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  • We were able to fish Friday and Saturday (April 1st & 2nd)

    Friday we had Frank with Brand Scaffold and his crew on the Looney Tuna! Tuna is what we were looking for! Made our first stop, made a little bait, not enough but enough to get started! Got lines out, hooked up very fast. Took a while to get a second then Very slow, no more bait!! Decided to make a long run south just to find green water and no fish! Now what to do?? The next 2 hours finding bait, make the long run back to where we started, now its late in the day! We had enough bait this time to make it happen, lost a few fish but ended the day with 10 yellowfin in the box! Great job guys!!!

    Saturday - Now where do I go! Green water south, not a ton of bait around! Told the crew, we are going for a boat ride! Looking for bait for hours, finally had enough in the baitwell by 11Am, the customers are looking at me like I have lost my mind, half of the day to catch bait - Oh yeah!!! Made it to where I wanted to fish, put baits out and reel screaming in seconds!! Fished hard and put 11 yellowfin tuna on ice! Prob pulled hooks on another 5 or 6! Fun day, the 2nd part anyway! ha ha!

    I am excited that the phone is ringing right now! Plenty of people want to fish and I am happy to see it! After no fishing last summer I am enjoying my days on the water and all that the gulf has to offer!

    We want you to see for yourself, Louisiana has a lot to offer! Some of the best fishing in the world! We have the new Freeman 33 custom catamaran in Venice for your fishing experience and trust me, you will love the boat! Tuna, amberjack, snapper, wahoo, grouper and soon, dolphin! A few Marlin around as well! Take your pick!

    Capt Gray and I have open dates, Feel free to give us a call, email or visit our site! We have a new Video up on the home page, plenty of pics and info!

    Lets go fishing!

    Capt Josh Howard
    225-572-7408

    April 04, 2011 at 9:39pm

    We were able to fish Friday and Saturday (April 1st & 2nd)

    Friday we had Frank with Brand Scaffold and his crew on the Looney Tuna! Tuna is what we were looking for! Made our first stop, made a little bait, not enough but enough to get started! Got lines out, hooked up very fast. Took a while to get a second then Very slow, no more bait!! Decided to make a long run south just to find green water and no fish! Now what to do?? The next 2 hours finding bait, make the long run back to where we started, now its late in the day! We had enough bait this time to make it happen, lost a few fish but ended the day with 10 yellowfin in the box! Great job guys!!!

    Saturday - Now where do I go! Green water south, not a ton of bait around! Told the crew, we are going for a boat ride! Looking for bait for hours, finally had enough in the baitwell by 11Am, the customers are looking at me like I have lost my mind, half of the day to catch bait - Oh yeah!!! Made it to where I wanted to fish, put baits out and reel screaming in seconds!! Fished hard and put 11 yellowfin tuna on ice! Prob pulled hooks on another 5 or 6! Fun day, the 2nd part anyway! ha ha!

    I am excited that the phone is ringing right now! Plenty of people want to fish and I am happy to see it! After no fishing last summer I am enjoying my days on the water and all that the gulf has to offer!

    We want you to see for yourself, Louisiana has a lot to offer! Some of the best fishing in the world! We have the new Freeman 33 custom catamaran in Venice for your fishing experience and trust me, you will love the boat! Tuna, amberjack, snapper, wahoo, grouper and soon, dolphin! A few Marlin around as well! Take your pick!

    Capt Gray and I have open dates, Feel free to give us a call, email or visit our site! We have a new Video up on the home page, plenty of pics and info!

    Lets go fishing!

    Capt Josh Howard
    225-572-7408
    deepsouthcharters@cox.net
    www.deepsouthcharters.com

    April 04, 2011 at 9:36pm

    I have been on the water a lot over the last few weeks! The fishing has been awesome! There have been a few big fish caught but the bite has not been consistent yet! I have spent most of my days at the floaters chasing down 30-60 pound yellowfin and we have had a blast! Most days we are able to get our limit of amberjack as well!

    Not sure when my last post was but I will start off on Feb 12th, Daniel Ledet had his crew on the boat, We were able to land 5 nice yellowfin and 3 amberjack! We were looking for a few wahoo that we never found!

    Sunday, 13th we had Wesley Decotes bachelor party out fishing! Well, we had half and half were on another boat! Capt Gray was nice enough to be my deck hand for the day, I think the customers had more fun listening to us argue than cathing fish, ha ha! We had a good time! We were able to get a few fish on poppers and a few on chunks! I think we finished up the day with 8 yellowfin and 5 amberjack!

