VENICE, LOUISIANA

OVERNIGHT TUNA FISHING

Experience Overnight Tuna Fishing Charters in Venice, LA

Summertime fishing in Venice, LA provides anglers with an amazing opportunity to catch yellowfin tuna, swordfish, sharks, and snappers at night. Paradise Outfitters offers overnight specialty tuna fishing trips which puts anglers on the fish in “the heart of darkness” when fish are feeding most aggressively. Overnight tuna fishing trips are an excellent expedition for groups of anglers interested in maximizing their time on the water when fewer boats are out fishing.  The bottom line is less pressure = better fishing.

Paradise Outfitters operates overnight tuna fishing trips to deep water oil floating oil rigs as well as secret bottom spots for various bottom dwelling species like snapper, grouper, and cobia.

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Over the past ten years, Paradise Outfitters has collected hundreds of coordinates that are wildly productive at night.  Summertime (night time) catches often include multiple yellowfin tunas, wahoos, and Gulf of Mexico Red Snappers.

If you’re interested in booking an overnight tuna fishing charter with Paradise Outfitters, please call the office to learn more about the details of the trip and to check availability. Overnight fishing trips are most productive May through November – so be sure to get in touch with Capt. Hunter Caballero to discuss the best time of the year to book your charter.

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Wahoo Fishing Techniques

Top Water

Casting top water lures to pelagic fish which are aggressively feeding on the surface is an unparalleled thrill in the world of sportfishing.  Predatory fish which actively feed on surface baits are ferociously powerful and often attracted to the “injured” motion a lure can present when skipping across the surface. This fishing style requires long distance casting and rapid retrieval of large lures – making use of heavy duty spinning tackle which can withstand immense pressure. Many pelagic species caught at the surface can be extremely acrobatic once hooked.  Watching a “fired up” fish charge a surface lure is an incredible experience that should not be missed.

Chunking

The traditional style of creating a “chum line” of chunk baits is commonly used around oil rigs, pumping stations, and drill ships to attract a variety of pelagic species.  This is essentially “hand lining” for deep water species, which requires the angler to pull 3 to 4 foot segments of line off the reel at a time, allowing the rigged bait to float with the current. This technique requires some practice, but is incredibly effective when fish are feeding in the top level of the water column. Once a fish strikes the bait, the angler must “lock up” the drag smoothly and swiftly, in order to allow a circle hook to set. With patience and dedication, almost any angler can master this technique.

Trolling

Tried and true, trolling for pelagic species requires deploying artificial or rigged dead baits and dragging them behind the boat at varying speeds. This can be a highly effective method for enticing large pelagic predators to bite, and is usually employed during specific weather conditions, or when fishing around oil rigs or pumping stations. Occasionally, slow trolling live baits which are specially bridled can produce bites when tunas are not actively feeding.

Live Baiting

This is the preferred method for catching larger pelagic species. When fishing out of Venice, LA – mullet, pogies, threadfin herring, hardtails, and small tunas are exceptional live baits if properly rigged. There is no more effective technique to entice a large pelagic fish to feed than by presenting a frisky live bait at the surface. Catching live bait, depending on the time of year, can be a “must” before heading offshore. Live bait is typically caught by throwing a cast net, or by using a sabiki rig. You will never find yourself in a situation where having live bait isn’t a decisive advantage when targeting pelagic species.

Vertical Jigging

The most physically demanding of all fishing techniques, this requires the use of heavy lead jigs that are specifically designed to sink fast and reach fish several hundred feet down. The angler must rapidly retrieve the jig while creating a “fluttering” motion with the rod – this mimics the behavior of a bait fish fleeing to the surface.  Vertical Jigging can be the most effective method for catching fish which are holding tight to structure, deep beneath the waves. 

Overnight Tuna Fishing Hot Spots

Drill Ships and Floating Oil Rigs are considered the best places to catch tunas while fishing at night.

When to Go Overnight Tuna Fishing

Calm weather is best for overnight tuna fishing.  Typically Spring and Summer months.

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