Richard Draper - Mexican Gulf Fishing Co.

richard draper - offshore fishing venice, LA. Tuna fishing Venice, LA. - MGFCRichard Draper Offshore Fishing, Venice, La

Captain Richard Draper has had a passion for fishing since his first catch in a minnow net wading the creeks in his home state of Texas as a child.  I’m just drawn to the water, fishing; any type of fishing brings the child out in me. Growing up in Texas — Richard became an avid bass angler and very successful tournament fisherman — in fresh and saltwater.

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Richard says “Tournament fishing taught me the importance of attention to detail’’, from rigging to the proper equipment setup, no detail is too small; no time is ever wasted.  I came to Venice in 1995 for the first time and after the first morning I knew this was it, paradise found, “The Tuna Fishing of Capital of the World’’ and lands’ end.  Guiding professionally and providing that “first time experience” for so many people brings a smile to my face, it’s why we are here.

Charter trips are $1700 + fuel per day.  Each boat holds up to six passengers.  Fuel averages 250 gallons per day. Fees include the guided trip plus all fishing tackle, bait, ice for the fish box on the boat and fish cleaning and bagging at the dock.

His boat, the f/v “Shockwave”, is a 42-Ft Freeman Boatworks catamaran with quad Yamaha 300’s.  It sports the latest Simrad electronics, dual row seats under canopy, a stand-up head, and features tackle by Shimano, Mustad, Seaguar, and Black Magic. For those riding in back the ShockWave has comfy bean bag chairs provided by E-Sea Rider.

Captain Richard Draper says:

  • Leave the details to me, it’s what I do
  • I have everything covered for whatever you choose to target, … Venice is such a phenomenal fishery
  • Sit back and enjoy the ride, it’s the best Venice has to offer
  • Keep your eyes open, every trip brings a new adventure, something really cool is just waiting to happen over the next wave

Anglers can expect a full day of “Go Hard or Go Home attitude” when fishing with Richard.  We will get an early start, fish hard all day, make the runs necessary to find the fish and come home happy. Going the extra mile is the standard to assure a great time for all.

Capt. Draper fishes aboard the f/v ShockWave, a 42-ft. Freeman Boatworks Catamaran that was customized for MGFC. Like all MGFC vessels, the Contagious is outfitted with gear from our sponsors such as Shimano, Yamaha, Mustad, Simrad, Seguar, and others.

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Book online with Capt. Richard Draper, and you’ll be in for the trip of a lifetime.

Customers who fish with Richard say he’s got a great attitude, and great skills. His boat is the famed and one-of-a-kind, f/v ShockWave and Richard likes fishing for all species in the northern Gulf — yellowfin tuna, wahoo, marlin, swordfish, pelagic sharks, and he also enjoys deep drops for a variety of grouper and snapper. Fish with Richard Draper for a fun-filled day on open blue water.

Note: Trips are $2,000 + fuel per day. Fuel averages 275 – 300 gallons each trip. Note: Deposits must be made online, and a 4% processing fee is added to all credit card orders. Deposits must be paid by credit card. Balances on each trip may be paid by cash or credit card.






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