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 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.
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 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 bottom of the gulf rises slightly providing them shelter. They are often found in about 180 feet of water. Pay attention to tidal changes to have the best chance of catching wahoo. Additionally, these fish often bite right before the barometer falls, so make sure to keep an eye on the weather. They often bite on flutter jigs especially if you can make them dive directly into the water. The state record wahoo was caught in 1976 by Myron Fisher, and it weighed 139.25 pounds. While you may not have this fish at the top of your list of prize fish you want to catch, once you taste one, it will quickly rise to the top of your list as it is one of the best tasting fish.
At least two different varieties of drum can be caught when Louisiana Gulf of Mexico deep sea fishing. The black drum loves to live in sandy or muddy water, and it can often be found near oyster beds. Often times, anglers have better success catching black drums on gold-or-yellow-colored natural lures. It is easiest to try to beat the state record of 79.50 pounds that was caught in 2007 by fishing in the spring. Later, they may be caught by fishing the flats early on summer mornings. The second type of drum caught while Louisiana offshore fishing is the red drum. These fish that are often called redfish can often be caught near oil platforms. David Weber caught the state record redfish. It weighed 61 pounds. When redfish are biting, they are often one of the easiest fish to catch.
As you leave the shore on your Louisiana charter boat, one of the first fish that is often caught is the king mackerel because they like to live in water that is between 40 and 150 feet deep. The state record for these fish is 82 pounds, and it was caught by W.D. Lamb in 1980. Anglers often catch a smoker king mackerel weighing between 50 and 60 pounds using silver-colored live bait or combining a swimming lure with dead bait. These fish that tend to be shy are often caught when trolling at almost a standstill using only one engine to power the boat. The thrill of watching your rod bend almost in half after you have landed a king mackerel is a sight that will stick in your mind for the rest of your life.
There are many other exciting fish when you go Louisiana charter fishing. Imagine your joy of wrangling with a big fish as you work feverishly to get it into your boat. Even if the big one gets away, the joy of being in the open water while Louisiana offshore fishing cannot be beaten. Book your Louisiana Gulf of Mexico offshore fishing adventure with Captain Troy today.