Inshore Fishing

Pearl of Plaquemines: An inside look at the Empire fishing grounds

Gazing from atop the Empire Bridge in southern Plaquemines Parish, one can see literally thousands of white PVC pipes sticking up from atop oyster beds.

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, this area was home to the state’s largest oyster operation. Since the storm, a flurry of activity has returned, and oystermen and their dredges can be seen working the vast area to the west of the Empire Bridge. […]

Inshore Fishing

Pearl of Plaquemines: An inside look at the Empire fishing grounds

Gazing from atop the Empire Bridge in southern Plaquemines Parish, one can see literally thousands of white PVC pipes sticking up from atop oyster beds.
Prior to Hurricane Katrina, this area was home to the state’s largest oyster operation. Since the storm, a flurry of activity has returned, and oystermen and their dredges can be seen working the vast area to the west of the Empire Bridge. […]

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Yellow Fever

Most people shudder at the though of catching yellow fever. The dreaded disease, which is contracted from infected mosquitos, was last recorded in New Orleans in 1905.

Recently, however, there have been indications of a different type of “yellow fever” spreading across the Louisiana coast claiming “victims” one by one. […]

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Natural Bait Rigging

Traveling to Venice from Hawaii, John Guinan and his dad were anxious to sample some of the world-class bluewater fishing they had heard about just off the Louisiana coast. […]

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Pearl of Plaquemines

Gazing from atop the Empire Bridge in southern Plaquemines Parish, one can see literally thousands of white PVC pipes sticking up from atop oyster beds. […]

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Lump My Ride

Each December, anglers from near and far trek to the famed Midnight Lump, or Sackett Bank, located south of Venice to do battle with triple-digit yellowfin tuna, giant mako sharks and other trophy fish. […]

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The Burst Factor

While participating in numerous fishing tournaments at Venice Marina the past couple of years, one name has consistently shown up on the rig-division leader board — BurstFactor. These guys always amass an impressive catch of big snapper, scamp, grouper and amberjack. […]

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Best of the Blue

Across the Louisiana coast, captains often agree the No. 1 question those shopping for a tuna trip generally ask is, “When is the BEST time to catch yellowfin tuna?” […]

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Show Me the Snapper

Tom Maher doesn’t consider himself much of a fisherman. In April, though, he joined the ranks of those who are “addicted to fishing” after leading a group of employees and customers on an adventure to Venice. […]

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On an Edwing and a Prayer

“Puffin – trip this year VENICE La.

“Taking the boat for a month of fish catching fun. Keta and me so far. Looking for a wing man or men more the merrier. March looks like the month. Cost usually runs $60-75 a day. weaklings need not apply. Tuna Amberjack Wahoo and so on. […]

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What Lurks Below

Have you ever been fishing offshore on a boat, looked down and wondered what it would be like to see what lurks beneath the legs of a towering oil rig whose barnacle-encrusted legs extend hundreds or thousands of feet below the surface? […]

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Japanese Jigging

Tumultuous seas rocked the 26-foot boat as Craig Monroe and John Swincinski surveyed the churning waters near the jagged legs of the Seven Mile rigs south of Venice. […]

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The Camo Man

A solitary loon swam gracefully across the surface of one of the narrow cuts that intersected the Wilkinson Canal. Darkness obscured the hoist at the nearby Myrtle Grove marina as a steady stream of boats idled slowly down the long canal. […]

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No Luck On The Lump

The famed Midnight Lump which sits roughly 20 miles off of the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River near Venice is considered the “go to” spot during the cold, blustery winter months. […]

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Mellow Yellow

Frigid cold fronts and blustery north winds signal that it’s time to head to one of the most famous Louisiana wintertime trout hotspots — Yellow Cotton Bay in Buras. This area, which is comprised of deep holes and shallow flats, lies just to the west of Highway 23 in lower Plaquemines Parish. […]