What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

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What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

Postby jaysweet3 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:01 pm

I just got an invite to go on a trip out of Venice in early July. I agreed before doing any research on it, thought I'd do a little after the fact, starting here. I'll have to dig up the Captian's name out of the email chain, chances are you guys know or have heard of him. My understanding we are going off shore.
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Re: What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

Postby Indawoods » Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:57 pm

Excellent, generally. There are better times to go to target specific species, but July is a good all around time to go.

Unfortunately, we only get 40 days for snapper this year, so you may miss out on them. (season opens June 1, usually).
Amberjack was closed last year for two months, so you'll want to check those dates as well.

A lot depends on water levels in the river/ wind direction and how that affects where the green and blue water rips set up.

DO contact the guide, yourself, and ask him what to expect and what to bring. The guide will appreciate your interest in being prepared.

any specific questions later, just ask.
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Re: What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

Postby jaysweet3 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:21 pm

Thank you. I'm sure I'll have more questions as I do more research.
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Re: What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

Postby jaysweet3 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:32 pm

We will be in for the snapper season, like eating those fish. We are staying at a place called fin and feather cabins. From the website it looks pretty cool.
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Re: What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

Postby Indaswamp » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:29 am

jaysweet3 wrote:We will be in for the snapper season, like eating those fish. We are staying at a place called fin and feather cabins. From the website it looks pretty cool.

smackaduck use to stay at those cabins when he took his trips to venice...might want to pm him-he can tell you more about the accomodations there. :thumbsup: Post the dates you will be down, we might be in Venice at the same time. :beer:
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Re: What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

Postby jaysweet3 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:54 am

We are commin in on Saturday the 30th, fishing Sunday and Monday, headding home Tuesday. It would be cool if we could hook up for a twelve pack or two.
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Re: What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

Postby Sandman3400 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:30 pm

Fishing is good year-round down there. Just a matter of what species is on at the time. Tuna is my offshore preference. There are always plenty of snapper, problem is the 2 fish limit and the short season. Inshore you can load the boat with trout and reds.
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Re: What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

Postby Indawoods » Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:45 pm

jaysweet3 wrote:We are commin in on Saturday the 30th, fishing Sunday and Monday, headding home Tuesday. It would be cool if we could hook up for a twelve pack or two.


June or July? Either way, we'll be around.
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Re: What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

Postby jaysweet3 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:31 am

Let me bug you guys some more. The wife and I have never been to Louisiana, thinking about bringing her down for a couple days before my fishing trip. Stay in New Orleans for a couple nights, send her home the morning of June 30th, I go down to Venice. Any suggestions on where to stay, eat, and drink in New Orleans? Thinking I'd spend $200-300 on a room per night. I'm looking at the travel sights, but really have no idea what is cool and what is a trap.
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Re: What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

Postby Indawoods » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:33 pm

Several great hotels in the quarter, in that price range, I'd recommend the Monteleone

http://hotelmonteleone.com/

If you'd prefer to stay outside the quarter, check out the Prytanian Park in the garden district

http://www.prytaniaparkhotel.com/ourhotel.html

The beignets and coffee at Cafe DuMond in the quarter are almost obligatory for breakfast one morning. There are a bunch of amazing restaurants, Commander's Palace is one of my favorites. Definitely find a poboy shop for lunch one day.

There's plenty to do. National D Day museum is cool, there's Aquarium of the Americas, an insectarium (walking among the butterflies is cool) and the Audoban Zoo. The night life in the quarter is.. interesting. You may enjoy one of the airboat swamp tours within an hour of New Orleans, to see the ecosystem, or one of the plantation homes on river road near the city, if history interests you. There's also a civil war era fort on the river just south of the city.

There is also the Harrah's Casino.

that's just off the top of my head, any questions, ask.
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What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

Postby La. Hunter » Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:09 pm

If your wife likes to shop, you could easily spend a day or two in the French Quarter. Woods is right, you have to hit Cafe DuMond for coffee and beignets. It's rarely still morning when we make it there, but still good nonetheless. As far as hotels, you should be able to find a little better rates if you wanted to, but that's up to you.
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Re: What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

Postby jaysweet3 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:40 am

Thanks for the help fellas.
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Re: What's the offshore fishing like in Early July?

Postby Sandman3400 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:11 pm

For a first time trip, I would stay in the Quarter. Monteleone is a good one. So is Le Pavilione. There are lots of other nice ones as well. You will find plenty to do in the quarter. Just be warned that Bourbon street is loaded down with strip bars these days, so your wife may not like that. Plenty of stuff to do in the Quarter without hitting Bourbon though. She will probably like the French Market, and their are some phenomenal restaurants.
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