Next up in winter fishing destinations in which to beat cabin fever is Venice, Louisiana. This hot fishing destination is home to all sorts of year-round fishing opportunities. The winter months offer a unique prize, though: the chance to get into larger-grade yellowfin tuna. I don’t know what they call them in Venice, but in Southern California we call them cows — fish in excess of 200 lbs. Does that sound like it would get your blood pumping?
If not, read this story from Coastal Angler. In it, Capt. Peace Marvel recounts when the tuna were so fired up, they were biting on baby carrots!
Okay, so the baby carrot thing goes like this:
I had my good friend Jack Anderson and his teenage daughters for a lump tuna slaughter about 15 years ago. The fish were just on fire and we stayed hooked up most of the morning. Both of his girls, after having caught their yellowfin, were sitting in the leaning post eating baby carrots. Jenny dropped one on the deck and said “Yuck,” then threw it overboard. Out of nowhere a big yellowfin rocketed up from the depths and devoured it. I looked at Jenny and said, “Give me one of those.” About three minutes later we were hooked up with a big yellowfin that was obviously not on the Atkins diet. He weighed 156 lbs. and gave us all quite a story to share back at the dock.
I get asked a lot what the best bait is for catching those big fish on the lump, and I’ve said it a thousand times—the bait doesn’t matter so much as the sense of competition going on between the fish. One of the reasons that the Bonita are so important when we are chumming is that if there are a bunch of Bonita in the slick, then the yellowfin are way less selective. And the more fired up the Bonita are, the less selective the yellowfin are.
Photos: Miami Sportfishing