Tuna Town

There are few more startling--and busy--sites than Venice marina at first light. The dock is abuzz with excitement as both inshore and offshore anglers prepare for the day ahead. Our challenge for the day was big Gulf yellowfin tuna. The target were the far off gas and oil rigs.
Reelpeace fishing charters' (reelpeace.com) Devlin Roussel is one of the most knowledgeable offshore captains in the region.
Pete Angle, outdoor marketing specialist for Underarmour, soaks in the sun and excitement of his first Gulf offshore trip.
Offshore rigs are awe-inspiring monstrosities and fish-drawing magnets.
Meanwhile Amos expertly rigged rods and reels.
Bob Funk of Mustad pounced on the first rod. A yellowfin sucked up a drifted hardtail and screamed for the bottom of the Gulf. Here he takes a breather from the fray.
The telltale sickle fin of a yellowfin tuna.
Roussel hoists a toad.
Offshore in the Gulf means that anything can happen--including a September sailfish. It gave us three jumps before shaking off.
Amos with a blackfin--the smallest tuna of the day.
Venice Marina in Venice, Louisiana--where fishing dreams are made.

There are several places that bill themselves as Tuna Town USA, but few are as worthy as Venice, Louisiana. And when the fall bite is on, it's time to strap on the fighting belt and hang on for all you're worth.