    Mark Primeaux fished the 15th, this was his 2nd trip in two months looking for tuna and wahoo! First trip in Jan, we were not able to find either! This trip, we did find one stud wahoo and two yellowfin and a limit of amberjack! I really wanted to put Mark on a pile of tuna but we only found the two! The big wahoo was a nice bonus! The hooter was caught at one of the floaters!

    Gunnar was on the boat the 16th and 17th! First day we ran far to find the tuna, we found 4 nice yellowfin and another big hooter at the floaters! All tuna on chunks this day! Come back in to pull for more wahoo, no luck! Drop down for amberjack and it was game on! These big jacks will let you know who is boss! Next day we went to find the big tuna! Fished hard all day, last boat to leave but not one big tuna bite! We did have a blast loading the boat with 20-30 pound blackfin! Ended up with 16 stud blacks!

    Paul Myers had his crew that was put together online, fishing with us on the 19th! We fished hard all morning for big tuna, no luck, we decided to run and look for wahoo and jacks! Found a fast limit of big amberjack, no wahoo! These guys really wanted tuna so we decided to make a 40 mile run to find some! 16 yellowfin is what we found! All caught after 3pm! The bite was hot, fish chasing flying fish and were happy to take a popper, live bait, chunks, whatever we could throw at them! Thanks paul for an awesome crew!

    Last year I booked a guy to fish, his name is Andrew James! The trip was paid in full and the oil spill happened and we were not able to fish! I asked andrew if he wanted a refund and he told me, I want to fish! Let me know when I can come back, I want to fish! So that day was Feb 20th! Andrew fished inshore with Capt RJ on the 19th, had a blast, caught plenty of redfish and was now ready for tuna! We decided to catch amberjack and troll for wahoo first! Again, the limit of amberjack was fast but never found any wahoo! Off to the tuna grounds we went, we didnt see much going on at first but that would soon change! Didnt take long before we had a fish on! The tuna were still hungry and I think the popper landed the first fish! My favorite part of the whole trip was the 10 year old that landed his limit of yellowfin and his amberjack! Some were caught in the rod holder but some where with him in a Braid Power Play harness, he even sent out the chunk, set the drag when the fish ate and turned the clicker off, like he had done this a hundred times! It was awesome! In fact, he caught the big fish of the day, a 57 pound yellowfin! Nice job Alex!

    Tuesday we had a real treat! Chris Macaluso and a sports writer and photographer were out with us to take pictures of fish and write about how awesome the gulf is to fish! We were able to land 7 nice yellowfin tuna, a limit of amberjack, a nice snowy grouper, a huge trigger fish, a few small blackfin and an almaco jack! Keep an eye out for these pictures in magazines and newspapers! Chris was great to fish with, he is trying to let the world see that the gulf coast is safe to fish, the fishing is great and you would be crazy to fish anywhere else! Chris and Sam have a radio program on 104.5 ESPN radio every Wednesday at 7pm called LA outside, its a cool show! They had myself and an inshore guide from Grand isle on last night to give the fishing report and they are pushing the areas and all it has to offer on every show! Thanks for the support guys!

    I will be back on the water Friday for a 12 day stretch with a only a couple of days off! The fishing is great right now! The big fish are just showing up now so if 100+ is what you are looking for, they should turn on any day! Capt Gray and I still have open dates to fish! The New freeman is a fishing machine, come see for yourself! I will post pictures so you can see what we are catching!

    Lets Go Fishing

    Capt Josh Howard
    225-572-7408
    deepsouthcharters@cox.net
    www.deepsouthcharters.com

    February 24, 2011 at 3:54pm

    I have been on the water a lot over the last few weeks! The fishing has been awesome! There have been a few big fish caught but the bite has not been consistent yet! I have spent most of my days at the floaters chasing down 30-60 pound yellowfin and we have had a blast! Most days we are able to get our limit of amberjack as well!

    Not sure when my last post was but I will start off on Feb 12th, Daniel Ledet had his crew on the boat, We were able to land 5 nice yellowfin and 3 amberjack! We were looking for a few wahoo that we never found!

    Sunday, 13th we had Wesley Decotes bachelor party out fishing! Well, we had half and half were on another boat! Capt Gray was nice enough to be my deck hand for the day, I think the customers had more fun listening to us argue than cathing fish, ha ha! We had a good time! We were able to get a few fish on poppers and a few on chunks! I think we finished up the day with 8 yellowfin and 5 amberjack!

    Mark Primeaux fished the 15th, this was his 2nd trip in two months looking for tuna and wahoo! First trip in Jan, we were not able to find either! This trip, we did find one stud wahoo and two yellowfin and a limit of amberjack! I really wanted to put Mark on a pile of tuna but we only found the two! The big wahoo was a nice bonus! The hooter was caught at one of the floaters!

