This summer has been one to remember for sure when it comes to the weather and fishing. The fishing this summer was absolutely one of the best I have seen when it comes to Tuna fishing but the weather was the absolute worst I can remember during what is considered to be our more fishable months of June, July, and August. In June we had Debbie which kept us in port for more than a week, although it didn't hit in La. We were plagued with heavy thunderstorms almost all summer long.. Not the ones you can run around but the ones you have to run back to port or protected waters. For almost a week straight the storms that came thru would stop our fishing day at about 11:00 a.m. with just enough time to make it back to the river to be greeted with 30-40 mph winds, rain, and lightning. I don't know how we use to do it before Satellite Weather came out but the weather didn't seem as unstable either back then. Thankfully the fishing was good enough to be very successful in such a short period of time fishing. Then August roles around and the weather continued to be a lot worse than usual, and finally, Hurricane Isaac pinpoints us from over 1000 miles away. Luckily it didn't turn into a more powerful storm since it was such a slow mover and we got more than we needed regardless. Although damage was minimal in the Venice area and all of the structures made it thru no problem. The remaining water goes for about a 15 mile stretch (maybe less) at this point between Myrtle Grove and Port Sulphur. Once the water has drained things will move quickly to restore power, which will get things back to normal. This is about the same thing that happened during Gustav in 2008, but since Isaac was such a slow mover it definitely pushed more water into areas that more than likely wouldn't have gotten it with a little different track or a faster moving system. We expect to be back up and running, starting Sept. 22nd. Hopefully sooner but for now that is what were hoping. There were a lot of people who did not make it thru the storm without damage or major damage so of course we hope they get things back to normal quickly as it is a tough process.<br><br>
Before the weather hit the fishing could not have been any better. The tuna fishing was about as good as it gets and the runs were not very far offshore, thankfully, because the weather wouldn't permit it anyway. Most of the tuna were averaging about 50-60lbs. but there were also quite a few 80-90lbers. and some over 100lbs. in the mix as well. Capt. Alex and Capt. Will both caught a sailf fish this past week.. One was about 90lbs. the other about 70lbs., and of course they were released to catch another day. Other species that we were catching very easily and should continue to catch thru October are Amberjack, Cobia, and possibly Triple-Tail. Amberjack are thicker than ever, the cobia seemed to come and go day by day, and the tripl tail fishing was just getting perfect. So, as soon as we get back out there I expect it to be the same. As we move later in September and October the bigger tuna will start to show up (150+lbs.) for those of you wish to test your stamina. We do have days open in October to fish so if your ready to get out there give us a shout.
Capt. Damon McKnight
Super Strike Charters.
Re: Offshore Venice, La....Update on Isaac Problems
Nice catch glad to see someone was doing well! We were in PtFourchon last week of June and man....it was tough fishing both on/off shore. SE winds and high tides pushed the water up into parking lots and over docks. This combined w/scattered rain made fishing tough after driving 550mi to get there.