Bloodstream's roadtrip to Venice LA

Docked WagesDocked Wages Posts: 2,672 Admin
Team Bloodstream trip to Venice March 2012 yields a 238 lb YFT

This is not a local report but the anglers are. The crew of the F/V Bloodstream loaded up and dragged a new 2011 35 ST Contender on a long haul to Venice LA. The crew making the long haul by vehicle consisted of boat owner and Captain Brian Rimer with Scott Lerhman, Chris Hudson, Billy Fazio and myself.

Every roadtrip has its challenges


During the 8 day excursion two additional crew members flew out that consisted of Thad Tripoli and Greg “Fred” Sharp.
After weeks of discussions with local Capts Eddie Burger and Michael Pittman, Venice Marina was selected as our home base for the week. Here is the Battle Ship Bloodstream in front of the Houseboat row at Venice Marina.


We rented as house boat that resembled a big city penthouse with real wood accents, leather high back recliners, flat screen TVs, large kitchen for cooking and socializing, granite counter tops and sleeps 10 comfortably.

Houseboat Row on the docks




Houseboat approach by water


The back side of the house boat provided dockage for the 35ST Contender and also included a 500 lb ice maker, freezer, cleaning table and gas grill. Exceptional accommodations and the people at the Venice Marina are a good bunch of people.



Venice Marina is one of the southernmost access points where the Mississippi River flows into the Gulf. From there you have several rivers or pass that flow from the Mississippi into the Gulf. Local knowledge is key to selecting the safest pass during early morning fog or low light conditions. From an outsider what caught my attention was the presence of radar on almost every boat, regardless of size.



Our Fishing focused on the many oil rigs including the Medusa and areas of structure like the Midnight Lumps.






Venice calls itself the Fishing Capital of the World; I even bought a T-Shirt at the marina gift shop with that bold claim silkscreened on the back. After one day of fishing I was convinced that they were right. After a week of fishing I was convinced this place was Jurassic Park. Each day yielded milestone catches of various species. We counted 12 species in all that included Yellowfin Tuna, Black Fin Tuna, Bonita, Bar Jack, AmberJack, Kingfish, Red Snapper, Bee Liners, dolphin,Reef Shark, Mako Shark and Wahoo. Almost all BFT and YFT 40lbs and under where released as we became selective on what to harvest. When fishing in Jurassic Park harvesting fish limits is not the goal. With a 238 lb YFT on day 1 and averaging 4-6 fish in the 75-100lb class daily, we released many fish to keep that fishery one of the best in the world.

YFT pictures












Capt Eddie pulling up beside us with his 207 lb YFT


Snapper where plentiful






Mako hooked up with no intention of being landed


Wahoo Pics




Daily limit of Amberjacks started around 50 lbs and just kept getting bigger


A single token Dolphin was added to the mix


Kingfish where plentiful and at times we had to pillage their stomachs to retrieve lost hooks.




Back at the Venice Marina docks, we met Marine Biologist Eric Newman and many staff members of the Louisiana Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries (LWDF). These are great people doing an important job collecting and quantifying data from long term impact from the BP oil spill. They collected head and guts of various fish species for research. I found it interesting that they target the ear bone from the Amberjacks and our 238lb YFT to determine the age. They also weighed and certified our catch as the 2nd largest YFT recorded in the Gulf of Mexico.


Picture below of the Marine Biologist Eric Newman with the head of the 238YFT that we donated for research.


Below is a smaller YFT with a tag that we kept to give to Eric for research.


Check out this Video of all the action:

A final thanks to Brian and Bart, owners of the F/V Bloodstream for another epic adventure!
Mark Wilson


  • 001001 Posts: 4,292 Officer
    That's what I'm talking about! Nice catching.
  • IdlewildeIdlewilde Posts: 1,357 Officer
    Wow, what a trip - and what a great boat!
  • johnDjohnD Posts: 6,366 Admiral
    Killin it !! :thumbsup
  • Mango ManMango Man Posts: 10,993 AG
    :willynilly :hail

