Try These Tips for Snook

 

Try These Tips for Snook

By Craig Lamb

Acrobatic leaps. Long runs. Screaming drags. Beautiful scenery. Go fishing for snook, and you get all of the above in one package.

Light tackle inshore anglers consider the snook one of the most sporting species of all to catch. Snook generally range in size from 3 to 15 pounds and catching giants up to 30 pounds is common during summer when the fish spawn around inlets and passes.

Mangrove shorelines on Southwest Florida and passes and inlets on the opposite coast are classic areas to catch snook in the Sunshine State. On both coasts, you can count on finding snook around bridges and piers, grass flats and nearby deep holes.

The Homosassa River, on the Gulf of Mexico side, is considered their northern range. Find then on the Atlantic side from the Florida Keys to the mid-coast around Daytona.

Current, structure and bait. Remember those three key simple needs of a snook, and you will have eliminated a lot of water.

Snook, like a freshwater largemouth bass, are opportunistic predators. They chase after food that requires the least effort. Current makes that job easier.

Current and structure go together because the latter requirement feeds the predator instinct. Snook like to ambush bait, and current breaks make ideal casting targets.

Bait is the given portion of the three-sided equation for catching snook. Find the bait, add the current, an ambush point and you have the perfect setup for snook.

What makes snook fishing so easy, and appealing is live bait is not a requirement. In fact, big splashy topwater baits spark the predator instinct of a snook. So do popper-shaped topwater plugs, glider baits, and wake baits. Fish them slow or fast until determining the mood of the fish.

A top choice for fishing in shallow water is the JVX Series by Carolina Skiff. A lightweight hull and modified V-hull design combine for a boat that will carry more, go further and faster with less horsepower.

You get 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.

Fishermen have plenty of options from which to choose from the JVX Series. Nine different models are in the JVX Series lineup, and you can customize the rig to fit angling needs.

Worth a strong look for snook fishing is the 18 JVX CC. This center console boat with a 78” beam and 17’ 9” overall is ideal for running the winding, shallow channels of the back country and mangroves where snook lurk.

The 18 JVX CC gives you an edge for accessing shallow creeks and rivers with it’s modified V-hull design. Carry more weight farther and faster with less horsepower. Add that together, and the sum is a boat that performs better than any other at a cost that can’t be beat.

See the full line of Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser boats at carolinaskiff.com. With 60 different options and models, you can use the Build A Boat feature. On the website, you can find a dealer, request a catalog and more. Check out the loyal following of Carolina Skiff fans and owners on Facebook.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Have the Perfect Fishing Vacation with Home Run Charters

 

Have the Perfect Fishing Vacation with Home Run Charters

By Craig Lamb

Are you looking for a picture perfect, bucket list trip to fulfill your ultimate fishing fantasy?

Run these scenes through your mind.

The rod bent double as you fight a 100-pound yellowfin tuna in the offshore waters of Louisiana. The drag screaming on your spinning reel as a bull redfish makes a freight train run in the coastal marsh. Hooked up as a school of iridescent blue, green and yellow bull dolphin follows as you bring your catch back to the boat.

Walk out of your luxury condo that is just steps away from a fast boat. A boat with 300 horses that get you to the fish before anyone else. A boat rigged out with the latest electronic fish finding bling. Fantastic food. Lifetime memories.

All of the above is realty with a trip to Venice, Louisiana, at Home Run Fishing Charters and Lodge. Experience it once, and you’ll return again and again, just like the regular customers who filled bucket list trips only to come back for more.

Service is what sets Home Run Charters apart. Fish with the most knowledgeable captains, stay in the most all-inclusive luxurious accommodations in Venice, and experience the tastiest food around.

What else sets us Home Run Charters apart is the fleet. You will get to the best fishing areas first in boats designed for speed, safety, and comfort. 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.

Leading the fleet is Captain John Pisa. He brings two decades of South Louisiana fishing experience to the helm. That says a lot, considering the undeniable fact the area defines the state’s nickname of Sportsman’s Paradise.

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 Lifesyle.com

Louisiana’s Best-Kept Fishing Secret is Offshore

 

Louisiana’s Best-Kept Fishing Secret is Offshore

By Craig Lamb

Go to New Orleans for the obvious reasons. Jazz, food, the French and Cajun-infused culture. Drive 2 hours south and arrive at a completely different world. Here you will encounter some of the world’s best saltwater fishing that begins in Grand Isle.

Located on a barrier island of the same name, Grand Isle is a remote oasis where the mainland ends and the Gulf of Mexico begins. What makes it so productive for fishing is the nutrient-rich flow of the Mississippi River. The mouth of the river is not far away.

