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.
With those duties now relics of the past, I toted along my video equipment this weekend to take viewers on an offshore trip that has become an annual tradition. Along with C.T. Williams, Sam Barbera, Justin Bowles, Jaymon Yates, Danica Williams and Jillian Gutierrez, I set out aboard C.T. Williams' Robalo early on the tournament's second day.
We caught our own bait and hauled it to offshore platforms in the West Delta blocks, where red snapper, mangrove snapper and more grow big and strong.
This year's trip was incredibly fun, and was highlighted by a spinner shark attempting to jump into an adjacent boat and Danica Williams catching a fish no one expected to see.
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