When is the Best Time to Go Fishing?

Best time to go fishing

Fishing enthusiasts from all over the United States migrate to the southern Louisiana waters in search of the most abundant waters for deep sea fishing. There are many factors that could affect the time of day or time of year that you would need to go fishing. In fact, a great deal depends upon which part of the world you are going to. Deep sea fish are found in all areas of the world. This means that the best time to go fishing in some places may not always be the same answer in other parts of the world. Each type of fish has characteristics that vary from one area to another. Booking a Louisiana fishing charter during the summertime is your best bet at catching almost any fish you want, but certain fish may be in more abundance at different times of the season!

Fishing For Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin tuna are sometimes called the silent killer because they do not make any noise when caught. They are also called jackals for a reason. They will pounce on a person just for the fun of it. The largest fish caught on record was over two hundred pounds! These beautiful fish usually catch on the surface of the ocean and can be found throughout the world, and many will be found off Louisiana.

Yellowfin tuna prefer to dwell in shallower waters during the summer months. These are the best months to fish for them as the weather and food conditions favor the growth of this fish. In the summer months, bait fish like barracuda, Marlin, mahi-mahi, and roosterfish all enjoy much success as bait.

During the spring months and all through the summer, yellowfin tuna fishing charters in the Gulf of Mexico, San Diego, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel are busy. There is a rich supply of tuna in this area and it is easy to get a good catch. The summer is also a time when the temperature and water temperatures rise, which is favorable for fishing. There are times when the weather is so hot, you can even charter a boat to go out into the deep blue ocean and catch some great fish.

Best time to go fishing

Fishing For Marlin

April is the month of opportunity if you are looking to catch Marlin. This is the time of year when you can expect to find the biggest fish on the open water. This is because this is also the time of year when the schools start releasing their young fish. April is also a time when the temperature is best for deep sea fishing. Therefore, if you are planning a month long deep sea fishing trip, April would be a great time to go because you can expect to catch the biggest fish.

May and June can also both be considered the best time of the year to fish for Marlin. The reason behind this is that the waters are warm enough to support the growth of the fish and it also offers the best temperature conditions to support the fish’s survival. In fact, the population increases so much during this time that some species of fish can no longer survive in their natural environment. However, if you are prepared, then you can easily take home one fine specimen of a prized fish just by paying attention to the local conditions. 

Best time to go fishing

Fishing For Red Snapper

Red snapper is typically found in the Gulf of Mexico, and it is usually seen from March through November. It is typically found in coastal waters, and it likes to stay near the coastlines. If you are planning on fishing during the spring and summer months, red snapper are generally abundant in areas where the waters are warm enough to support the fish’s lifestyle. If you are planning to fish in deeper waters during the fall and winter months, it will be harder for the red snapper to survive.

Best time to go fishing


If you’re interested in chartering a boat, it’s important to know the best time of year to fish so that you can get the most out of your experience. Typically, late March to early September are the best times for charters, as the northern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, along with the Caribbean, can still hold large numbers of fish beginning in the spring and long into the summer. It’s important to remember that even in the best months, fishing for saltwater fish is still a popular sport. If you’re trying to make a living out of it, you’ll want to find the best time of the year to go out and catch a variety of different species. Call a Louisiana fishing charter and they can advise you on the best time of year to catch your favorite fish, give you some good tips for fishing beginners, and help you book your next trip!

How Does Deep Hole Fishing Work?

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If you are looking for an exciting sport, then you might be wondering how deep hole fishing works. This type of fishing is more challenging than traditional fishing because you do not have access to the fish once they are in the shallow water. As a result, you will need to use a lot of patience and planning in order to reel in the catch. At the same time, you need to be ready to deal with any kind of situation that might occur since there is no way for you to see what is in the deep hole.

What Time Of Day Should I Go Deep Hole Fishing?

You can choose to fish in a deep hole when the sun is high. Since fish are nocturnal, it will be a good idea to fish during the night. This will ensure that you do not scare off the fish since they are nocturnal by nature. However, if you are fishing during day time, you must also be aware that the fish might be scared away by your presence since you will be in the direct line of sight of the fish.