    Gunnar was on the boat the 16th and 17th! First day we ran far to find the tuna, we found 4 nice yellowfin and another big hooter at the floaters! All tuna on chunks this day! Come back in to pull for more wahoo, no luck! Drop down for amberjack and it was game on! These big jacks will let you know who is boss! Next day we went to find the big tuna! Fished hard all day, last boat to leave but not one big tuna bite! We did have a blast loading the boat with 20-30 pound blackfin! Ended up with 16 stud blacks!

    Paul Myers had his crew that was put together online, fishing with us on the 19th! We fished hard all morning for big tuna, no luck, we decided to run and look for wahoo and jacks! Found a fast limit of big amberjack, no wahoo! These guys really wanted tuna so we decided to make a 40 mile run to find some! 16 yellowfin is what we found! All caught after 3pm! The bite was hot, fish chasing flying fish and were happy to take a popper, live bait, chunks, whatever we could throw at them! Thanks paul for an awesome crew!

    Last year I booked a guy to fish, his name is Andrew James! The trip was paid in full and the oil spill happened and we were not able to fish! I asked andrew if he wanted a refund and he told me, I want to fish! Let me know when I can come back, I want to fish! So that day was Feb 20th! Andrew fished inshore with Capt RJ on the 19th, had a blast, caught plenty of redfish and was now ready for tuna! We decided to catch amberjack and troll for wahoo first! Again, the limit of amberjack was fast but never found any wahoo! Off to the tuna grounds we went, we didnt see much going on at first but that would soon change! Didnt take long before we had a fish on! The tuna were still hungry and I think the popper landed the first fish! My favorite part of the whole trip was the 10 year old that landed his limit of yellowfin and his amberjack! Some were caught in the rod holder but some where with him in a Braid Power Play harness, he even sent out the chunk, set the drag when the fish ate and turned the clicker off, like he had done this a hundred times! It was awesome! In fact, he caught the big fish of the day, a 57 pound yellowfin! Nice job Alex!

    Tuesday we had a real treat! Chris Macaluso and a sports writer and photographer were out with us to take pictures of fish and write about how awesome the gulf is to fish! We were able to land 7 nice yellowfin tuna, a limit of amberjack, a nice snowy grouper, a huge trigger fish, a few small blackfin and an almaco jack! Keep an eye out for these pictures in magazines and newspapers! Chris was great to fish with, he is trying to let the world see that the gulf coast is safe to fish, the fishing is great and you would be crazy to fish anywhere else! Chris and Sam have a radio program on 104.5 ESPN radio every Wednesday at 7pm called LA outside, its a cool show! They had myself and an inshore guide from Grand isle on last night to give the fishing report and they are pushing the areas and all it has to offer on every show! Thanks for the support guys!

    I will be back on the water Friday for a 12 day stretch with a only a couple of days off! The fishing is great right now! The big fish are just showing up now so if 100+ is what you are looking for, they should turn on any day! Capt Gray and I still have open dates to fish! The New freeman is a fishing machine, come see for yourself! I will post pictures so you can see what we are catching!

    Lets Go Fishing

    Capt Josh Howard
    225-572-7408
    deepsouthcharters@cox.net
    www.deepsouthcharters.com

    February 24, 2011 at 3:51pm

    Here is a quick report from Venice! We were set to fish Friday, Saturday and Sunday but the weather blew us out Friday and was not much better Saturday but Danny Wilsons crew from Mississippi said they could handle the rough seas if the Freeman could! I wasnt sure if the boat could take 4-6ft seas with some 8ft mixed in and fish comfortable but I was shocked! The boat handled herself very well! We were able to cruise at about 25-30 mph hour all day with a little 35 mph mixed in! Tuna is what the crew wanted so we headed south and had baits in the water at 8:30 am! It was a little slow to start but it wasnt long before it was non stop action! A little live bait, some popper action and some caught on the troll! All in all, we finished the day with a 6 man limit of yellowfin and amberjack! 18 yellowfin, 6 amberjack! The tuna were all 25-40 pound fish and the jacks were all about 40! We may have had one tuna reach 50 pounds! Not huge fish but a ton of action!

    Sunday, with two people on the boat, we were able to hunt down 5 nice yellowfin, 30-50 pounds, one wahoo and a limit of jacks!

    I left my camera on the boat so you will have to wait til next week for most of the pics but Aaron shot a pic with his phone on Saturday of the board shot so I will post that!

