Venice Louisiana Fishing Report
December 5, 2013 Report.
The Mississippi River stage, down here at Venice, has jumped up about a foot and the water color has turned from clear green to a brownish murky color, and the water temperature has dropped to around 56 degrees. What does that mean? I am not exactly sure. It’s just an observation. We are still catching fish in the river, but as everything gets colder the bite in the river will slow down, and eventually the Redfish and the Speckled Trout will all be in the outside waters surrounding the river. The colder water temperature has also brought some foggy conditions at times. The Venice area can be one of the foggiest places you will ever be around between December and May. This week I had one of my clients ask me if the fish bite in the fog. I said “yes, but we have to get to the fish-alive.” I have my Garmin gps and my Furuno radar, but even so your chances of running aground or worse, running into something, goes way up when you cannot see what is ahead of you. You don’t want to go out in it to start your day, but if the fog moves in on you during your trip you need your electronics to get you back to the dock.
The big “Bull” Redfish have not disappointed us here lately. I had Neil and Hulen Ford come fishing with me this last weekend. They are from Texas, and they fish with me several times a year. They want to catch those big Redfish, and the weather conditions allowed us to fish one of the areas that has been holding some big Reds lately. We had to work for them, but they were there. We caught 20 plus fish each day. The largest was 29 pounds. None of them were under 18 pounds. We did not catch huge numbers of fish, but it was steady. We also missed just as many fish as we boated, so the action was not bad. We were using a soft plastic on a lead head under a popping cork. The big Redfish wore Hulen out the first two days, so on the third day they wanted to target smaller fish in the river, so we set up in an area where some Speckled Trout usually are. Due to murky water conditions we used lead heads tipped with frozen shrimp. It worked. We caught about 50 Specks, four Sheepshead, one fresh water catfish, four hardhead catfish, two slot Redfish, two under sized Redfish that we released, and Hulen caught a 22 pound Redfish that decided to come by. We never moved the boat. Just what the doctor ordered. They had to catch a flight, so we went in early. We left the fish biting.
These guys said they had a great time. They said the food was great at the Fish On Venice Lodge. They enjoyed the football games in the evening. They are coming back in February for some winter Redfishing in Venice.
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November 25th 2013 report
It has been a while since I have had a chance to give a fishing report for the Venice area, because I have been busy fishing with few days off, but I am happy to report that the fish are still around. The windy weather has made it difficult at times, but we have caught some really nice Redfish in the areas that were calm enough to fish. Every month of the year can have some windy days, and you cannot fish in areas with heavy seas rolling in on you, so we are constantly fishing in different areas almost daily. The Mississippi River has been low, as it usually is this time of year, so we have had the option of fishing inside the river where you get protection from the wind. The Mississippi River has been holding the smaller slot Redfish and Speckled Trout. There has also been an occasional “Bull” Redfish caught in the river as well. However, many of my clients want to catch the big Redfish, which are usually on the outside beaches and bays surrounding the river when it dumps into the Gulf of Mexico. These larger Redfish are constantly on the move, so they are not in the same spot everyday, even if you could get to the same area daily (which you cannot due to wind the shifting). So, we have to find them on a daily basis. The sooner we find them the better. We have been using Soft plastics under a cork, large beetlespins, and hard plastic run baits ( as usual) to find the fish.
Everyone seems to have enjoyed staying at the Fish On Venice Lodge. My wife, Leila, has been keeping us well fed and keeping the living quarters clean and comfortable. Everyone has been tired in the evenings and have been getting some rest for the next day out on the water. After all, fishing and catching is fairly hard work when you are doing it a lot.
Now is a good time to book a trip with us for next year, so if you are interested just give us a call. The winter months can be very productive for catching Redfish. The big Redfish are a hardy fish, and bite in the cold months.
Give me a call to book your Spring trip. When you call early you get the best choice dates.
November 5th 2013 report
The big bad “BULL” Redfish have been running for my clients from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Maine. We also had some Speckled Trout for some folks from Mississippi. As usual, the 20-35 lb. Redfish hit the artificial lures we were throwing at them. It is fun to catch them on lures, and it is most effective as well. Once the big Redfish hit the lures, more times than not, we see them running with it. These big Redfish are notorious for spitting the hook, particularly when they come right at the boat swimming 25 mph. If you caught them 100% of the time it would not be as fun. You will most likely miss 40-50% of them. The main thing I tell people is to not get mad at themselves for missing the fish. Much of the time the hook is set in the white part of their mouths between their lips and their crushers. If the hook is set just in their skin layer here, instead of the “boney” part, then they shake their head, or charge you, and get off. They were not born yesterday. They are a worthy opponent. Gather yourself, and keep fishing for another one. Don’t blame my equipment. Clients quickly get over it when they get one to the boat.
Strong winds at times have made fishing more difficult. This is the case any time of the year. I try to put the boat where we can fish without the boat flipping over, no matter how good we did the day before somewhere. Forget about yesterday 75% of the time. I am used to that. Some people do not understand it though. We have to find them every day. I know different areas to try.
The Speckled Trout are in the Mississippi River. We boxed 106 of them the other day with my Mississippi guests. We caught them on lead heads with soft plastics on drop offs in the river. This is the time of year I tell folks to come fish for Trout. They are predictable and you don’t have to run all over the Gulf looking for them. Best of all, they hit artificial lures, so you do not have to be dependent on live bait (which you cant get half the time ). You can do things the easy way, or the hard way. Sometimes, one is better than the other. Wish I always knew the best way. No risk-no reward.
The Fish On Venice lodge has been busy. Everyone has been having a good time. My clients from Florida this week were flexible with their schedule, so they are coming down in December after me telling them that we were going to have 20-25 knot winds all week. It looked tougher than usual, or I would not have postponed the four days they were fishing. I needed a break. I love what I do, but even Mickey Mouse needs some time off, or else he wont be grinning all the time. If you would like to come down and get in on some great fishing action, then give me a call. I honestly do not know the best time off the year to come. I have had great trips any month of the year, as well as some tough days any month. Fortunately, many more good days than bad.
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October 17th Report.
I have had clients from Florida, Delaware, Hawaii, and Georgia over the last couple of weeks, and we have really been on the Redfish. We have also caught some nice numbers of Speckled Trout, but the trout bite should only get better later this month through December. We have had some days the last couple a weeks where we got 60 plus Big Redfish in the boat. I am talking about 12lbs to 25lbs Redfish. Not the small ones. That means we lost just as many that did not make it to the boat. Lots of good action. The biggest Redfish the last week has been 35lbs. Caught in three feet of water. All the fish have been caught on different lures. The Redfish action should be great through to the new year. January can be great too. All year for Redfish.
My landing net finally wore out. I had about 15 cable ties holding it together. It is more difficult to find a good net for these big Redfish than you might realize. You might find the right rubber netting on one, but the handle is cheap. You may find one with the right handle, but the netting is the kind that the eye of your hooks get tangled in when the fish spins around in the net. It is simple turned complicated when you try to find the right net. The net I had was great, but I could not find the same one. I tried Academy Sports, Bass Pro Shops, and finally Cabella’s. I bought one at Cabella’s that I hope will last a while.
What can I say. The fishing has been good to great all year. I had maybe four days all year that were really tough days. I don’t depend on luck, but I will take any I can get.
I have some openings in December if anyone wants to get in on some good inshore action down here around Venice. Have a good one.
September 30, 2013 Report
We have been catching the Redfish on some rainy and windy days down river from Venice. The advantage of fishing this time of year is that the river is low and we can fish deep into the river system, which gives us protected waters on what appears to some crummy looking days. Sometimes, the crummy looking days are when the fish bite the best. You just never know what you are going to get when you go fishing in a fishery that you can fish twelve months a year. I fish twelve months a year. Every day is different. I still don’t know the best time to come for Redfish fishing, because I have had great fishing days every month of the year. I know way up North there can be great fishing during the Summer when the season is “in”. Here, it’s never “out”.
The last few weeks I have had folks over from Texas. Several groups from Texas. I have had others from Kansas. Redfish is what they wanted, and they got it. We were able to target the big Redfish for some, and target the keeper slot Redfish for those that wanted to take fish home to eat. All on artificial lures. An East wind kept me from trying to fish in certain areas, but we had some other areas not facing the East that produced 25 lb. Redfish. We also bombed out on a few places where the big Redfish usually hang out. The Sharks and Spanish Mackerel took over the nice green water. When I choose a place to fish, I give it some time and effort before I leave it if the fish don’t cooperate. You never know when they can turn on. The less that happens the better. I like it when spot number one works out, but it does not always work out.
The main channels of the Mississippi River have been holding many slot Redfish for those that like to fight a fish then eat it. We have had our best success throwing Rattletraps for the slot Redfish. There is no doubt about it when they hit. They usually are not in the same spot every day, so we hunt them down, everyday. Every day we have to find the fish, and the sooner the better. Yesterday doesn’t matter.
The Speckled Trout should turn on for us any day using lures. I like to target Trout in October , November, and December because they are close and they hit lures. No need for live bait (unlike the Summer months). I tell people that if they want Trout fall and early winter is when to book with me. Live bait makes a guide’s job easier, but I just don’t like using live bait.