What Type Of Anchor Should I Use For Deep Hole Fishing?

You can also choose to fish using the deep hole fishing anchor which is known to be the most effective among other anchor types. However, it is important for you to choose the anchor which is suitable for the kind of weather and the current condition at the particular location where you want to anchor your boat. Since it is not possible to monitor the weather at all times, you cannot be sure whether the current is going to wash away your anchor in a deep hole.

Can Fish Detect Your Presence When Deep Hole Fishing?

When you are looking to fish in a deep hole, you should remember that fish can detect your presence in a minute or two simply by standing still in the hole. For this reason, it is advisable to make sure that the current is flowing against the wind. At the same time, you should also consider the depth of the water. If it is difficult for you to determine the depth of the waters because the current is flowing against the wind, then you can simply take a rubber duck and stand in it so that you can check your depth. You can then decide whether to fish in the deeper part of the water or in a shallower spot where the visibility is better.

You should remember that fish are attracted towards the shadow. Hence, you can try to cast your baits towards the shadow in order to catch fish. However, there is one disadvantage. The fish may escape your hook because they can not see you. You should also be careful not to be too heavy. Remember, the heavier you are, the slower you will move and the less chance that you will be able to reel in a prized catch.


One of the most popular ways of enjoying your hobby is by angling off the shore. However, it is not possible for everyone to fish off the shore because it is difficult to tie up the line especially if you want to stay afloat for an extended period of time. If you want to enjoy your hobby without any hassles, then you should contact a Louisiana fishing charter and go deep hole fishing. It is also the most exciting, because you can catch rare kinds of fish right in the middle of the ocean! Go on, give it a try!

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Fishing In The Gulf Of Mexico

Fishing In The Gulf Of Mexico

Fishing In The Gulf Of Mexico

For those who currently live in Louisiana and get to enjoy the luxuries of fishing, this is the area to be. The Gulf of Mexico is one of the greatest areas to fish, and this area is a rich habitat of reefs, coastal wetlands, and marine organisms that carry over 200 different types of saltwater fish to look for.

The Gulf is considered to be the 9th largest body of water that is located in the world, and the water covers about 600,000 square miles. There are over 1440  FinFish Species of that habitats the water every year, and 60% also includes oysters, along with 75% of shrimp is located in this area as well. There are so many different colored fish in the sea, along with a huge selection to look for.


Common Fish To Catch

One of the most common fish that are caught in this area is the Red Snapper fish. These type of fish are known to live near the bottom located near reefs and rocks. These type of fish are heavily regulated and have a large minimum size compared to other game fish in the Gulf of Mexico.

The second popular Gulf fish that people tend to catch is the Gag Grouper. Gag Groupers can be found 30 feet deep in the water, but larger ones can be found in deeper locations, as deep as 265 feet down.

Another popular delicacy that people tend to find that tastes wonderful is the Greater Amberjack. These fish are a lot more aggressive and they are large for their size, usually weighing in between 20-50lbs or bigger.

Another delicacy is the Cobia. Cobia are found from the major, high-salinity bays to waters 250 feet deep, although they have been observed in waters 4,000 feet deep.  These fish can be caught weighing around 50 lbs but have been known to get much larger.


Yellowfin Tuna

One of the top fish to catch in the Gulf are Yellowfin Tuna. These type of fish taste delicious and can be found anywhere in the Gulf of Mexico. If you go Tuna fishing, they are extremely fast swimmers clocking in around 28 mph, delivering one heck of a good fight! This type of meat is a fatty fish, and are great broiled or grilled providing a delicious savory taste.


Not All Fish Can Be Caught

There are several fish in the ocean that are protected by federal and state regulations. People are not allowed to fish for certain types of grouper fish, snappers, turtles, dolphins, whales, sturgeons, and several other fish in the sea as well. There is a specific website that discusses all the fish that are not allowed to be fished for.