    We still have dates open to fish! The big fish should show any day now but til they do, we will be catching something! It has been good action for the last few weeks! The wahoo bite has been very good and the smaller tuna still eat the same! Keep in mind that we DO NOT charge extra for fuel! You know exactly what you will pay with us! The new Freeman is a sweet ride, lets go fishing!

    Capt Josh Howard
    225-572-7408
    deepsouthcharters@cox.net
    www.deepsouthcharters.com

    February 08, 2011 at 8:21pm

    Here is a quick report from Venice! We were set to fish Friday, Saturday and Sunday but the weather blew us out Friday and was not much better Saturday but Danny Wilsons crew from Mississippi said they could handle the rough seas if the Freeman could! I wasnt sure if the boat could take 4-6ft seas with some 8ft mixed in and fish comfortable but I was shocked! The boat handled herself very well! We were able to cruise at about 25-30 mph hour all day with a little 35 mph mixed in! Tuna is what the crew wanted so we headed south and had baits in the water at 8:30 am! It was a little slow to start but it wasnt long before it was non stop action! A little live bait, some popper action and some caught on the troll! All in all, we finished the day with a 6 man limit of yellowfin and amberjack! 18 yellowfin, 6 amberjack! The tuna were all 25-40 pound fish and the jacks were all about 40! We may have had one tuna reach 50 pounds! Not huge fish but a ton of action!

    Sunday, with two people on the boat, we were able to hunt down 5 nice yellowfin, 30-50 pounds, one wahoo and a limit of jacks!

    I left my camera on the boat so you will have to wait til next week for most of the pics but Aaron shot a pic with his phone on Saturday of the board shot so I will post that!

    We still have dates open to fish! The big fish should show any day now but til they do, we will be catching something! It has been good action for the last few weeks! The wahoo bite has been very good and the smaller tuna still eat the same! Keep in mind that we DO NOT charge extra for fuel! You know exactly what you will pay with us! The new Freeman is a sweet ride, lets go fishing!

    Capt Josh Howard
    225-572-7408
    deepsouthcharters@cox.net
    www.deepsouthcharters.com

    February 08, 2011 at 8:20pm

    Capt Gray and I were able to fish Friday and Sturday! We each had customers fishing 2 days so it allowed us to cover a lot of water and try a few different areas and species! Aaron and I had the Trahan crew fishing the Looney Tuna. The guys wanted tuna or wahoo so we decided to run for tuna first thing! First two live baits back - DOUBLED UP! We landed both fish, they were both about 30 pound yellowfin, we thought that was too easy! Set up again and the first bait got nailed, another 30-35 pound yellow in the boat! Try again - not so easy this time! We spent the next few hours trying to hook up again with only one more hook up that the shark would eat at the boat! Around lunch the crew voted to get out of these growing seas and try our luck elsewhere! We made a stop to look for grouper but the current was kicking so we turned to the jigs to grab a nice limit of amberjack and headed for the barn to get out of the slop!

    Saturday we left the dock at 4:30 to beat the crowd and it worked out a little for us! We had 6 yellowfin in the box this time before they shut down! The guys wanted a shot at wahoo so we made the decision to run 65 miles and it almost worked, only problem was, we couldnt find any wahoo! ha ha!! Guess it didnt almost work too good! We pulled baits all over the place and figured, wahoo not eating today! And I could have stuck to that story if only I hadnt pulled up to the dock to find Capt Will cleaning a trophy wahoo catch! Great job Will! Before heading to the dock, we were able to stick a real nice limit of amberjack in the box! Big one went over 50 pounds!

    After we got the fish cleaned, more ice and fuel in the boat and a new crew on board, we headed off to fish that night with the Kerr crew from Alabama! After fishing all day then turn around and fish all night, I learned that I am not as tough as I used to be! Thanks to Aaron and a rested Bobby, they were able to keep the crew going while I got a couple of hours of sleep! I probably could have slept a little longer but Aaron woke me up to say that this crew, in only about 6 hours had filled the fish box on the Freeman TO THE TOP with tuna! These guys wanted to jig for blackfin at night and that they did! We ended up with 50 blackfin (10-15 pounds) and a couple of yellowfin(about 30 pounds) we were back at the dock at 7:30 am !

    We were scheduled to fish Monday and Tuesday but Monday had to be rescheduled due to a family emergency and Tuesday got blown out! I set my Tuesday crew up with Capt Eddie on Monday where they caught 6 wahoo and a pile of nice blackfin!

    I had a cancelation on Feb 28th and March 1st! Also I have Friday Feb 18th open, this is the only weekend date in Feb open on my boat! Capt Gray has Feb 13th and 27th open on the Gray Goose! You can see our online calendar by going to our website and clicking on the calendar tab!

