5/7/2009 9:51:00 PM
Richard-LA #17096 from LA says Venice
Capt Paul is a contributor to Louisiana Sportsman Mag on GPS. he knows what he is doing. The Sandy Point rigs are what you are looking for most of these areas are on Chart 11361. good luck
Capt.Paul I am planning a fishing trip in july to Venice. I was wondering if you could give me some hot spots to catch big
E-mail Response by Captain Paul
Wed, Apr 22nd, 2009 12:34 pm
VENICE SALT WATER FISHING
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Quinten Comeaux ~
Wow ! This is a tough question to answer, only because there are so many decent salt water locations as well as
some very prime freshwater locations.
The Venice area incorporates a lot of area. It ranges as one of the prime offshore jumping off locations and the
access to the Grand Bay, Carencro Bay and the Breton Sound areas to the North and northwest. In addition Venice
allows access to the Southwest Pass Jetties, The Mud Lumps out of South Pass and the Sandy Point Rigs via Red
Pass. And if that is not enough, it does not even include the area around the Wagon Wheel and Yellow Cotton Bay to
the west and north west.
Each of these locations can offer outstanding fishing opportunities. Most are accessible with a medium sized boat
with a decent cruising range. However, most require that you navigate part of your journey in and across one or
more of the passes of the Mississippi River.
I do not have the time or space to list them all, but here are a few that have been productive in the past.
THE MUD LUMPS
The MUD LUMPS are just south of SOUTH PASS of the Mississippi River to the west. They are usually hot for
specks and reds throughout the summer.
THE MUD LUMPS are about 2 miles south west (205° Mag.) of SOUTH PASS Aid To Navigation (ATON) light
Green # 3. They are in located in what appears to be a rough circle of about three quarters (.75) of a mile diameter
and are in water that is 5 to 25 feet deep. THE DEPTH IS IN FEET.
Several of these SOUTH PASS MUD LUMPS that are above water are:
The northern most MUD LUMP, which is located closest to SOUTH PASS is at or about 28° 58.527 N. Lat ~ 89°
08.802 W. long.
Just to the south west of the above is one located at or about
28° 58.339 N. lat ~ 89° 09.114 W. long.
South of the above mud lump is another at or about
28° 58.272 N. Lat ~ 89° 09.093 W. long.
Depending on the tide, etc., there are several others, which may or may not be above the water surface. They are
28° 58.508 N. Lat. ~ 89° 08.807 W. long
28° 58.233 N. Lat. ~ 89° 08.817 W. long.
and 28° 58.160 N. Lat ~ 89° 08.709 W. long
Use caution when approaching the positions as the readings were determined for the center of the mud lump.
Normal redfish-speck baits are used around the Mud Lumps. I have been told that the DEADLY DUDLEY in ice
with chartreuse tail has been producing in the area.
THE SANDY POINT RIGS
There are a series of about 28 oil and gas platforms (some may only be a 8 ft x 8 ft Christmas tree type platform)
located about 5 to 8 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico between the Empire rock jetty and Sandy Point. They are
in 15 to 30 feet of water.
They are about 26 miles at a bearing of 116° magnetic EAST-SOUTHEAST of Grand Isle. These structures are
commonly called the Sandy Point Rigs. Some of these rigs are in FEDERAL WATERS and as such have a very
different creel limit and size. Be sure that you are COMPLETELY familiar with all of the fishing rules.
The center of the area, about a 3 mile diameter circle, in which the platforms are located, is about 5.5 miles from the
Empire Jetty, at a bearing of 135° magnetic, and about 4 miles, at a bearing of 236° magnetic, from Sandy Point.
The closest platform, to the Empire Jetty in the Gulf is MX-WD 24-4. It is at or about 29° 12.538 N. Lat ~ 89°
32.375 W. Long and is about 4.9 miles from the Red # 2 ATON at the jetty.
Near the above platform, there is a flare platform, MX-WD 24-FLARE # 1, at or about 29°11.962 N. Lat ~ 89°
32.172 W. Long.
The southernmost of the series of platforms, MX-WD 24-5D, is at or about 29° 10.707 N. Lat. ~ 89° 32.044 W.
The easternmost of the series, MX-WD 192-8, is at or about 29°11.451 N. Lat. ~ 89° 30.411 W. Long.
Two of the most popular locations are near the southwest section of the group.
MX-WD 23-3 is located 5.2 miles @ a bearing of 159° from ATON Red #2 and is at or about 29°10.524 N. Lat. ~
89° 34.559 W. Long.
