Monster tripletail taken south of Venice

Tom Kallam of Huntsville, Ala., said it best after a recent fishing trip in Venice.

All the stars and planets aligned to be able to land this great fish and have it witnessed, he said.

How big of a fish?

What about a monster tripletail weighing 35 pounds a fish quite likely to be entered as the new No. 4 in the Louisiana Gamefish Records?

It was incredible, said Capt. Louis Rok Rossignol with Venice Guide Service. When I first saw the fish surface, I knew it would be a record.

How the day started

Kallam and his wife, Erin, met Rossignol (504-481-7529) early Sept. 4, and they headed out to one of the passes south of Venice. Kallam said the weather cooperated, as slight winds out of the northeast allowed for calm seas and glass-flat waters.

We blasted out of the landing and headed out to a sand bar where I knew there were plenty of huge redfish, said Rossignol, who found redfish, with several bulls taken by 9:30 on live shrimp under popping corks.

Ms. Erin caught the largest bull, Rossignol said. It measured 33 inches. Altogether, we had 10 big daddies: two over 27 inches, and the rest in the upper length of the slot.

Rossignol said the action was also furious, as several big reds grabbed both popping corks and hooks, stretching out some of his leaders.

The Kallams day catch is displayed 10 big redfish, one 10-pound tripletail and the 35-pound trophy tripletail.

When the Kallams limit of redfish was reached, Rossignol motored south through shallow water to a close, offshore rig.

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