    I am scheduled to fish Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday this week! I dont think Friday will be fishable but we will let you know how we do!

    The winter tuna bite should turn on any day! There has already been a couple of big fish caught, shouldnt be long!

    Capt Josh Howard
    225-572-7408
    deepsouthcharters@cox.net
    www.deepsouthcharters.com

    February 03, 2011 at 5:45pm

    Capt Gray and I were able to fish Friday and Sturday! We each had customers fishing 2 days so it allowed us to cover a lot of water and try a few different areas and species! Aaron and I had the Trahan crew fishing the Looney Tuna. The guys wanted tuna or wahoo so we decided to run for tuna first thing! First two live baits back - DOUBLED UP! We landed both fish, they were both about 30 pound yellowfin, we thought that was too easy! Set up again and the first bait got nailed, another 30-35 pound yellow in the boat! Try again - not so easy this time! We spent the next few hours trying to hook up again with only one more hook up that the shark would eat at the boat! Around lunch the crew voted to get out of these growing seas and try our luck elsewhere! We made a stop to look for grouper but the current was kicking so we turned to the jigs to grab a nice limit of amberjack and headed for the barn to get out of the slop!

    Saturday we left the dock at 4:30 to beat the crowd and it worked out a little for us! We had 6 yellowfin in the box this time before they shut down! The guys wanted a shot at wahoo so we made the decision to run 65 miles and it almost worked, only problem was, we couldnt find any wahoo! ha ha!! Guess it didnt almost work too good! We pulled baits all over the place and figured, wahoo not eating today! And I could have stuck to that story if only I hadnt pulled up to the dock to find Capt Will cleaning a trophy wahoo catch! Great job Will! Before heading to the dock, we were able to stick a real nice limit of amberjack in the box! Big one went over 50 pounds!

    After we got the fish cleaned, more ice and fuel in the boat and a new crew on board, we headed off to fish that night with the Kerr crew from Alabama! After fishing all day then turn around and fish all night, I learned that I am not as tough as I used to be! Thanks to Aaron and a rested Bobby, they were able to keep the crew going while I got a couple of hours of sleep! I probably could have slept a little longer but Aaron woke me up to say that this crew, in only about 6 hours had filled the fish box on the Freeman TO THE TOP with tuna! These guys wanted to jig for blackfin at night and that they did! We ended up with 50 blackfin (10-15 pounds) and a couple of yellowfin(about 30 pounds) we were back at the dock at 7:30 am !

    We were scheduled to fish Monday and Tuesday but Monday had to be rescheduled due to a family emergency and Tuesday got blown out! I set my Tuesday crew up with Capt Eddie on Monday where they caught 6 wahoo and a pile of nice blackfin!

    I had a cancelation on Feb 28th and March 1st! Also I have Friday Feb 18th open, this is the only weekend date in Feb open on my boat! Capt Gray has Feb 13th and 27th open on the Gray Goose! You can see our online calendar by going to our website and clicking on the calendar tab!

    I am scheduled to fish Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday this week! I dont think Friday will be fishable but we will let you know how we do!

    The winter tuna bite should turn on any day! There has already been a couple of big fish caught, shouldnt be long!

    Capt Josh Howard
    225-572-7408
    deepsouthcharters@cox.net
    www.deepsouthcharters.com

    February 03, 2011 at 5:43pm

    Yesterday was like Christmas morning all over again! UPS dropped four packages for me to find on my door step! Two boxes from Braid Products, One box from Frenzy Tackle and one box from Owner Hooks! I am still waiting for a shipment from Bomber and Ande but I have plenty of new toys to play with for now!

    We are getting everything ready for the new year! I spoke with Billy Freeman yesterday and he assured me that he will personally be in Venice on the 8th to deliver the new Freeman 33! He had it in the water yesterday and got her up to 64 mph – downstream, ha ha! (62 upstream)

    Friends of mine have begun to catch nice wahoo! Its killing me because I do not have my boat yet but it will be here soon enough! I have at least one trip booked every week starting January 15th through the end of February so looks like I will have plenty of time to bond with the new boat! I was able to book the 5th of February tonight and that was the last Saturday that I had open to fish the Freeman for January and February! March is wide open as of now but not sure how long the Saturdays will hang around! Just because all of my Saturdays are taken up doesn’t mean that we are booked up by far! I think I only have about 17 trips booked in all! There are plenty of Fridays and Sundays open on my boat! Capt. Gray still has a few Saturdays open! If we can’t find a spot for you on one of our boats, we are friends with a lot of great captains in Venice, we will get you set up with one of them if that’s what it takes! Venice needs your business and you will be very happy with what you get when you fish here, especially this time of the year!