It’s a great time to come down and fish the mouth of the Mississippi. Stay at one of our hotels, or stay with us at the lodge. Come do it. I have openings in December, when there are not many people fishing, and the fishing is usually great for big Redfish, or filling the ice-chest with slot Reds and Trout.
Now is the time to book your Spring trips. People do that way in advance so they can get the best spot. Just saying…
Captain Shawn out.
September 16, 2013 Report
The Venice area continues to have solid Redfish action on artificial lures. The water is clear green in most area if the wind does not churn up the water. We have been seeing a lot of fish following the hooked fish at the boat. If we have a chance to drop a lure in the water near these trailing fish, they hit it much of the time. The biggest Redfish this last week was 33 pounds, but we had four more over thirty. We had a bunch of Redfish over twenty. Surprisingly, we caught a lot of fish in the slot (16-27 inches) on the outside of the river where the big fish hang out. Most of the time the smaller Redfish (Spot Tails if you are from the Carolinas) are in the channels of the Mississippi River when the river stage is as low as it is now. We caught a bunch of these keeper Redfish in the river this week as well for those that wanted to target the smaller fish. We have also caught some Speckled Trout this week, but my crew wanted Redfish, so we left them. The Specks should be moving into the river next month where they are fairly easy to target. The fish were not at every spot or area we tried. The early morning bite was kind of slow and it picked up in the late morning and afternoon. Next week it could be just the opposite. Fishing is always a challenge for me. The conditions are always changing, and I try to figure out what the fish want and where they are. I like the first spot to be the honey hole, but the fish do what they want. There are a lot of grey areas when it comes to fishing knowledge instead of black and white. I do believe we are going to be catching a lot of fish between now and the first of the year. The weather should start cooling down and making it more comfortable to be outside fishing. Next thing will be getting ready for the good wintertime fishing we have here in December, January and February. Until next time, thanks. Capt. Shawn
September 9, 2013 report
The Mississippi River stage has dropped to around tree feet at the New Orleans river station and the river water around Venice has turned clear green. This means the salt water is getting the upper hand on the fresh water flow and is moving up the river in the bottom layer of water. The salt water fish are moving in with it, including the Redfish (Spot Tails). This drop in the Mississippi River usually takes place around this time of year, and stays low through the first of the year, but it varies from year to year. It all depends on how much it rains up North. Although I have taken some time off in August to do other things besides fishing (August is when I take a vacation or see family because of the heat), I have also been out on the water. The Big Redfish are cruising around the outside of the passes and bays as usual, but now that the river is low, they will come into the river system. Most of the Reds in the river will be slot (eating) size fish, but a 25 lb. fish will hit your lure when you are not expecting it. This is the time of year when the Flounder get easier to target in the river as well. I must admit, Flounder are an accidental catch for me most of the year while fishing for Redfish. We also accidentally catch Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Lady Fish, Sheephead, Bass, White Trout, and Sharks. The Speckled Trout will start migrating into the River System in October. The sooner we start getting some cold fronts, the sooner the Specks will move into the river due to the lower water temperature. We tried for some Tripletail the other day with no success, but the Speckled Trout were there. Nice 2.5-3 lb Specks. You never know what is going to hit when you fish the Gulf waters. Every day is different. Every season is slightly different as well. With the clear water this time of year, I find that we can target fish with a wider variety of lures including Spinnerbaits, hard plastic dive baits, and topwater lures. We can use these lures any time of the year with success, but when the water is murky, it is difficult to beat a popping cork. The fish locate the popping cork easier in murky water. Right now, it is all ahead full with whatever lure we want to try, and each day the best lure to use might be a different one. We have to go out and see what they want and where we can go. We have had a lot of folks fishing with us and staying with us at the Fish On Lodge this year. We eat good and have good times after a day of fishing. My boats are ready for fall and winter fishing. We have a few openings left this year, particularly in December, which is probably my favorite month of the year to fish. December offers comfortable weather with great fishing. There is also less people fishing due to the hunting season and holiday season. We got the place to ourselves. Have a good one. Thanks, Capt. Shawn-out
August 16 report
The Big Redfish have been running in the outside bays and beaches surrounding the Venice area. Everyone has been having a good time, and has said that these are the biggest Redfish they have ever caught anywhere. In addition, we now have the luxury of fishing all the passes off the Mississippi River, including the main channel. The River stage has dropped off, so the salt water has moved in, the water is clearing up, and the fish have moved in with it. This happens at some point during "this time" of year. It's a great time to fish with spinnerbaits, dive baits, soft plastics, and top water plugs. Popping corks with soft plastics work fine as well, but it is not the go to bait like during the murky water times. During the heat of August we catch some fish we don't want to catch. Sharks are number one on my list. They can get so thick that they run the Redfish off, and tear your tackle all up. Sometimes, the Sharks force you to leave. We have also caught some Tripletail. We had been seeing some in unexpected areas, so I had some folks that wanted to try for some, and the conditions allowed, so we had some luck with them. Tripletail fishing should get better daily through October. The Redfishing has been great most days all year and there is no end in sight. For me, the Speckled Trout fishing will turn on in October and be on until the first of the year. We have plenty of trips booked for the rest of the year, but we have some openings for Fall as well, so if you would like to come down give us a call. Let's hope the hurricanes stay away. Thanks, Capt. Shawn Lanier (225) 205-5353.
24 July Venice, Louisiana fishing report
We have been catching the daylights out of the big "Bull" Redfish around the outside of the passes and bays down river of Venice. Each day you have to locate where the fish are holding. They really are not holding. They are roaming. I often get asked by my clients, " How did you do yesterday?" I tell them how we did, or tell them I had the day off. The truth is that it really doesn't matter, because I change fishing locations almost every day. Sometimes, I try the same area, but Mother Nature will not let me fish the same area too much. Why? Wind. Windy conditions make the Gulf of Mexico rough. I can't put the boat in rough water where we are falling down and throwing up. Fear not, because I know different area to fish around the end of the Mississippi River. If I took a month off from fishing, I would use the same strategy that I use on a daily basis. I would check the conditions on the marine forecast starting a couple of days before the fishing trip. I would check again the night before, then the morning of the trip. Then, after looking into the general weather conditions, I would decide where I know I don't want to fish. I then decide what area I want to fish. We go to the area and work it over. I like it when the fish let you know they are around. I look for fish busting the baitfish and terrorizing and plundering everything in sight-everywhere. Most of the time the Redfish don't do that, so I look for any baitfish, birds hitting the water, current lines, water clarity differences. I look for something different. I do a lot of blind casting to water that looks like all the other water around while drifting. I always want the first spot to be super, but much of the time, we have to figure out where exactly the fish are and what they want. Some of my clients call it "real" fishing. Fishing keeps things interesting and challenging. I have not even mentioned the different crews I have with me to find the fish. All types of folks with different skill levels, and physical mobility. All of my clients have one thing in common: they are good people who want to have a good time fishing.
The Mississippi River is not going dry. The river stage in New Orleans is hovering around ten feet above see level. All the river stages up north are on a drop, so I think by mid August we might have the option of fishing in some of the main passes of the river. It doesn't matter, because we are going fishing and catching regardless of the Mississippi River stage, although we can use a wider variety of lures if the water clears up, which is what it does when the river drops.
Since my last report I have had folks from Colorado, Texas, Alabama, Michigan, and Tennessee. These folks fished several days with me, and were tired when they left. Especially their arms. They had no complaints, so I guess I did not get them mad at me, which I usually don't. We have caught hundreds of big Redfish the last two weeks. Most of the Redfish have been between 20-25 pounds. Surprisingly, we have only caught a couple over 30 pounds. With those numbers I would have thought we would have had more over 30 lbs. All the big fish have been caught on artificial lures. We have caught the smaller "eating" fish on lures tipped with dead shrimp. Spinnerbaits by the canes have produced "eating" fish as well.
If you would like to come down and get in the action, then September, October, November, and December are great months to come down. December is a super month, but I am usually not fully booked because of hunting seasons and it is close to Christmas. Some consider this the best time of the year to come fish Venice. I think any time is good. The Redfish action is as good as any other time, but the Speckled Trout are easier to locate and catch on lures. The weather is not as hot as well. If you would like a fishing vacation, then you might take advantage of our three day-four night fishing package. If you crunch the numbers it is priced right-even if it is just two of you all. Most of my clients go with this package, or if you want to fish longer we create a package. "Create a package guide service" to accommodate you. Give me a call if you want to book for late Summer and Fall trips. Until next time. Maybe I can give you a bad report next time, but I have not had a bad trip since April.
