I had the opportunity to fish again with friend Etan Zimmet of New York along with my brother, Bill for monster bull redfish out of Venice, LA. This is a trip which matches any International Destination and I look forward to it each year. We also are under the guidance of Capt. Keith Kennedy of Born To Fish Charters. Keith provides everything--housing, tackle, and all meals. The fishing for bull reds was again excellent which is becoming the norm each year. The winds were mostly light coming out of the NE.
Thunderstorms were in the area each day but we experienced no rain while fishing. The top lure by far was the Berkely Havoc Sick Fish behind a BlabberMouth popping cork rigged on a 8/0 circle hook with a 1/8 oz weight. For 4 days of fishing we landed a total of 111 bull reds and 2 Jacks.
A few blacktip sharks were in the area each day which did cause some breakoffs. This year my brother and I used Daiwa Ballistic 6000 spinning reels which hold a massive amount of line, are very lightweight, and have a good amount of drag to battle these arm hurting brutes. With covid still causing lockdowns in many International Destinations, Venice is a topnotch destination to fulfill your angling needs. One flys into New Orleans and either drives to Venice or take a Uber which is about 2 hours from the Airport.
Bull Redfish hold second to none in terms of fighting ability so lots of fun catching big reds in numbers in a great location. Look up Keith on Facebook or give him a call at 5049083108.