    I am on the pro staff with Braid Products! You talk about a super company! Dennis Braid has built a business that knows exactly what the hardcore offshore fisherman needs because he is one! David Holmes is my rep for Braid, when I sent my order in for the year he told me that he had a few custom color marauders! He knows that Venice is an awesome place for monster wahoo and he wanted to know if we would be able to put these things to work! Let’s just say I have all nine of them! (Sorry Tommy) These baits are amazing when it comes to wahoo! The great part about them is they are rigged with dual swiveled single hooks! When a wahoo hits a marauder, they do not come off like a treble hook! Don’t get me wrong, some days I will catch all of my wahoo on a bomber or on a stretch but I always try the marauders! I lose less fish on J hooks! I find (this is just me) in clean water the Marauders work the best! In dirty water I may have to switch over to bombers or a stretch! Some days they will eat them all!! (At the same time)

    When using wahoo baits that are rigged with treble hooks, I change out all of them out to Owner 4X 4/0 or 5/0 hooks! These hooks will hold up to the big wahoo that we catch in the winter! Most baits come rigged with decent hooks but these monsters will straighten them out like copper rigging wire!

    It won’t be long before the tuna start to show up! Get all of your reels cleaned up and ready to go because I believe it’s going to be a great year! Bonita are everywhere and I think it’s just a matter of time before we start to catch tuna in good numbers!

    Please visit our site to view pictures and videos from last winter! This will give you the best idea of what you can expect this time of the year! The weather conditions are not the best, it’s a little cool but oh man, the fishing is good! We want you on our new boat! Billy Freeman told me once you fish on a Freeman , you won’t fish anywhere else so we are doing the research to see if this is true! Ha ha! Hope you all had a good Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year! Hope to see you on the water!

    Capt. Josh Howard
    225-572-7408
    deepsouthcharters@cox.net
    www.deepsouthcharters.com

    December 30, 2010 at 10:34pm

    Yesterday was like Christmas morning all over again! UPS dropped four packages for me to find on my door step! Two boxes from Braid Products, One box from Frenzy Tackle and one box from Owner Hooks! I am still waiting for a shipment from Bomber and Ande but I have plenty of new toys to play with for now!

    We are getting everything ready for the new year! I spoke with Billy Freeman yesterday and he assured me that he will personally be in Venice on the 8th to deliver the new Freeman 33! He had it in the water yesterday and got her up to 64 mph – downstream, ha ha! (62 upstream)

    Friends of mine have begun to catch nice wahoo! Its killing me because I do not have my boat yet but it will be here soon enough! I have at least one trip booked every week starting January 15th through the end of February so looks like I will have plenty of time to bond with the new boat! I was able to book the 5th of February tonight and that was the last Saturday that I had open to fish the Freeman for January and February! March is wide open as of now but not sure how long the Saturdays will hang around! Just because all of my Saturdays are taken up doesn’t mean that we are booked up by far! I think I only have about 17 trips booked in all! There are plenty of Fridays and Sundays open on my boat! Capt. Gray still has a few Saturdays open! If we can’t find a spot for you on one of our boats, we are friends with a lot of great captains in Venice, we will get you set up with one of them if that’s what it takes! Venice needs your business and you will be very happy with what you get when you fish here, especially this time of the year!

    I am on the pro staff with Braid Products! You talk about a super company! Dennis Braid has built a business that knows exactly what the hardcore offshore fisherman needs because he is one! David Holmes is my rep for Braid, when I sent my order in for the year he told me that he had a few custom color marauders! He knows that Venice is an awesome place for monster wahoo and he wanted to know if we would be able to put these things to work! Let’s just say I have all nine of them! (Sorry Tommy) These baits are amazing when it comes to wahoo! The great part about them is they are rigged with dual swiveled single hooks! When a wahoo hits a marauder, they do not come off like a treble hook! Don’t get me wrong, some days I will catch all of my wahoo on a bomber or on a stretch but I always try the marauders! I lose less fish on J hooks! I find (this is just me) in clean water the Marauders work the best! In dirty water I may have to switch over to bombers or a stretch! Some days they will eat them all!! (At the same time)

    When using wahoo baits that are rigged with treble hooks, I change out all of them out to Owner 4X 4/0 or 5/0 hooks! These hooks will hold up to the big wahoo that we catch in the winter! Most baits come rigged with decent hooks but these monsters will straighten them out like copper rigging wire!

    It won’t be long before the tuna start to show up! Get all of your reels cleaned up and ready to go because I believe it’s going to be a great year! Bonita are everywhere and I think it’s just a matter of time before we start to catch tuna in good numbers!