July 3 2013 report
Hello out there. I finally had a few days off and wanted to give a fishing report for the Venice area. I looked at my last report from June and this report looks about the same. Lots of fishing. I have had four different groups from Texas fish with me, as well as two groups from Tennessee. Also, some folks from California and Montana. Most everyone fishes three days with me and stays at the Fish On Lodge here in Boothville-Venice. One thing about fishing is that every day is different. It keeps it interesting. Also, everyone has really been great hanging around and fishing with. A majority of my clients have been wanting to target the fish that makes the Venice Louisiana area unique from any other fishery: the big "Bull" Redfish. These fish are here twelve months a year. They are not always where you left them, but they are around. We have been on them. The heaviest one the last couple of weeks was 39 pounds. Many in the thirty, and literally hundreds in the twenty pound range. We catch and release the big ones. We have averaged 25 to 40 per day in the boat with almost half that many missed. I have to tell you that the more experienced fisherman is going to get more to the boat. The main reason folks miss these fish is due to giving the fish slack in the line ( much of the time they swim at you at 25mph and you have to catch up to them) and another reason is you have to be mobile around the boat while fighting them on light tackle. If the Big Redfish runs to the back of the boat, one must quickly go to the back of the boat with the rod tip three or four feet in the water to keep the line under the engine, power-poles and trim tabs, so as not to cut the line. Bill Dance would probably miss one of three fish. To me, the "Bull" Redfish is the most exciting and challenging fish we have to catch down here. Most people from South Louisiana are much more interested in Speckled Trout fishing, because they want to have a fish fry. They don't understand that some folks from far away fish all over North America, and they already have fish in the freezer at home. They don't have the big bad boy Redfish. We do, and the mouth of the Mississippi River is the best place on the planet to catch them. ON ARTIFICIAL LURES! The folks from Longview, Texas had a great time throwing top water plugs for Reds this last week. Boom! No need to be at the bait stand for shrimp at four in the morning. Our fishing trip wont be a disaster before it begins because the bait died overnight at the marina or whatever. No one bummed out. It's about having a good time. Don't get me wrong. I like catching Speckled Trout. I like eating them. We had several good days on Specks the last couple of weeks when my clients wanted to target them. All we had to do is try, however one time was luck. We pulled up somewhere and a fellow yelled for us to come over and anchor down next to him, because he almost had his limit of Specks. We did as ordered and loaded the ice chest and live well. Not a limit, but so what? I don't have to catch them to put food on the table. I am not starving. I like the challenge of catching fish with lures, and I believe it is more rewarding. For me, what makes this fishery special are the Redfish. Big ones. They are fun to catch. They are exciting to miss too. Come down and get in on it. September through December is a great time to get in on the Great Redfishing action. After mid October the Speckled Trout action, fishing with lures, really turns on as well. Take some time off and come down and get on the fish with us!
June 11th 2013 report
June has been very good as far as the Redfish action. The big "Bull" Redfish and the slot "keeper" Redfish have been around down river. We have constantly have had to search for them, because the conditions change daily, but we have not had too many dry spells as far as action. Most of the slot Redfish have been around the canes, and the big Redfish have been off the banks and beaches. Sometimes the baitfish give us some clues as to where they are, and other times they are just there without any sign that they are there. Sometimes, they are not there and we move on.
Since my last report, I have had folks from Washington State, Nebraska, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi, and North Louisiana. I usually have my rods rigged with a soft plastic under a cork, a spinner bait, a rattle trap type lure, and a lead head with a soft plastic. One or all of these presentations may be what the fish want at that particular time of the day. I often get asked by my clients which lure should we use when we get to a spot, and I tell the truth which is, " I am not sure". "Lets try them all and see what happens". I may suspect what the fish want, but the fish constantly change their mood . The fish keep me guessing all the time. It makes my job challenging. They keep me alert.
Its been great having some good folks fishing with me and staying at my place. Its like having relatives over. Usually, I only have one boat of clients staying at my place, so I really get to visit and get to know the folks who book fishing trips with me. The kind of people who book fishing trips are all good working people who want to come down and experience a unique area to fish in our small community here in Plaquemines parish. Fishing is fun, but it is hard work, so some days off here and there give me a chance to recharge for the next trip out on the water. Look forward to seeing you down here. The fishing has been productive.
May 24th report.
We have been out on the water a bunch the last month, and we have been catching many Redfish in murky water. We have had some days where we really had to work hard for our fish, because the wind has blown so hard. The wind just makes it tough to move around if the bite is not on where you start the day fishing. Sometimes, the first spot we start fishing turns out great, but sometimes the fish are not where you left them, and the wind changes directions, so you have to abandon an area that is holding fish. Fortunately, the wind has settled down the last week and a half, which makes my job a lot easier. It also helps me look like I know what I am doing. We can catch a lot of fish on windy days at times, but wind sucks.
I have sinned a few times the last month and bought some live bait. Minnows to be specific. The wind made me do it. The minnows did their job on some rough days. I am sorry.
The slot Redfish have been easy to come by here lately for my clients who wanted fish to take home, but the big bull Redfish is what most of my clients have wanted. We have been wearing them out. The biggest this week has been 34.5 lbs. with four more over 30lbs. Dozens over 25lbs. dozens more over 20 lbs. When my clients catch a 23lbs. Redfish and say they are disappointed because they thought it was bigger because it fought so hard, things are really going pretty well. Also, when I have to rig up a bunch of tackle every day after a trip, you know you are on the big Redfish. I find that pre-rigging the corks and leaders saves time on the trip.
So, everyone from North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Ohio, and Tennessee say they had a great time. The guys from Alabama had one great day, then one tough day, then I cancelled the last day due to all day electrical storms, but they say they are coming back in the fall. Every one sais they liked the food and my camp. Folks like to see the ships off the front porch while having a drink. come on down and get in on some great fishing. thanks, Captain Shawn Lanier
April 30 2013 report
The Redfishing around the Venice, Louisiana area has been going good most of the time, but some of the time has been in the "search" mode. We find ourselves constantly fishing different areas based on the conditions for the day, as far as wind and sea conditions. Every day it seems we have to decide to do it the hard way or the easy way. I am always trying to figure out whether I am going about the easy way or the hard way. I do my best to locate my boat where the fish are biting, and where we can fish in an area calm enough to be able to fish in some comfort, We have to go to different areas and find new fish to catch every day. Thankfully, I have had some hard fishing clients here lately from Georgia, Texas, Colorado, and New York. Just this last couple of weeks I have had this diverse group of folks down to the lodge for fishing. Sometimes the fish bite real good , other times we have to keep tossing those lures out there in the muddy water trying to figure out where they are. The popping cork and the rattle trap have been the best lures to get strikes. We have had several Redfish over thirty pounds since my last report, and many over twenty pounds. We have not caught an undersized fish in recent memory.
Everyone has said they have enjoyed staying at the lodge. We have been eating good, and having a few drinks in the evening. Coffee and breakfast in the morning, then fishing hard all day. Some of my guests have already booked for next year. I am glad everyone has had a good time fishing and hanging out down here. Good thing that I have good help. The kind of help that knows how to "do things the easy way, not the hard way". We all need bumper stickers on our trucks and boats that say, "We can do this the easy way, or the hard way". Figure it out for your day.
I have a lot going on in May, and I don't care if the river is rising. The fish are here, so I must locate them. Later...Check out my "ray of sunshine", Neal Ford, holding a 33 pound Redfish he caught last week. Neal always does things the "easy way".
April 15th report.
We have had a busy April so far, so I am happy to have a few days off the water to rest and gather myself. We have caught many big Redfish this month, with the biggest being 34 pounds. We have caught a bunch of Redfish between 20-25 pounds. The smaller slot fish have been more difficult to come by. Fortunately, everyone I have taken out fishing the last couple of weeks wanted to catch the big "Bull "Redfish anyway. I have had the pleasure to take out folks from Washington State, Kentucky, Missouri, and North and South Carolina. They all fish a lot, and have fish in the freezer already. They don't have big Redfish where they live, and they enjoy the hard fight of the Reds. All my clients this month have been out with me last year, and decided to come back for more this year. With all the wind we have had, I was not able to fish the same areas I fished last year on a daily basis, and I was asked about that quite a bit. "The wind will not let us fish there, because we have five foot seas crashing in there," I would say. "Don't worry, that is not the only place I know to catch fish." Believe me I am constantly changing areas I fish due to the weather. Dense fog is an issue as well. We have to go find the fish every day, because they move and act different every day. The best way to catch fish lately has been a soft plastic under a popping cork. We have also caught some Reds on spinner baits at times, but with the murky water the fish cannot find it as easily.
I have been getting calls for booking trips, but most of them have been for the fall months. October, November, and December are a great time to come to the Venice area to fish. We can catch many Speckled Trout and Redfish in cooler weather. Usually, we don't have to travel far to catch because the fish are in the Mississippi River. The summer months are very hot, but the BullRed fishing can be unbeatable at times. The summer months are also the most stable as far as the wind is concerned. As long as the sharks or dolphins do not move in on your fishing area, you can really get in on some great action on the big Redfish, including topwater lures. I have openings in June and July if anyone wants to go. Take advantage of the four night-three day fishing package we offer if you have the time and energy. Have a good one.
March 22, 2013 Report.
We have had some pretty windy days throughout the month of March. Windy conditions this time of the year are to be expected. Winds will not stop the big Bullreds from biting. We have been looking at the Marine forecast and the fishing places the wind would allow us to fish. Once I picked the area where I would take my clients fishing, we worked this area hard, drifting and using the trolling motor to fish the canes banks. The most productive lures have been the 4" popping cork with a 6"soft plastic under the cork. The vibration of the cork in the muddy water attracts the fish, we might have to throw the cork many times but in the end, the cork goes down and we set the hook on a big Red Fish. The majority of the Red Fish have 15 to 25 Lbs. The water has been veru muddy but the cork action attracts the fish. The River is up and we have been fishing the outter bays and beaches. I have had clients from all areas of the country including California, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Indiana, all really nice folks. I would anticipate this fishing strategy through the end of April, depending on the River stage. It has been productive fishing but not always easy. We averaged 15 to 20 fish a day, all Bull Reds, one day we got 50 over size Reds! The biggest was 38Lbs caught by Noah, a 12 years old hooked on fishing from South Carolina. It was his first trip, with his Dad and Grand Father to Venice Louisiana and I think they will be back...