The Gulf Of Mexico is extremely large and is surrounded by the North American continent, and you will find a lot of people charter fishing in this area, and in order for someone to fish they must comply with the federal or state reef regulations otherwise they can get in a lot of trouble that can lead to prison time.

Enjoy your fishing and follow local rules and regulations. For more information about local fishing rules you can check with your charter boat captain.

Tuna Fishing in the Gulf

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Fishing out of Venice La

The Gulf Coast of Louisiana offers some of the best fishing in the country all year long. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico are host to many species of sport fish. A favorite among professional charter fishermen is the Yellowfin Tuna. They travel in large schools and swim fast and hard making them an exciting challenge for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned angler. They can be caught in open waters but, the best places to catch Yellowfin Tuna are close to the floating oil rigs. There are plenty of oil and gas rigs in the Gulf of Mexico for everyone to fish around. Most fishing is done in the early hours or late hours of the day when the fish are feeding. But, the best time to catch Yellowfin Tuna is at night.

Catching Tuna in the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico Fishing

The oil and gas rigs range from 1 or 2 miles off shore to out past 100 miles from shore. The deep-water floating rigs offer the best potential for filling the ice chest. The first thing to do is stop early for some bait fish. Depending on when and where you stop for bait you may end up fighting with sharks and losing a couple of bait fish. Some of the bait fish will be used as chum and some as live bait. Once filled up with a nice supply of bait it’s on to the deep water.

Deep Water Fishing for Tuna

Once at the deep-water rigs it’s time to start chumming up the waters to attract the schools of Yellowfin Tuna. This is also going to attract other fish and more sharks. The important thing is to attract the tuna. Once things get rolling it is possible to fish for tuna and replenish the bait supply at the same time. Live bait is best for catching the big ones while the dead bait is best for chumming the waters. Most people fish for tuna in two ways. The first is trolling where live bait is slowly towed behind the boat and passed by the school of tuna. The second is floating or drifting past the schools of tuna. Since the tuna are close to the top of the water many anglers will also use a top water popper bait in combination with the live bait.

Tuna Fishing in the Gulf

Tuna Fishing Limits

With a limit of 3 fish per person and an average size of over 40lbs. a good trip has the potential to fill the freezer for a long time. Yellowfin Tuna can be caught in the daylight hours but the best time to catch them is at night. Trolling and drifting with live baits, chum, and top water popper baits are tried and true methods to catch a limit. Stick to the deep-water platforms and bring plenty of live bait.

Speckled Trout Out of Venice LA

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Specks are Running

We are just into May and the speckled trout are running. May, June and July are by far the best time to fish for specks in Louisiana. They began entering our estuaries in April like invading mongols on a mission to EAT. This is their spawning season and they are looking to build up some energy by feasting on crustaceans and small fish. Schools of speckled trout (also known as spotted sea trout, spots, specks, yellow-mouths, and paper-mouths) will chase food from the barrier islands south of Cocodrie up throughout all of the coastal bays and bayous from now through the summer.  If you like catching fish, this is the time of year to catch your limit on this fun and tasty game fish.

Our Trip

On Wednesday, we put in at Venice, LA.  As many of the real fishermen in Louisiana already know, Venice is considered one of the best destinations for fishing in the country.  We went down to the place called “the rocks” at the end of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO or Mister Go as it is often called). The moment the first shrimp hit the water, the cork followed it straight down and I landed a beautiful 16″ trout. I caught six more that were generally the same size just about as fast as I could catch them. After back-to-back catches for about 15 minutes, they stopped biting. It was nothing gradual either. One moment it seemed like the fish were lining up for shrimp, and the next moment, if those fish had noses, they would most assuredly have been turned upwards because they did not like my shrimp any longer.

specked trout out of venice laOnce the specks stopped marauding my shrimp, I finally got a moment to pop open a cold drink and watch what was going on around me. I had been fishing close to the rocks, but about 30 feet out from the pile of rip rap, I could see the faint rippling of the water telling me that the bait fish were moving in with the tide. Using the trolling motor, we idled out along the rocks and put about 20 yards between the rocks and the boat and began drifting with the current of the incoming tide. Drifting for speckled trout is a time-worn method where you let your boat move with the current or breeze and slowly “troll” across the point that you have determined to be the ground zero for specks.  Some people argue that you should only drift fish on a cloudy day so that the fish are not spooked by the shadow of the boat passing across their school. I have been told that even if the speckled trout are spooked and dart away that they will regroup quickly enough and continue feeding. Monday was a beautiful sunny day. Any shadow the fish might have seen did not hurt our catch at all.

