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Venice or South Padre?

Old 05-04-2019, 03:16 PM
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If you go in June or July be aware that it's prime time for afternoon thunderstorms. They can get ugly quick and no where to be in a 19 foot boat.
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Old 06-02-2019, 09:34 PM
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Well I went to Venice! May 23-25th were the days we were there.
Took the boat down there with the buddies and stayed in a nice little rental cottage with plenty of room on the grounds to park the boat. First day the seas were 1-2ft and the rip currents were perfect. Got 20 miles out south pass and found the blue water tide line right along a rig and fished there with about 5 other charters dropping baits for Tuna. 2700 ft of water. No one was catching a damn thing though. We started catching sharks, and some Bonita, So we swapped to trolling and hit a nice fat weedline that we saw mahi jumping on just as we were pulling up. Trolled about an hour and wound up hooking into a smaller blackfin. No mahi . Then headed in after the wind started to pick up.
Next day was as simple as asking the locals where the redfish were biting and we went exactly where one fisherman advised and caught some nice redfish. No guide was necessary for either the offshore or inshore trip and it wasn’t too expensive trailering there. Fuel was easy to come by. Boat slip at the marina was easy. Roads weren’t even that bad down there and I found all the locals to be super helpful and friendly. Never felt unsafe or got any dirty looks. Even got invited to come eat crawfish at one guys camp. All in all it was a great trip and I would def do it again!
Weather window is definitely crucial though. It was really sloppy coming back into South Pass as the wind had picked up considerably. When going again, I would like to have consecutive days of calm seas, As the seas were predicted to pick up when they did while we were out there. Was a very wet ride back to the pass.
Seahunt 19 with the old trusty Yamaha did great though.
Came back to Texas with a nice bag of redfish fillets some tuna and lots of good stories.
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