Book a Cajun Cast-and-Blast Trip for Exceptional Fishing, Hunting

 

Book a Cajun Cast-and-Blast Trip for Exceptional Fishing, Hunting

By Craig Lamb

If you hunt and fish the idea of combining the better of two worlds in one trip seems impossible. There is one place you can do both, and that is in a special corner of south Louisiana.

Nowhere else can you enjoy a morning of amazing waterfowl hunting, and then spend the afternoon catching an inshore bonanza of saltwater species.

Teal, mallard, canvasback, pintail and red heads. Redfish, speckled trout, flounder, triple tail and more. Morning. Afternoon. Blast and cast.

All of it is possible with a trip to Venice, Louisiana, which sits in the middle of this ideal world, where species of saltwater and waterfowl are polarized to a location like none other.

The place to book this fantasy is Home Run Fishing Charters and Lodge, where world-class fishing and waterfowl hunting is served with world-class service, first class lodging, Cajun hospitality and gourmet dining.

Waterfowl hunters and avid anglers now have a first-time opportunity to experience a new trip package from Home Run Charters & Lodge. It’s the Blast and Cast package.

The all-inclusive package includes lodging, meals, hunting, fishing, and cleaning of fish and waterfowl. 

“This is our first year to offer a cast and blast, and it will be a first class operation, just like everything else we set forth to do,” said Glen Newell, an owner at Home Run Charters & Lodge.

Newell isn’t kidding. Home Run Charters & Lodge has access to over 10,000 acres of marsh from which to hunt. You will be safely transported to the blind with experienced guides. A well-heeled kennel of dogs assures the best of success in retrieving your birds. The blinds from which you will hunt are the best available. Best of all, you can leave the hip waders at home.

Private access to thousands of acres means lots of ducks to clean and package for the trip home. The all-inclusive package includes plucking, processing and even Cryovac vacuum packing for all ducks harvested by the hunter.

“We are the only operation that includes this service in our all-inclusive package,” added Newell.

What sets Home Run Charters & Lodge apart from every other cast and blast trip are three things. Those are location, location, and location.

“We are fortunate to be in the most prolific environment there could ever be for growing inshore species,” said Capt. John Pisa. “Our marshes and surrounding habitat also sets up a smorgasbord for waterfowl during the season.”

The Mississippi River’s confluence with the Gulf of Mexico is the reason. The magic happens in the marshes and inshore waters where the river infuses the saltwater environment with nutrients.

The Mississippi River Flyway also ends here. Habitat, favorable weather and food funnel waterfowl down the river and into the coastal marshes. From early teal migrations in September to late season mallards, the area supports the best waterfowl hunting around.

Fall is also the best time for inshore fishing. Hurricane season is over. Fishing pressure is low. The river is at its lowest and clearest of any time of year. Expect to see redfish tailing in the shallows, and sight casting adds to the allure.

Take a look around Venice, and you’ll be glad you booked at Home Run Charters & Lodge. The Lodges at Home Run Charters is not your average fish camp. Arrive, and you find elegance, comfort, and first-class service, dining, and lodging. 

Three separate lodges each have a living room, wide-screen TVs, free WiFi with a printer, dining room, bar and kitchen. You can cook your own meals or experience gourmet dining. Big pork chops, prime steaks, and Louisiana seafood, the freshest around, are on the menu.

Luxury living means the same experience for dining at the lodge. The all-inclusive plan includes a decadent five-course meal, breakfast, and a to-go lunch for the fishing day. Check out details about the lodge and dining here.

Bookings go fast, so contact us soon to make reservations. Call us at (504) 982-8862, or (504) 909-TUNA.

Click here for more about the Blast & Cast trips. Find out more about the inshore fishing by clicking here. Click here to visit homeruncharters.com and find out everything you need to know about booking a trip.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

 

Hit the Wrecks and Rigs for Summertime Cobia

 

Hit the Wrecks and Rigs for Summertime Cobia
By Craig Lamb

Cobia, ling or lemonfish. From the Gulf Coast of Texas far up the Atlantic Coast into the Carolinas, Rachycentron canadum is highly valued as a prized fighter and epicurean’s delight. Tasty and sporting, the fish is fun to catch, and summertime is a great time to land a trophy.

