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Old 06-18-2022, 05:38 PM   #1
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With fuel so high and everything costing more just curious how much a 8-10 hour tuna trip out of Venice is costing these days.

And are boats charging a fuel charge or rolling that into the price here along our coastline?
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Old 06-18-2022, 05:43 PM   #2
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Not sure what trips are running, but yo7 can check websites for costs.

When it comes to fuel, they will typically fill up when you get back and hand you the bill to pay.

Don’t expect the pay $ / gallon you see everywhere else either.

Last time we went we ran just under 200 gallons of gas if I remember right.

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Old 06-18-2022, 05:50 PM   #3
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Trips are usually Trip cost plus fuel.
So varies on what rig you fish on and how many miles you run.

The majority of charters fill up at the dock while you unload and clean fish. So charter trip, plus fuel and tip
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Old 06-18-2022, 05:57 PM   #4
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Fish Venice told me they are using between 150 and 200 gallons a trip on a 36' Contender. MGFC is averaging about 250 gallons. The fuel cost is in addition to the price of the trip.

Fish Venice used to charge $2200 all inclusive a couple years back. They have since change their price to $2100 plus fuel costs.

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Old 06-18-2022, 06:08 PM   #5
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and gas at the marina is running $6.50-7/gal. Throw in tip and you’re at 4 grand for a day trip
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Fish Venice told me they are using between 150 and 200 gallons a trip on a 36' Contender. MGFC is averaging about 250 gallons. The fuel cost is in addition to the price of the trip.

Fish Venice used to charge $2200 all inclusive a couple years back. They have since change their price to $2100 plus fuel costs.
This is what we were quoted earlier this week. We booked 2 days and were told to expect to pay about $800 a day for fuel.
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Old 06-18-2022, 06:16 PM   #7
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I listened to Mike Jeffcoat who is a Guide in Venice this Morning on the radio. He said most trips are about $5,000 total.
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Old 06-18-2022, 06:19 PM   #8
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I just booked an off shore trip our of Islamorada and several charters are charging a fuel surcharge.
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Old 06-18-2022, 07:11 PM   #9
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We were there about a month ago and saw a guy go up to pay a $2,000 fuel bill ��. We fished for reds and did pretty good. 1 day with a guide, then 5 days on our own.
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Old 06-18-2022, 07:12 PM   #10
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This is what we were quoted earlier this week. We booked 2 days and were told to expect to pay about $800 a day for fuel.
We did a trip last year and burned 240 gallons and bill was almost $1k…(was told $600 was average) even at 150 gallons you are looking at $1200 for on the water fillups.
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Old 06-18-2022, 07:31 PM   #11
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Just got back. 3000 for the boat plus gas. Was 2800 until gas at the dock gets above 5.75. It was 5.76 when we filled up back the dock at cypress cove marina I believe. It was about 5000 grand total plus tip. Plenty of fish though. This was with paradise outfitters.
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Old 06-18-2022, 08:39 PM   #12
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5k for a 8 hour fishing trip? Holy freaking nuts!

I thought it was bad when they raised it to $1,200 including fuel.

How much are the 48 hour party boats now?
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Old 06-18-2022, 08:49 PM   #13
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Find a trip running diesel engines. They shouldn't be paying road tax on fuel.

That's what the chandeluer Islands guys are doing anyway

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Old 06-18-2022, 09:35 PM   #14
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just remember; there is no road tax on boat fuel.
so figure it out.
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Old 06-18-2022, 09:36 PM   #15
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Filled up a Sportfisher today on Rockport. It was 5.19 a gallon on diesel and gas was $7
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Old 06-18-2022, 09:55 PM   #16
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It was about 5000 grand
Yep - RIP in Peace to cheap charters
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Old 06-18-2022, 10:12 PM   #17
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Find a trip running diesel engines. They shouldn't be paying road tax on fuel.

That's what the chandeluer Islands guys are doing anyway

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And triple or quadruple your run time to the fishing grounds? Naw brah.

Our 100 mile run took about an hour and half and got bait on the way out.
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Old 06-18-2022, 10:27 PM   #18
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****. That.
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Old 06-19-2022, 07:16 AM   #19
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****. That.
I know that's right....
I can buy, an awful lot of any kinda fish I want for 5K....
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Old 06-19-2022, 07:28 AM   #20
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Wow !
Haven’t been in 6-7 years.
Used to cost us 2k total for Capt. Eddie Burger for a whole day.
Plus a tip.
Wasn’t bad split 4 ways back then @ $500 each.
Now looks like $1,250 a man 4x.
Glad I got to go when I could afford it.
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And triple or quadruple your run time to the fishing grounds? Naw brah.

Our 100 mile run took about an hour and half and got bait on the way out.
Don't you have company gas and truck?

Why you even worried about actually buying gas a couple times a year

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Yes, but they have yet to buy me a 37’ Yellow Fin with trip 300’s…….


FYI, I pay personal mileage back to the company per the IRS rules, so, not exactly ‘free’.
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Old 06-19-2022, 11:17 AM   #23
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5k for a 8 hour fishing trip? Holy freaking nuts!

I thought it was bad when they raised it to $1,200 including fuel.

