(This gallery is based on the feature Smokin' Hot that appeared in Sport Fishing magazine.)
Venice, Louisiana, has earned an international reputation among serious anglers as one of the world’s great sport-fishing destinations. But midsummer in Venice is reputedly too hot, too many tropical weather systems make any plans dicey, plus the bigger redfish that left in spring won’t return until fall.
During my visit to Venice with three fishing buddies in early August, we enjoyed marvelous weather, and apparently someone forgot to tell the bull reds they were supposed to have left the marshes. It was hot and humid, as we’d anticipated, and nothing could change that. But it wasn’t unbearable, particularly with the action proving as hot as the weather.
Here, the author (left) and Hunter Cole with Penn/Berkley, share a moment of triumph before releasing one of the golden monsters of the marsh.
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