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Venice, LA info?

Old 11-07-2018, 06:32 AM
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Going down to Delacroix or Venice the week after Christmas for mainly trout and redfish. Taking my boat, a 23 ft Carolina Skiff 150 Suzuki. Looking for somebody that has been that wouldn't mind sharing some local intel. The does and don'ts to cut the learning curve down. Leaning toward Venice. It appears to have more restaurants, stores, etc. and is closer to the platforms south of there. Any info would be much appreciated!
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:37 AM
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Do you have radar? Fog rolls in and out down there that time of year when I've been.
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:39 AM
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better answers may come from here
https://www.thehulltruth.com/gulf-coast-31/
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:58 AM
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Normally I'm a gulf coast section poster but thought I'd click/respond when I saw title....

Tons of info re: Venice in Gulf coast section. Suggest searching past posts there.

Couple of things I can tell you with certainty....
1) The fog talked about is nothing like you've seen anywhere before....be proficient in running your radar and be ready to white knuckle drive down river for 20+ miles on instruments only...add to that commercial ship/oil patch/shrimp boats and occasional river trash. Not a good place to learn how to use radar. The fog is a some days there...some days not kinda thing. Depends alot on wind and ambient temp.

2) Fishing offshore in December in a 23' boat is an iffy proposition at best....there can be some slick calm days in December but for the most part it's windy and rough....so platform proximity is kind of a non-issue b/c I doubt you'll get offshore 1 day out of a week in December. Then platforms will be covered in snapper which are out of season....tuna do move closer in winter but still can be 10-15+ miles out. Wahoo are good to in winter months usually in that 10-15+ miles out.

3) Get a local capt hired to take you around for a day or two....it's a huge area and except for main river channel and baptiste collette and part of south pass there isnt a red or green marker to be found....I've boated in lots of places without issue....it's taken me 5 years to start to get comfortable with venice and I still hire local capt every spring to check out what the river has changed over the winter.

It's a wonderful place but pls take the above suggestions seriously.

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Old 11-07-2018, 06:39 PM
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I went for the first time this summer. Everything said above is spot on. I hired a local guide to jump on my boat the first day out to help learn the area. I was there a week and areas I ran on day 1 without issue I was touching bottom on other days. I’ll be back often as the inshore fishing is second to none. When you hear people talking about wakes from the crew boats, it’s legit! Those things are no joke. Good luck.
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:05 PM
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Yea the Fog can be a pain. I'm a captain on the Miss river. The temps have been warm lately. Last 3 nights and mornings nothing but fog.
If its warmer than normal you can get fog. The water is shallow all over the place.
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Old 11-10-2018, 07:46 AM
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If you are going to Venice, hire a guide at least one day. It will be worth the extra money.
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Old 11-10-2018, 08:44 AM
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Take everything you need with you. Not much there but an incredible fishery. Enjoy!
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Old 11-10-2018, 01:46 PM
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:48 AM
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Make sure you have a good radar and safety gear

accident, one missing - venice
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Old 11-12-2018, 07:54 PM
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I've run out of venice many times.
I had to laugh when you mentioned the stores and restaurants.
Take the wife along. She'll have a great time shopping in town while you fish.
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Old 11-13-2018, 06:15 AM
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Thanks for the replies guys. That's is exactly what I need. I do not have radar. Will jump on the Gulfcoast section and hunt around.

Thanks again
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:45 AM
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dont take your wife to venice and don't come and try and do it yourself. As others said, hire someone and make sure all your electronics are working. venice is an amazing place but also a scary one for people not familiar with it.
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Old 11-14-2018, 06:29 AM
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Hiring a guide will be money well spent if you've never been in Venice before. That's one of the few areas I've ever fished that I was damn happy to pay for local knowledge.
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:21 PM
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Venice is December in a 23 footer is no time to go offshore. The idea that there are plenty of restaurants and stores -- well, I think you are confusing Venice, LA with Venice, Italy, lol. Leave your boat at home and go on a charter.
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