Three Gifts of Guidance

Devoted anglers and Charter Fishing Captains heading out of Venice, Louisiana know that there is more to catching their daily limit, then the size of their “Fish Finder”.   Charter Fishing Captains & Crew will avoid the areas where the vast amounts of boats will cluster up and rely on an age-old technique; nature as their guide.

Nature has always and will always, provide the best three approaches to fishing the Gulf of Mexico. The experienced angler knows that success in landing those fat Speckled Trout, is knowing what to look for. Along with weather, water temperature and tide, Venice, LA Charter Captains keep their eyes, ears and nose open.

That Sheen & What it Means

Often, the surface of the water in the Gulf of Mexico is covered in areas, with an oily “sheen” .  During the warm summer months, they are easy to spot on an inshore or offshore fishing trip. Mid-Summer Charters leaving the Venice Marina can expect the warm coastal waters to be chock full of bait fish. These bait fish bring the predator fish, like the highly coveted Speckled Trout.  The nutrient dense environment provides a colossal grouping of shrimp, Croaker, mullet, and menhaden. The Speckled Trout just cannot resist and as they ravish these bait fish, they regurgitate their meal.

This “sheen” is the result of the regurgitation.  Often confused with an oil spill, or an adverse environmental occurrence, by the unknowing angler, it is quite the opposite.  Often referred to as a “feeding slick”, this “sheen” is anything but adverse.  It is a welcome sight when chasing those Fat Speck’s.

Hey, You Smell That?

Have you ever smelled a faint scent of watermelon while on a guided fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico?  The “sheen” that is produced by the regurgitation of the fish will have a slight watermelon scent. Often that be the first sign of a “feeding slick” ahead.  A welcome scent when Venice Fishing Charters are out hunting the perfect spot for their clients to experience the best that Louisiana fishing has to offer.

The watermelon scent in the air