughout the next several months.

Capt. Damon McKnight/Super Strike Charters


2013-11-10

Inshore Fishing Report...Venice, La...Super Strike Charters.

So far this fall the inshore fishing for Red fish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder has been excellent. This is however the time of the year that the trout start to move into the deeper holes as the temperatures start to drop outside. When they do this it is usually very easy to target them and limits can be caught fairly quick. The last day out was on 11/9/13 and the trout were coming in two at a time on a double-rig with the Evans crew. Most days we have had a mixed bag of redfish, trout, and flounder. Right now the avg. amount of trout being caught for a day trip is around 45, along with 3-5 redfish, and 3-5 flounder. Some of the flounder have gone as big as 4lbs. so that is definitely a first for most anglers. The Bull Reds have been plentiful but you have to catch the weather right. They are mostly feeding on the flats in the open bays, but the bays have been mostly un-fishable with the wind we have been having. Calm days produce plenty of reds and trout. The windy days are producing mostly trout. So, either way the inshore is very good right now and will remain this way until some time in December when the temperatures really start to dip. We've got plenty of action down here right now so this is a great time to go catchin' specks and reds.


2013-11-10

Offshore Fishing Report...

Another year has come and gone already. It looks as if the season is coming to a quick end as the fall to winter transition is happening fairly early. Our last day offshore was on Oct. 30th and it was a successful day. Since then the winds have been to strong to get out due to numerous cold fronts. This past October was excellent Tuna fishing. The fish moved in close and we were catching 100+lb. Yellowfin Tuna within site of land. This doesn't happen often, but, the fall months will sometimes produce fish in very convenient places. The bait this year was as plentiful as it gets. A mix of hard tails, mullet, and menhaden, mixed in with all the deep water trawlers made it a tuna heaven. However, along with the tuna come the sharks so a lot of big fish were lost to sharks after the hook-up. But, it goes with the territory. We are starting to slow up some due to weather, but the offshore fishing should remain good until at least the beginning of December, we just need the weather to get out. After the 1st of December out Winter season kicks off again about mid-January. This is when the big Yellowfin, Blackfin, and 80+lb. wahoo move back in off the coast and although the weather can be tough during this time of the year, there will be a lot of calm days as well so for all the die hard Tuna fisherman, this is the time to go. This is our 17th year fishing the winter bite and every year so far has been very productive. Great time to fish so if your looking for a good time to fish Tuna and Wahoo then Mid-January thru Mid-March is about as good as it gets.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
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2013-10-15

Inshore Fishing--Venice, La.--Super Strike Charters

The inshore fishing has been excellent in the surrounding bays, spillways, and outer marshes. On Saturday we had the Newburn crew out and all they wanted to do was catch Redfish on Top Water baits and sure enough is was excellent. It took about 3 casts to get the first Bull Red on and the action stayed fairly steady for the next three hours. A lot of casting but a lot of action as well. The largest bull red was caught by Dan, weighing in at 26lbs. That fish was caught on a silver, mirro-lure, but pink worked just as good. Most days we were targeting the smaller reds in the 18-20 inch range and Flounder. Right now the flounder bite is excellent so for those of you looking to get in a great fall Flounder bite now is the time to get out there. With the approaching cold fronts the Trout will start to move into some of the deeper holes which make them fairly easy to target. So Redfish and Speckled Trout will be biting very good for the next month or so. We do have open days and if you want to mix it in with some offshore fishing then this is definitely the time to go.


2013-10-15

Once again this year the Fall tuna fishing has been excellent. Weíve had a good stretch of weather since Oct. 7th, almost near flat calm seas and the fishing has just been as good as ever. The Yellow fin tuna bite has been as good as it gets, plenty of 100+lbers and even more in the 60-70lb. range which has filled the boxes just about each time out. Not to mention the unlimited amount of Blackfin Tuna that are out there as well. Most of the fish are coming from behind the trawlers but the floaters are holding plenty as well. The bait of choice is menhaden. The snapper bite was good, but not as good as one would have thought it would be. But, if you hit the right spot you could easily fill your limit, most of them avg. 12-15lbs. The snapper season closed on the 14th of Oct. and was definitely nice to have. The cobia bite has been very good as well. There are a lot of big cobia out there right now, but as cobia fishing goes, some days are better than others. You can go three straight days and catch quite a few, then on the fourth they disappear, go back on the fifth and they are thicker than ever so that option is there as well until the water temps. drop from some of the stronger cold fronts. The tuna bite is as good as it gets right now and should remain this way till sometime in November. Plenty of Yellow fin and Black fin so if your looking to make a trip now is the time to go. As we move into later October and into November, the wahoo will start to show up in more numbers, there are some here now although we really havenít targeted them yet. We still have several open week days in October and in November. The inshore fishing is equally as good as the offshore right now so for those of you who would rather fish inshore, this is definitley a good time to go.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
1.800.318.1720





2013-10-03

Inshore Fishing Report.

The inshore fishing out of Venice, La. this time of the year is usually excellent. Limits of Red Fish are pretty much easy to come by year round so that is always a targeted species in the fall. But, right now we also have an incredible flounder bite, and most people say that there is nothing better than a stuffed flounder for dinner. Most of the flounder are coming off the shallow water banks along the grass and cane using artificial or shrimp, bumping it along the bottom. The flounder bite should stay good thru October. The trout bite has been a little hit and miss but, we are expected a cold front this weekend, right behind a small Tropical storm so this will probably put a lot of trout in all the Venice hot spots. After both of these systems pass the inshore fishing should be incredible. So, this time of the year can be very rewarding for a mixed bag of inshore species including Bull and Rat Redfish, Speckled trout, and Flounder. Should be an excellent month for for fishing inshore. We still have some open days towards the middle of October and into November. Last November the trout moved in and it was easy pickings for just about the entire month of November. We look for it to be this way again this year.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
1.800.318.1720


2013-10-03

Offshore Fishing Report.