The other, MX-WD 23-FLARE #3, is at or about 29° 10.489 N. Lat. ~ 89° 33.099 W. Long. and is about 6.2 miles
@ a bearing of 146° magnetic from Red # 2 ATON.
The all time favorite in the area is referred to as the Green Monster, WD-23-3 CMP, which I believe is located at or
about 29° 10.525 N. Lat ~ 89° 34.560 W. Long.
All of these features may be viewed on NOAA charts 11358-Barataria Bay and Approaches and 11361-Miss. River
BATTLEDORE REEF in Breton Sound
Battledore Reef is located in the southern part of Breton Sound northwest of California Point. It has long been
associated with mule trout during certain times of the year. Live croakers or live shrimp are usually the bait of
choice or an artificial bait that emulates a small croaker.
BATTLEDORE REEF in Breton Sound is located in Leased Block # 25 in the Main Pass Block Area. The reef is of
an irregular shape, similar to a banana, which is located in a north east to south west attitude.
I believe that the North East end of Battledore reef is at or about 29°28.854 N. lat ~ 89° 25.046 W. longitude. And
that the southwestern end of the reef is at or about 29° 28.687 N. Latitude ~ 89° 25.235 W. Longitude. It is an
underwater reef. Approach it carefully. You will need a depth finder to pinpoint its exact location. The depth of the
water around the reef is from 6 to 10 feet. Water over the reef may vary form 2 foot to 4 feet depending on the tide
and wind, etc.
There is a large platform with multi legs/runs that is about 1.3 miles to the south southeast @ 164° Mag. from
Battledore Reef, that is at or about 29°27.600 N. Latitude ~ 89° 24.971 W. Longitude. Aerial photos show what
appears to be a heliport on the complex. This complex is north of several other smaller platforms that number over
35, which are to the south and east.
For your information LITTLE BATTLEDORE ISLAND (sometimes also a reef) is at or about 29° 30.018 N. lat ~
89° 26.862 W. long. It is about 2.27 miles NNW (310° Magnetic) from Battledore Reef.
The EIGHT PILES location is at or about 29° 29.362 N. lat ~ 89° 23.538 W. long. It is about 1.75 miles NE of
Battledore Reef (66* Magnetic).
I have been told that most all of the pilings have been removed after hurricane Katrina, but the shells and aggregate
that was around the pilings on the sea bed are still there.
THE SOUTHWEST PASS JETTIES
I believe that the Southwest Pass lighthouse, located just inside the end of the east jetty is at or about 28° 54.334
N. Latitude ~ 89° 25.732 W. Longitude. Most anglers fish the end of the jetty on the east side.
Be careful as there will be several ocean going vessels pass you at that location. Always be under way and in control
of your boat when you see such a boat approaching your position.
But use caution in the area as there are numerous other obstructions near the West Bay area.
While on the way to the Jetty as Southwest Pass you will be passing the
two famous SPILLWAYS
The 1st and 2nd Spillways are located on the west side of Southwest Pass, south of the Head of Passes.
The 1st Spillway is about 14 miles south of The Jump by Venice LA.
It is located at or about 29° 06.658 N. Latitude ~ 89° 16.378 W. Longitude.
The 2nd Spillway is about another 7.4 miles farther south in Southwest Pass from the 1 st Spillway. It is at or about
29° 01.839 N. Latitude ~ 89° 20.139 W. Longitude.
These positions are given for a location that is just inside the spillway, on the opposite side of the spillway from the
The action on these locations is just in from actual spillway there the water is pouring into the areas to the east of
Dixon and Zin Zin Bays. Look for an eddy and throw in the calm water side away from the river itself.
Use caution when navigating the river as there are numerous sea going vessels that are moving in the area.
Red Pass of the Mississippi River at the Gulf of Mexico is at or about 29* 12.628 N. lat ~ 89*28.380 W. long.
There is usually some activity along the shoreline at the mouth of the pass.
Be careful as there will be several ocean going vessels pass you when you are along the river. Always be under way
and in control of your boat when you see such a boat approaching your position.
Reaching all of these positions require a boat of sufficient size and a person who knows how to navigate the river
waters around the Venice area. Be sure that you have all of the necessary safety gear and enough fuel to make the
Unless otherwise specified, all positions are stated as H,DDD,MM.mmm and were determined using WGS 84
DATUM. All Headings/bearings/courses are stated in Magnetic Degrees.
~ Captain Paul ~