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Old 05-07-2019, 01:58 PM
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How successful can I expect to be to go to Louisiana and fish the rigs off Venice? Do you just go throw in a pin fish and hope for the best? I know fishing my local area would be tough without some guidance.

Do they sell live bait at the marina? Iím about 8 hours away and would like to try it this year.
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Old 05-07-2019, 02:09 PM
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Hire a local guide to fish with you on your boat. Or just go on his. As good as Venice is you’re probably not going to,catch much just “throwing in a pinfish.”
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Old 05-07-2019, 04:52 PM
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If you dropping down good luck getting through the endangered Red Snapper. They will eat you alive.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by GC88 View Post
How successful can I expect to be to go to Louisiana and fish the rigs off Venice? Do you just go throw in a pin fish and hope for the best? I know fishing my local area would be tough without some guidance.

Do they sell live bait at the marina? Iím about 8 hours away and would like to try it this year.
How do you plan on hooking to the rig?
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:21 PM
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How successful can I expect to be to go to Louisiana and fish the rigs off Venice? Do you just go throw in a pin fish and hope for the best? I know fishing my local area would be tough without some guidance.

Do they sell live bait at the marina? Iím about 8 hours away and would like to try it this year.
Well, nobody sells pinfish here for starters. But you can catch a bunch of different fish with a decent map and some dead bait. Will you load up on 100 lb tuna first time out? Probably not.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:22 PM
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As said above hire a local guide to fish with you on your boat one time and you will be off to the races. They do not sell live bait at either of the marinas for offshore fishing. It can be a very long learning curve figuring out Venice on your own or take one day with a guide an you will have a good base to start with. That is if you randomly pick a great weather day, so make sure you have a few days available. Or make sure you pick a guide who is willing to show you the inshore ropes if the weather isn't good for going to the floaters. The inshore fishery down there is absolutely amazing, if the river is right. Ask a guide they will tell you all about how to evaluate the river to know when to go and when not to.

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The fisst go rond can be hard!!!!
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:25 PM
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Depends on what type of fish you want to catch.
If its snapper you want then yep its basically that simple. And if that's the case I would recommend grand isle. Alot easier if all you want to do is rig fish
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:26 PM
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Lets see if some PFF guys chime in with all their knowledge...LOL LOL LOL LOL
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Right now the river has been up for around 5 months. Just crazy. Looks like its going down starting next month finally.
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For six years, I fished the rigs east, west, and south of Venice in a 22’ bay boat that I trailered down with two or three friends. Never had a guide, just stuff we had read in the Louisiana Sportsman and speaking with folks. Started the first year in the Spring, then the Fall, then twice a year. We had an absolute blast, and caught a lot of fish. We had a few days when we caught (and mostly released) over a thousand pounds of fish, all on artificial. Peace Marvel spoke with us the first Fall, and gave me absolutely priceless advice that greatly increased our success. We caught Reds, trout, sheepshead, Spanish and kings, Bonita, cobia, multiple species of snappers, and assorted other varieties of finned creatures.. Absolutely a blast every year! When the wind blew, we fished protected waters in the wagon wheel, and that was different. On the last trip, we got in The Fog in Tiger Pass, and it scared the holy crap out of me. The next trip (2004) I was in my 29’ Cat, with twins and radar, which we rode over from Gulf Shores. That gave us longer legs, but kept us out of the wagon wheel and similar water. Some stuff at the 12 Mile Rigs whipped the heck out of us, and on every trip we hooked something that had to be a nuclear sub, because it is still running. By all means, do it!
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:14 AM
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Saltwater bait won't stay alive in Venice...
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:45 AM
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If you can hire Peace, DO IT.....That guy has forgotten more about Tuna and sword fishing than most guys will know in a lifetime....
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by GC88 View Post
How successful can I expect to be to go to Louisiana and fish the rigs off Venice? Do you just go throw in a pin fish and hope for the best? I know fishing my local area would be tough without some guidance.

Do they sell live bait at the marina? Iím about 8 hours away and would like to try it this year.
How do you plan on tieing off to the rig? I will tell you will need a rig hook. You cant expect to safely toss a line and tie off or even get too close to the rig if conditions change...What is your plan?
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:44 PM
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I hate rig hooks, in my opinion a rig hook is dangerous. We just use rope.
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:55 PM
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A rope with 24oz weight tied to the end I best way to go. Rig hooks get in the damn way.
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Bridge painter View Post
I hate rig hooks, in my opinion a rig hook is dangerous. We just use rope.

That's the only way we do it is rig hook with a shock absorber in the line. Never had an issue in over 12 plus years we crank in the fish in one spot while others drift around the rig and watch. A rhodan or something would be sweet though with spot lock !
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:23 PM
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What does it cost to get a guide for the day on my own boat? I have a suitable offshore rig.


Couldnít you just float a line around the rig?
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Originally Posted by dustyflair View Post
Lets see if some PFF guys chime in with all their knowledge...LOL LOL LOL LOL
Dude, you're off your meds again, what gives? However, I agree with the rig hook method growing up in the 70's fishing to west of the river was the only method we rig fished. I also agree, rig hooks take up too much room to have on board and Intrigue with the 24 oz method and how it actually is deployed and retrieved.
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by stumprunner View Post
A rope with 24oz weight tied to the end I best way to go. Rig hooks get in the damn way.

I beg to differ lol but we all got our ways !! If its calm sure that would be easy but if its rough 2 to 4 a rig hook is much easier than a rope and having to get it with a gaff or something else to tie it off imo. But I also get you guys dislike the slingshot effect of the rig hook which could hurt somebody if not experienced or hooked right with proper shock absorber for waves.
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