The fishing over the past month (Sept.) and so far into October has been about as good as it gets. However, the weather has really been unpredictable this year and has limited our days of getting offshore. Wind has been the main problem. So on the days we could get out the fishing has been outstanding. The Yellow fin tuna could not be any thicker most days. Most of them are averaging about 50-60lbs., but the bigger fish have moved in. There have been several caught in the 200lb. range over the past two weeks, one over 200 as of yesterday, and Capt. Alex had a 125lber. with his crew yesterday. On Tuesday he said they lost one, which they hooked right next to the boat that would have eaten the 125lber. so the big boys are here and ready to eat. The month of October should be excellent for a mix of Yellow fin tuna and Black fin tuna. Snapper season is also open for the first 14 days of October and easy limits of snapper will hit the dock during that time frame. Amberjack and Cobia are plentiful as well. We are just about booked solid for the first two weeks of October but we do have some open days towards the second half. The fishing should only get better as we move later into the fall, although it is hard to beat right now. We are going to be land locked for the next couple of days while TS Karen makes her way to the Northern Gulf Coast. Back at it on Monday and will report again towards the end of the week.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
1.800.318.1720


2013-08-29

Inshore Fishing Report

The inshore fishing for Red fish so far this year has been as good as it gets. Just about every trip out we have either caught our limits plus some or have come home just a few short of the limit, although, opportunity was there for most of those days. September and October are two of the best months we have all year because of the abundance of fish that move from open water into the river system. As the river drops this time of the year and the higher salinity Gulf of Mexico water starts to creep in, the fish follow. Along with this is usually, short runs to the fish, easy limits of Red fish, and a lot of Speckled Trout. Also, during this time of the year the Flounder move in so by the end of the trip you have the opportunity to catch a lot of fish. Over the past month we have fished plenty of different folks and every one of them mentioned that they have never caught as many or as big of fish that Venice has to offer. The largest Bull Red in August weighed in at 35lbs. caught by the Ciulla crew from Crowley, Texas, congrats. to Chris for that fish. The next two months will provide some incredible inshore action and the weather should give us some much milder Fall days, very comfortable to fish in. We have days open in September and October to fish and the fishing will be excellent.


Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
1.800.318.1720


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2013-08-29

Where to start? It has been close to about a month since our last report but it certainly wasnít due to not fishing. The offshore fishing has been very good, but we did deal with something unusual this August, and that is rougher weather than we are use to during this time of the year. The weather in August is usually hotter than you know what and the seas flat calm, with an afternoon Thunderstorm somewhere just about everyday. Well, this August was the exception. More wind, rain, upper lows, lows, it seemed like everything in the meteorological dictionary for the Gulf of Mexico came into play. However, the weather didnít stop us but it did slow us down some. On the days that we could safely get offshore and fish, the fishing was excellent. That is what made it that much harder to not be able to get out for about half of August, because the fish have been plentiful offshore all summer long. Bait is in all the right places and the fish have been at just about every known hole out there. This past week we had Doug Olander who is the editor-in-chief of Sport Fishing Magazine. He brought with him congressman Rob Whittman of Va., Hunter Cole from Pure Fishing, and Mike Nussman who is the President of the American Sportfishing Association. They were a great crew and definitely knew how to fish. I have been knowing Doug for about 12 years now and he is serious when it comes to fishing and getting all the right info. Here is the link to the preview before the article due out in the early part of next year. http://www.sportfishingmag.com/gallery/2013/08/venice-sizzling-summer-variety The crew mixed it up some going offshore and inshore so there is definitely a lot of variety in the story. The weather wasnít the greatest since the wind decided to blow everyday, but we got offshore one day and had some decent Tuna action and stayed in close the next, to get in on some Cobia fishing and a mixture of other fish. Before and since then we have been steadily fishing offshore and inshore. Offshore has been producing a lot of Yellow fin Tuna. Some days they have been averaging about 30-60lbs. and others 80-100+lbs. So, there is a good mixture of different sized fish offshore right now. That is what you want to see because the result is usually a lot of action and plenty of fish caught at the end of the day. Sometimes the bigger fish can be finicky and a lot more patience is involved. Amberjack is a no brainer, as long as you have the right bait, which is big hard tails, you can catch them on the small hard tails or mullets but it just takes a little longer. We are moving into the best time of the year to Cobia fish out of our area. They are very plentiful and this is when the bigger fish are here. They are usually found in packs of 4-8 so when you hook one, it can lead to double and triple hook-ups. The average size is about 30lbs. but we will have plenty in the 50+lb. range thru October. From here on out the Tuna fishing will remain very consistent. Weather can sometimes get windy during this time of the year, so if it is too rough to get offshore, you do have the option of getting in on some incredible inshore action as well. It will probably start to slow down about mid-November with September and October being prime time. So from now thru mid-November we will be targeting Tuna, Amberjack, Cobia, the very occasional Mahi-Mahi, and more than likely we will get a couple of chances at Bill Fish.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
1.800.318.1720


2013-08-05

Inshore Fishing Report...August 5, 2013.

The inshore fishing for Red fish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder has been very good. The Red fish are definitely the easiest to catch as they always seem to be hungry. Most of the reds have been ranging in size from 18-24 inches or 3-8lbs. We have been getting into a lot of Bull Reds as well, the largest over the weekend was about 34 lbs. We were catching the bulls in areas that we haven't caught them in this summer so that definitely added a lot of excitement to the day and gave most anglers their largest fish to date. They are a lot of fun to catch on light tackle and usually provide non-stop action. There were a few tough days that we went about an hour without a bite but for the most part it has been just as steady as ever. The trout bite has been decent when you can catch the wind just right. We have had a fair amount of windy days this year inshore and although it doesn't seem to affect the redfish any, the trout are a different story. We have been averaging about 1-2 flounder per trip mixed in with the Red fish. In September and October they will be thicker than ever like they are most years. So for the month of August, Red fish limits will be fairly easy to get, the trout bite will remain about the same.. Some days you can catch 30 or so and others 3 or 4 depending on weather. September and October should be very productive as well. The fall redfish bite in Venice is absolutely incredible so for those wanting to fish during that time of the year, you can't be the timing. We have open days to fish so now is a great time to go.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters


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2013-08-05

The offshore fishing has been very good the past couple of weeks. We are having to make the long run out to the Tuna holes but once you get there the Tuna are cooperating for the most part. Some days are better than other but they have been fairly consistent. The Tuna are avg. about 70lbs. but there have been quite a few over 100lbs. caught which puts a smile on anyones face when they finally make it into the boat. Most of the fish are being caught on live-bait or chum. They both seem to be working equally as good from day to day so some days we are chumming, others we are live baiting. Amberjack season opened up on Aug. 1 and just as we figured they are thick. So we can now add a few A.J.'s to the box as well during the day. Cobia fishing hasn't really started up yet but that is mainly because we haven't really targeted them yet. But it will be any day that we should really get into them. So a box full of Tuna, Amberjack, and Cobia are what you can expect for the next couple of months. In October we will have a Red Snapper season that lasts from Oct. 1-Oct. 21 so that will definitely be nice to get into some of the big sow snapper during the month of October. The inshore fishing has been just as good for Redfish with a few specks mixed in from day to day. So, offshore and inshore are very good right now for those who want to get a day of both in. We have open days in August and September and the fishing is usually excellent.

Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters


2013-07-15

Inshore Fishing Venice, LaÖ.Super Strike Charters

The inshore fishing has been just as good as it always is this time of the year. We have been catching easy limits of Redfish. We have been starting out the morning chasing Bull Reds, which can be anywhere from 25-40 inches and 15-25lbs. Then we have been going after the keeper reds which range from 16-20 inches. Most of the reds have been coming off of a cork rig with a jig about two feet down, tipped with shrimp. The action has been non-stop most days, though the bite has been early. The trout bite has been consistent as well. We are mainly finding the trout mixed in with the reds. They are preferring a cocahoe jig purple/and chartreuse or the good ole sparkle beetle with a chartreuse tail. The key here is the chartreuse tail. The inshore fishing will only continue to get better as we move into late summer and early fall. September and October are some of the best months we have for inshore fishing. Plenty of Reds and Specks. So if your looking to get in a few days of inshore and maybe mix in a little offshore fishing then now is a great time to go.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
1.800.318.1720


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2013-07-15

The offshore fishing has been incredible the past couple of weeks to say the least. Most people that book trips with us ask when is the best time to go fishing for certain species, but most people mainly ask about tuna. Well, it is getting to the point that you need not ask because were not sure. Going back 10 years you could pattern the fish much easier than today. You knew that certain months usually produced certain species and that is what you should fish for during that time of the year. Well, it has certainly changed over the past several years when it comes to tuna fishing. If someone asked me which month during 2013 produced the most tuna, so far, it is definitely July. The catches in July so far have surpassed the 2013 winter months as far as consistency goes, though weather was a big problem this past year, and those are supposed to be our best months for tuna. Well, not in 2013. So I will say that if August-September, which are usually some of the better months for Tuna, and the bite stays as consistent as it is now, or possibly get even better, then it is going to be a very good fall fishing for Tuna. During the month of June we were mainly catching snapper and cobia, due to dirty water, no current, and a lack of pelagics offshore. There were some good days out chasing Tuna but nothing like what is going on now. When July rolled around the Yellow fin tuna have really shown up. The conditions got just right and sure enough, the tuna fishing really turned on. They are not just here and there but they seem to be at just about any deep-water platform you go to. The size range has been all over the place. Some spots are holding 30-60lb. Yellow fin while others are holding mostly 80-150lb. Tuna. They have definitely shown up that is for sure. Hopefully it stays this way for a while. The weather hasnít been bad either, a little more wind than usual for this time of the year, but still calm most days. So right now, the main species we are catching offshore is Tuna. There are a few Mahi Mahi and bill fish mixed in but mostly Yellow fin tuna. We really havenít been fishing reef fish species but the Mangrove snapper and cobia should be plentiful. In August, we will start to fish for Amberjack again when the season reopens. We have days left open to fish in July and August, mostly weekdays, so if your looking to get offshore, the fishing is very good right now.


Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
1.800.318.1720


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2013-07-01

One thing about the inshore fishing for Red Fish out of Venice, La. is consistency. They never seem to let you down and for the most part are always hungry. We had several groups down during June who wanted to get in on the incredible inshore/coastal fishing that Venice has to offer and as usual, a lot of fish were caught. Bull Reds seemed to be the favorite target of most anglers that came down. They averaged about 15-25 lbs. and let the angler know that they had something on the other end of the line. There were also a lot of smaller reds mixed in which are excellent for eating, mostly in the 16-22 inch range. Speckled trout made a showing, most of the Bull Reds and Trout are caught in different areas so there are a few spots that we could get in on all the species at once making for a great mixed bag of Bull Reds, Rat Reds, Speckled Trout, Drum, and Flounder. There are not too many places you get this kind of inshore action which is why Venice inshore fishing has so much to offer. As we move thru the next couple of months the inshore fishing will remain very good and only get better as we move into late summer and fall. If your looking to get an inshore fishing trip in you can go wrong from now-November.

Capt. Damon Mcknight
Super Strike Charters
1.800.318.1720


2013-07-01

It has been a while since our last post but that is because we have been playing catch up since the beginning of June and barely had a day off. The weather earlier in the year caused us to cancel quite a few trips due to wind and most everyone wanted to fish in June that rescheduled, on top of those that usually fish with us during June so that gave us a full schedule for about a month. The fishing offshore during June for species such as Tuna and Mahi Mahi was a bit slower than years past. One of the big problems was lack of current offshore, being able to catch live bait, and a lot of dirty water. The tuna are still there but we had to make the long run almost every time out to catch a few. There were a couple of days in early June that it was very good but for the most part it wasnít on fire. Now, we still caught plenty of fish, they just didnít come as easy as we are use to. The rip lines formed up in early June when there was current, and before the blue-water decided to move way south. There were some Mahi Mahi caught, but since then there hasnít really been a good rip. The clean water is moving back in and wasnít too far out on the west side as of last Thursday. So, things should be back to normal this week and things should start to improve finding bait as well. The bottom fishing and the federal snapper season was very productive this month. We caught a lot of very nice snapper, avg. size was about 10-14lbs. as well as a fair amount of Cobia. The Mangrove snapper bite was the best I have ever seen last week so if that lasts fishing for them will definitely fill the box. July and August will be our Tuna months. This is when all the conditions get right for catching them and live bait is usually very easy to get. Mahi Mahi and wahoo should be mixed in as well since July is generally the month that produces the best rip lines. So we will be back at it this week and should have some good reports. If your looking to go offshore and catch some fish we have days open in July and August.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
1.800.318.1720


