Venice lies 70 miles south of New Orleans. Take Highway 90 to Harvey, then Highway 23 down the Mississippi’s west bank to the end of the road. Make a left onto Boat Harbor Road and you’re there. Be forewarned — if you’re looking for nightlife, stay in NOLA. If experiencing one of the world’s top saltwater fishing destinations is your desire, you’ve come to the right place. Pressed to pick a time to plan an awesome fishing vacation, I would prefer late summer or any time in the fall. The trout and redfish are plentiful and big. And when the season is open, you can get bonus red, mangrove and lane snappers, and even tripletail. The offshore fishing is righteous with yellowfin tuna during summer and fall, and big wahoo throughout the fall. Venice Sportsmans Marina offers launch ramps and boat slips, rooms, cabins and pads for campers and motor homes, plus fuel, ice, bait, and fish cleaning, freezing and shipping. It also has a restaurant on-site, and the top guides in the south ply their trade from the docks (venicemarina.com).