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.
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.
March 22, 2013 Report.
I still have openings for the end of april, May and June. Summer is wide open. Come on down!
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!
Winter is approaching but the fish will still be there. I still have openings mid December.
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
Venice Louisiana Red Fishing
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.
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 .
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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
Over the last couple of weeks the Speckled Trout bite has turned on and the Red Fish bite continues to be steady. The warmer weather we have had has increased the water temperature which is the reason the Trout have turned on. The only negative with the warmer weather is the early morning fog on the River. The fog forces you to fish areas that you might not usualy fish with a certain wind direction. We have had to adapt and overcome. An example of this is yesterday, the fog was heavy on the River in the morning, so I had to take my clients from North Mississippi, Vince and his two young sons Samuel 12 years old and Conner 14 years old directly accross the street from my lodge in Yellow Cotton Bay. We launched the boat and headed South for about a mile to the first spot. Here, I gave the boys instructions on how to cast and fish with a popping cork and we started to fish. After catching 10 or so Trout the bite turned off at that spot, so I decided we would drift fish down the bank with the wind, using the trolling motor to keep us in position in our drift. After the boys caught up on the casting we ended up catching over 40 trouts and 5 keeper reds. Conner and Samuel had a good time and learned about sport fishing in the Venice area. Lately, my clients and I have had successful trips here in Venice and we are very fortunate to have such a rich fisherie. That's not to say you will not have a tough day here and there but our goal is to load the ice chest full of fish and most of the time, we do. Come get in in the fishing action this Spring here in Venice.
Give me a call 225-205-5353, Capt Shawn, Fish On Guide Service and Lodge.
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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