    Please visit our site to view pictures and videos from last winter! This will give you the best idea of what you can expect this time of the year! The weather conditions are not the best, it’s a little cool but oh man, the fishing is good! We want you on our new boat! Billy Freeman told me once you fish on a Freeman , you won’t fish anywhere else so we are doing the research to see if this is true! Ha ha! Hope you all had a good Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year! Hope to see you on the water!

    Capt. Josh Howard
    225-572-7408
    deepsouthcharters@cox.net
    www.deepsouthcharters.com

    December 30, 2010 at 10:30pm

    It has been a while since my last post about fishing! 2011 is right around the corner and we are fired up and ready to get back on the water!

    Over the last six months or so we have worked to help clean up our gulf. We met many great people during that time! I was able to make friends with several members of the US Coast Guard and let me be the first to say – You Guys Rock! (AND GALS) The Coast Guard personnel were awesome and I would like to thank you for your service!

    I am proud to announce that we have a brand new Freeman 33 custom catamaran that will be in Venice a few days before Christmas! You have no idea how excited I am!!! These boats are awesome, they have the speed, they have the looks and they are made to FISH! Top speed of 63 mph, can cruise at 45 mph in rough conditions! Billy Freeman has set me up with all of the bells and whistles! Did I mention that I am excited! Ha Ha!!

    Over the summer we were able to get in a few dive and fishing trips. Aaron, Bobby, Capt. Gray, Bradley and I were able to see that the fish are still here and bait was very plentiful! On the rig dives, most of the rigs were full of life! There was one rig dive in the West Delta area that looked a little dead but I have never been diving on that rig before the oil spill so I can’t say if it was always that way or not! Bobby and I were able to dive about 15 oil platforms and all were jam packed with fish! Big game fish, all the way down to the tropical fish!

    Most of you know that the winter time fishing in Venice, Louisiana can be the right time if huge yellowfin, wahoo and makos are what you like to catch! To be honest, the cold weather is almost enough to make me hate this time of year – notice I said almost! It’s a tough decision for some people, some have no problem! Most cold days, I mean the really cold days, I can’t help but think- what in the world am I doing on a boat in this cold? That thought may stay with me right up to the moment we land that first fish! At about the 3rd fish all I can think is – man, I can’t wait to get back out here again tomorrow! I can’t help it, I love it!! There is nothing else that will get me out of bed at that time of morning in the cold and have a smile on my face! Ok, maybe Duck Hunting, but that is it!!!!

    If you get a chance, please check out our website – www.deepsouthcharters.com Look at the pictures and watch a few videos of us fishing this time of year. I think you will be impressed! The first two videos are my favorite! One is a wahoo video and the other is a tuna video that we shot on Super Bowl Sunday!

    Deep South Charters would like to invite you to Venice this January, February and March to experience some of the best fishing in the world! I can’t promise you that we will load the boat down every day with fish but what I will promise you is - Aaron, Bradley, Bobby, Capt. Gray and myself will do everything that we can to put you on the fish and see to it that you have a good time! We want you to have fun! Now, just because we want you to have fun, this doesn’t mean that we are not worried about the fish! Anyone that knows Capt. Gray and I know that we are in competition the minute that we leave the dock! If his boat comes back with one more fish than my boat, I have to listen to it for hours so we have it on our mind!! It’s all in fun! (As long as I win)

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us! Check out our blog from time to time - http://deepsouthcharters.blogspot.com/ this is a fun site for us! This is a place where we are able to post anything! You will find reports, updates, tips, pics, videos, you name it!

    Hope to see you on the water!

    Capt Josh Howard
    225-572-7408
    deepsouthcharters@cox.net
    www.deepsouthcharters.com

    December 14, 2010 at 3:00am

    It has been a while since my last post about fishing! 2011 is right around the corner and we are fired up and ready to get back on the water!

    Over the last six months or so we have worked to help clean up our gulf. We met many great people during that time! I was able to make friends with several members of the US Coast Guard and let me be the first to say – You Guys Rock! (AND GALS) The Coast Guard personnel were awesome and I would like to thank you for your service!

    I am proud to announce that we have a brand new Freeman 33 custom catamaran that will be in Venice a few days before Christmas! You have no idea how excited I am!!! These boats are awesome, they have the speed, they have the looks and they are made to FISH! Top speed of 63 mph, can cruise at 45 mph in rough conditions! Billy Freeman has set me up with all of the bells and whistles! Did I mention that I am excited! Ha Ha!!