Do that by searching for big fish over the wrecks, reefs and other bottom irregularities. If you are lucky enough to fish for cobia in the offshore waters of Louisiana the target is easy to find. The petroleum rigs hold cobia and other deep water species.

The cobia is an inherently curious fish that often rises to check out your boat as you approach a rig or wreck. The temptation is made even more aggressive by tossing out a handful of cut bait.

Follow these tips after locating the wrecks and rigs where the cobia lurks in the summertime. A map and your electronics can help you home in on potential strike zones.

Wrecks and rigs attract a diversity of species, cobia included. Catching them one and all take an equally diverse selection of fishing tackle.

Rig up with stout rods and reels spooled with heavy line. Strong runs are a given, and the heavy tackle is a must. Tie on heavy bucktail jigs tipped with soft plastic grubs for added strike appeal. Casting distance, strong hook-setting power and reaching deep water are benefits of the heavy rigs. Also, lighten up with the same lure setup for sight casting when cobia rise to the surface. Topwaters work, too, and are fun to work across the surface.

Keep a fresh supply of live bait and keep it healthy. You’ll need more than usual because baiting the hook is only one use for the bait. Tossing over a few live temptations is the sure test of whether or not cobia are in the area.

The 26 LX by Sea Chaser have the right combination of size and horsepower rating for making long runs to hunt cobia. Length overall is 25’ 11 with a beam of 103.” Weight is 3,432 pounds with a transom size of 25 inches. The boat is rated for a maximum 350 horsepower. This boat is ideal for bays, rivers, lakes and even venturing offshore.

Simple put, the 26 LX is a jack-of-all trades that meets the needs of fishermen with families who like to fish and play.

The 26 LX is loaded with a long list of standard features. Some of those are twin forward locking rod storage boxes, locking fiberglass hatches, gunwale rod storage with combing boards, storage locker with 5-gallon cast net bucket and lots of LED lighting.

Spacious raised decks offer plenty of space for fishing at bow and stern. Up front is a pair of tackle trays to keep essentials organized, and twin latches at port and starboard open to storage compartments. There’s a 25-gallon live well that keeps bait within easy reach.

At the helm is a leaning post with bench-style seat, complete with backrest, fold-down footrest, four-rod rocket launcher and a sizeable cooler and storage netting. Add an optional T-top for shade and to mount electronics and more rods.

The 26 LX Sea Chaser has been designed with a step hull to ensure unrivaled tracking, turning, fuel efficiency and acceleration. Constructed of 100% composite materials, you get peace of mind knowing this boat carries the legacy of the best-built boat available in the class.

Durability is a foundation of all Carolina Skiff models. Patented box-beam construction produces a solid, durable, no-flexing hull that is completely wood free. You get peace of mind and years of enjoyment knowing that quality construction is a priority at Carolina Skiff.

Get even more peace of mind from the foam floatation used in the hull that exceeds U.S. Coast Guard requirements. Foam flotation exceeds Coast Guard requirements, providing positive flotation for shallow draft and quick-planning characteristics. Using more flotation than necessary also creates sound-deadening properties that make the ride smoother and quieter.

Ready to build and customize a 26 LX? Get started using the Build A Boat tool. Visit carolinaskiff.com Today. Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

 

What to Bring on a Chartered Fishing Trip

 

What to Bring on a Chartered Fishing Trip

By Craig Lamb

You’ve booked a fishing trip with Home Run Charters & Lodge. With the most important detail checked off the list, what should you pack?

Next on the list is a game on attitude! The captain and mates will be game on when you step aboard. You are about to embark on a bucket list fishing trip of a lifetime and at one of the most fertile saltwater fishing destinations in the world. So bring it on!

