Tuna showing up out of Venice

The big yellowfin tuna are making their initial appearance of the year in the Gulf of Mexico, with Capt. Scott Leger of Paradise Outfitters in Venice hooking up and boating a 230-pound yellowfin on Feb. 8.

On the rod that day was Ohio native Mark Frazier, who outlasted the huge tuna after an 80-minute battle.

The fish was caught on a chunk of king mackerel in 250 feet of water around the Horseshoe Lump southeast of Venice.

“This is the beginning of our lump season; it’s just getting kicked off,” said Leger, who pilots a 41-foot catamaran for Paradise Outfitters. “We hope those big fish continue to show up through March.”

You can book your trip with Paradise Outfitters at www.venicefishing.com.