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 May 23, 2005; 12:13AM - More of the same
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Capt. Scott Avanzino
 Author E-mail:  avanzino@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Just when you think it cant get any better it does..something about the power of a morning prayer- I highly recommend it!!Anyhow..fantastic week of fishing..jumbo and eating sized red and mangrove snapper, cobia, grouper, dolphin, wahoo, tuna and yes blue marlin!!!Not sure where to start..but after Randy's unsolicited report looks like Wednesday's trip has been covered..Returned to Venice Thursday with Darryl filling in for me on a snapper trip that day..man did he wear the old guys out..they ended up with a fine limit of red snapper and a few oddballs..dont askabout the ones that got away..it was a team sport that day 3 grown men with one rod vs. whatever would be foolish enough to take the bait..they did it slow and steady one fish at a time one..Darryl said it was pure comedy, but like the fine musk used in the movie Anchor Man - 60% of the time it worked all the time....one guy on the reel, one guy holding the middle of the rod and one guy attached to the fighting belt..looked like the portrait at Iwa Jima...anyhow all the names sort of melt into a haze after Satursday's group of 18, but I somehow remember all the guys from Thursday (Hal, D, Ross, Tim, Tristan and Walter); Dock discussion centered on all wanting action over 6 guys fishing for one giant marlin; so we went wide left instead of straight and made our first successful mangrove trip of the year..funny thing was the first seven fish in the boat were red snappers we chummed to the surface..look out Susan Gros..these were big mamas too..managed to get the small ones (5-10#) in the boat..glad the fly tackle never made it out of the cabin..got on a few rigs holding more gray snapper than reds and ended up with a nice box by quiting time..18 red and 9 grey along with 2 scamps and a cobia..Saturday things got interesting with more scheduling changes one Friday evening than ever before..worse than the ticket counter at O'hare in a snowstorm..the broken down boat bug always hits on Saturday or seconds after Close Of Business Friday ..managed to get everything worked out but still had a few bugs attack ending 2 of 4 trips early..thankfully Sonny and I managed to make it out unscathed, he in the Phat Cat and me by myself in the Albemarle..had tried to arrange for a deckhand the night before but got an extra set of hands from the crew..Sonny initially went long for tuna and I stayed closer to the shelf..tough day for Sonny as he ended up trolling by noon with ony 2 small tuna amid the boat show and tuna no show at Medusa..meanwhile we were off to a great start with a triple on dolphin right off the bat..couldnt get the lines set for the first half hour..then nothing for hours..about 10am we had a small blue come crash the party but fail to swallow..one swipe and it was gone..30 minutes later we had a sail come penciling behind two baits but failed to make contact with a dropback..tough to learn how to do it while on the hot seat, but at least my special guest deckhand Andy Mclemore got to see the fish..about 12:30 I could hear discussions of going rig fishing circulating below but I stood my ground..conditions were too ripe to leave..and at 1pm I got my confirmation with a hot blue marlin in the spread and ON!!!Once we wrestled the football away from the monkey down in the cockpit and settled in for the fight in marginal seas..it was a tag team effort between Robert Routon and Mike Frenzel, both suffering from a dual affliction of the Irish and Venice Flu..the fish was tagged with he last and only tag on the boat and I reset the baits..I wasnt into the first sentance of my routine post billfish radio conversation with Sonny when another fish slammed the longline and put on an 11 jump show..I put Tyler on the rod and since we had already run through the drill of clearing lines 25 minutes earlier, the spider monkey never got ah old of the football again and we positioned ourselves for a text book back down chase..the fish was released in just under 10 minutes too by yours truley who got to drive, wire and photo the second fish of the hour..snapped a few pictures and turned it loose..managed one more 20 pound dolphin before calling it early..as we were picking up Little Rimmer passed by with some friends and hooked another blue out fo the same spot..not sure how it turned out but I know alot of fish were seen and caught within the same 10 mile stretch of the Sargasso Hwy..Sonny ended up with 2 blackfin and a dozen dolphin from size 11 flipflops to size 36 inseam..The other boat caught two tuna and 2 cobia..Both Lance and Sonny were out today..Sonny with his self proclaimed 'best snapper catch of the year' and Lance with a last minute save..he trolled the rip and had not one strike by 1pm..he headed south and caught three 60-80 pound yellowfins and 2 blackfins coming in on the late side..Meanwhile Capt. Bill Delabar continues to prove his ability and proficiency bringing in 9 yellowfin with our group that broke down yesterday..he has been covering our trips that would be fishing on the 36 Twin vee this week and next..at this rate, I almost would rather the factory keep the boat for the rest of the summer!!!Just loaded the pictures from the adventures..more to come when I get them from Bill and Sonny...Paradise Outfitters - 985-845-8006