Here is a list of gear and clothing suggested by those captains, whose years of experience can make your trip more comfortable and ultimately, more enjoyable.

 

Clothes

Today’s clothing has become as high-tech as your favorite electronic devices. High-tech clothing is no exception. Shirts, shorts, pants, outerwear and even hats are designed to be stylish while adding functional features. A shirt is more than a shirt.

The fabric in most quality fishing garments is designed for sun protection, too. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor, or UPF, is the rating system used for apparel. It’s similar to SPF (Sun Protection Factor), the rating system used for sunscreen products.

SPF pertains only to a sunscreen’s effectiveness against ultraviolet B light. UPF gauges a fabric’s effectiveness against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) light, the most harmful rays. Those are what you encounter while at sea.

When you shop, things are relatively simple: Look for a higher UPF rating number in order to get better sun protection. Find UPF ratings on the hangtags attached to the garments.

Most Home Run Charters days begin at 6 a.m. and can run 12 hours or more even overnight. It’s a long way back to the marina, in other words, and layering is a good idea. Depending on the duration of your trip and time of year, it’s wise to pack a performance hoodie or outer garment to layer over your tech shirts. Peeling it off (or putting it back on) as temperatures warm or cool are the advantages.

Footwear

Think beach trip and what comes to mind is t-shirt, shorts and flip flops. That might be perfect for a Kenny Chesney concert. But you need solid footing when fighting a deep charging yellowfin tuna in rolling seas, or while bracing against the freight train run of a redfish in the marsh.

Choose boat shoes or footwear with a closed toe to prevent foot injuries while on board. A comfortable insole and outsole capable of gripping a wet deck are a must.

And bring those flip flips! You can slip on those after returning to the dock, when it’s time to kick back and relax.

 

Rainwear

A rain suit is designed to wear only in the rain, right? Wrong! Rainwear can be multifunctional, covering a couple of jobs in one, to make packing more efficient.

A light- or-medium weight rain suit can be worn to keep dry on the run from the marina out to the fishing areas. Rain gear also can be layered over lightweight clothing and function like a wind-breaker jacket. And, well, when it starts raining, you have your rain gear ready to wear.

 

Bagging it up

What to do with all the above gear? Like the high-tech clothing, storage systems and duffel bags are equally as functional. A waterproof boat bag can handle the job. A one-size-fits all bag is the best choice. Everything fits into the same bag to make it easier to keep up with things.

And what about those other things? Click here for a list of a few other things you should pack for your trip.

Ready to book a trip? Go for it by clicking here. Got more questions? Call (504) 982-8862, or (504) 909-TUNA.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

 

Fall Fishing at it’s Best in South Louisiana

 

Fall Fishing at it’s Best in South Louisiana

By Craig Lamb

Think fall and what comes to mind is tailgating before going into the stadium to cheer on the home team. Spending a lazy afternoon watching a marathon of pro games on the big screen.

Fall is also a great time to trade in that remote control for a fishing rod. In fact, it can be the best time to go fishing for many inshore species. Like you, those fish enjoy the cooler weather. Crisp autumn mornings lower water temperatures and bring fish in shallower to feed. Hurricane season is over. The weather is more stable. Fishing pressure is at its minimum. You basically have the place to yourself.

Hooking up to freight train runs with a bull-sized redfish. Airborne largemouth on top waters. Getting sore-armed from catching fat speckled trout. Flounder, Sheepshead, Tripletail and more. And all of those species caught within miles of the other.

Sounds impossible. In the inshore waters of Louisiana, and around the saltwater fishing capital of Venice, that is reality.

Travel to Venice, and you will find a town filled with fish camps. One of those doesn’t fit the bill and for a good reason. The place is Home Run Fishing Charters and Lodge, where world-class fishing is served with world-class service, first class lodging, Cajun hospitality and gourmet dining.

The most fertile fishing grounds in the U.S. are located here. The magic happens in the marshes and inshore waters where the mighty Mississippi River infuses the saltwater environment with nutrients. The sum of the whole is some of the best fishing for inshore species, and even freshwater largemouth, in the world.

