Attire For Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing Attire

What to Wear When Deep Sea Fishing The gulf waters near the coast of Louisiana are picturesque and stunning both day and night. When planning your next deep sea fishing trip, don’t think this is going to be a little cruise on the water where you’ll be taking in all the beauty that comes with the region. If you and your group want to make memories that will last a lifetime, you should also prepare proper dress, to avoid any problems with clothing out at sea.  You’d be surprised how often people may be too hot or too cold, or they may get wet. The need to prepare proper clothing when going deep sea fishing is all about functionality, comfort, and safety.   Don’t just wear or pack clothing you think will look great in, you’ll need to put some consideration into the time of year, your individual safety, and the immediate environment. Just like how you wouldn’t wear your blue jeans or dress shoes when running a marathon, or a jogging suit to go for a swim across the lake, dressing the right way on the charter fishing boat will enhance both your experience and performance.   The Warm Sun in Louisiana   The sun in Louisiana is a different sun than folks from the north are used to. Many people from northern states like to escape to the Gulf of Mexico during the winter, getting out of their winter clothes and being able to enjoy tee shirts and shorts in December and January. Despite what the calendar or thermometer says, your number one priority on the charter fishing boat needs to be protecting your skin from the dangerous UV rays of the sun. Even on cloudy days on the Gulf, you are at a higher risk of severe sunburn. Prepare in advance of your fishing trip to battle the intensity of the sun by dressing in UV shielding clothing, long sleeve shirt, a ball cap, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen.   By preparing for the sun on your fishing trip, you are going to eliminate those painful experiences of sunburn during the time out on the water and enjoy the fishing experience better. Your eyes can burn too, so the right sunglasses reduce glare, help you spot those fish splashing, and allow you to enjoy your day out on the water. The Water in the Gulf is Definitely Wet   Just because you are safe atop of the charter fishing boat does not mean you are safe from getting wet during the trip. In fact, chances are possible that you might get at least get partially wet during your trip. Even if it is just your shoes. But there is also sometimes unexpected “sea spray”, that can be exciting to see, but can also leave you completely drenched, with barely a second’s notice. This region of the country also sees frequent rain showers that pop up without notice, the monster fish love to splash around before getting hauled…

Game Fishing In Louisiana

Game Fishing In Louisiana

Top Seasons for Louisiana Game Fishing   Charter fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most exciting activities you can indulge in this summer. The weather is nice, and the seas are full of exciting catches, and the price is right. If you really want to find the best charter for sport fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, there’s a place you can make a beeline for. This is the great state of Louisiana. You can book your fishing charter to the Gulf that will reward you with big game and pleasant memories that will last a lifetime. Amberjack Although the Amberjack is not the biggest trophy to be caught in the Gulf, it’s one of the biggest challenges. Amberjack put up a fight and challenge the angler and are a serious test of your competitive skills. Best of all, there is always plenty of time for you to hook one of these beauties. The fishing season for Amberjack lasts from January 1st to May 31st, then resumes from August 1st all the way to the end of the year. However, avid sport fishers should take notice that either season is subject to close early if the quota is met before the close of the year. Cobia Unlike the Amberjack, there is no stated time limit for fishing Cobia. This is one catch that you can make at any time of the year. The best place to catch the Cobia season is during September and October, though some have been caught as early as March. The Cobia is a tricky and very aggressive fish. It has resistance skills that will test the resolve of even the most dexterous sport fishing champ. For this reason, they are prized as trophies. The Cobia usually swims in schools of 2 to 8 and weighs anywhere from 15 to 60 pounds. Grouper There are two main varieties of Grouper that can be caught during your time in the Gulf. The Gag Grouper can be caught between July 1 and December 2. This is the tasty grouper that most fishers want to see back on their dinner table. The Scamp Grouper can be reeled in between April 1 and December 31. The limit for Scamp is 4 to a person up to 16 inches while the limit for Gag is 22 inches. If you’re looking for a challenging catch that pays big dividends, Grouper should be on your menu. Swordfish If you’re looking for a year round challenge, the Swordfish may be just what the doctor ordered. You can catch these beauties at any time of the day or night, all year long. The limit is one per person, up to 43 inches from the lower jaw up to the fork in the tail. The weight of a Swordfish can range from 130 to 200 pounds. These are legendary fighters that will give a seasoned fisher a serious battle. They are known for their evasion techniques. They also have soft mouths that…

