Greatest Fishing on Earth

Fishing the Gulf in mid-summer can sometimes be a test of grit. As temps climb through the mid-90s, anglers take turns cooling each other off. Outdoor Life Online Editor

The Gulf's close-in rigs provide perfect structure for yellowfin tuna baits such as hardtails. Bait gathering typically takes less than 1/2-hour in order to catch enough for a hard day's tuna fishing. Outdoor Life Online Editor
With a full live well of hardtails, we continued the run to the far rigs- a 100-mile plus journey. A soaring frigate bird was a harbinger of good fishing to come. Outdoor Life Online Editor
Rigged up with a 2/0 Mustad Circle hook on 65-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader, skipper Devlin Roussel hooks a hardtail through both lips and rests the flipping fish over his shoulder in preparation for the "cast." Outdoor Life Online Editor
Casting the live bait is simply pulling several dozen feet of line off the reel and launching the hardtail into the Gulf. It is then drifted via outriggers. Outdoor Life Online Editor
We mustered just a single hookup on the first stop as Kris McGrath made ultra-short work of this nice yellowfin. Would you believe 15 minutes? Outdoor Life Online Editor
With just a single yellowfin in the box, Roussel decided to run to another rig. Although we marked innumerable fish, they were deep and refused to come up on our baits. Outdoor Life Online Editor
And then we found the culprit! Bananas! All veteran anglers know that bringing bananas aboard a fishing boat is bad luck. Greg Finn is not a veteran angler by any stretch of the imagination and the crew forced him to catapult the goods or risk bodily harm. Outdoor Life Online Editor
…And our luck turned almost instantly when we spotted a whale sharks and an accompanying school of blackfin tuna. Outdoor Life Online Editor
The little blackfins proved easy targets for topwater poppers and we quickly boated several before moving on to bigger game. Outdoor Life Online Editor
Paula Iwanski was next up on the rod and after going toe-to-toe with a deep-sounding tuna, she put one in the box. Outdoor Life Online Editor
With a 70-foot sportfisher trolling for marlin nearby, Juli Brayton pounced on the next bite. Outdoor Life Online Editor
Roussel and Brayton with the third yellowfin for the box. For more information on fishing with Roussell, check out: Outdoor Life Online Editor
Here's a sneak peak at The Greatest Fishing on Earth Part II coming soon! Outdoor Life Online Editor
HOT SPOT AT A GLANCE: Located 75 miles southeast of New Orleans- at the very end of Highway 23- Venice lies at the edge of the fertile Mississippi River Delta. AVAILABLE SPECIES: Redfish (up to 40 pounds) and speckled trout are favorite inshore species while yellowfin, dolphin, wahoo, marlin, snapper and grouper grab headlines offshore. BEST MONTHS: July is primetime for dolphin and yellowfin are targeted year-round. The biggest push of giant redfish occurs in fall, starting in September, peaking in October and running through November. However, fishing for both specks and reds can be remarkably hot all winter. ACCESS: Take a flight to New Orleans, rent a car and drive one-hour due south on Highway 23. LODGING: If offshore action is your game, contact Captain Devlin Roussell at: 504-534-2278 or You won't be disappointed. For inshore fishing, Ryan Lambert's Cajun Fishing Adventures lodge is located just north of Venice in Buras, Louisiana. A guided package costs $400 per day and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, fish cleaning and tackle. Lambert's full-service luxury fly-fishing lodge is also available. Fly-fishing trips are $600 a day. Outdoor Life Online Editor

When you hear a statement like that, you instantly take notice. When respected angler after respected angler agrees, you get your butt to Venice, Louisiana in a hurry. If there is a hotter inshore or offshore fishing hot spot, please let us know immediately. We’ve got some planning to do.