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Venice trout are going to pull out into the open waters outside of Venice, so head to the rigs and islands to the east of the river.

Split action for Mississippi River trout, reds

Normally anglers have been catching beautiful specks around the mouth of the Mississippi River by this time of year, but guide Brent Roy said it’s been different. Yes, there are trout to be caught, but for some reason it’s just not been as good.

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Gary Abernethy shows off a big bull red he caught recently with a LiveTarget hot pink rigged shrimp near Baptiste Collette Pass on the east side of the Mississippi River near Venice.

Now's the time to battle Baptiste Collette bulls

This time of year, schools of bull reds begin making their annual move back to inshore waters to spawn, and on the east side of the Mississippi River one of their favorite gathering places is at the mouth of Baptiste Collette Bayou near Venice.

August 22 at 9:13am
Team Paint Bucket shows off their red snapper stringer at the 2016 Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo held at Venice Marina.

2016 Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo final results

Here are final results from the 18th annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo held this past weekend out of Venice Marina.

August 01 at 11:27am
Accomplished Delta bull fighter Capt. Mike Frennette shows off a big’n.

Bull stampede — Fishing for bull reds in the Mississippi Delta

Gary Abernathy was sure he saw a fish move off the tip of a grassy point on the south side of a little cut between islands.

August 01 at 7:00am
Amazing footage captured by an angler out of Venice shows a hooked-up hammerhead shark being attacked by a tiger shark estimated to weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

Video: Hooked-up 7-foot hammerhead attacked by giant tiger shark

Question: When does a 7-foot fish on your line turn into live bait?

Answer: When you’re fishing for tuna in Venice and get hooked up with a big hammerhead that draws the attention of a 1,000-plus pound tiger shark, that’s when. 

July 26 at 3:04pm

18th Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo set for July 28-30 out of Venice Marina

The 18th Annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo is set to roll next week out of Venice Marina, and this year’s event features a brand new five-fish red snapper stringer division made possible because the state waters line has been pushed beyond the old 3-mile boundary.

July 22 at 10:02am
Jeremy Croucher, left, and Capt. Frank Lawson show off the pending No. 7-ranked tripletail that Croucher landed on July 14 in East Bay out of Venice. It weighed 31.28 pounds, and measured 32 inches long.

Pending No. 7-ranked tripletail caught last week in East Bay

It’s hard not to do a double take when you lay your eyes on the monstrous 31-pound tripletail caught last week in East Bay.

July 21 at 10:24pm

Too Much Fun with Cajun Hookers

In this episode we drove down to Venice, Louisiana to have fun with Cajun Hookers.

July 14 at 6:00pm
Jerry Rouyea shows off the leopard redfish he caught on the west side of the Mississippi River out of Venice on July 2. The 28-inch red had 660 total spots, the result of a recessive pigment variation, according to a fish geneticist.

St. Amant angler reels in leopard redfish with 600-plus spots out of Venice

Jerry Rouyea was definitely seeing spots on a recent fishing trip on the west side of the Mississippi River, but it wasn’t because of the stifling 93-degree heat and lack of any breeze that day out of Venice.

July 13 at 10:30am
A 25-foot Grady-White lost its transom and two Yamaha 250 motors Saturday morning when it hit a sandbar in South Pass. The coordinates for the sandbar are 29° 1.233' north and 89° 10.369' west, according to Capt. Rob Buck with Sea Tow Westbank.

South Pass sandbar rips transom, two Yamaha outboards off 25-foot Grady-White

An overnight offshore trip came to an abrupt halt for four anglers heading out of Venice Saturday morning when their 25-foot Grady-White hit a sandbar in South Pass and ripped the transom and two Yamaha outboards completely off the boat.

July 05 at 4:37pm
Heat-sensitive trout often seek cooler water around nearshore rigs.

Rigging up

Everyone loves a hot Delta bite, but you can expect the action to cool off when the weather heats up.

OK, if you don’t mind wading through the pun puddles, this is actually a straightforward premise: When summer’s swelter has the inshore fish languishing in lethargy, you’ll find your brightest opportunities where the warm-season discomfort has minimal impact.

July 01 at 7:00am
Walking topwaters like the Live Target Mullet along the Southwest Pass jetties will result in explosions from hungry bull reds.

Pass time — Redfish swam in Southwest Pass

About 20 years ago, former Venice Marina owner Dave Ballay told me, “If someone held a gun to my head and said I had to catch a fish, 365 days a year, I’d go to Southwest Pass.”

Pretty strong endorsement, and not one with which many would argue. This place is a fish magnet.

July 01 at 7:00am
Meredith Ballay, of Buras, shows off one of the bull reds she caught during an unbelievable day of fishing with Capt. Kasye Bourn during the IWFA Venice Slam. Ballay went on to win the three-day competition.

Record redfish haul leads to IWFA win

Two anglers fishing an international women’s tournament in Venice last week found a honey hole that produced more than 50 bull reds and 50 rat redfish in one spot. 

June 22 at 11:40am
The father and son Bruce team show their pleasure at being on feeding fish.

How Tony Bruce caught the fever

Tony Bruce has done a lot of things in his 63 years. He was a school teacher and coach, owned an offshore oil-field boat rental business and developed property in Zachary for the Copper Mill Golf Course. 

June 15 at 7:00am
Tony Bruce’s STAR-winning speckled trout weighed 7.8 pounds.

Bruce finally scores STAR win

They say good things happen to nice guys.

On July 24, 2015, forty-nine days after our fishing trip — while fishing with trophy trout greats Ed Sexton and Dudley Vandenborre in the Faux Pas Lodge Invitational Rodeo — Tony Bruce finally caught his STAR-winning speckled trout.

June 15 at 7:00am
Kevin Diez (front) and Gene Hoover have been friends for many years and love to fish in the Atchafalaya Basin.

The making of two Atchafalaya Basin bass-fishing experts

Kevin Diez is an old friend.

I first met him fishing. We were both belly deep in the water at Elmer’s Island, clobbering speckled trout and white trout.

We were the only two on the island and the fishing was easy, so we started talking.

June 15 at 7:00am