If going offshore is thinking too far and wide for your fishing tastes, then taking an inshore adventure with the expert captains is the next best thing.

The fishing is laid back while exciting. The scenery is spectacular and like none other in the world. The Louisiana marshes are a haven for wildlife, from shore birds and avian species to reptiles and every kind of fish imaginable.

Speckled trout, or spotted seatrout, are plentiful here. From now until November is prime time to load your cooler and take home tasty fillets. Best of all, you can catch speckled trout using a variety of lures and tactics. Topwater lures, Carolina-rigged soft plastics, lead-head jigs and popping cork rigs all produce strikes.

Click here for more about the inshore trips available from Home Run Charters & Lodge.

Want to know more about Home Run Charters? Check out the website at homeruncharters.com. Find out more about the inshore fishing, including rates, by clicking here. To get updated fishing reports, conditions and just chat with someone at Home Run Charters, call (504) 982-8862.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Summertime the Right Time for Red Drum

 
Summertime the Right Time for Red Drum

By Craig Lamb

Some say redfish; others say red drum. No matter where you live this powerful freight train of a saltwater species is among the most prized of all game fish.

A late summer beach vacation coincides with the best time for catching trophy reds. Jetties are prime locations and are easy for anglers to find. Use a depth finder to locate nearby drop-offs with steep inclines, from 5 up to 30 feet. Reds use the deep holes to hide, and ambush mullet washed across the shallow sides of the bottom.

Use a big, splashy topwater plug when the reds herd mullet against the jetty rocks. When they disappear switch to a Mirro-O-Lure or lipless crankbait like a Rat-L-Trap.

Your family wants beach time. Oblige them and yourself by looking out for reds on the beach. Keep a big, splashy topwater rigged and ready whenever your boat is beached. Big redfish will herd baitfish, such as mullet, and push them toward the shore. The presence of diving birds is always a good sign of redfish action.

In the Carolinas, red drum, as they are called, are targeted by anglers during the flood tide. That is when high waters push red drum shallow to feed on mud and flats that normally are dry. The abundance of nutrients and food is the draw, and so is the cover of Spartina Grass.

The fish are easy to spot with the tips of their tails wagging across the surface. Finding the fish is the easy part. The challenge is making precise presentations. Keeping the bait within the path of vision is key. Cast ahead of the fish—far enough to adjust the path toward the fish—without landing it too close to spook.

An ideal boat for hunting down redfish (or red drum) is the 218 DLV by Carolina Skiff. The boat is a standout because this rig combines the best features of two boats into one. Those are a bay boat for handling the chop, with a shallow draft, skiff-style boat that can take you into the skinny water where inshore fish feed.

This design gives anglers the better of both worlds. The 21 DLV provides access up into coastal rivers and even into shallower tidal creeks without worry. The modified Tri-V hull, wide beam and extremely shallow draft keep the boat from sliding in tight turns or even running aground on shallow runs.

The 218 DLV has a length overall of 20’ 10.” A wide beam spanning 98” provides stability and plenty of room for fishing. The boat weighs 1,773 pounds with a maximum weight capacity of 2,700 pounds. Rated for 150 horsepower, the 218 DLV can be rigged for power and fuel economy with today’s performance designed four-stroke outboards.

Step aboard the 218 DLV and you discover how Carolina Skiff designed this serious fishing rig for saltwater anglers, fishing shallow and deep. A wide open deck and cockpit allows plenty of elbow room for multiple anglers to cast, troll and fight fish. The front and rear casting decks offer abundant room for taking the stealth approach when casting to tailing reds in skinny water.

Durability is a foundation of all Carolina Skiff models. Patented box-beam construction produces a solid, durable, no-flexing hull that is completely wood free. You get peace of mind and years of enjoyment knowing that quality construction is a priority at Carolina Skiff.

