We are located in Venice, LA, which has staked its claim as the “tuna town” of America. Just 60 miles south of New Orleans, the community of Venice is made up of commercial fishing, fishing charters, charter boats, and oil field workers. Sitting just west of the mighty Mississippi River, Venice, Louisiana Fishing is in the heart of Sportsman’s Paradise, giving us an edge on being the best Fishing Charter around.
In addition to some of the best fishing in the world, the waterfowl hunting is second to none. Dumping nutrients and sediments into the coastal marshes and the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River is the lifeblood of the greatest fishing destination in the world: Venice, Louisiana. Just 15 miles out of the mouth of the river, the continental shelf begins reaching depths of over 5,000 feet. This area is known as the Mississippi Canyon, and is home to many pelagic species.
Capt Josh was born and raised in Metairie, La. He developed a passion for the outdoors at a very young age and that passion is what still drives him today in his everyday charter operations. Capt Josh began deck-handing on offshore charter boats at the age of 19 and has not looked back since. Now, with 10 years of experience to his credit, Capt Josh has become a well-rounded fisherman in all facets and continues to learn and keep elevating himself as a captain. Capt Josh loves the excitement and experience of meeting new people each day and providing them with experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. He enjoys the challenges each day of offshore fishing in which you never know exactly what you’re being dealt. He meets that challenge head on and his never say die attitude sometimes keeps him moving and searching all day to find what’s needed to make that day a great one.
“I’m very passionate about fishing and am extremely fortunate to wake up every day and do something for a living I could not live without. A lot of my excitement comes from seeing people’s facial expressions change the first time they hold onto a rod with a Yellowfin peeling drag on the other end. Sheer amazement by many and creates a new found respect for the fish once the gaff finds its mark. Smiles and high fives on a hot summer day on cobalt blue water after an intense battle is something everyone needs to experience and is definitely one of my favorite things about what I do. ”
Our 39’ ST by Contender Boats is one of the finest fishing machines on the water. The spacious layout affords plenty of room onboard for you and your crew. This boat is specifically designed to catch fish. Powered by triple Yamaha 300HP four-stroke engines, the “Renegade” gets you to the fishing grounds fast and comfortable, allowing more time to focus on fishing. Our boat is rigged with top-of-the-line electronics by Garmin Marine, which delivers some of the most advanced navigation, satellite weather, radar, and fish-finding capabilities on the market today. During our cruising and fishing time, our boat boasts a great stereo system by JL Audio and Fusion Entertainment. All necessary safety equipment and EPIRB are always onboard our vessel as well. In fishing with Intensity Offshore Outfitters, our boat will always be well-maintained and ready to provide you with a first-class offshore fishing experience you are sure to enjoy.
Throughout the year, various migratory pelagic species and reef fish make their homes near the structures of oil rigs. The oil rigs become a habitat attracting an array of bait fish, which in turn lure in the predator species such as tuna, wahoo, and marlin. Closer in around the shallower rigs, one will find trophy red snapper, grouper, cobia, and amberjack. Many different species can be caught year around. We offer a variety of fishing options and will structure your Louisiana fishing charter to target whichever species you desire.
As one of the most-caught fish for commercial fishermen and outfitters across the United States, the red snapper is a prized food fish amongst many fishermen. Hanging around oil rigs here on the southern coast of the US, these red snappers provide a wonderful time for friends, family and colleagues to enjoy an afternoon of catching fish in the gulf.
Grouper have become probably the most popular saltwater food fish in the United States. Being one of the better tasting fish, most catches are over ten pounds, with some well over 100 pounds. These fish can be large, strong and provide a great battle. And at the end of the trip, they taste even better on the plate!
Very few inshore species can offer a big-fish thrill like the cobia. This stealthy scavenger is one of many found in the areas we fish here in Louisiana, with good numbers of fish, and many of these fish topping 50 pounds. Cobia can grow to over 100 pounds, but even an average-sized fish of 20-30 pounds will put up a battle for even the most skillful angler.
As a fish prevalent over offshore reefs and wrecks, amberjacks provide clients with an excellent opportunity in fighting a big fish when the other fish are reluctant to come out and play. Amberjacks are known to many as “the hard-fighting fish,” “the tough man’s fish” or “the sea donkey.” These fish are fun to hook into and can grow to well over 100 pounds and will put up a heck of a fight in the water – so much so that you had better have a group of guys ready to reel, as it may take some time bringing these fish on board!