I still have openings for the end of april, May and June. Summer is wide open. Come on down!
Call me to make your reservation, at 225-205-5353.
February 11, 2013 Report
The big Redfish are holding around the outside bays in the Venice area, as they usually are this time of year. It is just a matter of whether you can get to them as far as the weather is concerned. We are used to muddy water around the mouth of the Mississippi River, but the high winds make it dangerous to go into the river, especially when strong winds blow the opposite of the river flow. I fished several days with some folks from Texas last week, but I had to cancel the last day because of thirty knot winds. Fortunately, we caught some nice Redfish before the front hit. Earlier last week I took out some guys from Washington state. They wanted some fish to take home, so I told them we could probably get on some Speckled Trout. There are not many days in February when the Trout will bite good, but it had warmed up for a few days and I thought we could do it. We caught about fifty keeper Specks. That is all over with now that all this bad weather has hit down here. The Redfish are more reliable this time of year. Redfish can handle the cold water better than trout. Especially, the Big Redfish. We have been eating good at the lodge as well.
I am just about booked in March, but I still have openings in April, May, and June if anyone wants to get in on some exciting fishing action down here at the end of the road. Thanks, have a good one. Capt. Shawn-out.
January 31, 2013 report
We had a run on some easy fishing as far as the weather goes, for a week, and the Speckled Trout bite was good. The area we were fishing turned bad the last few days, due to the strong winds that churned the water up. The Specks are holding in the outer bays surrounding the Mississippi River. The river temperature is in the mid forties, which is way too cold for them to be around, so the outside salty water is warmer and when things settle down and warm up the trout bite turns on. If you time it right, you can catch some good Speckled Trout this time of year. We were using three-inch soft plastics under a popping cork to catch the trout. We were drift fishing the shallow bays. Sometimes, you can anchor down and whack them, but they are spread out, so drifting is more productive. If you have a good drift you crank up the engine and redrift the same area. You do not run over the fish while returning to you starting point. You do a semi-circle back up to the area you started at. The Redfish bite is happening as well. On the few trips I have taken lately, the Big Redfish are on the outside as well. They are more reliable this time of year than trout, because they are a tougher fish and can deal with colder water conditions. They can be sluggish at times during cold spells also, but when the sunlight warms the water a few degrees it can trigger a bite from the Redfish. Nothing set in stone as far as catching these fish. Every day is different, and you just have to go out and try different areas and different techniques to try to find them on a daily basis. I always like the easy days, but the tough days can be rewarding also. Wind, fog and whatever else want to make it more difficult, but you do what you have to for action. It is fishing. I like this time of year for fishing, because it can be productive during these colder months, and if you stay dry, it is more comfortable than the summer months. Give me a call if you want to get in on some of the fishing action. Thanks, Capt. Shawn-out.
January 17 2013 Report.
I finally made time for a report for the Venice area fishing. The weather has been terrible here lately. We have had a lot of rain and wind over the last couple of weeks. We also have had fog, especially after the fronts pass through and it warms up. Thick fog. It does not matter what time of year it is; weather can always be an issue. However, just because things look tough does not mean it will be an unproductive day. The fish are still around. The Mississippi River stage has risen since the new year started, and all the Speckled Trout and Redfish have made their way to the outside bays where the water temperature is warmer than inside the river. As the river continues to rise, any Redfish that are still inside will move outside. This is to be expected this time of year. We will most likely be fishing the outside through the Spring, unless there is a drought up north again this new year. The outside cane-lined bays and beaches are where the Redfish will be this winter and spring. They will also hold on the shallow water petroleum platforms, if the wind allows you to get to them. We are using soft plastics under a popping cork as our go to bait, but spinner baits should be productive as well. We will most likely have murky water conditions most of the time, because of the river and wind. That is to be expected, and the Redfish like that anyway-most of the time. The Redfish don't leave because the water is not pretty to us. They like it. So, come on down and get into some great action this winter and Spring. Be careful out there.
Thanks, Capt. Shawn Lanier
December 14, 2012 Red fishing in Venice Louisiana.
The Big bad "Bull" Redfish are still bullying our tackle down here in the Venice Louisiana area. Sometimes they let you know they are around by busting or making "boils" in the water. This always is encouraging to see, but most of the time they don't make you aware they are around. Most of the time the water looks like normal water. So, you fish blind casting, assuming the Redfish are somewhere near your lure. You pick an area to fish for the day based on the weather, past experience and where you think you might do well. The big bad Reds are around somewhere near the mouth of the Mississippi River for sure. They are always nearby, because they like it down here. They move around, and sometimes are not feeding, but they are somewhere swimming around the best Redfish fishery in the world. These Redfish hit with such power. The run after the fish strikes tests your tackle, and then you have to be mobile around the boat because the fish is going to the other side of the boat and then some. I get excited about it.
I am off until after the holidays, then I will be back on the water in January. The winter fishing around Venice can be great for the Redfish. January and February can be very productive Redfishing. When a major cold front hits with high winds, I don't particularly want to be down the river somewhere, but the rest of the time can be action packed. Any icefishing guys want to come down here? I am starting to book trips for this winter and spring. Now is a good time to call me for fishing next year. The lodge and I are ready to go. I should be able to answer the phone during the day. I hope we all have a good holiday season.
November 24, 2012 Report
Redfish gone wild. The last month or so there has actually been too many Bull Reds on some days, because when they roam around in packs feeding they attack the lure you are throwing and then another Redfish hits the cork and busts up your tackle. This results in you bringing in empty fishing line. The Reds force you to go tight line with a lead head and plastic, so they don't have a second target to hit and bust the 50 pound leader between the cork and the lure. When the Redfish are spread out some they are much more manageable, and you can get the fish to the boat. Even then, you see two or three more Reds following the Red that is hooked all the way to the boat. If you are ready you can drop your lure into the water when this happens and the follow Reds will hit it. This has been happening all year long. The water has been clear most days by our standards, so you see the fish. There is no telling how often this happens in murky water when we can't see the fish. We catch these Big Redfish every month of the year, and I don't know which month is the best to fish for to catch them. The Speckled Trout have been easy to catch as well this month. They are in all the passes in the river. We have concentrated our fishing near drop offs in the river for the Specs. The most exciting fishing is the big Redfish, which is my specialty.
Everyone has been having a blast fishing and hanging out at the lodge. I have had folks staying here from all over the country and beyond. I have been working hard but having such a good time that I have lost track of time. I have been trying to return calls, but forgetting to, then remembering to. I have not had a chance to give a fishing report until now. Things slow down for me now with the holidays. I have plenty of boat and tackle maintenance to do. I have to go buy about 10 new rods, because we have broken so many ( you have to move around the boat with these big Reds until you wear them down ). My Stradic reels need new drag washers because the big Redfish have worn them down so bad. This is all a good thing. I would not trade it for anything
I am starting to get bookings for next year. Winter and Spring Redfish fishing is as good as any other time. We have weather fronts that come through that can make fishing tough, but that is all year long-any month. If you are interested in getting in on some big Redfish action you might want to book three to six months before. Give me a call if you have any questions. Thanks, Capt. Shawn (225) 205-5353.
November 14th, 2012 report.
Last week I had a crew of 6 coming from Dallas and Shreveport that left this past Sunday. They had a blast, limiting on Reds everyday and catching some more! They also caught a few Jack Crevalle that were a lot of fun to get in the boat... A few Trout and quite a few Flounder...a nice mess of fish to bring home!
They are coming back in February for some more fun!
I have been fishing since Monday with 3 gentlemen from California. The weather has been everything but cooperative. Monday :rain and wind, colder by the hour. Tuesday cold, strong wind all day. Today, the sun was out but the wind does not want to calm down. Making it hard to find a good place to fish and mainly to catch fish! But we did, everyday. We did not catch a limit but we caught some keeper reds everyday. Yesterday, most of the Reds we caught were too big to keep...Today, Steve caught a 32Lb / 45"Red fish on a spinner bait, black with chartreuse tail...He had never caught a Red before coming here, and this one was the biggest he caught, so far! I am hoping the wind will lay down so we can go to the beach and catch some of the monster reds we caught last week.
Winter is approaching but the fish will still be there. I still have openings mid December.
Give me a call now to book your Spring trip. The earlier you book, the better dates you can get, more choice for you...
Call me at 225-205-5353. If I do not answer, please leave a detailed message. When you use the website "Contact us" , don't forget to leave your phone number with your message. I WILL call you if you provide it.I do not always have time to answer emails everyday but I return calls. Thanks, Captain Shawn.
October 31, 2012 report.