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  • reeladventuresreeladventures Posts: 304 Officer
    That's outstanding! Looks and sounds like yall had a great time! Thanks for sharing that with us...
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  • screamin seamanscreamin seaman Posts: 1,492 Officer
    Can't see the pictures at "work", but **** sounds like you guys killed it!!!!!!! Awesome job!!!!
  • fishknutfishknut Posts: 3,925 Captain
    Great report and trip, congrats
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  • CaptBillCaptBill Posts: 271 Officer
    Great picturtes and report. Fantastic catch. :thumbsup:thumbsup
  • HydroHydro Posts: 17 Greenhorn
    Great report guys and awesome trip. You guys caught tons of quality fish in a new area - ****. Thanks for posting.
  • southgadawgdiversouthgadawgdiver Posts: 145 Officer
    Thanks for putting that together, felt like I went on the trip.
  • acarbacarb Posts: 2,351 Officer
  • Bite N HoldBite N Hold Posts: 1,328 Officer
    Very cool!!!!!! You wonder if you hadn't bled that fish if it would have been 2 lbs heavier? Absolutely a dream trip right there!!!
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  • Docked WagesDocked Wages Posts: 2,672 Admin
    Very cool!!!!!! You wonder if you hadn't bled that fish if it would have been 2 lbs heavier? Absolutely a dream trip right there!!!

    The marine biologist said the same thing, this fish lost wieght (sevral tenths of a pound) as it lightly bled on the scale for pictures. If you look at the blood in the water after the first gaff (we had to hold it there to go to the fish box and get two more gaffs to lift it) and then the blood on the deck, ya it lost a lot more than two pounds. Relatively speaking the record fish probably went through the same process so it all balances out. We never thought of it being a record fish and actually we were just hoping for it to hit the 180 mark.
    Mark Wilson
  • Docked WagesDocked Wages Posts: 2,672 Admin
    Man, I.want about radar! Only place I have seen that john boats have radomes on em......

    That comment right there is proof that you hav been there. That is exactly what I was amazed with.
    Mark Wilson
  • DogmanDogman Posts: 450 Officer
    Wow the pictures were good, the video was fantastic!!! Amazing thanks for sharing!
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  • Joey ButtonsJoey Buttons Posts: 11,849 Officer
    How can I join on this trip next year ?
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  • century7century7 Posts: 2,400 Captain
    amazing. How far of a run was it to the grounds?
    It works 60% of the time all the time......
  • Mango ManMango Man Posts: 10,993 AG
    century7 wrote: »
    amazing. How far of a run was it to the grounds?

    America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
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  • fishingkid315fishingkid315 Posts: 1,927 Officer
    Looks Great i would sell those babies and get some cash!
  • snookcatcher1snookcatcher1 Posts: 256 Officer
    Crushed It!!! Congrats!
  • PONCEPONCE Posts: 5,943 Officer
    Holy Smokes DW---Heres to ya Brother, nice trip :beer:beer:beer:beer:beer:beer:beer:beer:beer:beer
  • Docked WagesDocked Wages Posts: 2,672 Admin
    century7 wrote: »
    amazing. How far of a run was it to the grounds?

    Grounds or rigs could be 30, 50, 80 or over 100 miles depending on what you wanted to target. the Floating rigs are the deeper ones (like Medusa shown above) and requrie more running. You also need to add about 18 miles of pass running to to get out of the backcoutry from the Marina to open water. Some days we got lucky running 52 miles one way and others we doubled that one way. When we found fish we stayed on them, we we didn't we moved to find them.
    Mark Wilson
  • jamespit256jamespit256 Posts: 10 Greenhorn
    They are really a very big fish.
  • 9-Lives9-Lives Posts: 2,113 Captain


    Now THAT"S a Deepdrop rig!!!!!

    Great report and it looks like you guys had fun. Congrats on the monster YF
  • Bigmak561Bigmak561 Posts: 173 Deckhand
    Wow great trip thanks for sharing
  • joshuajoshua Posts: 206 Officer
    Thanks for sharing !
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 7,810 Moderator
    You've exceeded bandwidth. PLEASE upgrade. I want to see!!!!!

    We're going with Capt Eddie on 4/28 and 4/29. Come on good weather!
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  • SpectacularVSpectacularV Posts: 136 Officer
    Venice. Enough Said! Congrats!!
  • Docked WagesDocked Wages Posts: 2,672 Admin
    You've exceeded bandwidth. PLEASE upgrade. I want to see!!!!!

    We're going with Capt Eddie on 4/28 and 4/29. Come on good weather!


    You will have a great trip with Capt Eddie, he is a good guy and catches a ridiculous amount of fish. Here he is pulling up next to us with a 207 lb

    Mark Wilson
  • RiverdogRiverdog Posts: 55 Deckhand
    Nice looking snapper to compliment those huge tuna!

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