While fishing with Captain Dan Skermetta of Venice, Louisiana's Sportsman's Lodge, Cabela's Outfitter Journal editor Chuck Smock decides to take a few casts despite a very messed up thumb and hand.
Adding insult to injury, this requires switching around the crank on the spinning reel, so he's doubly out-of-sorts. Now combine that with a trophy-class redfish and you've got the makings of an epic video.
As the fish digs into the backing and nearly spools Chuck, the fight nears nightmarish proportions! Watch as the giant bull red pushes like an all-state running back toward nearby oil rigging, forcing Dan to follow the fish!
Looking for the fishing trip of a lifetime? Consider the multi-species fishing paradise just minutes by boat from Venice, Louisiana.
The best place to stay? Venice Sportsman’s Lodge.
Not only is Captain Dan Skermetta one of the best redfish and sea trout guides on the entire coast, he’s equally dangerous in the kitchen, offering classic southern breakfasts and end-of-day blackened redfish, gumbo and shrimp etouffee fit for The King of Mardi Gras.
And that’s just for starters. We haven’t even mentioned the yellowfin, blackfin, mahi mahi, cobia, wahoo, flounder, grouper, snapper and bass fishing. Wickedly good.
It’s also the end of the Mississippi Flyway and provides habitat for over 1 million ducks and geese in winter.
Can you say “cast and blast”?
Indeed, Louisiana’s southernmost parish, Plaquemines, earns its unofficial title: “A Sportsman’s Paradise.