All those reasons explain why Grand Isle is the hub of saltwater fishing for South Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Every saltwater fish known to man is found here. And in size and abundance. Pull up near a deepwater oil rig, toss a live bait rig or cast a lure and hang on. What’s on the other end of the line you won’t know until it breaks the surface or nears the boat.

Capt. Lance Walker grew up here. Like his grandfather and uncle, Walker and his family owned fishing camps around Grand Isle. Walker has spent a lifetime on the water and over a decade ago started Fish Commander Charters.

“I’ve always said that if you are making a living doing something you love, then you must be doing something right.”

Walker spends over 150 days a year guiding his clients and taking them to world-class waters filled with tuna, snapper, grouper, amberjack, cobia, king mackerel, dolphin, marlin, wahoo and more.

His charter business demands using the most reliable, dependable, safe and functional gear available for days and weeks at a time. Downtime means lost business, and during the peak season, he can’t afford it.

Walker’s personal choice for a boat is a 32-foot Twin Vee catamaran that is designed for commercial charter fishing. It features a wide beam, with stable deck that gives up to six customers plenty of room to fish and relax.

“I have captained boats from 20 to 60 feet, and this is the best riding fishing rig that I have ever been on.”

To get his clients on fish—and sometimes that takes hours of run time out into the Gulf—Walker depends on Yamaha. His boat is powered by class-leading V6 4.2L F300 outboards.

Why Yamaha? Here’s why.

“I started out with the 250 four stroke, and after about five good years with those, the 300 horsepower came out.”

“The fuel efficiency is just as good, and the speed is incredible,” continued Walker. “The light weight is very consistent with what I need to make the catamaran hull perform at it’s best.”

That is a lot of bragging but it’s true. When cruising at 4000 RPM the F300’s speed is up to 19% faster than other 300 h.p. brands. That is achieved by technology that results in an outboard that is lightest in its class with the largest displacement.

Walker has reason to brag about fuel economy. He might run 100 miles—or more—one-way, on an average trip. The F300 features up to 17% better long-range fuel economy than comparable 300 h.p. four-stroke outboards. That is due to Yamaha’s class-leading technology.  [just make sure you have all the data to support these claims]

Here is the most impressive statistic of them all. Walker’s twin F300s have 5,600 hours* and counting of dependable operation in all kinds of weather, fishing conditions, and for weeks at the time. 

“Without the dependability of Yamaha, we can’t feed our families, get the trips off and keep our customer’s happy.”

Click here to see an interactive view with all of the benefits of the Yamaha V6 Offshore Four Stroke.

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Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Never Strike Out with Home Run Charters

 

Never Strike Out with Home Run Charters

By Craig Lamb

“We had our limit of red snapper in about 15 minutes.”

“We were headed back to the dock by lunch time with about 700 pounds of fish.”

“Woody and Reece had us limiting out in no time.”

“The accommodations were outstanding.”

Actual customers at Home Run Fishing Charters & Lodge made all of the above comments in TripAdviser. The reason why these satisfied customers keep coming back is the fastest, best-equipped boats whose captains know more about the Venice area than anyone else. Top it off with the most luxurious lodging just steps away from the boat slips, great food, and hospitality, and you have it all at Home Run Charters & Lodge. 

Wahoo, marlin, dolphin and tuna. Redfish, speckled trout, flounder, sheepshead, and tripletail. Inshore or offshore. Venice, Louisiana, is one of few places in the world where you can go from fishing skinny water to blue water in the same trip. Every month is great for inshore fishing.

If going deep is more your style, you can do that, too. That’s what makes rig fishing off the shores of Venice, Louisiana so exciting. In addition to targeting shallow-water reef fish, Home Run Charters can also take you out to the deep end of the Gulf to go after some truly unique creatures.

Click here for more about the offshore fishing offered by Home Run Charters.

A specialty charters for yellowfin tuna, one of the most sporting and tasty fish in the sea. Yellowfin congregate in massive schools, so when you hook into one, there are many more of the big fish. Click here for more about the yellowfin charters.

If you want to hook up with a fish that will make the reel scream as line peels away, then a wahoo charter can please you. Wahoo is the fastest species of mackerel and provides more of a sporting challenge and reward than most fish that swim. Click here

Another sporting fish is the dolphin, or mahi mahi. The fish travel in large schools, so when you catch one, others oftentimes follow it back to the boat. Toss in a bait rig and hang on. Repeat until cooler is filled. You get the idea. Click here for more about the charters for one of the most sporting—and tastiest—fish in the sea.

