Venice in May

Hello. First time posting on here. My wife and I will be staying in Venice, near the south Jetty in May. Lord willing, we hope to get plenty of fishing in. Are there any nearshore and offshore charters/Captains that you recommend? On days we don't use a charter, are their any opportunities for beach/pier/jetty fishing in that area for that time of year? Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!
 

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  • TermiteTermite Posts: 24 Greenhorn
    Fishing opportunities everywhere!! I'm from Michigan and go to Venice almost every year. I'll be there in a few weeks and I'll let you know what was working for me. I fish the jetties, the beach, Sharkies pier and beach, Casperson's beach and the ICW. As the water warms you should do a little better, I fish a lot from shore so hopefully, I can give you some intel. Are you going to be able to take any tackle with you? 
  • OHanglerOHangler Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Thanks Termite, I wasn't sure about the fishing in that area-so your response is very encouraging! Yes, I will have tackle and medium action St Croix 6' rod. We will be there, early to mid May. What species do you find along the beach, pier and jetties? 
  • kmagnusskmagnuss Posts: 3,167 Captain
    Tarpon, snook, tarpon, jacks, tarpon, mackerel, tarpon and tarponssss!

    Sharks too if you want.
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith Magnussen - Crooked Rod Charters
  • TermiteTermite Posts: 24 Greenhorn
    I've never caught a tarpon, but I have caught ladyfish, bluefish, jack crevalle, flounder, snook, trout, redfish, seabass, snapper, sheepshead and a few other creepy things that I wasn't sure what they were ;)

    Kmagnuss, what would be the best way to target tarpon from shore? I have access to a boat but it's hit and miss as to whether it's running or not so I always plan for shore fishing. 
  • kmagnusskmagnuss Posts: 3,167 Captain
    Tarpon from shore is doable but pretty difficult.  You need to get your baits out past the sand bar.  A kayak would make it much easier.  If you have to be shorebound I'd try getting out to the very end of the Venice Jetty and tossing out a cut mullet or ladyfish as far as you can... preferably at night.  Use a set up that will hold a minimum of 300 yards of line, 500 would be better.  Sit back, take a nap, and wait for the clicker to go off.

    -Mag
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith Magnussen - Crooked Rod Charters
  • TermiteTermite Posts: 24 Greenhorn

    All of these were taken in Venice except the puffer, he was caught on the east side.
  • TermiteTermite Posts: 24 Greenhorn
    Mag, thanks for the tips. I'm planning on fishing the surf at night quite a bit this year. Would it be better to fish off Sharkies pier to try for a tarpon? Second thought, I'm sure that the pilings would be a problem and landing it would be impossible. 
  • kmagnusskmagnuss Posts: 3,167 Captain
    I'm sure that getting a bait out in range of a tarpon would be easier at Sharkys but man I have no idea how you'd ever get it to shore to get the hook out.  Maybe if you used really heavy line and leader but a thin wire hook you could straighten the hook when you got it to the pier but I don't really love that idea for the fish's sake.  I've never caught a tarpon from shore except for land locked juvis and juvis from the dock by my house so I really don't know how the logistics would work out on an adult.  It's crazy enough on a boat... I can't imagine trying to do it on a busy pier 30' up in the air.
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith Magnussen - Crooked Rod Charters
  • TermiteTermite Posts: 24 Greenhorn
    Yeah, I pretty much dropped the idea as I was typing it...LOL. It's funny how something pops up in my head and sounds great then when I actually say it (or type it) it sounds so stupid ;) 
  • Diego_sosaaDiego_sosaa Posts: 116 Deckhand
    Ive hooked multiple tarpon from land above 100 pounds but yet to land one since every time ive hooked one that big its been on a 4k or 5k size reel in structure. I do think if I wanted to actually chase big tarpon ( which I do but always change plans for snook ) Id... 
    1. use artificial but artificial at night has a sharp learning curve should I say?
    2. Drop a 12 inch or 16 inch ladyfish/mullet as far as I can put it and chill but don't be deadset on putting your bait far out make sure to observe the water and structure/current depending on the spot

      I hooked all my big tarpon on accident snook fishing but i'm confident I could get it done on purpose but id listen to whatever Kmagnuss says instead of my rambling.
  • TermiteTermite Posts: 24 Greenhorn


      I hooked all my big tarpon on accident snook fishing but i'm confident I could get it done on purpose but id listen to whatever Kmagnuss says instead of my rambling.
    Diego,
      Thanks for the tips, I solved my tarpon problem by booking with Capt. Mag and I will continue to concentrate on snook for the rest of my trip. 

    OHangler, 
      I pm'd you, if you like I have an excel file I keep my saltwater shopping list on I can email you. Not necessary but over the last 10 years or so having to travel light I have things narrowed down a bit.
  • OHanglerOHangler Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Thanks for the advice guys. Appreciate your help.
  • frankiezfrankiez Posts: 394 Deckhand
    edited May 15 #14
    Joe Miller (Fishgaloreoffshore.com)  or Bob Breton (https://www.flafishingcharter.com) are 2 of the top guys I recommend for offshore. They both will put you on the fish. Never been disappointed with either of them.
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