2013-06-14

It has been about a month since our last report. The weather during the later part of May and early June was still not the best for offshore fishing. The wind was fairly strong most days accompanied with a lot of rainy days. The inshore fishing was still doable and it was very productive this spring. Now that the weather has settled and the persistent winds have calmed down we have been getting offshore just about everyday since June 1. The snapper season opener was as advertised with easy limits every day. The avg. size has been about 12lbs. with the occasional 18-20lber. Cobia have also been very plentiful around the rigs so having a box full of Red snapper and Cobia has made a lot of angler happy. Offshore for Tuna and Mahi Mahi has gotten off to a bit of a slow start for this time of the year. Bait had been a little tough to come by but that isn't very unusual in early June coming off of a late winter. This week the bait really started to show up more than it had been and so have the Tuna. It is wide open yet by any means but it is getting there. The dolphin have also started to really show up. Some years they get here in Mid-May but usually they get here right about this time so there should be plenty of mahi hitting the dock over the next several weeks. As we move into June the Tuna fishing will steadily pick up and we should start to see and catch plenty. Sea conditions will avg. about 1-2ft. most days which really makes for an enjoyable day offshore. So, for the next couple of months the main target will be Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi Mahi offshore. There should be a few Wahoo and Marlin around as well. Around the rigs we can fish Red Snapper until June 28th this year, with the possibility of a longer season running into July if NOAA extends it. Cobia will be plentiful thru October. Last but certainly not least the inshore fishing so far this spring and now into the summer months has been excellent. The redfish bite has been non-stop and limits are achieved fairly easy. The avg. size has been about 6-8lb. with numerous reds going 15+lbs. There have also been a few flounder and speckled trout mixed in as well. I can say that everyone who has inshore fished so far this year has been more than satisfied with their catch, this is mainly attributed to the great fishery we have down here. You can't go wrong. We still have open dates in July. June is completely booked, so for either Offshore fishing or Inshore fishing July and August are two great months to fish out of Venice, La. Capt. Damon McKnight


2013-05-21

We are now approaching the end of May and moving into the month of June. So far in 2013 the weather has been very windy to say the least. The winds have come down a lot now that we are warming up so it should start to be flat calm most days offshore as we are use to this time of the year. On the decent weather days offshore the fishing has been excellent. That I guess it what makes it so tough to not be able to get out on the weather days because you know the fishing is good. The Yellow fin Tuna have been biting steady, on the days we can get to the right location it has been good. Some days they are averaging 80+ and others they are hanging around the 50lb. mark. The black fin tuna have really been the day saver so far for the past couple of months. Every year you get a large concentration of at least one species offshore and this year it is definitely Black Fin Tuna. They have been averaging about 20lbs. and put up a great fight, so they are a lot of fun to catch. The Mahi Mahi have shown up, Capt. Alex said they hooked about a 40lber. on Sunday but pulled the hooks, so it wonít be long until the Mahi are here in big numbers. Excellent eating and possibly the most exciting offshore fish to catch. We will also be fishing for Red Snapper starting on June 1. So those limits will be easy enough to fill. Along with Snapper we should have plenty of Grouper and Cobia to fill the box. For those of you who like the calmer water and still enjoy the thrill of catching big fish, the Red fishing inshore has been as good as it gets. Most of the reds are avg. about 20 inches that we keep for eating but there are a lot of big bull reds mixed in as well. Our largest this year came in the boat yesterday weighing in at 30lbs., and wore out the angler. Speckled Trout are also biting and are mixed in with the numerous Red Fish along the shorelines. So either offshore or inshore, the fishing down here in Venice is excellent and will be this way through October.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
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2013-04-26

It has been a while since our last report but we did stay busy through most of March, however, April was very windy this year and our days offshore were limited. Inshore fishing for Bull Reds and Rat Redfish sure made up for it on the windy days though. Inshore has been very good so far this year and will only continue to get better as we move into May and will last thru the Fall. Speckle Trout, Redfish, Flounder, and Drum are the targets inshore and are a lot of fun to catch. Offshore we will still mainly be targeting Yellow fin tuna, however, the Mahi Mahi will be showing up very soon with the rising temperatures so that will make for a very nice mixed bag. We still have some wahoo around which we mainly catch on the grass lines this time of the year, so as long as the lines are built up wahoo, mahi mahi, and marlin should be plentiful. Red Snapper state season, which means we can fish for red snapper in state waters only, will be open on the weekends (Fri-Sun.) and the federal season opens June 1 and will more than likely last until June 22nd. Cobia and grouper will also be targeted as well around the rigs. We are certainly looking forward to some calmer weather as we move into May and the summer months and the fishing should as always, be excellent down here in Venice, La. So for those of you who want to mix it up with inshore and offshore fishing, then now is the best time to go.


2013-03-19

The fishing the past several days has had its ups and downs. Two of the four days we were able to get out produced a lot of fish, the other two were OK but weather was the biggest factor that slowed the days down some. The highlight of the four days was on Friday and Saturday. Capt. Alex and Capt. Willy B had the Hayden crew down for their annual fishing trip. The weather Friday was slick calm, something we havenít seen for at least a month. The fishing started out a little slow then around noon it was wide open. Capt. Alexís crew had about a 122 lb. Mako, swim up to the boat and eat two pieces of bait. The circle hook set just right in the corner of his mouth and 45 seconds later he was in the boat. Very lucky catch. They set back up to make a Tuna drift and out of nowhere an estimated 500lb. Mako is swimming straight towards them with a 6ft. Silky Shark in its mouth. Apparently the Shark did not see the boat and swam directly into the side of it to everyoneís amazement. They already had their Mako for the day so they just got some really good shots with the Go Pro underwater camera and watched him try and figure out what just happened. He eventually took off with his kill and that was that. Wish I could have seen it myself. Once again they set back up for a tuna drift and this time the Tuna came up. They were hooking one after another, most in the 70lb. range with a couple going over a 100lbs. The ended up with 8 Yellow fin, and a handful of Black fin tuna. This all went down in about 50 minutes. We were about 100 yards from them but we had no action. Capt. Alex called us over and it was immediately game on for us. We hooked a nice 60lber. and got him in the boat. Then we hooked two big boys, one was spooling us due east and the other due west. I tried moving towards the angler with the least amount of line on his real to help make up some of it but shortly after the line broke on one fish, so we chased down the other. They both ran on the surface so I knew they were big fish. Most of the big Yellow fin this time of year, for some reason, start their fight on the surface and probably about 30-50ft ft. down. After the first 10-15 minutes of this then they sound. In about 30 minutes later Mr. Rozelle put a nice 152 lb. Yellow fin in the boat. We went back to try and get on them again but that was it. Capt. Willy B fished for Wahoo and they ended up with 3 big Wahoo on the day. On Saturday Capt. Willy B and the Hayden crew went back after the Yellowfin and managed 3 good ones in the 65-70lb. range, 7 blackfin, and 3 Amberjack. Capt. Alex went grouper fishing and ended with a limit of Jacks and 1 65lb. Warsaw Grouper. So the fishing has been very good lately, though the weather has been tough to predict. We have had strong south winds followed by strong cold fronts which has been keeping us at the dock more than we have been able to get out for sure. The good news is we are starting to move into spring and the weather should, I say should, start to cooperate more but we will see. The fishing will be good regardless, you just have to be able to get out to them.