October, 2012 has been a busy month for us at Fish On. Busy finding the fish and catching the fish. The Redfish bite has been good, although we have had to find out what they wanted to bite on a daily basis. Sometimes they like a gold bladed spinner bait, sometimes a rattle trap type bait, or a popping cork with a soft plastic under it. Sometimes, when they are deeper, a lead head with a soft plastic tight lined has the best results. I have had some clients fishing with me lately that fish in different parts of the country, they fish different types of fish using different types of methods, so they caught on quick. Mostly, all I had to do was to put the boat where the fish are, and they put the fish in the boat. The best action has been fishing in the main channels of the Mississippi River for slot Redfish with a big Bull Redfish surprising us here and there. We have also caught some nice Tripletail, although the bite for Tripletail has not been as good as last year. Also, the Speckled Trout have showed up in some outer bay areas, so that has made some folks happy, although most everyone that fish with me want to fight the Redfish. This cooler weather the last few days should put the Specks in the main river channels. They should really turn on. I will find out tomorrow when I start fishing again. I needed a few days off for rest and to restock on tackle. I would think the fishing should be very good into the new year. The only thing that might stand in the way of good fishing might be heavy winds when a front passes through, but sometimes we catch a lot of fish then as well. My wife, Leila , has been preparing some great food at the lodge. No one has lost any weight while they have been down.
I have had a lot of folks from the northeast come fishing with me this year, and I hope Hurricane Sandy has not turned their lives upside down. They have definitely been affected by this storm-no doubt. I hope they recover quickly. Down here, we know about disasters. From hurricanes to Gulf oil spills, there is always something that comes up to disrupt a normal routine of just living in this world.
I am starting to get bookings for next year starting in February through Spring. The Redfish fishing is good here during these cold times, so if you want to get out of the house and have some productive fishing consider coming down and getting in on it. Give me a call if you would like to talk about a trip. Thanks, Capt. Shawn
October 5th report
The Redfish fishing around the Venice area continues to be outstanding, even when the conditions are windy and ugly. The Mississippi river is big and deep, so the wind does not foul it up. This last week I have had some folks from Alabama and another group from Texas. These guys wanted to catch slot Redfish to fight and take home to eat, so we spent most of the time inside the river system throwing spinner baits and crank baits. We drifted areas of the river using the trolling motor to keep the boat into position for casting to the structure along the river. What was hot bite yesterday does not mean they will be there tomorrow, but we bounced around and tried different lures and found them again. What the fish want and where they are at changes daily, but we have caught our limits and then some. It seems everyday I try to fish a section of the river that I have never tried to fish before. There are hundreds of miles of river branches to try to fish while the river is low. When the river is high we fish the outside, so we pass up much of the river that we are fishing now. You can't get bored trying to find new places to fish in this constantly changing river delta. The Speckled Trout should start to show up in the river after the next cold front or two, but I have not caught many yet. That will change any day. I have a few openings later in October and November if anyone has a flexible schedule, so come on down and get in on some great fishing action ( great food too ) this fall and early winter ( December).
Thanks! Captain Shawn: 225-205-5353
September 7th Report
Hurricane Issac got us off the water down here for a while, but I am back in business starting tomorrow. Fortunately, the area of Boothville-Venice did not flood and have a bunch of damage. Thankful for the protection.South Plaquemines was spared from disaster for most. About a 25 mile stretch north of Port Sulphur got flooded and beat up. We all will deal with it and move on.
We had been catching a lot of big Redfish before the storm (up to 29 lbs. the week before ). We also caught a Triple Tail and saw some more in the Mississippi River. This is the time of year when the Speckled Trout start migrating back to the beaches and bays. Once September rolls by, October is when the Trout are thick in the river, as well as the Redfish. This continues until the first of the year. I still have some days open for these times. So, come on down to my place, and get in on some great inshore fishing.
Update September 10th: Power and water are back on, so we are open for business! Come on down!
Call me if you have any question 225-205-5353.
UPDATE AFTER HURRICANE ISAAC for Fish On Guide Service We have no wind or water damage to the Lodge Boats were on safe grounds. All charters scheduled for September should be good to go. Waiting On power and water services to be restored.
August 21st report.
With all the heat here lately I am glad I have not been out on the water half the time. But, when I have been on the water the Redfish (Spot Tail) fishing has been good. Especially, the big Reds. We have struggled some days on the keeper slot Reds. Other days we have done well on the keepers. The biggest Red last week was 28 lbs. We caught a bunch of them over 20lbs. There is no doubt in my mind that the Venice, La. area is the best area in the world for Redfish action. The reason for this is the Mississippi River dumping into the Gulf of Mexico. The Redfish like the murky water better than clear water (80% of the time).
Meanwhile, I have not done anything on the Speckled Trout, nor have I tried. I like catching Speckled Trout, but I concentrate on them In October, November, and December. They are easier to locate, because they are in the river system or on the outer bays. More importantly, they hammer the artificial lures during this time, so we don't have to pretend we are commercial fisherman using live shrimp.
Very important-September and October are the best months to find Tripletail hanging around shallow water structure. We had so much fun last year during this time catching (and losing) Tripletail that I almost could not stand it. You are going to lose about half these fish, because they use their power to go straight back into the structure (gas platforms, pilings, and rocks). They average 10-20 lbs. They get bigger, and they are good to eat. I saw one last week 10 miles up the main river channel. I am going to start targeting them this week (if conditions allow). If you want in on the Triple tail action, now is the time to book a trip. I look forward to hearing from you.
Capt. Shawn 225-2-5-5353.
August 02 report
It seems like for the last few weeks I have been fishing with a lot of kids fishing with
their fathers and grand fathers. Just family type fishing. I really enjoy watching kids and young teenagers having a good time doing something outdoors like fishing. I think they really need to be at least 10 years old before they are out on fishing charters, because they usually cannot go for long until they burn out and lose interest in the trip. We have caught some nice fish here lately too. Usually these young anglers need a lot of coaching at first, but I am impressed with how some of them catch on quickly to casting and fighting fish. It is always more difficult with kids when the fish are not biting, and we have to move around to find them. I don't want them to get discouraged early, but fortunately we have been on the fish pretty good. I keep telling folks that the number of fish we catch in a day has a lot to do with where I decide to fish, but it has a lot to do also with the crew I take with me...
Anyway, everyone has said they have had a good time. The Summertime Redfishing has been on, and the cooler fall months are right around the corner. I like targeting the Speckled Trout in the fall on artificial lures. The Redfish bite is as good in the fall as any other time as well. If you want to take fish home with you to eat, then fall is the best time because the trout are easy to catch. Please, give me a call or email me if you have any questions about availability or whatever. Thanks, Capt. Shawn-out
July 11th report
I may sound like a broken record as far as my fishing reports go, but we are wacking the Redfish in the main channel of the Mississippi river. Bass too. The river remains low, so we have been drifting the sides of the river casting spinner baits, diving hard plastics, and soft plastics under a popping cork. This last week we would catch a limit of eating Reds in the river , then head to the outside waters for the big Bull Redfish. There are some Bulls in the river as well. We head to the house after fishing where we clean fish, get ready for the next day, drink beer while we are cooking, then eat and go to bed. Then we get up early the next day and do it again. It’s been a great year and I have had some really fun clients to fish and hang out with. It is hard work, but a real blast. Call me if you want to get in on it. Thanks, Capt. Shawn Lanier.
Venice Louisiana Red Fishing
The Mississippi River is very low this Spring, so we have had very clear water in the river and the salt water has moved in. The Redfish and Flounder have moved into the river with this low water, so we have concentrated our fishing in the main river channels. This is particularly beneficial when we have windy conditions, because the Mississippi River does not muddy up very easily due to the wind because it is so deep. This allows us to use our favorite artificial lures to catch Redfish. The Redfish are all along the rocks in the river channels. We pick different areas to drift the rocks using the trolling motor to keep the boat within casting range for our spinner baits and hard plastic lures. The area is so big that every time we go fishing we fish stretches of the river that I have never fished before. It is comparable to fishing a fresh water lake that has rocks and mud banks along it. We have been catching many slot Redfish in the river, but some of the big Bullreds are crushing our lures there as well. Most of the big Redfish are on the outside beaches and points, as they are all year long. The Speckled Trout action has been slow for us. They show up in the river in the fall, when the river is usually at its lowest stage of the year, but it is too hot right now. The trout are on the outside barrier islands and petroleum platforms, which you can't get to on windy days. Fortunately, most of my clients have wanted to target the hard fighting Redfish, so I have not had to keep up with the Specks. October, November and early December are the best months to fish for Specks in the river. Fall is the best time of year for limits of Speckled Trout, but the Redfish action is just as good as the rest of the year, but we can fish for them in the river as well as the outside waters. Every one has said they had a good time fishing down here with me, and many have said they learned alot about how we fish inshore here. I am starting to book some three day fishing packages for fall, so now is a good time to call me for the best dates for that time. Fall is a popular time to fish Venice, because, as usual, the fishing is great, yet the weather is not burning you up. Have a good one, and thanks, Capt Shawn- out.
