Gulf of Mexico Fishing

Gulf of Mexico Fishing

I traveled with Boating Magazine editor Robert Stephens from Orlando to New Orleans. We got off the plane and headed to Venice, Louisiana. Since we drove at night, we didn’t get to see much, but seeing the GPS, we knew the Mississippi River was by our side. And it’s shadow indicated it was at a higher level than the road we were on.

We met up with the Coastal Conservation Association members Tony Berrigan, Sam Elliot and Executive Director David Cresson. Their group tags and releases thousands of fish annually. When they’re caught again by sportsman weeks or even years down the road, the tag has a phone number to call to describe the current condition of the fish including size and weight.

Growing up in Maine, I had never boated on the Gulf of Mexico. When you leave the Mississippi River, and the gulf is flat, there are so many oil rigs and oil equipment, it looks like more land on the horizon. The view blew my mind. Tony, Sam and David were fantastic hosts. We learned a lot of about their conservation efforts and the massive group of members that care about the fisheries.

Keep up the good work gentleman!

Venice Fishing – Images by Cy Cyr

Maine Tuna

maine tuna fishing

My buddy Kyle is a fireman, EMT, electrical technician and tuna fisherman. He has a Maine fishing Charter based in Biddeford. The first time he took me tuna fishing, in 1999, we landed a 650 lb bluefin tuna. I say “we,” but I had no part of it. I was actually laying on the floor while Kyle shouted “Fish On”, sick of puking up cheerios. I’ll never forget the day. The fight lasted 1.5 hours. The boat traveled 1.5 miles during the fight. The fish almost didn’t fit through the “tuna door” on his boat. I took pictures the whole time. It was amazing. It was the first time I had sushi. A dealer came to the dock and prepared it for its immediate trip to Japan. I love hearing other peoples fishing stories. Little trout, salmon, bass, etc. I’ll whip out my phone and watch peoples jaw drop. They think the picture is photoshopped. It isn’t.

Kyle landed another Bluefin while I visited in 2010. I wasn’t on the boat this time, but I was pumped to meet him at the Biddeford Pool dock. And, I’m happy to say… it wasn’t as big as when I was on the boat… :) The link to those photos are below.

maine tuna fishing – Images by Cy Cyr