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Old 11-23-2020, 06:29 AM
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Anyone ever trailer down to Venice for yellowfin? Typically spend my winter months duck hunting, but not being able to get into Canada has put a hold on my trips.

Is the fishing as good as everyone makes it sound? Possible to do it on your own? Obviously, a charter would be easier and probably more successful, but I get more enjoyment out of DIY trips on my own rig

any idea on typical sea conditions for that area in the winter months? Seems to be the best time to go from what Ive read

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Old 11-23-2020, 08:55 AM
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is this the Carolina forum or did I mess up? LOL
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Assuming you meant to post this in the Carolina's.. From what I can tell the GOM fishing from LA covers a lot of miles.. like fish for 2 days distance. So at a minimum you're talking a 28' - 30' plus size boat.. and towing that from the Carolinas to LA would be a no-go for me.
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Just asking a question. Didnt make much sense to me to ask someone in LA if theyve made a trip from NC to LA before. Guess I was mistaken
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Venice in the winter is a very dangerous place for someone unfamiliar with the area. Weather is usually rough and the fog is some of the worse I've ever seen. The river can be treacherous and the passes should not be run without a known recent track. Don't want to discourage you as the tuna fishing is great, but local knowledge down there is priceless. Do a search in the Gulf Coast forum on Venice, there is a ton of info at your fingertips.
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why go to LA ,when you got giant Bluefin in north Carolina .
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I would not tell anyone to go to venice and try it yourself the first time. The fog can be so think you can't see past the front of your boat so you are running completely blind on electronics and the passes shift constantly so you will need a recent path to follow and still its white knuckle puckered ass going thru there in that type of fog. The fishing is world class but you need to hire a local captain to run it or just book a charter. Also, if you have never been to venice, it is the end of the world...literally.
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forgot to add though, there are a lot of guys that have trailer ed down and fished Venice. Check charleston fishing forum for that.
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I just got back from a few days of bull red fishing there (with a guide). That would be doable DIY if you sort of know where to go. Not sure I would want to trailer a big boat all the way down there to offshore fish.

By the way, when we were there it was windy enough to blow the stripes off the road. Offshore would have been a no go.
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Originally Posted by Bullboxer View Post
Also, if you have never been to venice, it is the end of the world...literally.
This is 100% correct....
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Thanks for the info guys.

The end of the world part is right up my alley- I live for that kind of thing. Doing it myself makes it that much better but it seems a little to dangerous your first time down.

Ive done some research on the sportsman lodge down there. Great accommodations on a house boat with a cajun cook who has great reviews, in the middle of nowhere kinda country seems hard to beat for a guy like me.

Think ill save my pesos and pay for a 2-3 day chartered trip
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Its a whole different world down here. Once the river starts rising and the colder water from up north comes down the river. The fog can get very bad. You dont just put over and be in the ocean. Tons of navigating.

the chop is very close together. 2 to 3 foot close together sucks. 2 to 3 back in N.C. is much different.

I would charter first. They aren't cheap though.
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Drug a boat from South Georgia to Venice once with an experienced boater during late February. 10 hour truck ride and 4 fill-ups later we arrived in Venice. Long haul and it was slick going out @ 90 miles out and turned to crap. Very long & Cold, Wet ride back. I would suggest going to Orange Beach for easier access to the rigs, albeit with a longer run. Or pony up for a charter. Good luck.
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I trailer and run my boat all over. After chartering in Venice I would have to agree with the others, probably wouldn’t tow there. Honestly I’d tow to OBX and enjoy the fishing/ atmosphere there more so. If you just have to go to Venice like I did, charter a boat. Fishing the oil rigs again in the gulf I think I would overnight out of Orange Beach instead. The passes/ unmarked channels are narrow and unless you got a friend in the business down there you probably aren’t going to have a fresh track. I was thinking follow a charter out the passes but they all cruise at 45+ down their so I couldn’t keep up even if I had trailered there. Good luck. Charters are extremely high there too btw.
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Originally Posted by mogo1288 View Post
Thanks for the info guys.

The end of the world part is right up my alley- I live for that kind of thing. Doing it myself makes it that much better but it seems a little to dangerous your first time down.

Ive done some research on the sportsman lodge down there. Great accommodations on a house boat with a cajun cook who has great reviews, in the middle of nowhere kinda country seems hard to beat for a guy like me.

Think ill save my pesos and pay for a 2-3 day chartered trip
Call Eddie with Fish Venice Charters, you won't be disappointed.
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Not exactly the same but every 3 years a pile of King Mackerel guys drag their rigs to Biloxi for Nationals and have done just fine. I would think you would want to charter the first time or two though just to figure out the fishery. My greatest fear would be not having the local knowledge of where to go and where to find bait. It's hard to go anywhere without some local knowledge and catch fish.
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Biloxi has well marked channels. Venice has marked channels that are completely wrong unless you take the main river channel.
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Eight of us from NC did a trip to Venice in March of 2014. Great group, we had an absolute blast! You may want to touch base with thechumbucket (Capt Todd Skeen). He’s a helluva fisherman and all around good guy. He organized our trip and could probably give you a few pointers. We trailered two boats down (29’ dual inboard CC and 26’ cat) and stayed on a houseboat at Venice Marina. It was epic, to say the least .... here’s just a sample of our adventures ...

https://saltwatercentral.com/ftopicp...ce.html#271726

Agree with the comments above. That fog is scary and unpredictable. Radar is an absolute must, I wouldn’t run down there without it. Our first day we had a local guide on one of the boats. He led us safely down Tiger Pass & out into the Gulf. After that we were comfortable running in & out by following the track on the plotter.

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I live in TN and have been to Venice with my boat 4 times this year. Message me, and I can tell you what you need to do. It is very dangerous in the winter time if you arent sure what you are doing. I would charter first if possible. The passes can be tricky, but Red pass and southwest pass are safest. Northeast pass is what all the charters use if heading to the lump. As stated above, you need to be very familiar running radar, as you are usually running strictly off electronics because sometimes you cant hardly see the nose of your boat the fog is so thick.
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Forgot to add, once you do figure it out, it is literally the greatest place in the world to fish to me at least. All 4 of my trips this year were successful with tons of yellowfin (two jumbos) swordfish, wahoo, red snapper, all the blackfin you could desire, and it's just a super cool sight to see all the oil rigs. Our typical trip is drive down Thursday. Put boat in water friday morning. Fish all day friday. sleep on boat. fish all day saturday, come back and stay at marina, and then drive home sunday. It's a 12 hour drive for me towing the boat, but worth it. I am still young. Not sure if I'll be able to do that run and gun trip in 10 years. Do it while you can!

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