GULF COAST

Double Hook Up

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Jace Concepcion caught this 27 and 25 inches Redfish in Delacroix, LA.

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Left: Jace Concepcion with his 27″ red
Right: Colton Schnable with his 25″ red
Taken in Delacroix, LA

Line puller

Monday, December 9th, 2013

steve solomon caught this 41 pounds Black Drum in Mobile Delta.

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53 pound daughter nets this 41 pound big boy, great job Payton!

Get the net!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

steve solomon caught this 10 pounds Speckled Trout in Mobile Bay.

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Hey, Jack!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Morgan Harper caught this Crevalle Jack in Mobile Bay.

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We were fishing beside a shrimp boat. The jack were everywhere! As son as I put my line in the water, this fish locked on to my bait!

Stripped bass

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

John caught this 10 pounds Stripped bass in Biloxi river / Bay.

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Caught on matrix shad ( midnight mullet ) Great plastic lute from La.

Wicked Cat

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Andy Jones caught this Channel Cat in Mandeville, LA.

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Andy Jones of Wicked Fishing Charters Mandeville, Louisiana

Flounder Gigging Fool

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Capt. Dave Dupnik caught this 8 lbs Flounder in Ingleside.

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Gigging hasn’t been easy, but I gigged this nice-size flounder over in Ingleside!

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Wicked Jack

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Wicked Fishing Charters Mandeville caught this 45-inches long Jack Crevalle in Lake Ponchartrain, Mandeville, LA.

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Caught by Tyler Jones of Wicked Fishing Charters Mandeville

Yellowfin out of Venice, LA

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Bruno Prager caught this 188 lbs Yellowfin Tuna in Venice, Louisiana.

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Tim Pates caught this 188lb hoss with Capt. Peace Marvel, legendary tuna fisherman of PeaceKeeper Charters. The last 2 weeks have been off-the-charts. We’ll see what’s left after the hurricane plows through.
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Alexis’s first fish!!!!

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Rock Serigne caught this 18″ Speckle Trout in Delacroix, La. .

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This is a video of my stepdaughter Alexis(age 13)catchin her very first fish. Before our trip was over,she caught 11reds and 2 spec trout. Most of the reds were 22in and her 2 trout were 17in. Neadless to say, she was as worn out as she was excited. She did great for her first fishin trip ever. She surprised me at how well she followed my directions.lol. I think I now have a fishin buddy 4 life!

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Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Austin Brown caught this red fish in Breton Sound.

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caught august 29th, in Breton Sound

Ethan’s Second Big Jack

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Joseph Nicosia caught this 46 in., 28 lb. Jack Crevalle in Lake Pontchartrain, Mandeville La..

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Ethan caught his first Jack 3 years ago with some assistance, but handled this one all on his own. Reeling it in after a 25 minute fight. He caught it on a Bomber Super Pogy, tied to 30lb. Power Pro. Ethan likes to head over to Mandeville Harbor at day break, in late summer, where we walk out onto the wall, to sight cast on big Jacks attacking schools of pogy and mullet.

10 Plus , Gator Trout

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Alan Davis caught this 10 lbs Plus Gator Trout in Dauphin Island.

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This is the only one out of 6 hooked, that I managed to land !

Lloyd’s Rig Red

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Lloyd Cooley caught this 43″ 40.4lb Red Fish in Marsh Lake Gautier MS.

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Big Texas Red

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Wes Williams caught this 44″ Red Fish in Rockport, Texas.

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Caught in the surf with a piggy perch.

Redfish Capital of the World

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Most of the readers out there have heard that Venice, La. is the redfish capitol of the world. Yes I know that there are redfish in every coastal spot in Louisiana. I have fished in most areas and caught reds in all of them. However, Venice, La. is at the mouth of the largest River in the country. This River brings tons of nutrients south and deposits them in and around the River Delta. These nutrients feed the organisms that feed the small fish. This starts the “food chain” that leads to the red fish and up to the “bull reds”.

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Last month I got a call from Carey Swope from up in Maine. Now I get a lot of charters from all over the country, but Maine is a long way from here and I’ve never received a request from that state. Carey told me that he was the former Vice President of the Maine Chapter of CCA and had served on their board for over 10 years. He, also, told me that he had fished all over the world and had caught many trophy fish including tarpon, snook, steelhead, stripers, etc. However, he had not ever caught a red fish, and especially a bull red. He had heard about Venice, La., so he contacted the local state CCA and was given my name and number. He now wanted to book me with the specific intent of catching “bull reds”. I jumped at the chance to show him what a great fishery we have in south Louisiana.
Carey and his wife, Ann, spent several days in New Orleans enjoying the sites and food and then drove to Venice to meet up with me. The sport fishing in Louisiana brings many tourists down to our great state. This tourism is great for our state and our economy. We met at Venice Marina around 5:30 am and set out to try and find the fabled “bull red”.

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My first stop was a bummer; very muddy water from a thunderstorm the night before. Now reds can handle muddy water, but it had moved the bait fish out. No bait, no fish. The wind was strong out of the west, so I couldn’t fish the famous rock jetties at south west pass. I had to fish the east side to try to stay out of the wind. I cranked the big Skeeter up and ran south about 12 miles. I was looking for cleaner water, calm seas, and bait. After about 2 hours, “pay dirt”. I caught the first one: a nice spotted bronze back about 35 inches long. I set up a drift along an outer bar, and before long both Carey and Ann joined in the fun. We were fishing medium spinning rods with 50 pound braid. At the terminal end I tie a “noisy” cork and then 2 feet of 30 pound mono with a very good ¼ once jig head. We found that a purple and chartreuse eel was what they wanted that day. We also encountered an occasional Jack Cravel. This brute fish just spiced up the battles we were doing with the bulls.

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About 1pm the wind picked up to a point that it was unpleasant to continue fishing. We tied up the rods and headed north for an hour long ride through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. I sat there thinking how great it was for me to be able to introduce this lovely couple to the wonders of south Louisiana. All of this happened because we truly are “The Red Fish Capital of the World”.