Tips For Charter Boat Fishing

Tips For Charter Boat Fishing

Catch MORE Fish On Your Next Charter Boat Trip Regardless if you are spending a day on the charter fishing boat with your group to catch tuna, go deep-sea fishing, or just to see who can haul in the most redfish, chances are you just want to haul in your share of trophy fish. Luckily, these charter boat fishing tips should help shed light on what to expect as your big day fast approaches. By understanding the tips the experts use to catch bigger fish, you’ll maximize your time on the Gulf of Mexico and create some fishing memories that will last a lifetime.   Fishing Where the Ship’s Captain Tells You to Fish   The captain is sitting behind the wheel of his vessel trying to ensure everyone has the best time hauling in as many fish as possible. This trip is not like the ones your friends take in a public party boat, just casting lines in the hopes to catch something… the captain needs to work hard to make sure everyone catches fish or he won’t be in business very long. To that point, the captain will be using experience, maps, and a variety of electronic devices, to help find exactly where the fish are swimming. The depth finder, also known as the bottom recorder, gives the captain the ability to see where a reef is located and where the fish are hiding. When the captain locates where the biggest of these fish are holding up, he’ll give the go to start fishing. Trust that the captain not only has the most experience on the boat, but that he wants you and your group to succeed. Your charter captain will explain that in their experience, the smaller fish tend to hide all the way at the bottom, while the big fish troll higher in the water. If you want to catch the bigger grouper, snapper, mackerel, and amberjack, cast when the captain gives the all clear, and don’t allow the bait to sink all the way to the bottom.   Don’t Leave Your Bait in the Water   Although this might be fun times for you and your group, you can’t just cast your line and then kick back with your buddies hoping the fish will come out of hiding. Fishing for the big fish in the Gulf of Mexico is like a science, and your captain is doing everything possible to get you in the position to succeed. Now that you have the all clear, and there are big fish around, understand that in this spot you should be getting a bite on the line within fifteen seconds. Since the depth finder shows the big fish are just below, start counting after you cast and don’t leave your bait in the water for longer than fifteen more seconds. Reel in your line and check to see if you still have bait. If a red snapper was close by, they can snatch that bait off the line…

Louisiana's Gulf Coast: Biggest Fish Caught

Louisiana’s Gulf Coast: Biggest Fish Caught

What Are the Biggest Fish Ever Caught in the Louisiana Gulf Coast?   Are you looking for an area to fish in that will offer you the chance of big game? If so, you need to know about the state of Louisiana. This area has long been host to some of the nation’s best fishing. The Gulf of Mexico is an area that borders the state and offers some amazing angling. This region is filled with big game fish that are just waiting for you to catch them. Since there is no limit on how big a fish can grow, there is likewise no limit on how big of a fish you can catch!   It’s easier than ever for you to fish the Gulf Coast, book your charter trip and come away with some trophies that will tip the scales. But perhaps you’d like to have a close look at just what types of fish grow the biggest out here in the Gulf. If you want to know what you’re in for, here are a few of the biggest fish ever caught in the Gulf of Mexico.   A 232 Pound Yellowfin Tuna Was Caught Near Fourchon   One of the region’s largest catches of all time was made just south of the historic Fourchon region. A local angler was able to use a normally sized tackle and a Yo-Zuri rigged with #9 piano wire to catch a magnificent Yellowfin Tuna monster. The angler and his crew loaded up a special rig of 50 lb test mono on to preset Shimano 30’s. They also made use of Penn stand up gear for their individual rods. The catch was made at the extreme Northwest corner of the Louisiana fishing hole just 25 miles south of Fourchon.   When weighed, the catch proved to a Yellowfin monster tuna that tipped the scales at an astonishing 232 pounds. This is – so far, at least – the largest Yellowfin tuna that has ever been caught in the Gulf region of the state. But this doesn’t mean that an enterprising angler couldn’t break this record in the very near future.   A 297 Pound Grouper Was Recent Caught in the Gulf   Another major find was recently uncovered in the Gulf area south of the state. Last May saw the catching of the third largest grouper ever reeled in using a hand crank. This massive grouper was caught some 35 miles just off the Gulf. The fish measured 6 foot 6 inches from head to tail and weighed 297 pounds. This massive beast took just over a half hour to reel in, but the intensity of the struggle far outweighed the relatively short amount of time that was required to haul it in.   The man who snagged the massive grouper was coy about the exact location of the catch. He revealed only that he was fishing near an oil rig. However, once the catch is verified by the state Outdoor Writers Association,…

