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Old 08-15-2017, 03:56 AM
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What you guys think about starting a running thread on where the live bait is in Venice? Or is this better to be handled via PM. I know that this is one of the major keys to success and is generally a direct reflection on the number of tuna in my box at the end of the day.
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Old 08-15-2017, 04:48 PM
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What you guys think about starting a running thread on where the live bait is in Venice? Or is this better to be handled via PM. I know that this is one of the major keys to success and is generally a direct reflection on the number of tuna in my box at the end of the day.
I would take any help I can get. Catching bait seams to be the hardest part for me.

How are the rigs in east bay for bait?
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:11 PM
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If you're after cobia bait my 13 yo can help
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:32 AM
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Wish I could help with the bait but haven't been in 2 months
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:34 AM
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How far out are you trying for bait? We usually throw the cast net near the passes and dont break out the sabikis till you get to the deep water
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Caught Threadfin in open water on sabikis just south of 143 area last Saturday on sabikis could have caught all you wanted. Too bad they died in the livewell SOBS!! Tuna Crack.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:34 AM
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We start looking at the marker cans out of south pass. Then will hit the 7 and cognac. This weekend I'm thinking of looping the jettie at south pass and head back north east to get by the beach to see if I can find anything.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:57 AM
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Here is what I've learned about live bait tuna fishing out of Venice these past few years....

On days the tuna are crushing live bait I can't find/get any.
On days I have a live well full of live bait tuna aren't biting.
On days I have live well full of pogies tuna want greenies or vice versa....
Yet I press on hoping one day one of the three above scenarios doesn't apply...

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Old 08-16-2017, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by mlanzotti View Post
Here is what I've learned about live bait tuna fishing out of Venice these past few years....

On days the tuna are crushing live bait I can't find/get any.
On days I have a live well full of live bait tuna aren't biting.
On days I have live well full of pogies tuna want greenies or vice versa....
Yet I press on hoping one day one of the three above scenarios doesn't apply...

Mark
These also apply to me. But I also want to add: The live bait we catch is typically too big.
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Old 08-16-2017, 03:58 PM
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These also apply to me. But I also want to add: The live bait we catch is typically too big.
i seem to always catch them 8-10 inch hardtails which are too big
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They had pogies at the end on northeast pass on Saturday. However we tried to catch hardtails at the following locations with no luck. In between rigs, 24 mile rigs, 989.
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Which pass is north east. Shallow? Marked good?
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Old 08-16-2017, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by lanitrofish View Post
Which pass is north east. Shallow? Marked good?
Shallow but deep enough for any center console, not marked at all. It is in between South pass and Pass a Loutre. If you have never run pass a loutre, ya better follow someone
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by redfishray View Post
Shallow but deep enough for any center console, not marked at all. It is in between South pass and Pass a Loutre. If you have never run pass a loutre, ya better follow someone
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:44 PM
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It's pass a loutre to southeast to northeast.......... and if you don't know where to run in these you better follow someone! I know where horbellies are right now and they are what the tuna want right now. (Amongst other baits I'm sure) I paid a local captain to come with me last weekend for this information. I don't generally need help catching tuna that are busting the surface around a rig all day......having the right bait is a different story. the right bait for the situation / time of year is the key to Tuna in Venice. 10 inch hardtails or dead pogies or Chunking in the day time right now didn't fill my box. ( I tried) Hornbellies did........ we all spend to much money going to not help each other when we can. If u want to know where hornbellies are right now PM me.PLEASE BE WILLING TO RETURN THE FAVOR!
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:52 PM
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I went on a charter trip 6-7 years ago and we ran waaay offshore and caught bait on a drill ship. Then came All the way back to ELF to catch our tuna. The captain laughed at everyone Chunking and not catching fish. He even said the other charter captains knew that those fish were not eating on chunk technique. Only live bait was offshore and they weren't willing to run out there and get it....... we were the only ones that brought back fish.
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The pogie was ridiculous off the rocks at the end of Baptiste Colette last Saturday morning when we were coming in. The hornbellies were easy at the first set of rigs out of the same pass until dark then we couldn't catch any.
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Originally Posted by Twin Vee 26 View Post
It's pass a loutre to southeast to northeast.......... and if you don't know where to run in these you better follow someone! I know where horbellies are right now and they are what the tuna want right now. (Amongst other baits I'm sure) I paid a local captain to come with me last weekend for this information. I don't generally need help catching tuna that are busting the surface around a rig all day......having the right bait is a different story. the right bait for the situation / time of year is the key to Tuna in Venice. 10 inch hardtails or dead pogies or Chunking in the day time right now didn't fill my box. ( I tried) Hornbellies did........ we all spend to much money going to not help each other when we can. If u want to know where hornbellies are right now PM me.PLEASE BE WILLING TO RETURN THE FAVOR!
Great post. Thanks
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I'll be down the for a week starting Saturday. I'll report back what I find.
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Old 08-17-2017, 09:02 AM
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The nornbellies we caught were on the rigs out of Octave
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