Report May 19th, 2012
The Redfish and Speckled Trout fishing around the Venice Louisiana area has been consistant. We have been catching some quality Specks at the shallow water petroleum platforms ( 5 to 25 foot depths ). We have caught the Specks on lead heads with large soft plastics. We have not been catching limits of trout, but they have been anywhere from 3-6 pounds. Some times we can not fish the platforms because the wind and seas are too strong to do so. Also, I can not take inexperienced anglers out to the platforms, because they are difficult to fish. You have to be able to cast very close to the structure to get the fish to bite and feel the bite. I am usually on the trolling motor trying to keep the boat in position, so I can not handle retying lures and such. I can not anchor down, because I will probably lose the anchor in the pipes at the bottom. Its difficult to fish, but rewarding when we catch those big fish. The Redfish are out there as well. Most of the big Redfish ( Bullreds )are off the points and beaches downriver from Venice. I have been fishing areas that are less affected by the wind. Once we get to an area the hunt is on. Nervous baitfish and busts on the water eventually reveal where the fish are. The best lure for the Bull Reds has been a oversized soft plastic under a cork. The slot Redfish has been the most difficult fish lately to catch. They are usually cooperative around the cane lined bays surrounding the Venice area. We have had high water levels during the morning, and the Redfish get up in the canes and are more difficult to catch. low tide has been in the evenings, so that is the best time to have the boat where the fish are, but I dont fish at night. The big Reds dont get up inside the canes as much, so we have been catching them steady.
Everyone that has stayed with us has said they really like it here, and have enjoyed the food. Most everyone has been staying for three or four nights, and by the time they leave they are fairly wore out due to the fishing. I have had some really great folks staying over and fishing.
The fishing should continue to be good and I expect June to even get better, particularly for the coast line Speckled Trout bite. The river is low and is soon going to drop even further. Thanks to everyone, and hope to hear from you soon. Capt. Shawn-out. Call to book for June dates at 225-205-5353. I have open days during the week....
Red Fish Report April 17, 2012
The wind has made the fishing around the Venice, Louisiana area difficult some days, but we have been catching the Redfish and Speckled Trout consistently even with the wind. I am excited that the Speckled Trout have been showing up in numbers down river. The warmer weather has seemed to turn on the Specks early this year. Also, the Mississippi River is falling and should be around the 5 ft. at the New Orleans river stage by next week. That is good because there will be less fresh water hitting the Gulf of Mexico. Trout like that. The Redfish have been hitting good most of the time during the days. Big Redfish. Both, the Reds and Specks have been hitting artificial lures. We have been using soft plastics under a cork, Rattle traps, gold spinnerbaits, and on some days the topwater plugs have been producing strikes. The big Redfish have had my clients moving around the boat while fighting the fish. Sometimes they break off, because they power their way around the boat and get the line caught in the engine or trim tabs. That is no problem. It is going to happen with these powerful Redfish.
Everyone has been relaxing at the Fish On Lodge in the evenings as well. In the afternoons we have come back to the lodge and cleaned fish, have a seafood supper, and got some rest. We get up early the next morning, have breakfast, and go fishing. Every day is different, so it is always another different adventure. If you are looking for a gulf coast fishing vacation package give us a call. Capt. Shawn 225-205-5353.
Venice redfish fishing report March 28, 2012.
The Venice, Louisiana Redfish fishing continues to be good, and the Speckled Trout have been picking up as well. We have been fishing in areas that have been protected from the wind, so we have fished in several locations around Venice that have been holding Redfish. The fact we don't fish the same place more than one day before we fish another area says a lot about the number of fish we have in our fishery. We have been using the reliable popping cork for the most part, but we also got some fierce strikes from the Redfish on top water lures. We have had some great fried and barbequed Redfish in the evenings as well. This week I had two bothers from Connecticut Redfish fishing. Last week I had 2 guys from New York. All of them were thrilled the way the big Redfish could fight. We also caught some strong fighting Jack Crevalle. Everyone is amazed at all the wildlife and oilfield infrastructure we have here. It looks like it will be a great Spring for fishing here in the Venice area. If you are looking for a Redfish fishing and Speckled Trout charter in the Venice, Louisiana area give us a call and get on board for a good time. I still have opening for April. Thanks, Capt. Shawn Lanier-(225) 205-5353
Report March 15, 2012
So far this March, the Venice, Louisiana Redfish fishing has been good. The weather has not been very cooperative, yet we have put the boat in areas that have been in protected waters and found the fish. Another good thing about fishing the Venice, Louisiana area is that you can find somewhere to fish even when you have high winds from any direction. Wind makes it more difficult to cast and handle the boat, so we usually have more bites if my clients have more experience fishing. Also, if we are forced to fish near the protection of the canes South of Venice, the Redfish we are catching are the slot fish that are good to eat. Sometimes the big Redfish move near the canes as well, but most of the time these big Redfish are off the points and beaches where we may not be able to fish due to high seas. We have been fishing with the standard tackle that we use year round: soft plastic under a cork, and spinner baits. Some days the bite has been great, and other days we have had to work to catch our limit. I have had a couple of days where we did not catch a limit of Reds, but we released some nice "Bull Reds". Everyone has seemed to enjoy themselves on the water and at the lodge. I think what makes my Venice, Louisiana guide service different from some of the others is that I like hanging out with my clients after hours at the lodge, instead of wanting to get away from them. It is like having family over.
April is always a good time to come down for a Venice, Louisiana Redfish and Speckled Trout charter. The weather in April is warmer, and the Speckled Trout bite usually picks up. It has been warmer than usual this winter, so I think the Specks will turn on earlier. The Redfish action will no doubt be good. I have openings in April if you want to get in on some of the fishing action around the Venice, Louisiana area. Have a good one. Thanks, Capt. Shawn-out.
Report February 26th 2012
The Mississippi River Delta has been very productive for Redfish fishing this February. It has been good fishing for the big "Bull" Redfish out near the beaches and the points of the shallow bays of canes that surround the Venice, Louisiana area. The smaller ( eating ) Redfish have been plentiful along the canes. We have been catching easy limits of Redfish. Though the water is murky, the Redfish are here in numbers.
Last week I had Mark and Marvin from Missouri fishing with me and staying at the lodge. These guys fish a good bit up in Missouri and have fished the Venice area before, and they decided to come back down for three days for some more Redfish action. We fished for the big ones the first day, and we caught about fifteen between 20-30 lbs. We were using soft plastics under a cork in shallow water. We missed about the same amount. Some of the big Reds got tangled up in the engine prop and trim tabs. There is not much you can do about that from happening. They go where they want until they are completely spent. The next day we had to fish a different area due to the wind direction and caught about the same number of "Bull" Redfish, except this time they were bigger. Marvin, (the Bill Dance of Redfish ), caught a 36 pounder, and Mark caught a 26 pounder. The rest of the Redfish were over 20 lbs. About noon time we decided to go after the smaller"keeper" Redfish. We found an area near the canes and started casting soft plastics under a cork with the hook tipped with market shrimp. We caught about 50 Redfish between 18-27 inches. It was a quick limit, then we released all the rest. The next day we went to the same area and got into them along the canes, except these were smaller fish, so we had to release all of them except for 11 of them. As we were fishing for more Reds the fog was moving in on us. We could see a thick bank of fog coming our way across open water. We decided to head back toward the marina before we got trapped by fog. We did not want to spend the night out there, and we did not want to get killed trying to navigate in thick fog. Too many things can go wrong with thick fog. We barely made it back to the marina before the afternoon fog took over the Venice Louisiana area. I have decided to buy a good radar for my boat. If I had a radar I still would not go out in the fog, but if the fog sneaks up on me while I am already out fishing, I can get back in without getting my boat split in two. I have avoided getting a radar until now because it definitely gets in the way of casting and I don't really want to go out in the fog...
I am excited about fishing in March. I have a many days booked in March and I have some days open later in the month (18-20). April and May are as good a month as any other for some great Venice, Louisiana Redfish fishing. The Speckled Trout action usually picks up in April and May as well. I have talked to a lot of folks from the East coast that fish for Redfish there, and they say the fishing here in Venice, Louisiana is great because we catch the big Reds all year long. Same thing is said from the folks in South Texas. The folks from Florida are just glad to see a Redfish. Look forward to seeing everyone this late Winter and Spring down here in Venice. Thanks, Capt. Shawn Lanier
February 13th 2012
I started my year off last week catching Redfish with some clients from Texas, down the Mississippi River, South of Venice, Louisiana. These folks fished a good bit, I could tell. We started our day in a shallow bay, fishing the canes, on the lee side of a windy day. No fog, so we knew that was a bonus. We caught about 60 Reds. All but 2 were legal fish. Almost half of them went between 23-30 inches. A quick limit, then we released them. They said we caught 80, but I think it was more like 60.We did it again the next day, but we only caught half as many. The next day we decided to go after the big "Bull" Redfish, so we went somewhere else to try. We ended up catching then releasing 12 fish between 20-29 lbs. We had to work the fish around and under the boat as it pulled the drag out. We were using a soft plastic under a popping cork. We also kept 10 reds that went 24-26 inches. We all had a good time at the lodge in the evenings, and eating plenty. The Venice, Louisiana Redfish are biting, as they are all year, when the conditions are right. March and April are going to be some big Redfish months, for sure. The Venice Speckled Trout will start turning on in Spring. May and June are terrific months to have a chance to catch some fine trophy Speckled Trout down river from Venice. This is the peak time of the spawn of the Speckled Trout. The big Redfish are cooperative at that time, as well. We are excited about meeting and fishing with all the folks that are scheduled to fish with us this February and March. We have some open dates left in April and May. Usually, these months get booked solid due to the big Specks that are caught at this time, so if you are interested, now would be a good time to book with us. Our four night-three day special is something to consider if you have the time. Check out some of our "Bull" Redfish catches from last week. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Capt. Shawn Lanier.
