Talking tuna: landing trophy fish in Louisiana
Great year-round fishing is just one of the rewards Louisiana holds for lovers of outdoor sports and recreation.
If you live in a climate that ranges from cool to downright cold – or even if you don't – consider escaping winter and packing your gear for a Louisiana fishing trip. Whether you're looking for productive freshwater fishing grounds or the chop and spray of the salt, it's a cinch you'll find the perfect fit in our rivers and bayous, clear lakes and swamplands, or the wide-open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
January, February and March are excellent times to head offshore with one of our many charter-fishing guides for an exciting day of hauling in trophy fish.
"A prime time for trophy tuna and wahoo is January through March. That's when you get your best shot at yellowfin tuna over 200 pounds and wahoo over 100 pounds," says Capt. Hunter Caballero of Paradise Outfitters in Venice, La.
Choose your departure point from dozens of Gulf Coast options, from Lake Charles to Vermilion Bay, Barataria Bay, Port Fourchon, Grand Isle and Breton Sound. Your guide and charter boat captain will take you into the best waters and help you all the way – from teaching novices how to handle a rod and reel to coaching experienced fishermen on advanced techniques.
Day-trips from coastal marinas hold tons of promise for sport fishermen. Along with yellowfin tuna, set your sights on the mighty blue marlin, lightning-fast wahoo or colorful mahi mahi. Certain times of the year are better for favorites such as red snapper, grouper, swordfish and amberjack. Just ask your guide what's biting.
No doubt hiring a guide will make the experience easier and more pleasurable than you can imagine – from cleaning your fish and packing them to go to entertaining you with stories of their favorite fishing experiences. About all you have to do is show up!
Check out our many listings for Louisiana fishing charters and take your pick of reliable, experienced guides. Or see a list of licensed charter captains at the Louisiana Charter Boat Association website.