 May 19, 2005; 12:02AM - Huge marlin caught in Loisiana
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Capt. Scott Avanzino
 Author E-mail:  avanzino@yahoo.ccom
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Well it has been another amazing week in Venice..we had some incredible catches this week..taan, wahoo, dolphin, amrlin, grouper, cobia, snapper and amberjack..Have to say the two blue marlin in the same daytakes the cake..especially the fact that the secod fish weighed between 800-1000 pounds easy..see the picture if you dont beleive me..total chaos Monday with the Rio Enegry boys....not one but two marlin came crashing in the spread.a big one and a little one..they hit each of the baits twice missing the hooks and making a series of short strikes..it was a hairy 2 minutes and somehow to everyone's disbelief and shock we came away empty..I have never sen such a hot fish as the bigger of the two..it almost looked like they were competing for the ballyhoo baits and how we came away with a zero was beyond me..I was honestly ready to throw Lance overboard although it was just a case of no ones fault but unluck....fortunately it would change in a hurry..took a few deep breaths, let the stars spinning aound our heads fade away while we calmly regrouped, pulled all the meat baits in and reloaded with fresh ballyhoo..made a U-turn and hoped for the best...didt take long,,about one minute into the re-run to get the small one to eat after a miss and a 20 second drop back..fish on!!Finally..after 8 jumps we got the hook-up..a slow rewind ensued and we billed and released the fish 30 minutes later after a round of pictures..quickly got back on course put out the spread and in 5 minutes we had the mama on the short rigger..one swat and miss..then the bait got loaded with grass..I remember thinking what un-luck is this....anyay Lance was on top of it and with a fast track he jumped the grass of the bait with the fish still after it..one pounce, gulp and 20 second drop back and she was on..looked like a plane crashed in the gulf and tumbled for about a 1/4 mile..this fish went ape..total ape..in 90 seconds we had lost 400 yards and I was in full reverse backing over the outrigger and center rigger lines - and didnt care if we could reel to clear fast enough..I made the decision this one was worth the price of the whole spread..meanwhile..still going full reverse and loosing fast..I could see gold about one minute later so we spun and chased in forward at 15 knots until we regained half the line..then spun back and chased full reverse, which took another 45 minutes to get to the wire..was more than shocked to see such a huge fish..I initially thought 500-600 at the strike, and in total shock to see such a monster roll over along side the boat..with bill and tail..she was longer then our 13 feet beam by 2 feet..really about as long as last years estimated grander but not as thick..estimaed the fish conservatively at 800 pounds..see for yourself in the picture below..that is the tail making the wake to the far right..easy 12 feet fork to lower jaw..but skinny..we were so excited after the release that we sat there for 30 minutes high fiving and wondering when we would wake up from the dream..I was glad no one was injured and the fish swim away healthy..though, the fish never came in contact with the boat..it had a chunk missing out of its back, that looked like a wound from a pick axe..managed one more dolphin and 2 wahoo before making 4 drifts over a hot spot and adding 4 snapper and 2 grouper to the ice on the ride home...amazing day!!! Capt. Kerry ran 5 trips for us this week landing a total of 42 yellowfin tuna and 5 bull dolphin..we also had several great trips catching wahoo, grouper red and mangrove snapper...More in store for next week..amazing summer already..Paradise Outfitters - 985-845-8006
 May 15, 2005; 05:27PM - More season firsts
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Capt. Scott Avanzino
 Author E-mail:  avanzino@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Well..we finally released our first billfish of the season and also put a few dolphin and cobia in the boat for some second and third firsts of the season..otherwise nothing else has changed..snapper limits continue to abound and the night tuna fishing has been off thre charts..and plenty grouper and wahoo still..we will be updating our photo gallery to show off these great catches..the pending #2 snapper of 42 pounds is still pending while we continue to knock of its closest and younger relatives, most of our big fish have been coming off the rigs on large live baits..a gorgoues rip formed up this week allowing us our shots on billfish and a release of a nice sail..somehow we broke off a 350-400 pound blue last Tuesday on 80 pound line..ouch..we have also had 3 overnight tuna trips this week to which anywhere from 9-15 yellowfin we boated..we have alos put at least one warsaw grouper inthe box in 5 consecutive trips..Lance and Willie trolled the rip yesterday followng a nght of tuna fioshing and added an 80 and 50 pound wahoo to the catch..Fishing will stay as hot as it is through the summmer!! PARADISE OUTFITTERS - 985-845-8006
 May 15, 2005; 07:51AM - Incredible Offshore Action
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Damon Mcknight
 Author E-mail:  info@superstrikecharters.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Sorry for the lack of reports lately but I have been busy trying to get our new boat ready for the season.

