Opening weekend for red snapper a huge success for Louisiana fisherman


Venice boats find fish in 100 to 400 feet of water

Last weekend’s opening weekend of Louisiana’s red snapper season was off the chain. Guide after guide reported that their clients caught limits without trouble, and plenty of other fish to boot. And there were some monster snapper caught out there on the rigs. 

The folks at Venice Charters had this to say of opening weekend:

“Snapper season opener was great for us…. We had four boats out Friday, and every boat easily limited out on red snapper and redfish.

“The snapper are on the rigs from 100 feet to 400 feet down, but the bigger ones are deeper, on the deep rigs.

“Cut pogeys and speckled trout bellies seemed to work best, but Capt. Jesse (Bishop) caught his on shrimp.”  

The Venice Charter fleet used 8-ounce sinkers on Carolina rigs and had little trouble catching limits. 

This weekend appears to be a stormy sequel to its bright predecessor. Forecasts predict rain all weekend, especially Saturday, but it’s clear that plenty of fisherman are going out this weekend despite the weather. Expect some rescheduling for Sunday, but keep an eye on the weather; things can change at the drop of a dime.

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