Winter Fishing in Venice, LA. January 14th 2012
I have not been fishing much here lately, but this last Wednesday I took some folks from Texas and Oklahoma out for some Redfishing down river from Venice, Louisiana. It was a family thing for them. The Grandfather, Paul, Rob was the father, and Kody and Jordan were Rob's sons. The forecast was for some windy weather, which is typical this time of year. I don't like windy weather, but it happens when cold fronts come through, then things settle down again till the next front. Anyway, we went down to the east side of the Mississippi River in the outer bays, because the west side is where the wind was coming from and we could not fish it. We started fishing the canes in a shallow bay with soft plastics under a popping cork. It was slow until we fish the windward bank of canes. I like fishing a bank with the wind coming onto it as long as it is not too strong. Big waves from the wind were on the other side of the river, not here. The Redfish were there waiting for something to come by and eat. The corks went down even though the water temperature was 49degrees. We moved around with the trolling motor while casting to the canes and picked up a few more before moving North to the next protected shallow bay. By now the water temperature was rising in the windy but sunny day. The Redfish bite got better into the early afternoon. We did not catch or lose any small fish. All the Redfish were 26"-30". I was hoping some bigger Redfish were around, but it did not happen. We kept 16 Reds and 12 of them were between 26"-27". I was glad these guys were on top of their fishing skills, because the windy conditions made it difficult to cast with accuracy. We could have done worse. Everyone had a good time fishing and staying at my place.
I often get asked when is the best time to hire a Venice, Louisiana fishing charter, and I honestly do not know. We can fish all year and there is no month that is bad. Wind is usually the biggest problem, but that can occur during any season. Winter is the slowest time for charters, because less people want to fish in the winter. I am surprised I do not have more folks from up North coming down here in January through March. We can get out there and do it during that time, where as up North you are frozen in. If anyone has any question about coming down feel free to call me. Right now I can probably answer the phone during the day, because I am not on the water as much. I am starting to book many days for Spring and Summer which is good. Thanks, Capt. Shawn Lanier. (225) 205-5353
Report January 9th 2012
With the holiday season over the fishing charter business should pick up, but we have not been fishing here lately, except for a couple days last week. There is not much use being out on the water trying to stay on the fish if no one wants to go. The holiday season is always like that, so I take off as well. I made an exception last week. I had 2 guys last week that wanted to catch some Redfish. Although I had not been on the water much lately, the decision to pick an area to fish was the same as if I had been out every day. I looked at the marine forecast to see where I could not go based on the wind and picked an area that was fishable. After all, I fished the area before and it was not my first rodeo. The Mississippi River was, and still is, around 11 feet in New Orleans, so we have murky water in the outer bays. That is OK , because the fish do not leave the area due to murky water. They are residents of the area. We fished the canes in the outside bays using the same lures that are productive all year round. A soft plastic under a popping cork did the trick for the most part. The vibration from the cork brings the Redfish to it to investigate the activity and bam. The cork goes down just like bream fishing, but the drag on your reel starts singing. We got into the Bull Redfish. When the bite slowed, we would move a short distance and try again. The bite slowed, but I thought the Reds were still around because the baitfish were around. We switched over from popping corks to lead heads and plastics on the bottom. With more fresh water in the area due to the river, sometimes the Reds have their head in the mud and you have to get all the way to the bottom. That technique worked for us as well. There is not much doubt when the big fish hit your tight lined lure, because the Redfish sets the hook when he runs with it. Anyway, we did OK fishing even though the conditions were not very good and we were limited to where we could fish. Both days we caught about 25 Redfish. We missed about the same amount, which is common. We could have just as easily done better or worse. I was happy that they had a good time. Winter Redfishing should be good most of the time this new year, so if anyone from up North wants to get away from the ice fishing they need to come down and get in on the action. We can feed you, lodge you, and put you on some fine fish. Feel free to call or check out our website at www.fishon-guideservice.com Thanks, Capt. Shawn Lanier
Red Fish Fishing Report. November 27, 2011
November has been a great month for Redfish and Speckled Trout fishing in the Venice Louisiana area. The Mississippi River has been low and slow, and the Speckled Trout have been easy to catch in the clear water in the big river for the last month. The slot size Redfish continue to be in the river system, as well as the Flounder. The large "bulls" Redfish have been very reliable in the outside bays and beaches around the Venice, Louisiana area. On windy days we have been fishing in areas that are protected from the heavy seas, and the fishing has been reliable even when we are forced to hide from the wind and waves. Most of the folks I have had out lately have wanted to target the big Venice Louisiana Redfish. Fortunately, we have found areas that hold them that are fishable with windy conditions. Gold colored spinner baits and a large soft plastic under a popping cork have done the job with the Redfish. The Venice Speckled Trout have been easy to catch at drop offs in the river using lead heads with soft plastics. As easy as the Speck fishing has been, few customers have wanted to target them, because they would rather catch the Reds. The big Reds are more exciting to catch, or miss.
Everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves at the Fish On Lodge. After a day or more on the water the lodge has been good to get back too and relax and catch a game or something. We have been eating well too. I expect December to be a productive month for fishing here in Venice. If you are looking for a Venice, Louisiana charter service give us a call. Thanks, Capt. Shawn Lanier, Fish On Guide Service.
Venice Louisiana Fishing Report. November 1st 2011.
The Redfish are on fire around the Venice Louisiana area. The Speckled Trout bite down river has been slow, but the outside bays north of Venice have been holding keeper size Specks. I would bet the Trout bite down river will pick up with the latest cold front. I am glad I was off a few days when the front hit due to high winds. I had the pleasure to meet Captain Jimmy Nelson of the TV show Extreme Fishing Adventures. I took him and his crew for a fishing trip and we went after Tripletails before catching Reds. We caught some nice Tripletails down river. Tripletails are a great bonus to a Red fishing trip. We kept four of these hard fighting fish, and released six more. We missed some as well. The Tripletails we kept ended up being dinner at the lodge. We have been catching all our fish on various artificial lures. The Redfish and Speckled Trout fishing should continue to be outstanding through December. Fog will no doubt be an issue for navigation for the next few months, but life goes on. I have openings in December if anyone wants in on some great fishing. Have a good one, Capt. Shawn Lanier, Fish On Guide Service-Venice Louisiana fishing charter and lodge .
Read what Captain Jimmy says about his fishing trip in Venice at:
Venice, Louisiana Fishing Report October 25th, 2011.
We have been catching a lot of fish over the last month, and I have been busy, so I have not had a chance to give a report about all the great fishing we have had in the Venice, Louisiana area. The Redfish bite has been incredible. We are catching the Redfish in the outer bays around the river, and in the Mississippi river itself. Most of the big giant Redfish are on the outside bays and beaches. The river is mostly holding Redfish under 30 inches with the occasional big boy. The rocks and jetties all up and down the Mississippi river are holding Redfish ever since the river stage has dropped. The Redfish bite will be great in the river all the way to the new year. We are fishing the Redfish with artificial lures. Spinner baits, diving plugs, soft plastics, even topwater plugs are catching them. The water is so clear green that you can see the other Redfish following your hooked fish to the boat. You just can't fish like this in the Mississippi River unless it is this time of year, so it is great. Most days we are catching 40 to 50 plus Redfish, depending on the skill of the anglers. We keep our limit then release. We have also caught and released 30+lbs. Redfish on the outside. The Speckled Trout bite has been consistant just north of Venice. The Specks are smaller (13-14 inches ) but the occasional 3 lb. will hit. When the wind is not up we have done good on them. The larger Speckled Trout should start being caught down river soon. have caught some down there, but not many as of now. Everyone fishing with me has been having a great time. I have had a number of folks that fish fresh water areas around the states and they have said it was a unique experience to catch these powerful Redfish on some of the same artificial lures they would use for freshwater Bass and such. Everyone has had a great time at the Lodge and said they liked the food. Many of my guests have booked trips for Spring as well. The fishing is on now. I have some openings for December if anyone wants to get in on some great fishing here in Venice, Louisiana. Thanks, Capt Shawn.-out.
Venice Louisiana Fishing Report September 27, 2011
We have been fishing most often in the main channel of the Mississippi River the past month. The river has been clear and turning green as the river stage has dropped. The action on Redfish has been terrific. The Reds have been hanging close to the rocks on the sides of the river from the mouth all the way north to Venice and beyond. I have been drifting the rocks in different areas using my trolling motor to keep the boat positioned so we can cast to the rocks. Due to the ship traffic, I have not been using my anchor very much at all. The water displacement by the ships and their wakes make it dangerous to use the anchor. When a ship comes by, I crank the big engine and move away from the bank of the river. Once the ship goes by, we resume the fishing. We have been using gold spinner baits, diving lures, and soft plastics under a cork to catch our fish. When the Reds hit the lure, they really hit it hard. When the fish gets close to the boat, much of the time other fish are following beside the one with the lure in its mouth. It has been easy limits of Redfish, then we catch and release, or we then go for the Flounder. The Flounder have been concentrated in the spillways off the main river. We have been using lead heads with soft plastics to catch the Flounder. They are near the drop offs. A cork with soft plastics under have worked well over the flats next to the drop offs. Tipping the hooks of the plastics with dead shrimp helps draw strikes from the Flounder. Several times this last week we caught near limits of Flounder. The Speckled Trout bite has picked up, but still is not reliable. We have caught several of them in the River, and the Speck bite should explode in the next few weeks as the water temperature in the main river drops and the days get shorter (the temp is about 82 right now). The larger trout will stay in the outer bays, but the River should have a bunch of them soon.We have had some really nice folks staying at the lodge as usual. Everyone has been coming down and doing a lot of standing around and talking the first night. By the second and third night they are all sitting down talking about the day, because they are tired. Tired of the fun. Most said they needed to go back to work to get some rest, haha! Anyway, that is what is up down in the Venice area. Come on down. Thanks, Capt. Shawn. (225)205-5353. Call to book your Fall reservations.