This past Friday we took out Dana Coleman and friends. Although the weather wasn't exactly what it was supposed to be the fishing was still very good. We pulled up to our spot and right off the bat we picked up two yellowfin tuna and 1 blackfin tuna. After that it slowed down quick. We stayed around for about another hour and headed in to some closer rigs to fish for snapper and cobia. They did manage to get a few red snapper and mangrove snapper, 1 undersize cobia, and that was it for the day. The offshore fishing is really picking up since the last couple of weeks. The big yellowfin tuna are moving back in and yesterday a private boat caught a 525lb. bluefin. The Marlin and Dolphin are starting to move in on the rip lines and floaters. Around the rigs the cobia, snapper, and grouper are all over the place. It is that time of year again. You never know what your going to catch next. The weather has been nice, sunny almost every day, with a little more wind than expected, but still not bad. We have openings if anyone wants to see what real fishing is all about.

Capt. Damon Mcknight/Super Strike Charters

www.superstrikecharters.com or 1 800 318 1720
 May 6, 2005; 09:40AM - Summer Fishing Has Arrived!
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Damon Mcknight
 Author E-mail:  info@superstrikecharters.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The offshore fishing during May does not get any better. With your chance to catch Marlin, Tuna, Dolphin, and Wahoo around the floaters and grasslines to Rig Fishing for Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack and Cobia. You can't ask for much more. The marlin fishing should be outstanding this season. Last year it was phenomenal. There were a few days that we hooked Back to Back blue marlin. The largest went about 650lbs. that took 4 hours to bring him to leader. Plenty of White Marlin as well. No sailfish last year but blues ans whites made up for it. Our fishing and weather will be outstanding for the next four months. Till next time. You can check out our site at http://www.superstrikecharters.com

Damon Mcknight/Super Strike Charters/ 1 800 318 1720
 May 1, 2005; 02:28PM - Venice, tuna grouper and snapper abound
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Capt. Scott Avanzino
 Author E-mail:  avanzino@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Red snapper, grouper and yellowfin tuna abound!!!..It has been an amazing 10 days of fishing for us and we are glad to put an end to a slump that we had during the first week of the month of April..With May and spring upon us we hope to keep the momentum rolling..it has been strange..some days the tuna bite better at night and others during the day..snapper and grouper have been large and consistent more so during the daylight hours..with the best catches coming off live bait..I cant believe how many warsaw grouper we have caughtof late; probably 8 in 10 trips..We had a 42 pound red snapper last week and probably 40 fish over 20 pounds since the season opened..photos are updated in our website photo gallery should you want to see all of these increadible fish..Last Tuesday we got on a wide open yellowfin tuna bite..as fast as we could get the baits out we would hook, fight and land a 40-80 pound yellowfin..by noon we had fought over a dozen fish getting 7 of them into the cooler..sadly I dropped the largest one in the water at the cleaning dock, and after a 20 minute swim in brisk filthy water I failed to recover the fish..on the contrary, the cobalt bluewater is about 40 miles offshore and pushing hard from the west..in fact the water looks more purple than blue..we even caught our first bull dolphin of the year last week, so it can only get better from here..I am anticipating a marlin any day now..we are going to put the chair and outriggers back on the boats this week..We fished the opening of snapper at 12:01AM April 21 with the first fish of the season being a 31 pounder about 5 minutes into the trip..although we had to move around quite a bit to get the limit, in the end we filled the box in about 5 hours..the wind kept us at home all weekend, but we will be back in force this week with 4 overnight trips and 3 day trips..www.paradise-outfitters.com - 985-845-8006
 Apr 11, 2005; 03:07PM - Bluewater is close to Venice
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Capt. Scott Avanzino