For a bucket list offshore trip the marlin charters are a good bet. The Marlin is a smart, pelagic predator and one of the most prized saltwater fish in the world. Sheer power, acrobatics and a long fight are the rewards. Find out more by clicking here.

Louisiana’s marshes and inland waters are among the most productive in the world. And especially so for redfish and speckled trout. Take in the beauty of coastal Louisiana while fishing for some of the gamiest fish that swim. Click here for redfish and find out more about speckled trout charters here.

No matter the choice you will do it in style. Home Run Charters runs two 36’ Yellowfin 36 boats designed for smooth, dry rides in the blue water, and powered by a trio of fast, dependable 300-horsepower Yamaha outboards. What that means for you is a boat that skims across the water at 50 mph or more. You will be first to the best fishing while arriving safely.

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

The boats are rigged with the latest navigation and fish finding electronics. Hook a big tuna near an offshore petroleum rig in 1,000 feet of water? No problem. For deep dropping the Yellowfins are equipped with electric reels. You provide the cooler, and Home Run provides the expertise. 

Meet that expertise. The team of captains is among the most experienced in the business. Click here to meet the team. 

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.

This is no ordinary Venice fish camp. Call it a luxurious lodging experience. From the stylish Tommy Bahamas furniture to the ornate fixtures and rich, hardwood floors, our accommodations offer a more refined way to relax after an exciting day of inshore or offshore fishing. The lodges can comfortably accommodate up to 20 people at one time, which makes our property the perfect venue for corporate gatherings, bachelor parties, and other special events.

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.

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 

Spectacular Disaster Flick Depicts Real-Life Events Surrounding BP Oil Spill

 

Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, April 20, 2010, worst oil spill in U.S. history, Gulf of Mexico, perspective of the rig's Chief Electronics TechnicianDeepwater Horizon

Film Review by Kam Williams

Spectacular Disaster Flick Depicts Real-Life Events Surrounding BP Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, located 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana, exploded when high-pressure methane gas blew out the drill pipe. 11 members of the crew perished in the ensuing fiery inferno which engulfed the platform.

The accident also caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history, with over 200 million gallons of crude leaking into the Gulf of Mexico by the time the well was finally capped 86 days later.   At that point, authorities turned their attention to the question of who was to blame for the mammoth ecological disaster.

There was no shortage of potential villains to sort through, given that the drilling unit had been built in South Korea, was owned by Transocean Limited, a Swiss company, operated under the flag of the Marshall Islands, was leased to British Petroleum (BP) but maintained by Halliburton, an American field service corporation, and serviced by Schlumberger, a Dutch company. Ultimately, the bulk of the blame would be attributed to BP, which would be found guilty of gross negligence and pay billions of dollars in damages to thousands of aggrieved parties.

Directed by Peter Berg (Battleship), Deepwater Horizon revisits the infamous incident primarily from the perspective of the rig’s Chief Electronics Technician, Mike Williams. The picture reunites Berg with Mark Wahlberg with whom he previously collaborated on Lone Survivor.

Wahlberg plays Williams, a working-class hero of unquestioned integrity. As the film unfolds, we find him bidding adieu to his family before departing for a 21-day tour on the Horizon. If only Mike had heeded warning signs like his wife’s (Kate Hudson) premonitions and his daughter Sydney’s (Stella Allen) science project with a Coke can geyser gone kabluey, he might have had the good sense to call in sick.

Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, April 20, 2010, worst oil spill in U.S. history, Gulf of Mexico, perspective of the rig's Chief Electronics Technician

The same could be said of his colleague Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez), a mechanic who couldn’t get her car started that same morning. Even the helicopter ferrying them to work experienced an ominous bird strike en route to the platform. And upon landing, they’re greeted by a pal with a macabre skull-and-crossbones emblazoned on his hard hat.

Of far more significance are Don Vidrine (John Malkovich) and Bob Kaluza (Brad Leland), the bigwig BP bureaucrats who begin bullying their employees from the minute the chopper lands on the deck. This clueless pair of villains prove willing to put profits before any safety concerns, so it’s no surprise when the platform’s unstable drill pipe pops its cork.

The spectacular, pyrotechnic calamity which follows affords Mike an opportunity not only to play hero in a sea of fire but to later shame the cowardly culprits responsible in court. A harrowing tale of survival topped off by justice duly being served. What more could you ask for from an action-oriented morality play? 

   

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated PG-13 for intense action sequences, disturbing images and brief profanity

Running time: 107 minutes

Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Source:  Baret News