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Old 05-17-2019, 07:50 PM
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Starting to think about doing a couple of yellowfin trips and have a few questions. I am looking at doing 2-3 days and would like some insight on what to expect and what to avoid. I don't give a rip to ride on the biggest Freeman around. While a good solid boat is important, it doesn't need to be the latest and greatest fad to hit the water.

​​​​​l want 2 things basically, a good chance for multiple hook ups and a captain that will make the time on the water enjoyable. I don't want the best fisherman in the world if he/ she is a jerk, grumpy, jackwagon. I want to have a good time and catch a few fish along the way.

2/3 fisherman in my group and I'm NOT interested in a split trip.

I would prefer to stay stateside.
Thanks for any insight!

First, what time of year?

Second, where ? LA FL TX???

Third, recommendation on lesser known charters once I get an area settled.
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Bigger fish in fall to early spring, but I prefer late summer bc of weather.
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Originally Posted by gordo35 View Post
Eddie Burger Venice, La

Bigger fish in fall to early spring, but I prefer late summer bc of weather.
beat me to it
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VooDoo Charters : Venice, La
Capt. Chad will put you on the fish. Amazing experience. Rent one of their houseboats. Stay there, sleep there, prepare and cook your fish there. Capt Chad picks you up from your houseboat. Fished 2 yeas ago w/ him and got 6 up to 100 pounds. Fished this March w/ him and got 12 up to 40 pounds each.
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Just to add to the above, Venice is a solid fishery and is probably the more well known YF fishery stateside now. I was there in October, second trip down but first time going offshore in Venice. We fished with Jordan Ellis from the Mexican Gulf guys. Iíve offshore fished all over with a number of captains and mates and found him to be super friendly, very hard working and professional with a real drive to perform for his customers. Yes, we did fish a big Freeman. He told me that beginning in fall the fish generally move in to the shrimpboats and stick with the shrimpers until the shrimpers leave. Having done this, I can tell you itís action packed and wild...you are basically feeding the fish at the side of the boat, very visual. Like the other guys said above, fall to spring can be windy and youíd want the right boat because you end up running a lot and who knows if it will be 1-2 or 4-5. On the day we went out it was steady 4s and I was very happy we went with the Freeman.

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Oregon Inlet spring through early summer. Yellowfins and bigeyes.
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Originally Posted by MiRodzilla View Post
Starting to think about doing a couple of yellowfin trips and have a few questions. I am looking at doing 2-3 days and would like some insight on what to expect and what to avoid. I don't give a rip to ride on the biggest Freeman around. While a good solid boat is important, it doesn't need to be the latest and greatest fad to hit the water.

​​​​​l want 2 things basically, a good chance for multiple hook ups and a captain that will make the time on the water enjoyable. I don't want the best fisherman in the world if he/ she is a jerk, grumpy, jackwagon. I want to have a good time and catch a few fish along the way.

2/3 fisherman in my group and I'm NOT interested in a split trip.

I would prefer to stay stateside.
Thanks for any insight!

First, what time of year?

Second, where ? LA FL TX???

Third, recommendation on lesser known charters once I get an area settled.
Two conchs out of Marathon. All YF fleet and good captains.
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
Two conchs out of Marathon. All YF fleet and good captains.
Saw those guys out reef fishing this March! Cool looking wraps on their boats.
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Originally Posted by zman824 View Post
Just to add to the above, Venice is a solid fishery and is probably the more well known YF fishery stateside now. I was there in October, second trip down but first time going offshore in Venice. We fished with Jordan Ellis from the Mexican Gulf guys. Iíve offshore fished all over with a number of captains and mates and found him to be super friendly, very hard working and professional with a real drive to perform for his customers. Yes, we did fish a big Freeman. He told me that beginning in fall the fish generally move in to the shrimpboats and stick with the shrimpers until the shrimpers leave. Having done this, I can tell you itís action packed and wild...you are basically feeding the fish at the side of the boat, very visual. Like the other guys said above, fall to spring can be windy and youíd want the right boat because you end up running a lot and who knows if it will be 1-2 or 4-5. On the day we went out it was steady 4s and I was very happy we went with the Freeman.
Thank you! I'm not against a freeman, I have just saw several recommendations based on what boat they run. I care much more about the overall experience. Your's was not based on boat alone.

Thanks for the response!
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For the most consistent bite year round you canít beat Venice. Itís an interesting end of the world kind of place. The charters are very expensive. $2k plus fuel. The fishing by the rigs is terrific generally for blackfin and yellowfin plus big AJs, snapper, wahoo. Swordfishing is excellent. Marlin is excellent if you want to run deep. Inshore has insane redfishing. Nearshore has great red snapper in state waters.
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I am planning a trip this summer. The tuna fishing is world class, but they also have killer swordfish fishing.

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I'd vote Oregon Inlet. ride in a sportfish comfortably 40 miles out, multiple hookups are very common and its true southern hospitality. If your boat isnt on the fish the other charters work together and. all in the fleet to ensure everyone has a good day.
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Old 05-19-2019, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
Two conchs out of Marathon. All YF fleet and good captains.
I hooked a 36' Yellowfin with trip F300's once. I couldn't slow it down with a 50W. Ended up breaking it off. Bummer.
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:32 AM
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If I wanted the best spot there would only be one choice for me: Venice, Louisiana. Fall in Venice is better for bigger fish. However, they catch them all through summer too.

Oregon Inlet is nice but you're just not going to get the size YFT they get in Venice.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:01 AM
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In addition to LA, NC can be very good March/April and MD, DE & NJ can be excellent from late May to early July. Never did it and only know what I read, but the reports to me seem like LA is declining in both quality and quantity year to year.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:27 AM
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One thing about OI: OI has very NJ like fishing for them but you just don't have to go as far. Off OI they get the same YFT and Bigeye we get in NJ they just have shorter runs. Fish are no bigger, don't let it fool you. Depending on the year, NJ can be really good. The only thing is depending where the bite is and where you run from, it could be 20 miles or 100 miles.

And NJ, depending on the year, can be good from May all the way to October even November. Just depends if you want to troll or chunk. May - July is typically trolling. August - November is typically chunking.

No NJ YFT year is the same. Some years they are in ridiculously close, like 20 miles out. Some years they're all in 100F or greater. Lately, there's been a good inshore bite with popping and jigging opportunities.

One thing I will say is YFT off NJ are rare over 100#'s. I've caught 100's of YFT off NJ in my life. Biggest I've personally had was maybe pushing 90#'s. It can get really good here though. I've had 12+ fish days. Not to mention in the last 5 years, 2-3 of them have had insane bigeye bites as well.
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Oregon Inlet is hard to beat IMO. The Venice rates are honestly ridiculous, IMO
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Oregon Inlet is hard to beat IMO. The Venice rates are honestly ridiculous, IMO
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