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Old 08-07-2015, 01:56 AM
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We're coming to Venice from August 22nd thru the 29th..... I have a couple of questions. I see the water level in Nawlins is about 14.4 and dropping. It is predicted by the 11th it will be at 13 ft. Does anyone believe it will be below 5 feet by the 22nd? My other question is I assume the Specks are starting to scatter since the spawn is over. Where's the best area to find them? I'll be bringing my 18 LTS Mako and I'm pretty familiar with most of the areas... Just looking for some tips for this time of the year. I know last year at that time, the water level was already down and you had nice salt water intrusion up the Mississippi. Thanks in Advance?

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Old 08-07-2015, 02:10 PM
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Can't predict the river stage, but with the August heat continuing into September, I usually stay out in the 15-20 ft. depths until the temps start to creep back down into the low 90's/ high 80's. With an abnormally high river this year, I have been more inclined even more to venture further away. My guess is that the deeper depths further away from the river will continue to produce specs during your trip. BUT, things could change by that time. Red fish should continue to be caught in the marshes near the river and likely get better as we get closer to the fall season. Just keep monitoring the conditions as the trip gets closer. I'll be in the water, on the east side of the river while you're down. I stay on channel 68 and my handle is The Dark Horse if you want to hit me up. Best of luck to you!
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:13 PM
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My daughter and SIL were down last weekend. Nice trout out in the sound around the islands.

The river will still be higher then normal by the end of the month.
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:37 PM
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Thanks for the reply's.... Yeah it sounds like the Sound will be the area that may still be holding the Specks..... I hope the weather cooperates lol.... Dark Horse we'll do, I don't have a radio, I'll PM you as we get closer to the date of coming down.... I so much look forward to my trips to Venice, it's just an Awesome place to get away.... I'm originally from the West Bank of Nawlins..... However I live in Paris TX and have a camp on Lake Fork.... However still wishing I lived closer to the fertile waters of Venice, Dularge, Cocodrie ect.... Bass fishing is fun, however chasing Specks and Redfish is just simply Awesome.... Thanks again guys on the tips.... Ray
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Old 08-07-2015, 11:09 PM
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There are plenty of beautiful destinations with world class fishing, but it's hard to beat Venice for just pure, hardcore fishing (especially for quality red fish). Venice is the reason I forced my wife to move back to New Orleans. No better place on earth for me.
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Old 08-08-2015, 05:36 AM
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I couldn't agree more Seadonist..... It's like traveling to the end of the world and finding a piece of paradise.... I enjoy staying at Venice Marina... The folks there are wonderful and the services are Awesome... I've never stayed at Cypress Cove and I'm sure it's nice, Venice Marina just has met all my needs plus some... From the restaurant to the observation deck..... and having your fish vacuum packed and held for you until you leave is worth it's weight in gold... Anyway I work in Israel and live in Texas, I try to get to Venice Two or Three times a year for a week at a time..... Venice has always blessed me with plenty of fish to take home.... Weather permitting I think you can catch Redfish 365 days a year.... Specks I may have to run around a bit, but seems like I always find a few. I'm not sure the river stage matters at the passes, We were fishing the Divergence and closer places off Baptist Colette last year in early September. I think the water level does matter for those areas due to salt water intrusion. Regardless we always run out to the passes in the morning.... we'll find someplace to fish in the evenings.... I think Tiger pass is fairly close to the Marina. Just counting the days... Smiles
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:53 AM
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Can anyone tell me how far is the long rocks of MRGO from the mouth of Baptiste Collette? Thanks...
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Old 08-11-2015, 06:11 AM
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Roughly 17-20 miles
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Old 08-11-2015, 06:30 AM
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I C said the blind man.... Wow.... That would be a thirty plus mile run from Venice Marina then? Oh I don't think I'll need to be running that far to find Speckled trout right? Between the mouth/bays of the passes and Breton Island.... plus the near rigs I should still be able to find some Specks right? I guess people fishing out of Hopedale or Shell Beach is fishing those areas?
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That area has been good lately due to a clean pocket of water there and dirty water everywhere else from constant west winds but hopefully the river will continue to fall and we will start to see more easterly winds bringing cleaner waters closer to the Breton and Venice areas. In this case, a run to the rocks should not be necessary and a shorter 5 mile run to the Breton blocks should produce.
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Old 08-11-2015, 08:55 PM
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I hear you.... I see the river stage is now dropping 2 feet every 5 days..... I guess it will be around nine feet about the time I arrive in Venice... I know everyone looks for the magical number of five. I'm assuming the conditions start getting better even before the NO river stage reaches 5 ft.? I'm leaving Israel in a week and will be Venice bound on the evening of the 21st... Counting days.... I'm ready to fish.... BTW.... Dark Horse I did pick up a portable VHF radio.... You said you stay on channel 68... I'll give you a shout when on the water... Do you go out of Venice Marina?
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Old 08-12-2015, 02:51 AM
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Usually run out of Cypress Cove or Fort Jackson, depending on where in the marsh I want to end the day. I may not be able to make it that weekend though. I overheard the wife talking to a colleague last night and I think she may be on call that weekend, which means that I will have the kids and the youngest is too young to be on the boat without an extra set of eyes on him at all times. I'll give you an update once I know for sure. Either way, the tide looks good for that weekend and the river should continue to fall. If the wind and rain cooperate, it looks like you picked a good weekend to come down.
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http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydro...lix&gage=NORL1 It looks like the stars are lining up, I see the river is falling at a faster rate. With some luck we'll get some Easterly winds to help clear the water up from all the West winds you been having. Being that I only get a chance to fish Venice a couple of times a year, I try to time it where the tides will be in my favor. In fact, I think tide movement is the most major factor in determining if you'll be fishing or catching lol.... The reds will be thick, and they don't mind dirty water or wind.....