Venice LA Fishing Report August 3, 2011
We have been targeting the big Redfish off the beaches and bays all around the Venice area the last couple of weeks. The winds have been low, so we can go to many different areas to look for these fish. Sometimes they are in the same area, and sometimes they are not. Whenever you have baitfish around your chances of getting a bite improve. We have been using large soft plastics under a cork to get them, as well as top water plugs, gold bladed spinners, and rattletraps. They crush these baits, so you need a lot of extras. These fish are a challenge to get to the boat. Folks that like to fight fish on light tackle are loving it.
I have had a good bit of folks from Texas coming fishing with me lately. Usually they order up the three days fishing package I got going. They are worn out when they leave, in a good way. I got some pictures of my latest group, so check out the big Reds these guys caught.
The Mississippi River is falling and starting to clear up. We were doing good fishing when the river was super high this Spring, so it can't do anything but get better. Let us hope a hurricane won't come mess us up. Come get on the action. Thanks, Capt. Shawn Lanier, (225) 205-5353
Venice Louisiana Fishing Report July 20th 2011
The Venice Louisiana Redfish action is at its peak right now, if there is a peak. The Bullreds are out in force. I enjoy catching Speckled Trout as well, but I try to concentrate on them in the Spring and Fall, because its easier at that time, and I prefer not to use live bait. We have caught some nice Specks lately, while targeting big Redfish. Big ones, but not many. I can't think of a better sportfish than a Bull Redfish on light tackle, especially for folks that have never caught these powerful fish. Last week I bought some heavy duty lead heads to use with these fish, and they held up well to the huge reds. At 80 cents a piece they needed to. I also bought some hooks I have used for Tuna to replace the treble hooks on my topwater plugs. These are single hooks that won't hurt the fish or me, or reduce the chances of getting hurt.
I fished a couple of days with a couple from Massachusetts last week that had never caught Redfish. Jack fishes Stripers up there a good bit, but his wife, Sharon does not fish much. She learned real quick that when you are hooked up with a big Venice Redfish that you have to walk around the boat to keep your line free from hanging up on something. Everyone else I have had out really are impressed with the strength of these big Redfish. Here is a pic of Sharon and her first Red! Capt. Shawn –out. Call me. Already booking for Fall. 225-205-5353.
Red Fishing in Venice report July 6 2011
With the heat of Summer comes the best bull Redfish action of the year. Although we catch these large Redfish every month of the year, July, August, and September seem to be the best action for these hard fighting brutes. Schools of these 20 to 50 pound fish can be seen off the beaches and bays around the Venice area. We are targeting these fish with artificial lures such as soft plastics under a cork, gold spinners, rattletraps, and top water lures. When they strike your cork you know to switch to a top water. The strikes from these monster Reds is violent. We don't get them all to the boat, because they are so hard on the tackle. I could step up to offshore tackle, but it would take the fun out of it. Plus, we are usually catching them in 3-4 feet of water, so it is cast and retrieve fishing where you see the fish attacking your lure. You can't hardly use offshore tackle, even if you wanted too. Some days the action is non-stop. Other days you have to hunt them for a while, but they have been reliable. If you want in on the action, give me a call. Thanks, Capt. Shawn Lanier
The Redfish and Speckled Trout fishing around Venice, Louisiana has picked up this last week due to the low winds. Low winds allow us to fish where we want to, and allows the tides to bring in clear water, instead of churning up and mixing the fresh and salt water. We have been catching the Specks and Reds on the same soft plastics under a popping cork, and a gold blade spinner for brutal Redfish strikes. With the wind conditions improving, there has not been any need for live bait. The outside beaches and bays is where we have been fishing, as well as offshore platforms and islands. We have concentrated our fishing near areas that are holding baitfish. The fishing is right down here, so come on down.Capt.Shawn. Call 225-205-5353.
May 26th Report
Fishing in Venice, LA
The Mississippi River is high, as it is every spring, and we are catching fish in the murky water. The biggest adjustment to my fishing strategy is to fish on or near the bottom for the Reds and Specs. The salt water will be the bottom layer of water, where the fish are more comfortable. Therefore, I am getting off the popping cork and throwing lead heads with soft plastics and rattletraps. We are coming in with limits of Redfish, and on some days near limits of Trout. The Specks have been quality size fish with some over 5 lbs. On windy days, the Trout are more difficult to find, because there are less areas to fish because of rough seas. June should be a very productive month, so do not let the high river scare you off. We hope the folks in the Atchafalaya Basin and Morgan City do not flood too much for too long. Venice is just fine, so come on down and go fishing. Thanks, Capt. Shawn Lanier, Fish On Guide Service, (225) 205-5353.
May 17th report
Fishing in Venice, LA
The Mississippi River is higher than average down in the Venice area, but mostly it is faster than usual. The muddy water is something we are used to, but what makes the fishing tough is the wind. On calm days we can get out to the areas that are holding Redfish and Speckled Trout. Early last week I had to trips with limits of trout, because an area I was fishing was able to calm down and the tide cleaned them up. Plastics under a popping cork did the trick. We have also caught some nice keeper Reds on live shrimp under a popping cork, and plastics under a cork. When the wind is up and the water is muddy I have had some tough days, but have had success using dead and live shrimp on the bottom. The Reds tend to hold on the bottom with their head in the mud. On these windy days the Trout are difficult to come by. The wind needs to calm down, so I can get to the outside areas including the shallow water gas platforms. It will all work out even with the flooding Mississippi River. June and July should be some great fishing action for our area. So come on down and get on some fish. Thanks, Capt. Shawn. Call me at 225-205-5353.
April 09 2011 Report
Quality trout are showing up down river of Venice on the outside beaches and bays, as well as huge redfish. Over the last couple of weeks, we have caught and released a bunch of bull reds. Several reds over forty pounds were caught. Strange thing is, the rat reds were caught in the same areas as the big reds. We have not crushed the trout with numbers, but 3-4lb trout fill the ice chest quick enough. It's all happening like it is supposed to. I am excited about fishing this spring, while it's still cool enough to enjoy it. April, May and June should be the best fishing since the oil spill. Glad the oil spill did not slow the bite down. No need for anyone to go out of the country to go Peacock Bass fishing when these Redfish here in Venice Louisiana will fight just as hard. Redfish just don't jump out of the water, they just surface. So come on down and get in on it. Come down to the lodge and relax, because you will be worn out from catching. Capt. Shawn- out. Fish On Guide Service (225) 205-5353, call now to book your trip!
April 02, 2011 Report
The speckled trout down river are starting to bite when you can get down there. The wind and fog make it difficult at times. I took Gary and Nancy from Maryland down river a few days ago for anything that would bite, and I had a hunch that the incoming tide would help us find better water, so after the fog burned off we went down river. The winds were not blowing. We scouted a beach until we found what I was looking for: better water. Plastics under a cork found 1 ½ to 2 ¾ lb. trout and bull reds. We started throwing the live shrimp that my clients ordered, but we did not need them. We caught about 55 trout and had 4 keeper reds and my clients told me they had caught enough. We left them biting. We were not mad at them. Gary said that he wished Maryland was closer to Venice Louisiana.I don't think I could get on the specks every day right now down river, but if the winds are not blowing too hard and the tide does its magic I think I can find them. The big trout will be moving in soon, if they haven't already. You can go north of Venice and have more consistent trout action, but they are small. A plastic under a cork tipped with shrimp is a good bet for reds. If anyone needs lodging in the Venice area, I have my down stairs apartments for rent. It is like having your own camp- wash your boat, plug in your batteries, clean your fish, barbecue, and drink a beer under the porch. Have a good one. Capt. Shawn Lanier, Fish On Guide Service (225) 205-5353
The red fishing in Venice continues to be very productive. This last week we caught over 70 red fish out of my bay boat, with one day over a 100. most of the fish were caught with a plastic under a popping cork in murky river water with a layer of saltwater underneath the fresh water. We also used gold spinners, which the redfish attacked relentlessly. With the warmer temperatures last week, the Speckled Trout bite turned on as well. The Speck bite should do nothing but improve during the month of March. The Fish On lodge is ready for anglers to come and relax after their fishing trip. If anyone wants to come down and fish one of the most productive fisheries in the world, than give me a call- Capt Shawn Lanier, Fish On Guide Service and Lodge, (225) 205-5353.
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