F/V Bloodstream yields a 238 lb Yellowfin Tuna

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


  • ButcherButcher Posts: 118 Officer
    Awesome pics. That would be anyone's dream trip. Definetly on my bucket list. Nice report from Venice.
  • ProFISHentProFISHent Posts: 726 Officer
    Killer trip. Wtg guys
  • Tighten UpTighten Up Posts: 26 Greenhorn
    Awsome! Dream trip for sure.
  • pointerDixie214pointerDixie214 Posts: 5,658 Officer
    Nice report! Dannnng. :beer
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  • IshIsh Posts: 797 Officer
    That sounds like one fantastic trip , thx for takin the time on the report ...
  • optimistic Angleroptimistic Angler Posts: 560 Officer
    Wow what a trip, Did you turn in the tag on the Tuna in the last pic.
  • fishfanatticfishfanattic Posts: 90 Deckhand
    **** trip, looks like a blast
  • BeermanBeerman Posts: 696 Officer
    Wtg guys, awesome fish!! Reminds me of TMUs trip, man i want to go back and get more fishing in as we didnt get very good weather.
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  • the dhthe dh Posts: 27 Greenhorn
    And Bart was the photographer on all the pics?........Sorry Bart, Just Kidding
  • BlackhawkBlackhawk Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Nice trip. Thanks for sharing the photos and report. VERY nice fish.
  • Just 1 MoreJust 1 More Posts: 100 Greenhorn
    WOW.. thats about all i can say
  • IndianoutlawIndianoutlaw Posts: 550 Officer
    Awesome report! That trip may be coming up sooner rather than later.........................
  • nuevowavonuevowavo Posts: 6,083 Admin
    Nothing short of spectacular! :beer
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  • beachsideandybeachsideandy Posts: 881 Officer
  • OysterbottomboyOysterbottomboy Posts: 414 Officer
    Awesome report!! Thank you!! I like that pic of the Wahoo eye, I always feel like they are staring you down when you get them on the boat!!
  • HeadfirstHeadfirst Posts: 124 Officer
    Great report Mark! Welcome to the Venice 200# tuna club. Your report brings back awesome memories of TMU's run up there. It is a haul!
  • PlumbLocoPlumbLoco Posts: 47 Deckhand
    Wahoo on mono. That's awsome!
    It's a good day.
  • bullchaserbullchaser Posts: 931 Officer
    Now that looks like a sick trip. Great job fellas!
  • captryan5878captryan5878 Posts: 203 Deckhand
    Awesome report and great pictures. Looks like an epic trip.
  • Slug-OSlug-O Posts: 3,015 Captain
    Just amazing!!!
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  • Off Shore DudeOff Shore Dude Posts: 303 Deckhand
    Fish Heaven!!!!!!!!!!

    Way to go guys. Awesome! I'd love to make that trip sometime.

    Congrats! :thumbsup:thumbsup:thumbsup
  • dbSALTdbSALT Posts: 23 Greenhorn
    One for the books. WTG and congrats on putting together a great trip.

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  • jumboshrimpjumboshrimp Posts: 820 Officer
    Man that looks like the trip of a lifetime, awesome report and pics :thumbsup
  • DudeDude Posts: 1,789 Officer
    :hailThanks for sharing a portion of your adventure here!:hail
  • Got TA GoGot TA Go Posts: 2,608 Officer
    Outstanding! :beer


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  • O.SEA.DO.SEA.D Posts: 646 Officer
    great report.

    What does F/V signify in your post header? Does it mean Commercial Fishing Vessel?
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  • mrowfishmrowfish Posts: 52 Greenhorn
    I am salivating at my desk in my office. That is an epic trip and great report!!
  • Reel TurnerReel Turner Posts: 39 Deckhand
    It's hard to go back to work now! Awesome trip. Keep the reports coming.
  • Big TroubleBig Trouble Posts: 2 Greenhorn
    What a fantastic trip you guys had, I love the idea of staying on a houseboat while you were there.
    How far offshore do you have to run to the most productive oil rigs?
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  • gatorrutgatorrut Posts: 342 Officer
    WOW...what a trip..congrats
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