Please select your home edition
Edition
Coast Guard Foundation LEADERBOARD 2

Welcome to the end of the world - Tips for fishing Venice, Louisiana

by Doug Olander, AFTCO 26 Jan 20:40 UTC
Tips for fishing Venice, Louisiana © AFTCO

Right... this is not that Venice. Not the one featuring canals and gondolas with gondoliers singing "O Solo Mio." Nor the one with the golden Western sun warming Pacific Beaches where surf bums and bunnies frolic. This is a different Venice — about as different in every way as one could imagine.

For most visitors, Venice is all about fishing. It's the end of the line — literally, at the southern terminus of what's known as the Great River Road, a National Scenic Byway that begins just south of the Canadian border, meandering south through 10 states to end in this small Cajun fishing community. The cynical might call Venice the end of the world.

Between local charter boats (where million-dollar 40-foot quad-engine power catamarans are de rigeur) and transient private boats, the marinas are bustling spring through fall. Moored at the outer fringes of marinas and anchored in channels and passes are big commercial shrimpers, offshore netters, and crabbers — many looking like they've been rode pretty hard — that bring in millions of pounds of fish and shellfish from the Gulf every year.

Once there, you're surrounded by the Mississippi River's great yawning, fragmented mouth mingling with the brown waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The beauty of the marsh is tempered by a skyline of distillation towers and other oil-refinery stacks spewing plumes of dark smoke or flare stacks spouting brilliant orange burn-off flames, and huge circular oil-storage reservoirs.

Venice offers some of the best fishing in the world — inshore in endless marshes and canals teeming with redfish and trout, and offshore where shallower rigs offer reds, cobia, snapper, massive jacks, and more, with distant rigs in bluewater serving as home base to schools of huge yellowfin tuna and some massive marlin.

After Hurricane Ida swept across the Louisiana coast, many have been hard at work restoring the area and the resilience of the fishing community there is second to none.

To kick off the new year, Captains Moe and Eric Newman of Journey South Outfitters showcase the best of what Venice and the Louisiana coast have to offer while sharing some tips to help you master the basics of getting out on the water.

Related Articles

Win your dream boat
This boat could be yours Captains For Clean Water is a grassroots nonprofit organization that fights to restore and protect Florida's water resources. Posted on 11 Nov
Any Fish, Any Water: Photography by Jason Arnold
The book presents stories and conservation endeavors from well-known fishing industry leaders Any Fish, Any Water is Jason Arnold's latest project featuring 219 pages of vivid underwater photography showcasing vibrant portraits of fish, marine life, and fishing landscapes. Posted on 27 Oct
Sea of Cortez - an AFTCO Original Film
The allure of Baja is something many anglers hold near and dear to their heart The allure of Baja is something many anglers hold near and dear to their heart. The heightened level of uncertainty and exploratory opportunities that Baja provides is a welcome contrast to the safety and comforts of home. Posted on 25 Oct
Watch now: The fight for clean water
Few places can compete with the diversity on offer in Florida Whether jigging for grouper, sight fishing the tarpon migration, or banging the mangroves for snook, few places can compete with the diversity on offer in Florida. Unfortunately, the future of that paradise is uncertain. Posted on 27 Aug
Sun protection fishing gloves
Delivering UPF 50 sun protection, offering increased dexterity and feel Sun gloves deliver UPF 50 sun protection and offer increased dexterity and feel. Posted on 22 Jul
California White Seabass Hatchery a success
30% of wild-caught adult white seabass have origins back to the hatchery program Estimates now show that roughly 30% of wild-caught adult white seabass have origins back to the hatchery program. Posted on 26 May
Jason Christie conquers the Bassmaster Classic
Weighing in 17 pounds, 9 ounces on the final day Jason Christie accomplished a lifelong goal this week with his win at the Bassmaster Classic. He beat out the fifty-five anglers that found themselves at Lake Hartwell where cold nights and sunny days put the fish in all zones of the water column. Posted on 11 Mar
Step-by-step guide: proper fish care
Ike Jime Federation harnesses the power to bring the most biochemically superior product AFTCO has partnered with the Ike Jime Federation to provide the recreational sportfishing community with the tools needed to achieve superior grade seafood. Posted on 24 Feb
Year of the Bluefin
A story so captivating that AFTCO developed a film about it A story so captivating and a fishery so infatuating that AFTCO developed a film to bring to light this amazing fishery and those that spend their life in pursuit. Posted on 19 Nov 2021
Bluefin tuna explained + Scientific tuna tagging
The science behind bluefin: Tag-A-Giant Tag-A-Giant Fund (TAG) is committed to reversing the decline of northern bluefin tuna populations by supporting the scientific research necessary to develop innovative and effective policy and conservation initiatives. Posted on 9 Nov 2021
Coast Guard Foundation FOOTER 3Sea Sure 2020 - SHOCK-WBV - FOOTER