Capt. Damon McKnight


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2013-03-10

We moved thru the month of February very quickly and we are now on the 10th day of March. Once again the winter Tuna and Wahoo fishing out of Venice is excellent. The weather has been tough on us so far, we have had to cancel a few days, but when we can get out it has been very nice and the fish have been there. The largest tuna that came in so far, for us, was with the Danner crew and they were fishing with Capt. Alex. The fished weighed in at 191lbs. caught on 2/18. The good news is there are a bunch of them out there even bigger. Most of the big Tuna we have been catching have been hand fed right next to the boat and there have been a lot of them down there. Both Capt. Alex and Capt. Will said they had 5 or 6 fish well over 150lbs. feeding next to the boat. But, I was fishing right in the same area and our crew never saw a Tuna but still ended up with a couple over a hundred. We were able to feed about a 250lb. Mako right next to the boat. The first time he came unhooked and the second he broke the line with his tail. Get him next time. The water clarity has been good so we are able to see what we have in our chum slicks which really adds to the excitement. We have been having a lot of problems with Sharks and Kings cutting us off before getting the bait to the Tuna, but if your persistent enough eventually you will get what your after. The Wahoo bite has been as about sporadic as can be, but at the same time, that is normal for Wahoo. One day they are here, the next they are still here but just wonít bite. Go back on the third day and they bite in the same spot on the same baits again. So, right now timing is everything to get out and catch Wahoo. Amberjack are plentiful, most days we end up with a limit while fishing for Tuna so that tells you how thick they are right now. The fishing is very good right now so if your looking to get offshore and catch some big fish now is the time to go. Weather has been a bit of an issue but if your schedule is somewhat flexible we will get you out there. We still have some open boats this month and next.
The bigger tuna in the pictures are 191lbs. 180lbs., 146lbs.

Capt. Damon McKnight


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2013-02-04

We have had some very good weather lately, much better as compared to the beginning of January. As most of you probably saw from watching the Super Bowl festivities on TV, we had blue skies, light winds, and temps. in the mid 60's for most of last week. With weather like that you had best be out fishing this time of the year because the results are usually excellent. Last Friday we had three boats out. Two groups from Oviedo, Fl. and one from Hudson, Wi. The results the first day were very good. Capt. Willy B. had 9 Yellowfin with the largest going about 150 lbs. and I had 2 Yellow fin, 10 blackin fin tuna, and 2 Amberjack. The second day was not as productive, the tuna bite was little off and the wahoo were no where to be found, although we did have perfect conditions. Capt. Willy B had 1 Yellowfin and 1 Warsaw grouper on the day, and I had 1 black fin tuna and 1 amberjack on the day, with a lot of throw back species like King Mackeral, Sharks, and Bonita. So our Tuna season has definitely started and will just keep getting better as the we move further in February and March. However, if your planning on making a trip down here to get in on the bite, now is the time to go. We have had very good weather lately and hopefully it continues. We have open days this week and next.

Capt. Damon McKnight/Super Strike Charters


2013-01-25

We finally got some excellent weather the past couple of days and we were able to get out and catch some fish. The Yellowfin Tuna are just starting to show up. Most of them are a bit small right now, there are a few going 80+ lbs. or more however they are just starting to get here. Several more days and it should be very good. However, the wahoo have shown up and most of them are the bigger 40-80lb. Wahoo. Usually January-Mid February are the best time for the larger wahoo like we are catching now. Yesterday, 1/24/13 we had the Potts crew down from Detroit, where it is -9 degrees right now by the way. We were able to go 4 for 4 on big Wahoo and we went 5 for 6 on Yellowfin Tuna. But most of the tuna were on the small side and not the 100+lbers. like we are use to this time of the year. Good thing is the season is just starting off and so far it looks like it is going to be a good one. Everything is right on track so the bigger tuna should show up any day. We still have openings to fish in February and March but we are filling fast. If you ever wanted to get out and catch big Tuna and Wahoo now is the time to do it.

Capt. Damon Mcknight/Super Strike Charters


2013-01-03

Happy New Year to everyone! Well here we are in 2013 and we are now in prime Tuna and Wahoo season. The winter months of January-March are the most consistent months of the year to catch Big Wahoo and Tuna. The wahoo can avg. 50-70lbs. with some going over 100lbs. and the Yellowfin Tuna can avg. 120-140lbs. with some going over 200lbs. This is definitely the season for the die hard fisherman who is looking to catch some big fish. Along with the great fishing the weather can be somewhat tough with cold and windy conditions, but there are plenty of days with mild temps. and calm seas. The runs to the wahoo and tuna grounds are fairly short this time of the year so that makes it much easier to get to where the fish are. Inshore fishing can be good as well for those days to windy to get offshore. We stay in protected waters, fishing the bays and passes for Red Fish, Trout, Sheep Head, Flounder, and other inshore species. We look forward to seeing some of our usual customers that come down this time of the year and of course look forward to meeting new ones. This should be a very good season and the fishing should be excellent.

Capt. Damon McKnight/Super Strike Charters
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2012-11-20

We are now a little past the mid-point in November and the fishing has been steady. Offshore action has been slowed down some by the numerous cold fronts we have gotten. The first several days of November was very mild and just about perfect as far as the conditions go and the fishing was equally as good. Plenty of Tuna hit the docks along with a few Wahoo. It did get a little tough after the first good cold front but then it turned right back on. The inshore fishing was and still is very good even with the wind. The Speckle-Trout bite is probably one of the best we have had in several years, which is all attributed to a much lower than normal river. The offshore fishing is very good this time of the year. The big Tuna move in close to the passes and the wahoo pile up on some of the closer in rigs. So this is a very good time of the year to get offshore. You just have to fish in between the cold fronts. Weather is going to be a factor and there will probably be more windy days than not, but when you can get out, the fishing should be well worth it. In mid-January the weather will start to be more favorable, though we will still get the occasional front, they should be more spread out. Mid-January thru March is one of the best times of the year to fish for Tuna and Wahoo off the coast of Venice. We still have open dates for these months but they are starting to fill fast. This is definitely when you want to be in Venice fishing.