game fishing's top seasons

Game Fishing’s Top Seasons

Top Seasons for Game Fishing in Louisiana   Charter fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most exciting activities you can indulge in this summer. The weather is nice, the seas are full of exciting catches, and the price is right. If you really want to find the best venue for sport fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, there’s a place you can make a beeline for. This is the great state of Louisiana. You can charter a fishing trip to the Gulf that will reward you with big game and pleasant memories that will last a lifetime.   Amberjack   Although the Amberjack is not the biggest trophy to be caught in the Gulf, it’s one of the biggest challenges. Amberjack fight very hard and are a serious test of your competitive skills. Best of all, there is always plenty of time for you to hook one of these beauties. The fishing season for Amberjack lasts from January 1st to May 31st, then resumes from August 1st all the way to the end of the year. However, avid sport fishers should take notice that either season is subject to close early if the quota is met before the close of the year.   Cobia   Unlike the Amberjack, there is no stated time limit for fishing Cobia. This is one catch that you can make at any time of the year. The best place to catch the Cobia is during September and October, though some have been caught as early as March. The Cobia is a tricky and very aggressive fish. It has resistance skills that will test the resolve of even the most dexterous sport fishing champ. For this reason, they are prized as trophies. The Cobia usually swims in schools of 2 to 8 and weighs anywhere from 15 to 60 pounds.   Grouper   There are two main varieties of Grouper that can be caught during your time in the Gulf. The Gag Grouper can be caught between July 1 and December 2. This is the tasty grouper that most fishers want to see back on their dinner table. The Scamp Grouper can be reeled in between April 1 and December 31. The limit for Scamp is 4 to a person up to 16 inches while the limit for Gag is 22 inches. If you’re looking for a challenging catch that pays big dividends, Grouper should be on your menu.   Swordfish   If you’re looking for a year round challenge, catching the Swordfish may be just what the doctor ordered. You can catch these beauties at any time of the day or night, all year long. The limit is one per person, up to 43 inches from the lower jaw up to the fork in the tail. The weight of a Swordfish can range from 130 to 200 pounds. These are legendary fighters that will give a seasoned fisher a serious battle. They are known for their evasion techniques. They also have…

Gulf Coast Fishing Rodeo Guide

A Guide to the Top Louisiana Gulf Coast Fishing Rodeos   If you’re looking for excellent sport fishing opportunities on the Gulf Coast, you’re in luck. The state of Louisiana offers a wide variety of fishing rodeos for you to compete and have fun in. These are events that you can bring your family along to enjoy with you. They’re safe, exciting, and guaranteed to bring memories that you and your loved ones will continue to cherish for many years to come.   Even if you are just there to watch the event, there is still plenty of fresh air and fun to take in. You can easily charter a fishing trip of your own that you will remember with fondness for the rest of your life. Here is a short list of some of the most famous fishing rodeos in the Louisiana Gulf Coast area.   The Empire South Pass Tarpon Rodeo One of the finest fishing rodeo events in the Gulf of Mexico area is the annual Empire South Pass Tarpon Rodeo. This event is scheduled to take place in the city of Empire during the first week of August. If you’re a major fishing rodeo aficionado, this is one event that you can’t afford to miss out on.   There are several categories that you can choose to compete in, such as tagging and releasing the most fish, Best Male and Female fishing champ, and special events for children. If you’re looking for a fun-filled, challenging event to participate in, this is one of the finest events to be held this year in the Gulf of Mexico region.   As with most events in the state, there will be plenty more for you and your family to do besides observing or participating in the rodeo. The proximity of Empire to the city of New Orleans will give you ample opportunity for sight seeing. Meanwhile, you can kick back and relax in the city of Empire itself. You’ll find plenty of scope for taking in the local nature and relaxing in a variety of different ways.   The Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic One of the best loved annual sport fishing events in the Gulf of Mexico area is the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic. This yearly events offers an ample venue for some of the best charter fishing trips to be had in the region. You can tour the area, getting to know all of the many opportunities for outdoor activity. And if you are up to the challenge, you can join in one of the state’s top billed fishing rodeo events.   The Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic is known throughout the country as the second leg of the Gulf Coast Triple Crown, It’s also listed as one of the premier qualifying events for the Offshore World Championship and the InTheBite Captain of the Year Cup. This is one of the most competitive and prestigious events that you can participate in.   If you’re serious about qualifying for the…

