How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar


How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar

Edwin Evers is an 11-time B.A.S.S. winner, including the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro

 by Edwin Evers

When it comes to electronics, a question I get asked a lot is, “How do you customize your fish finder settings at the beginning of a day on the water?”

The short answer is, “I don’t.”


You might think that a guy who makes his living with a rod and reel and who’s always looking for ways to tweak a lure or find a stronger knot would spend a lot of time tinkering with his electronics to get them dialed in just right. One of the best features about Lowrance’s fishfinder/chartplotter displays is that they’re so intuitive that they’ve removed the need for guesswork and a lot of customization. Before I take off to start my fishing day, 90 percent of the time, I just start my Lowrance HDS-12 and HDS-16 displays when I launch in the morning and turn them off when I put the boat back on the trailer at the end of the day. Generally speaking, these units do everything I need to do automatically, so I can focus on fishing.

The only time I make any adjustments is with the SideScan Imaging feature of StructureScan® 3D. If I’m in 10 feet of water, I’ll set the SideScan Imaging to show me a range of 60 to 80 feet on either side of my boat. At 30 feet, I’ll double that, but no wider. That’s because I’m often using it to look for actual fish, and they can be easy to miss if you don’t keep your SideScan Imaging range tight. If you’re looking for great electronics that will help you find and catch fish just by turning them on, check out Lowrance. It won’t let you down!

Edwin Evers is an 11-time B.A.S.S. winner, including the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro

The latest release from Lowrance is the HDS Carbon series, available in 16-, 12-, 9- and 7-inch displays.

Anglers in the market for a do-it-all integrated system need a processor that can smoothly drive the high-tech capabilities of HDS Carbon, like StructureScan 3D with SideScan and DownScan Imaging, dual-channel CHIRP sonar and SiriusXM Weather Chart Overlay. HDS Carbon takes processing power to a new level with a dual-core processor that allows anglers to switch between applications and simultaneously view independent sonar feeds with ease.

Lowrance SolarMAX HD display technology features high-definition views and clear visibility in all conditions with the widest available range of viewing angles – even when wearing polarized sunglasses. The new displays are engineered to withstand higher temperatures than conventional units, offering enhanced reliability in warmer climates. The secret behind the new SolarMAX HD displays comes from the implementation of the most advanced in-plane switching (IPS) screens in fishing electronics. With superior color accuracy and boosted high-definition reproduction, IPS screens are perfectly designed for viewing picture-like sonar images. Whether viewing menu panels or on screen fish targets, the improved clarity and sharpness of SolarMAX HD displays are clearly evident from any angle.

HDS Carbon expands the Lowrance arsenal of sonar technology with dual-channel CHIRP and Network Dual Sounder. Dual-channel CHIRP enables anglers to get dual-range sonar coverage from the same transducer with a dual channel CHIRP sonar transducer installed on their boat. Anglers can also cover more water and mark fish targets more clearly with Network Dual Sounder technology, which provides sonar data from a network of CHIRP transducers.

Edwin Evers is an 11-time B.A.S.S. winner, including the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro

In addition to integrated wireless connectivity that enables anglers to download software updates and map purchases directly to the unit, HDS Carbon features Bluetooth control of multiple Power-Pole shallow-water anchors and Bluetooth audio streaming from the SonicHub2 marine entertainment system. Anglers can navigate with ease with HDS Carbon using proven Lowrance navigation technology, built-in C-MAP Insight mapping with enhanced coverage of coastal and inland waters, a 10 Hz internal GPS antenna, and compatibility with the most expansive selection of optional cartography on the market, including Insight Genesis custom mapping, Insight PRO by C-MAP, Lake Insight HD by C-MAP, C-MAP MAX-N+, Navionics and more.

HDS Carbon also supports Broadband Radar, SmartSteer control of Motorguide Xi5 trolling motors and Lowrance Outboard pilot, and full engine data integration through compatibility with Mercury VesselView Link.

To get the complete view of new Lowrance HDS Carbon fishfinder/chartplotter displays or find a dealer new you, visit


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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 and find out everything you need to know about booking a trip.


Original Source: Sportsmans



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 Today. Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.


Original Source:  Sportsmans 


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.



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.


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.



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 


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 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


Wins Top Billfish Honors and Sniper Captures the Dolphin Jackpot


Wins Top Billfish Honors and Sniper Captures the Dolphin Jackpot in the 2017 Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament

By Capt. Dave Lear

 The bite wasn’t on fire for the 28th annual Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament. The record 97 boats competing had to search hard in their efforts to find cooperative fish. Some ventured 70 miles south while others ran 30 miles due east from Oregon Inlet. In the end, though, all five award categories were filled, and several nice game fish were raised at the scales. As one team declared when checking out the leaderboard, “We caught a beautiful day.”

Photo By: Capt. Dave Lear

Capt. Rom Whitaker led his team aboard Release, a 52 Bobby Sullivan, to the first-place trophy on the basis of four billfish released (one blue marlin, three sailfish). The all-friends team has been competing in the Alice Kelly for seven years.

“This is awesome,” says angler Allyson Hoggard, who released a blue and a sail. “We’ve had the same team for seven years, all friends, so we’ve earned this, for sure. Capt. Rom is the best ever. This tournament is really a fun setting and a chance for all of us to get together. We have a good time and raise money for a cause we all believe in.”