A world-renowned sport fish, the wahoo is known for its high speed and intense fishing action. With an elongated body with a silvery and iridescent blue sheen, this prized fish not only puts up a great fight, but also is considered a delicacy and a very well-known fish to dine on. We find that most of the fish are large and fast movers of the sea, with recorded speeds of up to 60 m.p.h.
Typically, these fish are large and dangerously tough, with some recorded up to 8 feet long and over 185 pounds. The wahoo is definitely a fish to chase after if you are looking for a fight on the water!
Swift and acrobatic game fish with phenomenally striking colors of iridescent greens and blues, as the mahi mahi becomes excited these colors rapidly change and tend to light up, bring the striking colors to life. With average weights of 15-30 pounds, these sport fish offer a magnitude of fun and excitement.
Definitely a fish to experience, the mahi mahi is also a wonderful trophy specimen.
Yellowfin is often referred as ahi tuna, and is among the larger of the tuna species. Yellowfin tuna can reach over 400 pounds and can provide a battle for even the most seasoned fishing veteran.
Named after the bright yellow finlets on their tail, these large fish are frequent trophies on the Intensity Offshore Outfitters boat. Pound-for-pound, these fish are the fastest and strongest sport fish out there. If you are ready for an experience and challenge of a lifetime, check out Intensity Offshore Outfitters today!
The Midnight Lump
The Midnight Lump, also known as the Sackett Bank, is a mineral formation located about 20 miles off the Mississippi River Delta. This 2.9 square-mile area is an ideal feeding ground for big tuna and other species of fish. During many times of the year, you will find some of the best fishing in the world. From the surface, the Midnight Lump looks like open water but, on the ocean floor, there is an array of salt and mineral formations ideal for holding big fish.
Fishing The Midnight Lump
The gulf currents push bait fish up against the Lump and create an ideal feeding environment for giant tuna, wahoo, snapper and a variety of other species. GPS tracking has made fishing the lump much easier over the past five years. However, locating the site is one thing, fishing it properly is another. Changing currents and weather patterns make one section or side of the lump more productive and it takes an experienced captain and crew to find the fish. Captain Josh has been fishing around Sackett Bank for many years and has experience finding big fish in all conditions. Whether you are looking for big tuna or the excitement of catching a voracious mako shark, we will make your Midnight Lump fishing experience a success!
Guided Fishing Rates | Offshore Packages
$1500 + Fuel – 1 – 6 People
$500 deposit required to hold trip, upon booking
$3000 + Fuel – 1-6 People
$500 deposit required to hold trip, upon booking
$250 per gun (Min. of 2 people)
Able to accommodate large groups
Items To Bring
- Food and drinks
- Ice chest
- Zip-loc bags
- Non-marking soled footwear
Everything else is provided.
- All deposits are non-refundable if cancellation occurs less than one month prior to scheduled trip.
- If client does not show up for scheduled charter trip, client will lose the deposit and charter fee.
- If client cancels and reschedules a charter, the deposit will be applied to the future charter trip.
- If a trip is canceled by the captain due to weather, the customer has one year to re-schedule and the deposit will be applied to the rescheduled trip.
June 2014 – Batesville, AR
“Five of my friends and I had never fished out of Venice before and were in search of the summer yellowfin. Many of us had vessels of our own and had years of offshore experience in the gulf and Atlantic, so I can assure you…you’ll be very impressed with Capt. Josh’s “Renegade.” The 32 Custom Cat is just right for 4 to 6 anglers and can handle a pretty tough chop. Capt. Josh wasn’t afraid to cruise 30-40 knots to the fishing grounds, which meant more fishing for each angler. Capt. Josh was very professional and made sure we were hooked up as often as we wanted to be! 24 hours of fishing can wear any angler out, but time flies fishing with Capt. Josh and his mate! They were real sportsman and eager to see that we all caught our fill! We will definitely look to Intensity Offshore Outfitters the next time we come down. Worth every penny!”
Winter – Moravia, IA
“On March 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 5 guys out of Iowa experienced one of the best times we could ever have. Unfortunately, Captain Josh could not fish with us, as he was on vacation, but relief Captain Kyle and deckhand Wayne proved they were more than capable. 2 of the 3 days we fished with Intensity Offshore Outfitters we came in as the top boat in the whole fleet, blowing away everyone the last day of our trip. Captain Kyle got us on the fish within the first 15 mins. of when we started fishing and let me tell you it was nonstop. If you are looking for a time of your life, I highly encourage choosing Intensity Offshore Outfitters! A special thank you to Captain Kyle and Wayne on all their hard work in providing a first class experience! Hope to see you guys soon!”