DELTA LOWDOWN

Saltwater Sportsman - - Top Shot -

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).

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