 Author E-mail:  avanzino@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Man has it been a month since the last report? Been busy retooling boats for the warm and busy season and enjoying a few good weather trips in between the fronts..we have been all over doing all kinds of fishing when we can get out..big story has been the consistent tuna bite..we have had great success with 80-120 pound yellowfins on our day and night trips as well as an occasional wahoo. I have been doing a good bit of grouper fishing the last few trips and have found a few decent snapper as well..looks to be a great season..we fished some live bottom this week that kept the trip ion constant bites..Also just fished the leading edge of an eddy off the Gulf stream Loop Current..we had been waiting for it to get close enough to Louisiana and last week the 80 degree blue water was withing 40 miles of the pass..tons of trash floating wads of bait but not alot of action..saw plenty of flying fish and have hooked and boated a few tuna and small wahoo on the line..we will be going back this week and hope for a better catch..we just ordered a 36 ft Twin Vee catamaran and expect a mid May delivery..it will be our new boat for day tuna trips to the deepwater platforms well offshore..Paradise Outfitters - 985-845-8006
 Mar 11, 2005; 06:25PM - March wahoo, tuna and grouper
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Capt. Scott Avanzino
 Author E-mail:  avanzino@yahoo.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Got out Monday and Wednesday this week and the weather and fishing conditions were much better than expected...water temp was 75 degrees and cobalt blue on the Lump Monday and even after a hard north wind all Tuesday, it remained 71 and blue green by Wednesday..the fish were hungry too..both days..Monday we had tuna in the slick and two on the line for the first drift..its been a while since I had to walk a big tuna around the anchor line, and it was a problem I welcomed..I finally figured out how to catch fish on the Lump..Let Capt. Sonny go hog wild in the cockpit doing everything while I go up on the fordeck and get a suntan..anyway, by 11am we had 2 nice yellows and 6 blacks..I had been wanting to drag for wahoo since arrival and by 11:30 after losing a nice wahoo boatside on chum and mono leader, I was able to make the sale..unfortunately, it failed to work despite all the goodies in the trick bag and after several strikeless laps we decided to call it early; and with the impending rain and weather it was the right call....Wednesday promised 1-3 ft seas and overcast..they were 50% right although it was pefect glass by afternoon..fishing was a litlle tougher..had action right away, but not for long, as not 1 but 2 boats motored right across the strike zone and the bite stopped completely even bonita scattered..current was running 2.5 knots and all the hits came 50-80 yards behind the boat..we had 4 blacks and 1 yellow in 30 minutes and then nothing for 2 hours, not even a bonita..decided we would try our luck at dragging since we rifled through the chum trying to get in the groove again..put out the usual spread of meat on the downrigger and hard plastic on top..and it didnt take long before we had a 60 pound wahoo flopping on the deck...after a quick pic out went the spread again..and another wahoo found itself at the end of the downrigger rod..it made for quite a shock to see a wahoo get airborne after taking the bait which was somewhere about 40-50 feet down..gives you insight as to how hard these guys hit the bait from underneath..would hate to be a small fish with a soft belly..anyway, we went 3 for 3 on wahoo before heading home..Looks like we will get a much needed break to wind down..prior to this week we had an unbelievable grouper catch over last weekend..all three of outr boats brought in great catches of all species..scamps, gags, yellowedges and warsaws..After mid weeks lack of tuna and abundance of sharks and kings bypassing the Lump was the right call..I had Mark Lurie, Sonny with Barrett Ceiutat and Lance had a father son crew with Steve and Boyd Esala all three boats did very well with grouper and Lance had a monster 94.9 pound wahoo on top of Jacks and 5 grouper, we had numbers with 18 yellowedge groupers but Sonny's crew had a 90 pound warsaw a limit fo jacks and 5 scamps...One of the yellowedges went 35 pounds 14.5 ounces missing the state record top spot by 2 ounces.spent the weekdays chasing bull reds and small bottom fish waiting for the weather to pass with the boys from NJ..We are gearing up for a long range trip later this month..it ought to be a hoot.. Check us out online or call us at 985-845-8006 to book any one of our four 30-35 ft boats.. www.paradise-outfitters.com
 Jan 15, 2005; 11:45AM - Wide open bite at the Midnight Lump
 Category:  Louisiana
 Author Name:  Capt. Scott Avanzino
 Author E-mail:  avanzino@yahoo.com