2012-10-15

So far this Fall the fishing has been excellent. From Offshore to Inshore both fisheries are producing great results. We have primarily fishing for Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna offshore. The Yellowfin are here in big numbers but some days they can be tricky. Most of the YFT are averaging over a 100lbs. with most in the 120-140lb. size range. However, there are much bigger ones out there along with a lot of Black fin Tuna. This past Saturday 10/13/2012 the La. state record Yellowfin which is the new #1 was brought to the dock by a recreational fishing boat out of Grand Isle, La. which weighed in at 251lbs. A big congrats. goes out to them. That is not easy to do. This has been a very good year for Tuna fishing and it seems to just keep getting better. Along with the Tuna we are also catching Grouper, Amberjack, and Cobia. The Grouper bite isn't real steady but there are quite a few of them out there. Amberjack are easy limits and the Cobia are hit and miss from day to day.. Although this is the best time of the year to fish for Cobia out of Venice, La. The inshore fishing is very good right now. The river is very low which is allowing the fish to move up into the passes and shallow bays so if it is Redfish, Speckle-trout, and Flounder your after the fishing for those species is excellent.

Capt. Damon McKnight/Super Strike Charters


2012-09-26

The offshore fishing is absolutely on fire right now. The Yellow fin Tuna and Black Fin Tuna action is about as good as it gets. The Yellowfin avg. right now is anywhere from 60lbs. to 180lbs. with some of them over that but not as many. Blackfin are a dime a dozen and easy pickens. This is one of the best times of the year to Tuna fish and it is certainly showing. Also, the runs to the Tuna grounds are somewhat close most days so run time and fuel burn is considerably low. We are also catching plenty of Amberjack and Cobia. September and October are two of the best month to Cobia fish so add those to the box and most people have more fish than they can handle. The fish cleaning service at the marina is highly recommended right now for the amount of fish you have to take home. The weather has been very nice out which certainly adds to a great day of fishing. We've got open dates and it is definitely a good time to get out there and fish.


2012-08-31

This summer has been one to remember for sure when it comes to the weather and fishing. The fishing this summer was absolutely one of the best I have seen when it comes to Tuna fishing but the weather was the absolute worst I can remember during what is considered to be our more fishable months of June, July, and August. In June we had Debbie which kept us in port for more than a week, although it didn't hit in La. We were plagued with heavy thunderstorms almost all summer long.. Not the ones you can run around but the ones you have to run back to port or protected waters. For almost a week straight the storms that came thru would stop our fishing day at about 11:00 a.m. with just enough time to make it back to the river to be greeted with 30-40 mph winds, rain, and lightning. I don't know how we use to do it before Satellite Weather came out but the weather didn't seem as unstable either back then. Thankfully the fishing was good enough to be very successful in such a short period of time fishing. Then August roles around and the weather continued to be a lot worse than usual, and finally, Hurricane Isaac pinpoints us from over 1000 miles away. Luckily it didn't turn into a more powerful storm since it was such a slow mover and we got more than we needed regardless. Although damage was minimal in the Venice area and all of the structures made it thru no problem. The remaining water goes for about a 15 mile stretch (maybe less) at this point between Myrtle Grove and Port Sulphur. Once the water has drained things will move quickly to restore power, which will get things back to normal. This is about the same thing that happened during Gustav in 2008, but since Isaac was such a slow mover it definitely pushed more water into areas that more than likely wouldn't have gotten it with a little different track or a faster moving system. There were a lot of people who did not make it thru the storm without damage or major damage so of course we hope they get things back to normal quickly as it is a tough process. We are 100% operational since the storm passed, so if your ready to get out there this is prime time and the fishing should be excellent.



Before the weather hit the fishing could not have been any better. The tuna fishing was about as good as it gets and the runs were not very far offshore, thankfully, because the weather wouldn't permit it anyway. Most of the tuna were averaging about 50-60lbs. but there were also quite a few 80-90lbers. and some over 100lbs. in the mix as well. Capt. Alex and Capt. Will both caught a sailf fish this past week.. One was about 90lbs. the other about 70lbs., and of course they were released to catch another day. Other species that we were catching very easily and should continue to catch thru October are Amberjack, Cobia, and possibly Triple-Tail. Amberjack are thicker than ever, the cobia seemed to come and go day by day, and the tripl tail fishing was just getting perfect. So, as soon as we get back out there I expect it to be the same. As we move later in September and October the bigger tuna will start to show up (150+lbs.) for those of you wish to test your stamina. We do have days open in October to fish so if your ready to get out there give us a shout.

Capt. Damon McKnight
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2012-08-17

Here we are again nearing the end of August with another good month of fishing. The Tuna bite has been very good the past couple of weeks. It has been good , but fast. If you werenít in the right spot first thing in the morning with the right bait then you were going to be working the rest of the day to catch a few more. The bite has been early and not lasting very long but well worth it when you can hit it just right. Most of the fish have been in the 50-60lb. range but there have been a few over 100lbs. so the bigger fish are out there. As we move into the September-October time frame the tuna fishing should only get better and the avg. size will more than likely go up as well. Not only have the tuna been biting but of course since Amberjack season opened on Aug. 1 it has been very easy to go and catch a nice limit of Jacks just about every trip out. Sharks have been somewhat of a nuisance while Jack fishing, but when you get past them or find an area with no sharks, it is easy pickings. Cobia made a very good showing the first couple of weeks in August but since the west wind picked up it has made it a little tougher to get out there and target them. September and October are our two best months for Cobia so I am definitely looking forward to that. Capt. Alex has been catching plenty of Warsaw grouper the past couple of months. They arenít the easiest fish to catch but he has been able to catch one just about every trip out over the past couple of weeks. The largest so far was right at 100lbs. and they will definitely put a smile on any anglers face. So if you want to catch a Warsaw grouper Capt. Alex is definitely on them right now. Over the next couple of months we will mainly be targeting Yellow Fin Tuna. There will be a big mix of black fin in there as well as the occasional Mahi Mahi. Although this year wasnít the best I have seen for Mahi, we will probably catch a few more thru the fall. Amberjack, Cobia, and Wahoo will be targeted as well for those who would want to add those species to their catch. We do have a fair amount of open days in September so if your looking to get offshore and catch some fish it is a great time of the year to go.

Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
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2012-07-22

The offshore fishing over the past week has been excellent. Most days the bite was early for tuna and dolphin and then it was off to fish for reef fish. The weather wasnít the greatest with a lot of thunderstorm activity towards the later half of the weekend but not bad enough to keep us from getting offshore. We were mostly just limited as to where we could go. The tuna fishing has been about as good as it gets but you had to have lines in the water no later than 7:15 a.m. and with a little luck, in-shape anglers, you could have a better than average day. The fish were a little smaller this week with most of them averaging about 50-60lbs., but they were plentiful. There are a lot of bigger ones out there right now, however, you may have to do a little searching. Mahi Mahi have shown up, but the grass lines have not really been forming up that great so we have been catching most of them while tuna fishing. Wahoo are here and there as well. Once we get a decent rip line there will be bigger numbers of them caught. A lot of billfish have been caught this year, and I donít expect that to slow down any this month. Snapper season was great again this year, although the numbers of big fish weren't as expected. The fish are there but a lot of strong currents and fishing pressure kept us from fishing our usual areas and we had to move around some to find our limit some days, but we always got it. Over the past week our main problem was the amount of untargeted species such as Jack Crevalle, Sharks, and Mackerel. They seemed to have taken over a few areas that were holding a lot of snapper. We will see what next year brings us. As far as Cobia and Grouper go, this has been one of the best years I have seen for catching these species. Cobia have really made a showing in our area, probably due to the low river, clean water, and a lot of bait fish. Grouper are there and are mostly eating live bait. If you can find the right size live bait (small) limits of Scamp Grouper are easily caught along with a few gags. Warsaw Grouper are numerous as well, but it definitely requires a little more patience and the right conditions.

Damon McKnight
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2012-07-05

After all the bad weather we had in June, not everyday but more than enough, last Wed.-Tues. the weather could not have been better. Seems like we are into a normal summertime pattern now with light winds and the occassional thunderstorm. The fishing is very good right now offshore. There are a lot of Tuna around the Floaters along with a few Mahi Mahi, and billfish seem to be everywhere. The rip lines are starting to form up now that there is a little more current offshore so there should be plenty of Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Billfish caught. Capt. Alex went 8 for 15 on wahoo, most of them hitting Rapala X-Raps and Wahoo Bombs, he caught them with the A. Biddy group while fishing the grass line last Saturday, the largest went 40lbs. but there was a good mix of different size fish on it. I fished the line on Sunday, very briefly with the J. Long crew, and we went 3 for 3 on 20-30lb. Mahi-Mahi, all of them hit the blue and white Ilander. We did have a couple of billfish come up in our spread which consisted of different colored ilanders, but they were only after the chicken dolphin that were harassing our baits. We tried trolling a few chicken dolphin but had no luck on Marlin. So it should be excellent fishing over the next few weeks for these species. The tuna bite has been steady but it has been fast. It was usually first thing in the morning and then it would shut down until later in the afternoon. Most days if you didn't have them by 10:00 a.m. you were out of luck. But, there are a lot of Tuna out there and if that is what your targeting you should have no problem at all. Most of our Tuna are being caught on live bait, but, if you can get the right cast in some are hitting top-water lures. Most of the tuna fish were catching are averaging between 90-and 100lbs. and so you definitely know you have something on the other end. Some days they were in fairly close (25 miles out) and other days you had to make the longer runs (40-60 miles out). Red Snapper are as plentiful as ever so no problem there. For those of you who like to fish for reef fish species, such as mangrove snapper, grouper, and cobia the bite has been very good for them as well.

Damon McKnight


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2012-06-25

The weather has been pretty tough for the month of June this year. A lot of unusually windy days so far, but in between those windy days the fishing has been very productive. Of course the amount of Red Snapper out there sure makes for an easy target so we have been getting a limit of snapper every trip out with no problem at all. We have been mixing that with tuna fishing and it has been good. Most of the tuna have been in the 40-60lb. range but Capt. Alex found the 100+lbers just before we had all this weather. From the looks of everything now the fishing should be incredible. Usually when you get a storm that pushes into the eastern Gulf, especially the way that this one did, it relocates the fish to the less affected areas, which means they probably moved west. Not that we needed the push because we were doing great before, but, this should definitely increase the amount of certain species of fish in our area. Our next scheduled charters are on Wed., before that it was the 15th of June so we have missed a few days from all the wind. Right now we are targeting Yellowifn Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo along the rip lines and floaters. Around the rigs we will be targeting Red and Mangrove Snapper, Grouper, and Cobia. I will report after the trips to give an update. I have no doubt the fishing will be either as good or better than it normally is this time of the year.

Capt. Damon McKnight


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2012-06-05

Snapper season started on June 1 and I would have to say all of the expectations have been met. The snapper avg. was about 10-12lbs. the past four days and of course they are just about everywhere that has structure. Our largest so far was 21lbs. and was definitely a lot of fun for the crew that caught him. Next in line is going to be Scamp grouper. We have been hitting our limits of grouper just about every bottom trip we have had lately so I donít know how long it will last but it has been good. They are also one of the best eating fish I have had in a while. Cobia are still everywhere that we have been fishing. They kind of come and go but our last trip we fished for them we had six and lost one so they are plentiful right this minute.

Blue-water fishing has been OK but we have had to run a little further than we normally would have to run lately. They have moved out a little ways but if you can get to them, it has been good. Capt. Will had 11 Yellowfin and 1 Sailfish on Saturday within a three hour time frame so you can say that is a very good bite. Yesterday I had the Alton Temple crew out and we ran about 50 miles offshore in choppy conditions which kept us from going any further and we ended the day with three Yellow fin Tuna and a limit of big snapper. The Dolphin have not shown up in any real numbers yet but we havenít a good solid rip line in a while either. As soon as that rip comes together the Dolphin will start being caught in more numbers.