Get even more peace of mind from the foam floatation used in the hull that exceeds U.S. Coast Guard requirements. Foam flotation exceeds Coast Guard requirements, providing positive flotation for shallow draft and quick-planning characteristics. Using more flotation than necessary also creates sound-deadening properties that make the ride smoother and quieter.

Ready to build and customize a 218 DLV? Get started using the Build A Boat tool. Visit carolinaskiff.com today . Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Team Home Run Charters Scores First at Tournament

 

Team Home Run Charters Scores First at Tournament

By Craig Lamb

Leave it to the guys at Home Run Charters & Lodge to punctuate why they own the phrase that defines their business.

home port of Venice, La. What makes the trip so worthwhile is the relatively short run it takes to get to the tuna water. The migratory tuna come within 10 miles of the Mouth of Passes or point where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. 

Recently, Capt. John Pisa and his team of top-notch anglers put together an all-star win at the Faux Pas Lodge Invitational. Team Home Run Charters caught the heaviest yellowfin tuna in the trophy only species category of the offshore division.

“You might say we put the ‘T’ in tuna for that tournament,” said Capt. John Pisa. “We put together a great team and effort.”

Indeed they did. The yellowfin weighed 152 pounds. Joining Pisa on the team were Brad Fruchtnicht, Corey Gradwohl, Zach Joseph, Matt Marcello, Stephen Pisa, Woody Reilly, Bradley Schmidt and Scot Stansbury.

The tournament has become one of southeast Louisiana’s premier events.

The size of yellowfin caught by the team is what you can expect to catch on a trip to Home Run Charters & Lodge.

The action gets hot when the yellowfin take flight. The aerobatic displays are unforgettable. So is hooking up with tuna up to 50 or 150 pounds cruising through. Some grow even bigger.

Pisa says trolling for deep fish and setting lines behind a chum line are two popular methods his clients can expect to use on a day of fishing. So are topwater fishing and chunking baits at schooling tuna.

The day typically begins at 6 a.m. and runs 12 hours. 

You’ll do that in style aboard some of the fastest and best-equipped boats in Venice. What that means is getting to the tuna water ahead of everyone else. Home Run Charters operates two 36’ Yellowfin 36 center console boats that are powered by 300-horsepower Yamaha outboards. The fish can’t hide, either. The boats are rigged with the latest GPS mapping and sonar devices available.

Click here to view more about the offshore fleet of boats.

Fast boats, world class fishing and knowledge you gain that makes you and even better angler the next time out. What could be better?

After a long day on the water, you find out upon returning to the dock. Home Run Lodges is no ordinary Venice end-of-the-road fish camp. Stylish Tommy Bahama furnishings set over rich hardwood floors. Separate living and dining rooms with a bar and kitchen.

Choose from non-inclusive or all-inclusive. With that, you get a decadent five-course meal, breakfast, and lunch to take on the boat.

Eat, sleep, fish. Repeat.

The perfect fishing vacation is waiting for you at Home Run Charters & Lodge.

Got questions? Click here for answers to frequently asked questions. Ready to book a trip. Go for it by clicking here. Got more questions? Call (504) 982-8862, or (504) 909-TUNA.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

 

 

Summertime is Flounder Time

 

Summertime is Flounder Time

By Craig Lamb

Everyone likes a bargain, and you get a two-for-one deal when fishing for flounder. The mild, delicate taste of flounder is highly valued by seafood lovers. For sporting value, you can’t beat the fight put up by a doormat-sized flounder. Tasty and sporting, the flounder is a favorite of saltwater anglers.

Understanding the basics of flounder biology is essential to catching this unique species. Flounder are bottom feeders. So that aspect alone eliminates most of the water column, making it easier to begin your search.

By body design, flounder are not built for speed, something else to keep in mind when choosing baits and retrieves. Fishing bottom bouncing live bait rigs, slowly, is a proven tactic. Flounder feed by stealth under cover of their mottled camouflage skin that conceals them from being noticed by their prey.

