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We made a evening/night trip out of Venice last night. Overall we managed to put a good box of fish together.. Ended up with (2) 90lb-70lb Yellowfin and we caught plenty of blackfin, but kept only a dozen. All tuna were caught on live bait, jigs and poppers?

Our flat fall jigs were out-fishing every other jig 3 to 1. Also flat fall jigs are a lot easier to work and they do not wear you out. The flashlight we have ' The Jig Charger' came in very handy last night with keeping the jigs nice and bright.

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September 24 at 9:19am

We made a evening/night trip out of Venice last night. Overall we managed to put a good box of fish together.. Ended up with (2) 90lb-70lb Yellowfin and we caught plenty of blackfin, but kept only a dozen. All tuna were caught on live bait, jigs and poppers?

Our flat fall jigs were out-fishing every other jig 3 to 1. Also flat fall jigs are a lot easier to work and they do not wear you out. The flashlight we have ' The Jig Charger' came in very handy last night with keeping the jigs nice and bright.

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September 24 at 9:17am

We decided to make a last minute fishing trip for some red snapper. We wanted to stock up on some snapper before they closed the federal season. We went to one of our favorite rigs and it was on. We fished about 2 hours and we were headed back to cypress cove.

QuickTip: Make sure you have heavy weights on your boat. We were in 300ft of water and using a 2lb and 3lb weights just to get to the bottom. We had 2 boats tie up next to us and both boats caught nothing because they did not have heavy enough weight to get their baits down to the bottom.

Overall we managed to put a decent box of fish together.. Ended up with (1) 60lb Warsaw Grouper, 1 AmberJack we released, 1 alamco jack, 8 red snappers, 4 Beeliners and 1 Scamp Grouper.

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September 05 at 3:36pm

Mr. Bill, owner of the 'Looking Sharp' invited some of SOT's crew on his boat for the 2017 Faux Pas Rodeo. Left Thursday afternoon and made it back Saturday at noon. Ended up with 3 yellowfin in the 60 - 80 lb range. 3 dolphin btw. 15 - 20 lbs and more blackfin than I can remember most averaging 15-25 lbs. Lost 2 big yellows on our new Southern Sunrise poppers, one to a pull hook and the other too a bad braid/flouro splice after a 2 hour fight at midnight. Not my gear!! Blackfin were also loving that popper.

Will say that the new Turkey Slider Jigs out fished even the flat fall jigs at night. I believe the combination of our oversized eyes and the glow in the dark did the trick. I ran the same jig the entire trip 170 gram chartuesse/glow, we put an extra coat of poly on this set with a full sheave cover on the assist line, they are holding up better than any other jig your gonna find.

Will be on the 'Looking Sharp' next year again!! www.strikertackle.com

Tight Lines!!!

July 31 at 5:22pm

Was able to put together a box of fish this past Saturday, to bad we didn't have more live bait the tuna were chewing.Been some time since I got a chance to drop our flat fall jigs for anything but tuna. The Snapper, Beeliners, and Amberjacks were thick, couldn't resist the Silver Flat Fall Jigs. To bad the season was cut too short.. Get your set ordered we have a new batch arriving this week, www.strikertackle.com

April 24 at 4:28pm

Was able to put together a box of fish this past Saturday, to bad we didn't have more live bait the tuna were chewing.Been some time since I got a chance to drop our flat fall jigs for anything but tuna. The Snapper, Beeliners, and Amberjacks were thick, couldn't resist the Silver Flat Fall Jigs. To bad the season was cut too short.. Get your set ordered we have a new batch arriving this week, www.strikertackle.com

April 24 at 4:27pm

We were able to make our second trip of the year on Saturday 2-3-17 out of our home base in Venice. We started heading down the river by 5 am. After a 2 hr run we arrived at the targeted Boat Show. Started off a little slow with only (1)90Lb Yellowfin coming in the boat off of a chuck of red meat, we were marking fish but they were down between 150-200 ft. We made a few more drifts and started catching a few AJ'S on the 250 gram flat sided vertical jigs. From 9am -1pm it was pretty slow with the tuna we just kept chumming and drifting free-lines without much luck. Around 2pm the cold front hit with rain and 2-3 ft seas, we stuck it out and was rewarded for doing so. Most of the boats had bugged out. We had some big marks down at 150' so the chumming was slowly bringing them up. Had a few more grab our free line but didn't get a hook on em. With time running against us at this point, we dropped our chucks down with 8oz bank sinkers (the rubber-band rig)and had an immediate hook up that was a solid fish 100lb yellow. We got him in the boat repositioned and then dropped down again and 'BAM' hooked our biggest fish of the day, had to bear down on him with more drag before he spooled us, should have dropped the weighted rig earlier in the day.

