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Free-diver shoots pending world-record tripletail near Venice

Blake Ittmann has been free-diving the waters south of Venice for only four years, but in that time he’s become pretty selective in what he shoots. Ittmann and his buddies could absolutely load the boat with tripletail at some of the platforms they frequent now, but there’s not a whole lot of challenge in that.

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Pogy prudence

Prior to a recent mangrove snapper trip, Capt. Ross Montet loaded up with fresh pogies he cast-netted in the West Delta. He started in open water, but found he was chasing fast-moving schools that were outrunning his net in the 10- to 12-foot depths.

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Marsh Man Masson vid: Short run to big snapper, and a surprise fish!

For me, the peak of summer comes near the end of its second month, during the annual Faux Pas Lodge Invitational Fishing Rodeo, headquartered at Venice, near the mouth of the Mississippi River. It’s an event that attracts some of the best anglers in the region, who compete to catch the largest speckled trout, tuna, wahoo and more, but I’ve never actually entered the rodeo. For me, it’s a work weekend, since I’ve historically covered it for the print side of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

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