During summer the rising water temperatures bring flounder into shallower water. Use that to your advantage on the low tide by exploring the exposed bottoms where flounder like to gather into schools. Remember that flounder are opportunistic feeders, not predators. Key areas are calm waters buffered from strong currents that provide refuge for baitfish.

Take advantage of low tide times to search for flounder areas. Deep holes surrounded by the exposed sandy flats on low tide are prime spots when the tide comes in. Bridges, edges of jetties or most any manmade structure that provides a current break are more ideal places to drop a live bait rig.

The “flicker rig,” a modified version of the standard fish-finder rig, is an all-around fish catcher for flounder. To make it, run the main line through an egg sinker. Tie one end of the line to a barrel swivel. Then make a leader on the opposite side of the swivel. Tie a two-foot section of line. Then add a spinner braced by a few red beads on each side. Complete the rig with a hook. You can add a float to the leader for shallow water fishing. By far, live bait is the best choice for attracting the slow moving, wary flounder. 

What else is fun about flounder fishing in the summer, and a hands-down benefit of a JV 20 CC, is the end of summer migration. Flounder move into extremely shallow water to feed at night. For even more sporting fun try the nocturnal approach. You’ll need a spotlight and flounder gig to make the most of the trip.

Getting into flounder territory takes a boat that can run in the skinniest of water while handling bay chop. Traversing ultra-shallow flats and maneuvering turns in tight channels sum up the demands of a boat for flounder fishing.

The 20 JVX CC by Carolina Skiff gets you there in style, safety, functionality, and performance. With a length overall of 20 feet and a beam of 78 inches, this boat provides a great balance of functional size and performance. Weight overall is 1,230 pounds, and with a draft of about 4 inches, the 20 JVX CC is made for cruising the flats without the worry of running aground. A maximum horsepower rating of 90 H.P. makes the perfect setup for matching fuel economy with performance.

A lightweight hull and modified V-hull design combine for a boat that will carry more, go further and faster with less horsepower. That sums up the performance and economy features so important in a skiff.

The JVX Series provides excellent maneuverability and handling with the positive tracking keels. Patented splash guards provide the smooth, dry ride that Carolina Skiff has been known for after 30 years and counting in the business.

Durability is a foundation of all Carolina Skiff models. Patented box-beam construction produces a solid, durable, no-flexing hull that is completely wood free. You get peace of mind and years of enjoyment knowing that quality construction is a priority at Carolina Skiff.

Get even more peace of mind from the foam floatation used in the hull that exceeds U.S. Coast Guard requirements. Foam flotation exceeds Coast Guard requirements, providing positive flotation for shallow draft and quick-planning characteristics. Using more flotation than necessary also creates sound-deadening properties that make the ride smoother and quieter.

Ready to build and customize a 20 JVX CC? Get started using the Build A Boat tool. Visit Carolina Skiff at carolinaskiff.com . Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Something for Everyone at Home Run Fishing Charters and Lodge

 

Something for Everyone at Home Run Fishing Charters and Lodge

By Craig Lamb

Hooking up to freight train runs with a bull-sized redfish. Airborne largemouth on topwaters. Getting sore-armed from catching fat speckled trout. And all of those species caught from the same spot.

Sounds impossible. In the inshore waters of Louisiana, and around the saltwater fishing capital of Venice, that is a reality.

 

The most fertile fishing grounds in the U.S. are located here. The magic happens in the marshes and inshore waters where the mighty Mississippi River infuses the saltwater environment with nutrients. The sum of the whole is some of the best fishing for inshore species, and even freshwater largemouth, in the world.

Travel to Venice, and you will find a town filled with fish camps. One of those doesn’t fit the bill and for a good reason. The place is Home Run Fishing Charters and Lodge, where world-class fishing is served with world-class service, first class lodging, Cajun hospitality and gourmet dining.

If going offshore is thinking too far and wide for your fishing tastes, then taking an inshore adventure with the expert captains is the next best thing.