Overall we were happy with the trip. Ended up with (3) 90-120lb yellowfin and 4 AJ's a few of them were a solid 40lbs and a few Beeliners. All of the tuna were caught on free-lined chucks and the AJ'S and Beeliners were caught on our 250 Gram Falt Sided vertical Jigs. Beautiful morning to be on the water with 1' seas essentially the entire morning thru lunch time with solid 3 footers from 2:30 pm till dark due to the cold front, everyone got back safe and sound. Will do it again soon.

Jimmy and Raymond www.strikertackle.com

These are the jigs that produced all of the AJ's and Beeliners

http://strikertackle.com/flat-sided-...f-6-250-grams/

February 07 at 3:08pm

We made our 2nd overnight trip of the year last Friday night. Started off poorly with 1 of a 4 man crew backing out on us less than 30 minutes before he was suppose to meet in Belle Chasse. 2nd man of the 4 man crew out of the blue got sea sick at our first drill ship stop.. He understood that we were 50 miles out and there was no turning back, eventually he did the deed and fell asleep. That left Jimmy and I to fish the rest of the night trying to make drifts, freeline 2 poles and keep the boat in position and throw a jig over when possible. Plus 1-2' forecast was off by a bit, ended up being 3' with the occasional 4' mixed in, not bad just added to the difficulty. All the spots were loaded with blackfin, but unlike last time the majority of the schools were made up of small 3 -10 lb fish. Made a few moves to nearby rigs and drill ships only to find more of the same. Picked up a nice blackfin here and there, kept a few small ones for chum. Then about 4:00 the sea sick one woke up felt better and in 30 minutes the tuna began to bust the top water eating hardtails and seas laid down to 1'. Seasick hand freelined his first chunk for the night and I'll be a son of a bitch, nice 20 lb blackfin starts ripping line. We hook a nice yellow on the bullet popper and pulled the hook. The next yellowfin that hit bullet popper came clean out the water after a 30 minute fight he hit the icebox. Had 2 or 3 strikes on the bullet poppers that never did get hooked. By then the sun was about up, still had blackfin hitting the water but they were spread out pretty good, decided to head in while she was nice and laid down. All in all we ended up with (1) yellow and (15) blackfin. Caught most of the blackfin on the flatfall jigs except for (2). Made it home safe and sound, was a long night.

Raymond M.

NOTE: Don't let someone who just woke up from being seasick take pictures of try and gaff a tuna. Pictures are blurry and hit 2 tuna in the upper loin.