When we were positioned and cut the motor, I switched over to my jig setup with an artificial shad. Casting into the bait pod and reeling it back through the schools of minnows did not work at all, so I tried to tease the fish with a bit of a “drop and pop” motion. This did the trick because it drove them crazy. Over the next two hours, I caught my limit…twenty-five beautiful, delicious specks.  Several were  between 18” and 19’ long, and the biggest at 20 inches was right at three pounds.

What To Use To Catch Speckled Trout

speckled troutThis time of year, you usually only have to present a small assortment of bait to find what they are biting. They may not want the first bait you present, but the motivation to eat during the spawning season is imprinted on their DNA, so try the next bait until they bite.  Good choices for live bait are shrimp, small crabs, cacahoe minnows, bull minnows, croaker, pinfish, mullet, pogie or any similar sized fish. Shrimp is the most widely used and available, by far. I usually choose about a 2/0 hook and 12 pound test line just in case I hook into a “gator trout” which is what you call one of those “toothy” specks that over 25 inches long, about 8 or 9 years old and beginning to resemble an alligator.  I keep a variety of lures in my tackle box for bringing home speckled trout. These are made up of an assortment of plastic minnows and jig heads, split-tail beetles with spinners, crank baits, spoons and a few popping corks.

Besides being a haven for speckled trout, the rocks at the end of MRGO are home to jacks, redfish, drum, sheepshead, ladyfish, and sharks.  Most anglers launch in Venice to make the run of just over twenty miles to the rocks. While fishermen can be seen at the rocks at all times of the year, the fishing this month is the highlight of the year for specks.

Spring Fishing in Venice, LA

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Venice, LA Fishing Heats Up

Year round fishing in Venice, LA is what makes this spot so appealing to sportsman from around the globe.  Those trophy Swordfish and Marlin are there for the taking, but know that the Spring months bring a vast migration of even more large game fish.

If you are looking for Charter fishing out of New Orleans, Venice Charters are the place to go during the early Spring months is one of the best due to the migration of the large schools of tuna and wahoo.  If you enjoy reeling in that supersized tuna, you can land yellowfin, some weighing up to 200lbs as they invade our gulf waters in early Spring.

Tuna Tuna Tuna

The yellowfin tuna is a strong fish, that is built for speed and to put up a good fight for any angler. The yellowfin is identified easily by it’s beautiful, metallic dark blue color on it’s back  that blends to a pretty yellowish-silver color on it’s belly.  You will notice a golden stripe on each side of it’s body and two dorsal fins, an anal fin, and two pectoral fins.  Using the services of an experienced Charter Captain in Venice, LA will help you identify each species of large game fish you reel in.

Historic “Midnight Lump”

Your trip should include a stop at the famous Midnight Lump.  The Midnight Lump is a vast mountain of salt under water that rises up to 200 ft at it’s surface peak.  You will find large numbers of big game fish lurking below, such as a variety of yellowfin, blackfin, and bluefin tuna.   This hot spot also provides large amberjacks, shark and mahi mahi, all searching for food.  The Spring and Summer months are best for fishing this well known spot, the Midnight Lump, but year round, you can land some of your largest gamefish at this location.

Trophy Fish

With Venice being one of the best destinations for fishing charters in the US, Our Charter Fishing Captains who fish out of Venice, LA will tell you more large trophy fish are caught off Venice, LA than anyplace else in the United States.  Family trips, corporate trips and even bachelor/bachelorette trips will provide a day, or even two of an experience you will cherish.

Book your New Orleans fishing charter trip today with an experienced Charter Fishing Captain out of Venice, LA and remember to bring your camera.