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Louisiana Tuna Rigs

Louisiana's offshore fishing has come back with a vengeance

June 2, 2011
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Capt. Rimmer Covington (right) and Jeff Pierce from Mustad admire Pierce’s huge yellowfin tuna.
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Venice Marina just after sunrise.
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The harbor at Venice houses many different styles of floating homes.
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Lots of colorful shrimp boats sail out of Venice
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Lots of colorful shrimp boats sail out of Venice
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Capt. Scott Sullivan cuts up frozen menhaden for chum.
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Jeff Pierce hooks up with a large fish on jigging tackle.
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Pierce’s fish turns out to be a large king mackerel.
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Rimmer Covington with a large blackfin tuna taken while chunking.
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Capt. Eric Newman watches a rod as we troll around a large rig.
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Helicopters are a common mode of travel to and from offshore rigs.
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The larger rigs float and resemble small cities.
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Burning off excess gas.
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Sullivan jigs for live bait with sabikis around a floating rig.
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Jigging for live bait.
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Pierce with a stringer full of sardines.
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Newman connected with a nice school tuna on the live bait.
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Jeff Pierce hooked to a big fish.
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Nice yellowfin!
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Nice yellowfin!
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Sullivan gaffs a nice wahoo.
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Drifting live baits around a rig.
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Newman takes tissue from the wahoo as part of Louisiana’s fish sampling program.
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Pierce hooked to another big fish on a metal jig.
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Bobby Carter with the yellowfin that became a shark.
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Bobby Carter with the yellowfin that became a shark.
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Grouper abound offshore of Louisiana.
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Floating condos line the banks of Venice Marina.
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Floating condos line the banks of Venice Marina.
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A well-used houseboat.
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