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Old 05-12-2019, 02:32 PM
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I have a houseboat rented in Venice marina from 5/22 to 5/26. Never been but it is on my list of bucket list trips. Trailering my boat from SE Texas. Going to take the first day and just learn to navigate. Not much if any fishing on day one. This trip is an explore trip. If I catch a bunch, great but mainly on this first trip I want to learn the area. My questions are, What is the river level going to be around by the end of next week? When the river is high like it is now how strong are the currents and what are my biggest hazzards to look out for? I would like to fish some close rigs if possible. Will they be any good with this high river? I know you Venice guys get tired of answering all these Venice questions but we (newbies to Venice) really appreciate it! Thanks for any replies!
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:19 PM
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River will be at max flood stage. You should just avoid it. If you want to rig fish, go west out of red pass.
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:36 PM
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Take your time driving down, roads can get a tad bumpy. Hard on trailers.
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Old 05-12-2019, 04:16 PM
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River will be at max flood stage. You should just avoid it. If you want to rig fish, go west out of red pass.
X2 on Red Pass, plenty of rigs in West Delta. Just make sure you look at your GPS map feature for Red Pass scanned out before leaving so you can see the general turns of the pass to the Gulf. Once you leave the pass, continue out a little before turning port/starboard. Until you get familiar with it there is one pretty hard right turn that you must make about a mile down Red Pass when leaving Venice marina. .Southwest Pass will be very uncomfortable at the opening if you hit it when the tide is coming in going against the river flow. Good Luck.
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Old 05-12-2019, 04:36 PM
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Thanks for the help! I'm just going to take it easy and not get in any hurry. I'm excited just to get to go. Two years ago I had a trip planned and a few days before a little hurricane popped up and had to cancel. Now the river is at record levels. I'm not cancelling this time. Red pass sounds better to me than the river.
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Old 05-12-2019, 04:47 PM
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Follow someone out Closely follow your track back in.We hit bottom headed to southeast pass and a couple other places playing around in the marsh last saturday before that storm hit. We will be back 24th-26th for snapper.

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Max flood stage usually means tons of trash in river. Trees, pylons. Got to have head on swivel.
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Anybody run south pass lately? Center console size boats. I am under impression anything larger is a no go.
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Old 05-13-2019, 04:55 AM
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Anybody run south pass lately? Center console size boats. I am under impression anything larger is a no go.
We fished with Eddie Burger Saturday and he came in south pass in a 36 contender so it can be done.
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Originally Posted by hastic1 View Post
X2 on Red Pass, plenty of rigs in West Delta. Just make sure you look at your GPS map feature for Red Pass scanned out before leaving so you can see the general turns of the pass to the Gulf. Once you leave the pass, continue out a little before turning port/starboard. Until you get familiar with it there is one pretty hard right turn that you must make about a mile down Red Pass when leaving Venice marina. .Southwest Pass will be very uncomfortable at the opening if you hit it when the tide is coming in going against the river flow. Good Luck.

Good advice got my teeth kicked in with confused 4 to 6s at the mouth of sw pass sketchy to say the least we probably gonna run red pass this weekend on way out.
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We fished with Eddie Burger Saturday and he came in south pass in a 36 contender so it can be done.

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989 was covered in sharks but pretty blue water. Elf has 30lbs yft on it. Bait is a sum bitch to come by!
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Old 05-13-2019, 09:48 AM
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989 was covered in sharks but pretty blue water. Elf has 30lbs yft on it. Bait is a sum bitch to come by!
What type of live bait did yall find? Pogies?
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What type of live bait did yall find? Pogies?
yeah. World record sized pogies and excited to get them. About 3x the size of the normal crack sized.
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Hire someone to show you South Pass, NE Pass, and Octave. It will be worth the money. Baptist Collette, Red and SouthWest are pretty straight forward.
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Octave ok? Heard some discussion it had silted in/not usable....just repeating what I heard...looking for any intel. Be down in 10 days...

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octave was good on my trail. NE, red and baptist colette were normal. the back way into Baptist Colette was better than last year, had almost 4ft as it opened into the bay but still pretty shallow by the well head at the turn off. Pass A Loutre/NE will be fubar in no time. they are dumping silt at the head of passes on that side now that south pass is nearly worthless.
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Do yourself a huge favor and hire a local guide your first scouting/ fishing day. We have used Capt Eddie B before and he's a solid dude.
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If you want to fish the east side of the river cross from the Jump over to Baptiste Collette. It's about a half mile trek across the river. Just take it easy and keep a very sharp lookout for all the logs, branches and such that will be floating. Once in Baptiste Collette its much safer, but still subject to debris that may have poured in from the main stem. DO NOT try navigating this area at night or in poor visibility conditions.
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:55 PM
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Thanks for the help! I am excited. Already have tripitis. I've been going over charts, maps, river levels, weather, tht and anything else I could find several times an hour. The long term weather is looking good for next week. Finally! Now if the winds will calm down we will be in good shape. I'm going to pass on a guide. I know these guys are good and know their stuff but I have always learned on my own. If I can't then I shouldn't be out there. Red pass, Baptiste Collette will be my first two routes to learn. Good luck to everyone and thanks!
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