Fishing The Gulf Coast

Fishing The Gulf Coast

Louisiana Gulf Coast And The Fishing It Offers With over 3,000 miles of coastline, Louisiana’s waters are naturally teeming with fish. The state also has one of the most generous catch limits in the nation, which adds to its appeal as a sport fishing destination. Perhaps best of all is that there is no one “season” for deep sea fishing in Louisiana. The mild climate makes fishing possible throughout the year, even during the coldest days of winter! You can look forward to possibly catching many types of fish on a Louisiana charter fishing expedition, including lemon fish, grouper, mackerel, yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, red snapper, speckled trout, and cobia. Whether you’re planning a one-day adventure or a multi-day excursion fishing in the Gulf, you won’t come back home empty-handed.   Fishing Through The Seasons The types of fish you’ll find when Louisiana offshore fishing is largely influenced by the seasons. From January through March, the coastal waters are filled with large wahoo and yellowfin tuna. These species tend to be closer to the shoreline at this time of year, as they gravitate to the warmer waters in the shallows. You may be able to fish for both species less than 20 miles offshore. Other species of fish that appear this time of year are redfish and speckled trout. They are normally found along the entire coastline. If you’re looking to catch prize-winning speckled trout, consider planning your trip during mid-late spring. This is the species’ spawning season, and it is also historically the time of year when fishermen report the largest speckled trout catches. Redfish also start to appear in April, and they are relatively abundant through June.   With the arrival of more fish through spring, summer is a prime time to take a Louisiana charter fishing trip. The longer days of summer also means that this season has the longest window of time for fishing. The warmer air and water temperatures invite dozens of species, which makes the coastline prime real estate for big fish. Yellowfin tuna, amberjack, red snapper, cobia, and mangrove snapper are just several species that reside in the coastal waters during summer. A real treat, however, is Blue Marlin. Blue Marlin thrive along the southeastern shore, where they can reach tremendous sizes. Many fishermen have reported regularly catching Blue Marlin that weigh 100 pounds or more!   Fall is the time to start packing up your gear for the year in many places around the country, but not here. Speckled trout are still active in the fall. They’re not quite as big as they are in the summer, but they are especially delicious this time of year. Redfish are also prevalent in the cooler months of the year. This is also a good time to try your hand at getting a trophy yellowfin tuna, as they are notoriously large from October through December. During this time of year, it’s not unheard of for anglers to catch yellowfin tuna that weigh over 150 pounds!…

OFFSHORE FISHING

Offshore Fishing What We Catch

Deep Sea Fishing If you have never been on an offshore fishing charter, then make it a point to get to Louisiana for the best fishing experience in the Gulf of Mexico. If you are not an expert, then your captain, like Captain Troy, may teach you to use a variety of fishing techniques including trolling, jigging, bottom-fishing, popping and drifting depending on what species of fish you want to catch, the weather and many other factors. Here are some of the species of fish that you may catch when you go deep-sea fishing in the waters off the Louisiana coast.   Blue Marlin   Blue marlins are large fish that live in medium-depth waters that are nutrient-rich off the Louisiana coast. These fish have an elongated upper jaw forming a spear shape, and watching one break through the water’s surface can be the thrill of a lifetime. This is especially true if he is on the end of your 50-to-80-pound fishing line. Catching blue marlins, however, is never easy as they are one of the biggest fighters to live in the Gulf of Mexico, but when you do, their pointed dorsal fin makes them an impressive looking fish to look at. They often travel in schools, so your captain may be able to spot a school and position your boat to give you the best opportunity of catching one. Most anglers have the best luck catching blue marlin by dragging artificial fishing lures behind the boat. It may, however, be possible to catch blue marlin while drifting. The state record blue marlin weighed 1,018.5 pounds, and it was caught by Linda Koerner in 1977. This fish was also the first fish caught in the Gulf of Mexico weighing more than 1,000 pounds.   Tuna   Several different species can be caught when tuna fishing off the coast of Louisiana. One of them is the bigeye tuna. This species that is a metallic blue on their top and white on their underside usually lives in water deeper than 1,000 feet. They tend to do most of their feeding at night making catching one a little tricker. They are usually caught while trolling in areas where blue marlins are abundant. The state record bigeye tuna weighing 197.25 pounds was caught by George Graham in 2009. Another species that is often caught is the bluefin tuna. The bluefin tuna often live in large schools, and they tend to constantly be moving. Ron Roland caught the state record bluefin tuna weighing 1,152 pounds in 2003. Giant bluefin tuna are often longer than 100 inches in length and have a girth of more than 86 inches. You will know that you have done battle with a worthy specimen when it takes more than an hour to battle these fish into the boat.   Wahoo   Wahoo fish often live around the oil platforms, and you usually need to travel at least 15 miles offshore to catch them. These fish often live near where the…