I hear you about getting out that particular weekend.... Enjoy your family, those kids grow up quick.... I know I have four girls that are grown... However let me know if you happen to be out on the water... I'm just counting days.... Smiles
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Will do. Best of luck out there. It's a special place and if you hit it when all the conditions are right, it can turn out to be a special trip!
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Old 08-15-2015, 06:51 AM
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Seadonist.... Did make it out there this weekend? I was curious on the trout bite this weekend.... I haven't seen any fishing reports lately from anyone... It looks like Dularge is still doing well catching Specks... Brandon Carter is a Beast out of Venice.... He's been on the Specks through out this whole summer.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.... I'll be on a plane flying from Israel in four days.... I'll be rolling toward Venice in Six..... YAHOO!!!!!
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:45 AM
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Winds were whipping pretty good and forecast was for rain so I knocked off some of tasks on the honey-do list, and my friends who were planning on going out decided to do the same so I didn't get any reports but the wife wants to go this Friday. If the weather holds up and the winds act the way they're forecasted to, I'll be out there. I'll start putting out feelers to my guide buddies as the week progresses and make my float plan on Thursday. If you'll be on the water Friday, hit me up on ch. 68. If not, I'll try to post a report when I get home.
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I'm Flying from Israel Wed. evening and will be landing in DFW Thursday morning... Running to the farm and grab a few things, then off to the Camp to gather my boat and more stuff. The two people going with me has to work Friday, so we won't get on the road until 10PM.... We have to stop at Academy which doesn't open until 8am to renew our fishing license. We'll make it down to Venice Marina around 11AM Saturday morning... Just in time to put our gear away and get the boat in the water, then go up on the observation deck and have Spicy Bloody Mary and watch the fisherman start coming in with there catches. We'll probably go out of Red Pass in the afternoon because it will be the shortest run... Maybe we will be able to catch a Red or Two....

I will be interested in how you do Friday... We'll be down all week through the following Sunday... Maybe I'll be able to give you some insight for the following week... LOL At the Least I'll be able to tell you where they're not at LOL!!!!
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Hit the cove on the north western side of Breton Isalnd, but GET THERE EARLY!! The fish are there but everyone knows and with the favorable winds coming through this week have enticed everyone to get out on the water. I brought the wife and two oldest kids today and we did well, but there was a lot of jockeying going on to get to the good spots in the cove. The reds are thick along the edges of the outer bays and with the cleaner water, you can sight fish them. I saw a bunch of them today and threw baits all over them but they just weren't interested in feeding mid day. Should be a good weekend but expect a good deal of boat traffic.
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