Blue Marlin Venice: Collin Byrd Helps Charter Land Nice Blue

blue marlin venice, la. MGFC photo. The Wild Bill - March, 2015

Captains Billy Wells and Collin Byrd were fishing on MGFC’s The Wild Bill out of Venice, LA last week. The targeted species — as is most often the case — was yellowfin tuna. Wells and Byrd successfully put their charter on yellowfin tuna, and the deep blue sea had something else in mind for this group, too.

“We had tuna everywhere,” says Wells. “Just boiling the surface really close to the boat. We already had landed seven yellowfin all at about 70 lbs., but there were plenty more to be had.”

“Problem was,” says Byrd. “Things were going good, and the fish were right where we expected them to be, they just stopped cooperating. Like turning the switch off. It happens sometimes, we know.”

blue marlin venice, la. Capt. Collin Byrd and Capt. Billy Wells, MGFC photo. March,2015The mark of a good captain is adaptability. And that’s just what Byrd and Wells did when the yellowfin tuna bite turned off, and the Blue Marlin bite popped on.

“Perfect timing,” says Wells. “We’re out on the open water, having a nice day. Weather is perfect, fish are everywhere, we’ve already got a good group of yellowfin tuna in the boat, when for some reason the bite goes stale. All of a sudden, we get a monster hit! A phenomenal bite.”

Wells says this blue marlin struck less than eight feet from the boat, bit down big time on a hard tail, and just ran.

“We had him on the line, right away, for sure.” says Byrd. “Our customers all had giant smiles on their faces, but honestly, it took a few seconds for all of us to realize what just happened. We all saw the bite, and we knew what it was, but you know the energy and adrenaline gets into you, and it’s not before the customer in on the pole and fighting the fish that it begins to sink in: game on.”

The game was on all right, and the charter group, booked by Brandon Hales, have some great fish stories to tell. Little known fact: fish stories are always better when they involve marlin, FYI.

Hale’s friend Michael fought the blue for approx. 1.5 hours before getting it back on side the boat.

Returning to dock, Michael was all grins. Hales was pleased with himself for booking online with MGFC, and the f/v Wild Bill proudly flew a blue marlin flag for all to see as they rolled into Venice Marina. Content with a fun day at sea.

You saw it on the drawing board, and you saw it at the Miami Boat Show. It caught your eye riding on the Interstate from Florida to Louisiana, and this week ahead, … it makes its debut as the newest Freeman in our fleet of Freeman’s at The Mexican Gulf Fishing Company — a 42 foot Freeman Boatworks masterpiece.

That’s right — the f/v Wild Bill is ready for charters from Venice, Louisiana.

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Offshore Venice — is off to a good start in 2017. We’re seeing monster yellowfin tuna, plenty of blackfin tuna, wahoo of great size, and temps (water and air) that you just won’t believe.

“It’s been wild,” says Captain Wade Wells. “We’re seeing really nice temps making for some nice warm days. It’s bringing in the fish, too,” said Wade.

Captain Jordan Ellis agrees. “I’ve put customers on yellowfin and wahoo and we’re surprised at the size of both species. The ambient temps are great, and the water temps running a bit higher than normal too. It’s been a fun start to the new year. Looks to me like Spring is gonna be awesome.”

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Justin Rackley, known as Lakeforkguy, creates fishing videos on youtube and other social platforms. Lakeforkguy travels to freshwater and saltwater fishing spots to explore new fish species and fishing techniques to show as many fishing places as possible and help viewers catch more fish, and recently he wanted to make a yellowfin tuna video.

In this video, he fished with MGFC out of Venice Marina. They targeted yellowfin tuna and swordfish, and got what they came for. View this yellowfin tuna video, and see what a day of offshore fishing is like when you fish with MGFC.

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