top 3 lures

3 Top Lures for Fishing Louisiana’s Gulf Coast

3 Top Lures for Louisiana’s Gulf Coast With countless lures available for fishing on the Gulf of Mexico, narrowing your selections down to three types will help you to get the bigger fish and gain the experience needed to draw in those monsters from out of hiding. Although there are hundreds of lures to choose from, by narrowing the list to three, you won’t get frustrated or overwhelmed when you make the call to the Louisiana offshore fishing charter captain to book your next fishing excursion.   Choosing the Right Jigs to Catch Bigger Fish Make no mistake about it, the charter boat captain can lead you to where the monster fish are hiding, but he can’t reel them in the boat for you. The jig consists of nothing more than a weighted head that is attached to a hook, allowing you to attach the soft bait of your choice to the body or trailer of the jig. The jig will be cast far away from the charter boat, then followed by occasional jerking of the rod tip. This movement is the key to attracting the bass or redfish hiding around the oil rigs or bridge pillars because it simulates the fish falling and rising the water column. This simulation of an injured fish is the dinner bell to hungry fish, and the predators will come in fast to take action before another fish gets the free meal. Regardless if the charter boat fishing captain has taken you offshore or inshore, you will have little trouble reeling in snapper, redfish, bass, and sea trout, with your jigs. The jigs are ideal in rough seas too, even high winds will not negatively affect the movement of the jig on the water.   Although this is one of the most popular lure types used out in the basin of the Mississippi, many anglers don’t use the jigs correctly and come home empty-handed. Although you feel that urge to reel the jig in fast, patience is the key. Reel in too fast or jerk the line too hard, and the fish will scatter. Jerking the line too hard pulls the bait out of the strike zone.   Topwater Lures Making Bigger Fish Strike It doesn’t matter if you are hunting for bluefish, snook, redfish, sea trout, or amberjack, the topwater lures out on the Gulf of Mexico can help get those bigger predators to come out of hiding quickly. The topwater lure glides on the surface of the water, attracting big fish below to come from deep below to strike at the lure. In this area of Louisiana, the two best types of topwater lures are the walk the dog type stick baits and poppers & chuggers. The walk the dog baits are referred by fishermen as spooks and date back to 1939 as the industry standard in this region. The way to attract those huge trophy fish hiding deep in the Gulf of Mexico is to first point your rod down at…

Yellowfin Tuna Rigs

Yellowfin Tuna Rigs
This time of year, anglers enjoy fishing the Rip Line outside of Venice, Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico. The Rip should produce action-packed fishing now through August.  Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, usually larger in size, Blue Marlin, and Mahi Mahi can be caught when fishing the grass mats. Mahi Mahi should be showing up any day.
The “Go To” Rig to Catch Yellowfin Tuna
 

A good bait to use is a Blue & White Islander with balyhoo.  This is a common “go to” bait.
Tuna Fishing Rigs
There is a proper technique to rig a balyhoo with a pin rig. First you should line up the rig with the balyhoo to determine where the hook should come out so that you can properly mark it.

The pin should line up to come out of the head of the balyhoo through the lower and upper jaw and the hook out of its belly. Make a small hole where the hook should come out. Open the gills of the balyhoo and feed your hook through it, bending the balyhoo around the hook, working the tip of the hook down the spot you made the small hole, and feed it through. Pull it back to get the weight inside the gill plate so that the weight is hidden.

Next, push the pin in place through the upper jaw. Now you need to secure the rig in place. You may cut off the bill and take the rubberband, placing it over the pin and wrapping it around the balyhoo jaws and rig several times, and once tight, over the pin once more. The rig is now secure and in place. Then trim the excess tip off of the pin. Now you are ready to slide an Islander over it when ready.

 

When trolling down the Rip and the Mahi Mahi are under the grass mat and the lures are not being effective, chum, which will bring the Maki up to the boat. Always have a spinning rod with a naked balyhoo ready to go so you cast it at the right time.

Another good technique to catch Mahi Mahi is if you hook a small one and have it on the line, leave it in the water swimming. And the rest of the school will come around it.
Offshore Fishing Trips
If you are looking to catch the huge fish out of Venice – Captain Troy can insure that your next charter fishing trip you end up with not only the huge fish that you expect, but have fun doing it!