Some anglers who travel to the Venice area of Louisiana are only interested in fishing the marsh. Others want to head offshore, with tuna and wahoo in mind. Those who want something entirely different — to fish the nearshore waters in roughly 15 to 80 feet — are in a distinct minority. Most boats run by shallower rigs and old, wrecked structure, fishing them rarely and then usually just a quick look to see if there's the odd cobia hanging about. However, during an August trip to Cajun Fishing Adventures in Buras , I joined some of the Z-Man boys to spend a day or two fishing that nearshore structure to determine if it offers a fishery worth targeting, particularly for fishing soft plastics and leadheads on light tackle. Short report: very worthwhile. Especially around rigs a few miles out, in 40 to 65 feet, it seemed as if at times at least one of us was always hooked up. We lost some monsters that we simply couldn't stop, but caught plenty. Consensus: What fishing should be — a blast.