So a recap of the past four days. The bottom fishing has been outstanding. Red and Mangrove Snapper, Scamp Grouper, and Cobia have been filling the boxes and it has been non-stop action. When you put the reel in gear you basically already have a fish on. Blue water fishing has been good if you willing to make the run for the fish. There are a lot of Tuna offshore avg. about 50-60lbs. and probably more billfish than I have seen in a while. It is early in June and from the looks of it this is going to be a very productive summer. A lot of different species are available to catch right now so this is a very good time to fish offshore.


Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
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2012-05-30

Every year you never really know for sure what the offshore fishing is going to be like and you never know which species of fish is going to be the most abundant. Last year it was Tuna, and once again this year it is Tuna as well. The Yellow fin tuna are thicker than ever offshore right now. Though they are plentiful, they can sometimes be very tricky and hard to catch. Some days have been better then the next, but there is no doubt your in the right place while your fishing for them if you see them crashing all around the boat. But like I said, they have been tough to catch some days and other days, easier than ever. There are some Mahi Mahi mixed in but they arenít here just yet in the numbers we will have in about a week or two, a few wahoo here and there, plenty of Marlin. There seems to be a Marlin caught just about everyday by someone offshore. The rip lines are starting to form up real nice, there is a lot of sargassum offshore right now so there are going to be some huge rip/grass lines which should be holding a lot of fish. Around the rigs Red Snapper are going to win the prize for being the most abundant (no surprise there) and good thing is the season opens up this Friday (June 1 and for those that donít know the last day is July 10, 2012). There should be a lot of big snapper brought in. Cobia, Mangrove Snapper, and grouper are all abundant as well. One thing to mention is that the amount of bait in the passes and moving offshore is just incredible (including menhaden, mullet, and herring), and the amount of flying fish, hardtails, and bally hoo offshore are the most I have seen this early in the year. My best guess to why the species are so abundant is a very warm winter and a low river for this area. We have been fishing a lot over the past week and have had groups from all over the Southeast, Texas mainly, but all have gone home with their personal best on one species or another. The main target for every group has been Tuna so we have had some very good days. Last Sunday I had the Womack crew from Mississippi and Florida. Their goal was to catch Tuna on a popper and although they havenít really been that affective lately, for some reason on Sunday, top water poppers really produced for them. They were good casters and had the energy to persistently throw poppers and it paid off. Joe Womack had his personal best 80lber. on a popper and his day was complete, all smiles from then on out. The rest of the crew converted and missed a few but it was non-stop action. Capt. Alex and Capt. Will both had a very productive week and lots of fish were brought in.

Weíve got a few days in June still open so if you want to get out on the water and catch some Red Snapper while they are in season June is the month to do it right now, plus there are a lot of other species to catch as well.

Capt. Damon McKnight


2012-05-10

The fishing the past several weeks has had its ups and downs for sure lately but it isnít from lack of fish. There are a lot of fish offshore right now including Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, and Marlin. For the past few years we really werenít getting the mahi and marlin this early in the season (spring) but when you donít really have a winter in the Northern Gulf then the summer season does tend to start early. It is going to be a very good month offshore because of all the bait, huge patches of grass that will form some great rip lines, and the amount of fish we have in the area...it is going to be a good summer. This past weekend the weather was great and we had customers down from all over the country. Most of them have fished offshore in the Gulf and other areas, but none of them have ever fished this area, and as usual they all got their personal best and now know what fishing off the La. coast is all about. There were a lot of tuna offshore over the weekend at just about any location you went to, however, they were somewhat finicky. Blame it on the Super Moon or whatever, for the amount of tuna out there you would have thought it would be as easy as tossing out some bait and fish on, but it was a little tougher than that. Fish were still caught but it took patience. The largest tuna came off of the 32ft. with Capt. Will, which weighed in at 160lbs. caught by Michael Ellebracht from St. Louis. They had acres of tuna around them slow rolling, most in the 100+lb. class, but the one bite they got did not come easy. Usually when you see the tuna slow rolling or sometimes what we call porpoiseing, they arenít feeding very good. If you wait them out they will usually turn on at some point. Just about everyone out there this weekend had tuna fish all around them so there is definitely no shortage, probably the most I have seen in a long time. The bite wasnít that great until yesterday when it finally went off and they started feeding like they normally would. Could have had something to do with the approaching front, which has it fairly windy down here this morning. I am definitely looking forward to the next couple of months. It should be excellent fishing. June 1 snapper season opens so you can add that to the box as well and we still have a boat available for that Friday(opening day). So after a day of catching tuna, mahi-mahi, and other pelagics we can finish of the day with an easy limit of Red Snapper.

Weíve got three boats to choose fromÖTwo 32í Twin Vees and a 33í Freeman. All of them are perfect for fishing this area and weíve got availability this month and next.

Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters
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2012-04-22

Every year you never really know what your going to get when it comes to fishing offshore, especially during the winter months. The weather can be downright brutal and keeps you at the dock most of the month (Feb. 2012) or it can be just the opposite with mild temperatures, not much wind and very enjoyable, out on the GOM(March 2012). Year after year it seems to bounce back and forth between Feb. and March as being the best weather month or fishing month. Well this year it was March for both, and as we continue into April the weather hasnít been that bad but we are starting to see a few more windy days so far. The tuna fishing is still very good along with a few wahoo. The rip lines are forming up early this year and that is where most of the wahoo are coming from as well as some early spring dolphin.

It looks as if May is going to be this years June if the weather and fishing stay on the same track it is on now. So we are mainly catching Tuna at the floaters right now although some days they are in closer. A lot of the action should be on top-water plugs and live bait, and with the warmer water this year bait should be easy to find. Amberjack, Cobia, and Mangrove Snapper will be our main targets around the shallow water rigs. This is shaping up to be a very good year for offshore fishing with the much warmer than usual temps. so if your looking to get out and catch some fish you canít go wrong right now.

I have attached a video from this past month with a lot of pictures of our customers catch along with Bob Caldwell bringing in about an 80lb. YFT, some decent shots of Yellow fin Tuna underwater that we caught and what you can barely make out in the end is a 300lb. Mako shark eating a Bonita that we thru out to him. We had him on for about 15 minutes and broke him off.

We are still running three boats. Two 32í Twin Vees and a 33í Freeman. All of them are perfect for fishing this area and weíve got availability this month and next.


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