The fishing is laid back while exciting. The scenery is spectacular and like none other in the world. The Louisiana marshes are a haven for wildlife, from shore birds and avian species to reptiles and every kind of fish imaginable.

Speckled trout, or spotted seatrout, are plentiful here. From April through November the fishing is prime. Best of all, you can catch speckled trout using a variety of lures and tactics. Topwater lures, Carolina-rigged soft plastics, lead head jigs and popping cork rigs all produce strikes.

On a Home Run Charters speckled trout trip, you can expect to get lots of strikes, and even multiple hookups for all aboard.

Want to know more about Home Run Charters? Check out the website at homeruncharters.com. Find out more about the inshore fishing, including rates, by clicking here. To get updated fishing reports, conditions and just chat with someone at Home Run Charters, call (504) 982-8862.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Reds on the Fly

 

Reds on the Fly

By Craig Lamb

In Venice, Louisiana, a bucket list trip awaits any fly fisherman up for the challenge of a lifetime. Even better, you get to cast amid the backdrop of some of the most scenic fishing waters in the country. 

The challenge is catching a redfish, or red drum, on fly tackle. The trip is to south Louisiana, where the Mississippi River infuses coastal marshes with nutrients that supercharge the food chain. Think a food chain, from tiny crustaceans to top level predators, that live on steroids. The fish grow big, fight hard and are plentiful.

Your destination is the southernmost town on the Mississippi River Delta. Appropriately, the outpost is a base camp for world-class saltwater fishing, from inshore to offshore.

Home Run Fishing Charters and Lodge is the premier outfitter in Venice and for a lot of reasons. Luxury accommodations, gourmet dining, Cajun hospitality and experienced, licensed captains using the latest and best boats and equipment are why.

Captain Brian Sherman has been called the “Pied Piper of Redfish” and for many reasons. The irony of this Michigan native moving here following Hurricane Katrina speaks to the bucket list clients he now takes fly fishing for redfish. 

“A lot of my clients are from the Northeast, Upper Midwest, and they come here during winter to get away from the cold, use their fly fishing tackle.” 

“They don’t get the chance to fish during our best months,” he continued. “Instead of storing tackle for winter they can come down here, in the warmer weather, and catch a fish of a lifetime.”

The NCAA’s equivalent of March Madness is called Marsh Madness in these parts. That time is from October and into January when the Mississippi River is lower than any other time of the year. As a result, the water is clearer and conditions more predictable. Fly fishing is ideal and even better, you can sight cast for the prize.

“You can see the fish tailing, feeding and those months, by far, are the best time to come here,” said Sherman. “You can put the fly two, three feet ahead of the fish.”

The resulting adrenaline rush of a 27-plus inch redfish peeling off line as you grip a doubled-over rod can’t be beaten. Expect to do that more than once, if the conditions are right.

“It’s kind of a ‘mano o mano,’ hand to hand combat kind of experience,” said Sherman. “Most guys who come here don’t expect the kind of fight those reds put up in the shallow marsh.”

Sherman has a lot of clients who are skilled, seasonal fly fishermen accustomed to landing trout in swift streams and rivers. He advises gearing up for a trip to south Louisiana.

Suggested gear is an 8- or 9-weight fly rod and reel spooled with 15- 30-pound tippet. In order of productivity, he recommends bringing Clouser Minnows, followed by blue crab and shrimp imitators. Choose flies with chartreuse as a base color.

What sets Home Run Charters apart is the Home Run Lodges. The lodges are located within the very same marina where you will meet your captain and board their boat. You can have a tasty breakfast and be out the door and into the boat within minutes.

You can dine, rest and sleep and luxury at the lodge. Rates begin at $159 per person. Accommodations are three separate lodges with kitchen, living room, dining room, and bedrooms. Also included in the package is breakfast, a boxed lunch, and dinner. Or, you can stay in the lodge for $99 per person without meals.

