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478-pound mako landed on the East Lump

On the afternoon of Jan. 19, Capt. Joey Davis had just wrapped up a successful day of tuna fishing near the East Lump, and with only a single client onboard, was enjoying a free show as 20 to 30 yellowfin and blackfin knifed through a slick.

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February 04 at 10:17 am
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December aerial survey: Duck numbers double since November

The second split of duck season opens in all three Louisiana zones on Saturday morning, and if the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ annual December survey is any indication, hunters might see more action based on the sheer number of birds in the state.

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December 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm
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Navy vet to finish swimming Mississippi River Friday afternoon at Head of Passes

Chris Ring’s 2,350 mile swim down the Mississippi River is scheduled to end tomorrow afternoon at Mile Marker 0 at Head of Passes south of Venice, and event organizers are seeking volunteer boaters to transport spectators out to witness the completion of his journey.

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December 03, 2015 at 3:41 pm
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Unabridged trout — How to troll for Lake Pontchartrain trout

“That’s a big trout, Momma. Be careful! Take your time, Momma. Bring him this way.”

Gravelly-voiced Chuck Cristina was issuing orders like Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson, only with an old-time New Orleans accent. 

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Back to the Jungle

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Venice can be a beast of a place to fish but in this episode we set out to tame it and capture the swaths of large mouth bass that live in the watery jungle at the bottom of the Mississippi River.

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November 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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Three duck hunters rescued Sunday near Pilottown

Three duck hunters from Garyville were rescued Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi River after their boats started taking on water, according to a news release from the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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November 09, 2015 at 5:08 pm
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Louisiana's Coastal Zone opens to mixed reports

Opening weekend was a mixed bag for Louisiana’s Coastal Zone duck hunters, with reports of success varying widely by location across the state, according to guides and Internet reports.

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November 09, 2015 at 2:18 pm
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Duck numbers way down for Coastal Zone season opener

Duck hunters flocking to their blinds tomorrow for the Coastal Zone season opener this weekend could find fewer birds settling in their sets, with the state’s aerial survey showing a 61-percent drop in the number of birds in the area compared to last November.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists conducting the survey this week counted an estimated 1.21 million ducks compared to last November’s 3.13 million birds, according to an agency news release.

This week’s count also is 33 percent less than the five-year average, and ranks as the fourth lowest November estimate since the survey began in 1969.

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November 06, 2015 at 2:15 pm
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Venice offshore platform fishing

Dear Capt. Paul:

I am a native of Louisiana currently living in Texas. I have a Texas registered 28-foot boat with twin 300-horsepower Verados with joystick steering.

I want to tow the boat to Venice to take my uncle fishing offshore for tuna. I’m looking for Thunder Horse, Diana and Hoover coordinates, if you have them.

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November 03, 2015 at 9:30 pm
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Pinpoint flounder by finding bluff banks

As Ty Hibbs and I ventured away from the Island Road weir and headed back to the weir on the western levee of the impoundment, he kept pointing out spots he thought would hold flounder.

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October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Anglers land 213-pound yellowfin tuna out of Venice

Conditions out of Venice Saturday morning weren’t exactly ideal for a tuna trip — the wind was whipping up 5- to 6-foot waves 10 miles out of South Pass.

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September 30, 2015 at 11:34 am
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Venice bass biting on Delta National Wildlife Refuge

With the Mississippi River just over 3 feet now in New Orleans, rapidly falling water has turned on the bass bite out of Venice. 

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September 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm
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Three men cited for tuna violations in Venice on Sept. 9, LDWF says

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited three men aboard the commercial fishing vessel “Jasmine” on Wednesday for alleged tuna violations in Plaquemines Parish.

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September 11, 2015 at 8:20 am
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Teal sightings sporadic across state ahead of opening day

Just three days ahead of Louisiana’s teal season opener, reports of birds vary widely by region across the state — but everyone is hoping a forecasted late-week cool front brings more teal down ahead of legal shooting time Saturday morning.

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September 09, 2015 at 9:39 am
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The offshore gang — Learn how to catch tuna, dolphin and more from these young anglers

They’re baaack!

Five years ago Louisiana Sportsman ran a feature story about a gang of school kids who caught scads of fish from Metairie drainage canals right in the heart of the New Orleans metropolitan area.

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September 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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The second shift —Sleep late and still kill your limit of teal

Kenny gaped — then he looked around the room frowning, his eyes like cue balls. Suddenly he smiled, reached into the cooler, and grabbed another brewskie.

“I’m in!” he laughed while popping open the beverage.

Then he waved it around the den of Doc’s Venice boathouse, toasting the whole gang. 

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September 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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