July 19, 2016 at 1:01pm

STRIKER OFFSHORE TACKLE VENICE OVERNIGHT OFFSHORE TRIP www.strikertackle.com Finally was able to make our first overnighter of the year last Friday 6-24-16 out of our home base in Venice. Left Belle Chasse about 2:30 pm made a quick stop at the camp in Happy Jack to pick up a few items picked up the boat from Light House boat storage and was heading down the river by 6:30. After a 2 1/2 hr run we arrived at the targeted Mississippi Canyon Blocks. Started off a little slow with a 20lb blackfin coming in the boat off of a 6oz diamond jig, was marking fish but they were down between 275-300 ft. We kept noticing fish breaking water right outside the light ring but only manage one strike on the Bullet Popper, from reading another report seam to be those toothy critters was what was breaking water. Made a quick jump and started catching black fin every drift on the 170 flat fall jigs and diamond jigs. Finally a 40 lb yellowfin grabbed a Pink/Silver flat fall with another hooked on free lining pogey chunks. Made one last jump back to where we started and concentrated on chumming and drifting. Was showing some big marks down at 150' so the chumming was slowly bringing them up. Ended up catching 2 solid 60 lb yellowfin on free lining pogeys and 1 40lb yellowfin on a our 200 gram blue/silver vertical jig. Had a few more grab our free line but didn't get a hook on em. With time running against us at this point, I dropped our 200 gram complete glow in the dark and had an immediate hook up that was a solid fish unfortunately he popped the 80lb fluorocarbon, had to bear down on him with more drag before he spooled us, should have dropped that jig earlier in the night. The tuna love the solid glow in the dark sides we added to the flat falls, you can see them things flashing as you freeline them down and man do they save your jigging arm. Overall we were happy with the night. Ended up with (4) 40-60lb yellowfin and 20 blackfin a few of them were a solid 40lbs, barely fit in the SeaVee coufin box, I'd say 2 more decent size and we wouldn't of been able to close the chest. Caught several 14-16' that were being cut up for chumming bait the ones that didn't make it to the cutting table will make it too the dinner table. Beautiful night to be on the water with 1' seas essentially the entire night, everyone got back safe and sound. Will do it again soon. R.M

June 27, 2016 at 3:33pm

Well after a learning a lesson on the last trip, we managed to make up for it this time. Instead of beating the crowd out, a stop at the end of Northeast Pass and within 45 mins there were enough pogies for at least 2-3 hrs of tuna fishing. Its no secret now where the tuna are, we elected to go to 989 and hopefully escape the core of the early boat show. This was the case until about 11:00 which at that point we were headed back toward the 9 nm mark. The new 29' Seavee after two trips put its first 2 yellowfin and 1 blackfin in the hole. 1st yellowfin roughly 40 lbs took the live pogey about 100 yards out and soon after a 30lbs blackfin had the second reel set at about 50 yards out. While I was finishing off the blackfin Jimmy dropped a pink flat fall out of the front of the boat and another 35 lb yellow came up and within 20 mins she was on board as well. During this time we had drifted out of the main line of boats across the front of the rig to give other boats a slot to move in and had to reposition upwards around 2-300 yards. With time pressing we made another drift or two, a few captains we sell baits too hailed us on the radio on there plans so we knew it was time. Headed in to the 3 kings after VK 900 was loaded with boats to try and get an AJ, unfortunately had once shot and the donkey that grab the last live pogey about 100' down got the better of us, he broke 200 lb power pro rubbing against some part of the rig. Had a few smaller strikes on the jigs brought up 1 almaco. Stopped at the last set of rigs on the way in and finished the day with 10 snapper on flat fall jigs and cut pogeys. We were happy with the catch, the women got to real in some tuna and a few snapper, weather was picture perfect, water was beautiful...... Hated to leave.

Plan on making the 1 weekend for federal snapper season, to get a few of those 18 -25 pounders. Will post if the trip is made.

Also, we just added some new products to www.strikertackle.com : Flat fall Jig Assist Hooks and Fishing Pliers. Check Them Out !!!!!

Tight Lines,

Raymond/Jimmy
Striker Offshore Tackle and supplies

May 11, 2016 at 3:07pm

Finally after nearly a 7 month hiatus from the gulf waters Striker Tackle was able to make a trip in the 29' SeaVee. We spent the better part of the day chasing tuna, unfortunately with the wrong bait, we should have spent more time gathering up live pogies instead of trying to beat the crowd to Elf. Once guides showed up they put a quick hurting on the tuna with live pogies freelined and they bugged out in search of more.

Around 11:00 we decided to switch gears and headed in for our snapper. On the way in we spotted fish tearing up bait in the open water and swung in with Striker Tackle's Bullet Poppers and it was fish on immediately, it wasn't tuna as we hoped, big school of Jacks. The poppers held up fine against the brutes and we know that they are gonna pull up some good fish swimming along the grass lines this summer.

One quick stop at 12 Mile Rigs and a five man limit came in the boat in less than 30-45 mins. Some were caught on squid, but most were caught on Striker Tackle's 170 flat fall jigs, also thrown in were a few B-liners and a Mangrove. Alamaco jack's came up on the flat fall jigs as well. None of the snapper were monsters but all good eating.

