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Coastal waters of Venice, Louisiana, offer some of the best fishing in the world

Here are answers to five common questions about fishing here
BY GARY GIUDICE, For The Oklahoman Published: December 15, 2012
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/articleid/3738133/1/pictures/1908929">Photo - Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Joseph Watt caught this 35-pound redfish off the coast of Venice, La. The red fish outweighed his previous biggest three catches of redfish combined. "Years ago, I would catch redfish down on the Texas Coast but rarely would a big one weigh 12 pounds," Watt said. "One like that won't even get a nod in Venice." The coastal waters near Venice, La., are believed by many to be among the best angling destinations in North America. Photo provided by Gary Giudice
Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Joseph Watt caught this 35-pound redfish off the coast of Venice, La. The red fish outweighed his previous biggest three catches of redfish combined. "Years ago, I would catch redfish down on the Texas Coast but rarely would a big one weigh 12 pounds," Watt said. "One like that won't even get a nod in Venice." The coastal waters near Venice, La., are believed by many to be among the best angling destinations in North America. Photo provided by Gary Giudice

Variety is abundant at Venice but big redfish is the king.

3. When is the best time to go? Fishing is good 12 months a year in Venice but weather always is an issue.

In fact, weather can turn ugly anytime down there and a beautiful day can turn into disaster if you're not careful. .

It may be wise to avoid September and October because of tropical depressions and hurricanes, but it's a great time of year to catch fish if you keep an eye on the conditions.

4. What do I use for bait? Tackle is the easiest part. What you use to catch bass in Oklahoma will work well for Venice.

I mostly use spinning tackle with 14-pound Fireline with a 24-inch, 25-pound mono leader, but any bass tackle will do.

A ¼-ounce saltwater jig tipped with Berkley Gulp Shrimp is used by most. A popping cork with the Gulp is also very popular.

Moving around a lot until you find fish is key. I generally go out one of the passes then start working the beaches. It has never failed me.

5. Are redfish good to eat? Redfish taste great. Limits are liberal.

Anglers are allowed to keep five red fish per day, including one over 27 inches.

No fish can be kept less than 15 inches. You can grill them, bake them, boil them or even fry them, if you must. They are good no matter how they are cooked.

Be sure to grab 10 pounds of fresh shrimp on the way out of town.


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