Ready to book a trip? Click here for more information on rates. Got questions? Click here for the FAQs. Need more information? Call (504) 909-TUNA.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

 

Sea Chaser 24 HFC sets Standard for Serious Fish, Play Boat

 

 
Sea Chaser 24 HFC sets Standard for Serious Fish, Play Boat

By Craig Lamb

Are you a hardcore saltwater tournament angler? Will your family spend just as much time aboard the boat as you do fishing?

Finding a center console saltwater boat rigged and ready for fish and play isn’t that hard to find. What is though is finding a boat designed for comfort, safety and all the features you need for winning a tournament and keeping smiles on faces of family.

 

The boat that fills all those needs, and in luxury, comfort, and style, is the Sea Chaser 24 HFC by Carolina Skiff. Hybrid Fish & Cruise (HFC) truly means what it stands for in a boat. The revolutionary design of the HFC 24 is built from the bottom up with devoted fishermen and active families in mind.

Whatever the activity the 24 HFC is already rigged out with the features everyone needs to enjoy a long day on the water. Head out early for a long offshore run to catch pelagic species and then cruise a secluded island for an afternoon of beachcombing. You can do it all on the same trip with this features-loaded rig.

The 24 HFC delivers safety, comfort, style, and performance like no other boat in the class. The 24 HFC has a wide 101-inch beam, length overall of 23 feet, 9 inches, and a respectable gunwale height. You get that for safety, along with a fuel tank holding up to 100 gallons for long offshore runs and overnight trips to faraway destinations. The 24 HFC is rated for a maximum of 300 horsepower, providing plenty of transom space for dual outboards.

Comfort. That word sums up the interior family-friendly features of the 24 HFC. Up front is plush U-shaped bow lounge seating with forward facing backrest. Another bench seat can be folded down flush to the console for more cockpit roaming space.

Need storage space? There is more than you can ever need for watersports and other gear. Below the bow seating is a 208-quart/52-gallon compartment. Never loose sight of your cold beverage on this boat. There are eight stainless steel LED-illuminated cup holders throughout the boat. Additional bench seating is available, and a bi-fold console door leads to a marine head with standard Porta-Potti.

Tournament pros or weekend warriors will appreciate the blue-water setup for offshore fishing. Rocket launcher-style rod holders aft of the optional T-top and gunwale storage for six rods provide plenty of space to keep outfits at the ready. Eight top-gunwale mounted holders are positioned for trolling and drifting. Twin aerated live wells, a 25-gallon live well and 25-gallon baitwell built into the leaner seat, provide plenty of capacity for a long day of fishing.

Flip the cushioned helm seat and find the built-in live well, a prep sink with fold-down faucet and cutting board lid. Up front is a triangular-shaped deck hatch that can be used as a 32-gallong fish box. There’s even a molded recess to secure a bait bucket. Land your catch and store it in the in-floor fish box with bucket storage. Capacity is 128 quarts/32 gallons.

 

The 24 HFC has a large, open cockpit for setting tolling lines, a drift, or plenty of room when you double up with a partner on a trophy catch. There is a 15-gallon storage box extending across the transom bulkhead. Stern bench seating runs from beam to beam. Remove the plush cushions, and you have a built-in casting deck. Below the bench seating is a starboard hatch that opens to the insulated box for storing drinks or fish. The center hatch provides access to batteries and other operating systems of the boat.

For easy access, there’s a built-in side entry door and telescoping swim ladder. How’s that for upping your game for scuba diving, landing fish, or just boarding the boat with safety and ease.

The 24 HFC is built on Carolina Skiff’s legendary and trustworthy 30 years of boat design. Built with 100 percent composite construction, the 24 HFC is build solid and dependable for years of rugged use in saltwater environments. A quick-lift, high-performance step-hull provides quick hole shots to get the boat on plane for a smooth, dry ride.

You have a lot of options about finding out more about the HFC 24, Sea Chaser and Carolina Skiff models. There are 60 in all from which to choose and you can get started at carolinaskiff.com. You can find a dealer, learn more about the brand legacy, and build a boat on the website.  Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com