At that point we decided to make a quick run to the In-Betweens to pull up some AJ's. We brought a butterfly prototype jig that will soon be available in 250 grams and let me tell you, first drop an estimated 50 pounder grabbed it and after a 30 min battle a shark took everything but the head in one clean bite. Two more were hooked on the same style jig, one lost to the rig and one shook loose, probably due to a shark chasing his ass.

Fortunately before we left I dropped down one last time with a flat fall and to our surprise a cobia grabbed it and was landed shortly after. We managed to put a solid box together given we only fished about 2 1/2 hours not targeting tuna. Thanks to Captain Hoop for the tip on the Tuna's whereabouts, he's gonna give me an earful I presume when he hears the strikeout on tuna.

We will be making what Jimmy and I call the wives trip in 2 weekends weather permitting. This time we will be targeting just snapper, B-liners, AJ's and if time a few drops for a warsaw. Will send the post, these two girls can fish as well as anybody when its comes to rig dropping.

Thanks again to everyone who pre ordered tackle, the last two weeks we packaged and sent out tackle till midnight every night to catch up. Our Islander style trolling baits will be here in a few days as well as the new pink and silver ST 30 trolling lure. We are working on processing a brand new line of jigs that will be available before the summer.

Also we have 100 gm Flat fall jigs currently being produced. Visit us at www.strikertackle.com.

Tight lines and be safe,

Jimmy/Raymond
Striker Tackle

April 25, 2016 at 4:53pm

Left em bitting both times. 44 reds in 6hrs total.
Trout had lockjaw with the water temp down in the 40's.

December 02, 2013 at 11:10am

Falling Tide Bite

October 28, 2013 at 2:02pm
A comment titled: Re: Offshore Bait in response to a report titled: Offshore Bait

Chickendolphin,

If you run Northeast Pass-when you get to the gulf and start to make your turn south you will notice where an old platform once was and is now a group of pilings that is right at 1,600 yards do southeast from the entrance of NE Pass. Head to that structure and start looking for pogies, make your way up the beach toward SE Pass, we have been making bait there for the last month.

If your heading down South Pass - coast guard cut is the opening in the rocks right at the start of the jetties. If you easy your way in, there are always mullets to be found. Then come out of the jetties into the gulf and loop around on the northeast side and try along the beach for pogies.

Hard tails hopefully will start showing up soon. You can go on google earth and clearly see both spots mentioned above.

R.M.
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May 31, 2016 at 4:25pm
A comment titled: Re: Yellowfin Tuna run in response to a report titled: Yellowfin Tuna run

Don't imagine you would say what rig or ship you guys did so well at. We have been fishing night out of Venice going to NOBLE AMOS ROMER doing ok but unfortunately they have relocated the rig.

September 11, 2015 at 9:52am
A comment titled: blue water in response to a report titled: Blue Water

If you want to know the location of the rip line and not guess. sign up on ripcharts.com, pay the 100 dollar yearly membership fee and you can see daily satellite images of the gulf. It will show you where the rip line is located.. Very useful tool. That line moves everyday, I was fishing out of SWP 3 weeks ago and early in the morning it was only 1000 yds from the pass. Next day it was almost 10 miles.

November 07, 2014 at 12:35pm
A comment titled: Quick Fix in response to a report titled: crack in my aluminum boat?

If your near Belle Chasse, I can weld it for you $20 - $30 dollars, give me a call 504-982-7040. I just had to do the same thing on my boat. As another person suggested, I also put a turn buckle in place of the safety chain and now that boat stays snug against trailer.

November 06, 2014 at 7:58am
A comment titled: Happy Jack Report in response to a report titled: Port Sulphur

Summer produced a lot of smaller fish, but from what I'm seeing come in at the camps, looks like fall and winter will be pretty good.

October 29, 2013 at 8:19am
A comment titled: UNI KNOT in response to a report titled: Power Pro Knots

Hands down the best not for power pro is a UNI KNOT.

You wrap the working end of the line twice thru the hook eye then make 6-7 wraps for the actual knot. It will never slip.

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