The other four top teams all scored 300 points for three billfish, and the final outcome was determined by time of release. True Grit, a 54 Paul Mann run by Capt. Hank Beasley was second (three sails), followed by Uno Mas, a 68 Bayliss with Capt. Tommy Lynskey at the helm for three white marlin. Capt. Jordan Croswait on Legacy (57 Bobby Sullivan) skippered the fourth-place team to three white marlin as well. Gratitude, a 60 Paul Spencer run by Capt. Carson Forrester, came in fifth place with two sails and a dolphin.

Photo By: Capt. Dave Lear

Susan Wolf took the top dolphin honors as well as the optional jackpot of $19,550 for her 20.5-pound fish. Wolf was competing aboard Sniper (58 Paul Mann) with Capt. Jimmy Bayne.

The largest yellowfin, a 61.8-pounder, was cranked in by Suzan Quesenberry, fishing aboard Trophy Hunter. Kenneth Brown is the skipper of the 55 Buddy Cannady.

Michelle Desrosiers was on the winning end of a 45.1-pound wahoo. She was fishing on Sea Rounds, a 52 Viking run by Capt. Doc Hoefer. The boat was about 31 miles out on the 700 line in 45 fathoms when the striped speedster hit a purple/black lure. That catch turned out to be her biggest fish ever. Desrosiers and her team mates all work at the same medical facility with Dr. Hoefer.

“It was a good day,” Hoefer said after the weight of the wahoo was announced. “We thought we were going to get rained on this morning, but we never felt a drop. It turned out to be a nice day.”

Photo By: Capt. Dave Lear

Emily Bracher, competing on Pelican with Capt. Arch Bracher, was named both the top junior angler and the Paula Stanski Award winner for Angling Excellence for her white marlin release. A total of 64 billfish were let go by this year’s tournament fleet.

“Thank you, Alice, for bringing us all together once again,” said Director Heather Maxwell. “We couldn’t do this without our wonderful sponsors and all our dedicated volunteers. We raised some serious money for a very worthy cause, and we all had fun. So it really was another beautiful day.”

Photo By: Capt. Dave Lear

Celebrating 28 years, the Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament has become a major event on the competitive East Coast big-game circuit. It was started to honor Kelly, the late champion for Outer Banks women, as well as to raise money for a very important cause—fighting cancer. It’s also the opportunity for women anglers to showcase their Gulf Stream talents while having fun with a defiant splash of pink in the form of t-shirts, costumes, ribbons, bows, and lures.

The Outer Banks Cancer Support Group is the major beneficiary of the Alice Kelly Tournament. All base entry fees are donated to the organization, and additional fund-raising efforts include a raffle drawing and a bra-decorating contest. The 2018 tournament will be held August 11-12 at the Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo.


Original Source: Sportsmans 


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 today . Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.


Original Source: Sportsmans


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 



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.

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Recognizing Changing Conditions Often Critical in Relocating ‘Lost’ Bass


Recognizing Changing Conditions Often Critical in Relocating ‘Lost’ Bass


Matt Herren’s recent victory in the Toyota® Texas Bass Classic, one of the most prestigious bass tournaments in the country, hinged almost entirely on the Yamaha Pro’s ability to recognize and adjust to rapidly changing water conditions, even though he’d never before seen the lake he was fishing.

Herren won the three-day event on Lake Ray Roberts in north Texas with 15 bass weighing 51 pounds, 12 ounces, beating 37 other top-ranked anglers from both the Bassmaster® Elite Series and the FLW® Tour. This is his thirteenth season as a fulltime tournament pro, during which he has qualified for six Bassmaster Classics® and five Forrest Wood Cup® championships.

“When we started our two-day practice, the lake was more than two feet high,” he explains, “and as expected, the fish were holding around shallow shoreline bushes and biting really well. Then, around noon that first practice day, the Corps of Engineers started dropping the water level, and I knew the shallow bite wouldn’t last.

Understanding how bass relate to their habitat, be it a lake, a river, or even a tidal system, is an important part of bass fishing, and having to relocate ‘lost bass’ that move when water levels change is one of the most common problems bass fishermen face.

“The first question you have to ask yourself is, ‘Where are the bass going?’,” Continues the Yamaha Pro, “and the second question is, ‘How are they going to get there?’. I think the key to answering both questions is locating a ditch or channel the bass can use to swim from shallow to deeper water. That’s how they’re almost always going to move, and that’s what I found that allowed me to win at Lake Ray Roberts.
“Very seldom, when bass are leaving the shallow water, will they simply scatter heading back to deep water.  They move into shallow water using channels, and they move back out using those same channels.”

Herren had noticed several small channels or ditches leading out from the shallow water when he’d started practice, and he followed them with his electronics out across the shallow flats to depths of about 10 feet. There, he also realized the channels contained abundant cover, in this case, flooded cedar trees, and that’s where the traveling bass had stopped and were suspended.

“When a lake is falling, you can fish your way down one of these channels, or just idle down it until you find some type of cover that might hold bass and start fishing there,” says Herren.  “Fish will not always move far, but they can certainly move fast, and this speed is what a lot of fishermen don’t realize.  During the Toyota® Classic, they moved 300 yards in less than 24 hours, and I’ve been in tournaments where they moved both further and faster.”

Herren caught the suspended bass with a 5/8-ounce jig he pitched into the limbs. Each tree, however, only held a single bass, and if they didn’t bite his falling jig on the first pitch, he tried another tree. He caught some fish on crankbaits and soft plastics, but the majority came on his jig.

“The part of the puzzle I haven’t figured out,” laughs the Yamaha Pro, “is why each tree only had one bass, and when I removed that bass, another one did not come in to take its place. I was actually fishing new water on every single tree, so I’m just glad there were a lot of trees for me to fish.” Y

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