    Over the summer we were able to get in a few dive and fishing trips. Aaron, Bobby, Capt. Gray, Bradley and I were able to see that the fish are still here and bait was very plentiful! On the rig dives, most of the rigs were full of life! There was one rig dive in the West Delta area that looked a little dead but I have never been diving on that rig before the oil spill so I can’t say if it was always that way or not! Bobby and I were able to dive about 15 oil platforms and all were jam packed with fish! Big game fish, all the way down to the tropical fish!

    Most of you know that the winter time fishing in Venice, Louisiana can be the right time if huge yellowfin, wahoo and makos are what you like to catch! To be honest, the cold weather is almost enough to make me hate this time of year – notice I said almost! It’s a tough decision for some people, some have no problem! Most cold days, I mean the really cold days, I can’t help but think- what in the world am I doing on a boat in this cold? That thought may stay with me right up to the moment we land that first fish! At about the 3rd fish all I can think is – man, I can’t wait to get back out here again tomorrow! I can’t help it, I love it!! There is nothing else that will get me out of bed at that time of morning in the cold and have a smile on my face! Ok, maybe Duck Hunting, but that is it!!!!

    If you get a chance, please check out our website – www.deepsouthcharters.com Look at the pictures and watch a few videos of us fishing this time of year. I think you will be impressed! The first two videos are my favorite! One is a wahoo video and the other is a tuna video that we shot on Super Bowl Sunday!

    Deep South Charters would like to invite you to Venice this January, February and March to experience some of the best fishing in the world! I can’t promise you that we will load the boat down every day with fish but what I will promise you is - Aaron, Bradley, Bobby, Capt. Gray and myself will do everything that we can to put you on the fish and see to it that you have a good time! We want you to have fun! Now, just because we want you to have fun, this doesn’t mean that we are not worried about the fish! Anyone that knows Capt. Gray and I know that we are in competition the minute that we leave the dock! If his boat comes back with one more fish than my boat, I have to listen to it for hours so we have it on our mind!! It’s all in fun! (As long as I win)

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us! Check out our blog from time to time - http://deepsouthcharters.blogspot.com/ this is a fun site for us! This is a place where we are able to post anything! You will find reports, updates, tips, pics, videos, you name it!

    Hope to see you on the water!

    Capt Josh Howard
    225-572-7408
    deepsouthcharters@cox.net
    www.deepsouthcharters.com

    December 14, 2010 at 2:56am

    I report on Louisiana Sportsman all of the time, some of our North Carolina friends have asked me to send a few reports over your way, so , here I am! My name is Capt Josh Howard! I own and operate Deep South Charters, Inc out of Venice, Louisiana! We fish about 250 days a year and have three boats available for you! I will bring you fishing reports from the Venice area to let you know what is going on, what we are catching, what we are using to catch them, etc....

    For the most part, this past winter bite was like a roller coaster! From day to day we never knew where the fish were going to show up or when they would eat! We did have some great days, I think our best day, Capt Gray had 9 yellowfin and I had 7 with a few blacks mixed in! I will pst pics of this day, this was mid March. We caught everything on 80 pound Frenzy Fluoro and 6/0 and 7/0 Frenzy and Mustad circle hooks, all were caught with cut pogie or bonita!

    The wahoo did not show up in large numbers this year like we are used to seeing but we did have some very good days! My best was going 9 for 11 two days in a row! I know, strange right, caught 9 out of 11 wahoo strikes two days in a row and here is the kicker, the first day, we caught all 9 fish at the same rig all on the same exact bait! A pink Bomber cd30, this bait was retired at the end of the trip and with no paint left, we sent it home with the two customers!!!!

    We are getting ready for our summer bite! I cant wait, I have 18 trips booked on my boat alone just in the Month of June! I guess everyone is ready to be done with the cold winter that we had and ready to get in the sun and catch some tuna, marlin, snapper, amberjack, grouper, dolphin and wahoo!! I know I am ready! Feel free to check out pics from the last two years on the website and videos shot aboard the Looney Tuna. All are on our website and blogs! We offer Bachelor Party packages and have lodging available through Kingfish Lodging and the Venice Palms!

    Our big Dolphin bite should take off around mid May and the Tuna and Marlin are starting to show up now! Snapper saeson opens June 1st and we still have a few June dates left! We will start our 24 hour overnight tuna trips in May as well, if you want to bring a load of fish to the dock, these trips get the job done!

    Hope to see you soon and we will continue to report to you about the fishing in Venice Louisiana! Stay safe on the water and rememeber, lets go catching, not fishing!

    Capt Josh Howard
    225-572-7408
    deepsouthcharters@cox.net
    www.deepsouthcharters.com
    deepsouthcharters@blogspot.com

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