How much are the 48 hour party boats now?
Yea, and from the looks of that pic...
It looks like, about 30k.. Not too bad, for a days work...
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Old 06-19-2022, 02:45 PM   #24
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I listened to Mike Jeffcoat who is a Guide in Venice this Morning on the radio. He said most trips are about $5,000 total.
Have you fished with Capt. Mike? We fished with him a couple years ago and goose egged both days. Never again.
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Old 06-19-2022, 02:48 PM   #25
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A lot. I went 2 years ago and the fuel was an extra $1000 on top.
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Old 06-19-2022, 03:51 PM   #27
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I just bought tuna steaks at Walmart for $8 a pound. Think I'll stick with crappie fishing for now! Meat tastes better anyway!
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Good thang I hate fishing, lol
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Old 06-19-2022, 07:40 PM   #29
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I just bought tuna steaks at Walmart for $8 a pound. Think I'll stick with crappie fishing for now! Meat tastes better anyway!
Lol! I’m way too cheap!! I like the ocean perch rates!!
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Old 06-19-2022, 07:44 PM   #30
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Definitely hoping fuel prices take a substantial nose dive between now and November. Already have our deposit sent in.
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Old 06-19-2022, 07:49 PM   #31
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What are those Tuna worth to the buyer?
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Old 06-19-2022, 07:56 PM   #32
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Have you fished with Capt. Mike? We fished with him a couple years ago and goose egged both days. Never again.
Ouch! It happens. I've been on several off shore trips that were flops. Off shore is like that, it's usually really good or really bad.
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Old 06-20-2022, 05:35 PM   #33
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We just got back yesterday from fishing with Mexican Gulf Fishing Co. Had 6 people and trip was 2300 plus almost 2000 in fuel, then plus tip. Ended up about 850-900 per person. Had a blast but dirty water is way out. Had to run 85 miles out. Fuel was 5.75 a gallon I believe at the marina. Those Freeman’s are bad ***** boats!


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Wow looks like I won’t be going to Venice for awhile!
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Old 06-20-2022, 05:41 PM   #35
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Plenty of meat though.


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We just got back yesterday from fishing with Mexican Gulf Fishing Co. Had 6 people and trip was 2300 plus almost 2000 in fuel, then plus tip. Ended up about 850-900 per person. Had a blast but dirty water is way out. Had to run 85 miles out. Fuel was 5.75 a gallon I believe at the marina. Those Freeman’s are bad ***** boats!


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How much meat did you each get? Looks great!
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Old 06-20-2022, 06:34 PM   #37
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We had 8 tuna and my buddy and I’s share was probably 50 lbs worth. I love it so good with me!


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We had 8 tuna and my buddy and I’s share was probably 50 lbs worth. I love it so good with me!


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$18 a lb. Not bad, but that would really suck if you strike out and get skunked or only get a couple small fish.
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Old 06-20-2022, 07:18 PM   #39
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Agreed… that’s why you go with Mexican Gulf. **** near guaranteed! Yellowfin is 26/lb in Katy according to a buddy we went with?


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Old 06-20-2022, 07:31 PM   #40
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That “free” gas increase will just come off the top, one way or another.


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Yes, but they have yet to buy me a 37’ Yellow Fin with trip 300’s…….


FYI, I pay personal mileage back to the company per the IRS rules, so, not exactly ‘free’.
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Old 06-20-2022, 07:40 PM   #41
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We just got back yesterday from fishing with Mexican Gulf Fishing Co. Had 6 people and trip was 2300 plus almost 2000 in fuel, then plus tip. Ended up about 850-900 per person. Had a blast but dirty water is way out. Had to run 85 miles out. Fuel was 5.75 a gallon I believe at the marina. Those Freeman’s are bad ***** boats!


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I was with Hendo… always a great time with Mexican gulf. I will b back in August hope gas goes down lol!


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Have you fished with Capt. Mike? We fished with him a couple years ago and goose egged both days. Never again.
No I have never fished with him. Just heard him on the radio.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 06-20-2022, 07:49 PM   #43
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Lol! I’m way too cheap!! I like the ocean perch rates!!
I want to come fish with you. Will probably be late Fall or more likely Spring next Spring
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I was with Hendo… always a great time with Mexican gulf. I will b back in August hope gas goes down lol!


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Nooooo….. I was with you Nicky G! Haha


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I fish out of freeport often....we catch yellowfin at the floaters....Ive done Venice as well....its just not worth it at those prices any longer as far as I'm concerned
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I fish out of freeport often....we catch yellowfin at the floaters....Ive done Venice as well....its just not worth it at those prices any longer as far as I'm concerned
It cost me about 1k to run a 2 day tuna trip out of Freeport to catch tuna at these fuel prices. Unless I run further to Hoover, and that's out of my 36ft Contender

I know the plus side of Venice is the shorter runs and getting to ride in some slick boats. LA has a much better fishery, but that is a big price to pay for a day of fishin.
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I have a friend going soon. Always exciting to see what happens and what they catch...
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Old 06-21-2022, 03:15 PM   #48
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It cost me about 1k to run a 2 day tuna trip out of Freeport to catch tuna at these fuel prices. Unless I run further to Hoover, and that's out of my 36ft Contender

I know the plus side of Venice is the shorter runs and getting to ride in some slick boats. LA has a much better fishery, but that is a big price to pay for a day of fishin.
How far of a run it it?

What most people don’t realize, it might only be 30-40 miles to the rigs from the mouth of the river, it’s still 30 miles to the mouth of the river.

Every time we have went, it has been a 150-175 mile day dock to dock without a whole bunch of running around.
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I fish out of freeport often....we catch yellowfin at the floaters....Ive done Venice as well....its just not worth it at those prices any longer as far as I'm concerned
No kidding. I want to overnight tuna but there ain't no way I can swing that coin to fish to fish from Venice. I'd spend a little more and go to Costa Rica

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We didn’t do a trip this year, but in years past, we would run 4 on a boat (most will take up to 6, but we want to be comfortable), 1 day fishing, tip for trip, fuel for boat, 2 nights at the their lodging for 4, fuel in the truck to get us there, ice, drinks, etc., and all groceries to feed us for two days (and we ate WELL, ie. ribeyes, etc.), would run us a little less than $1K per person. We would tally up all expenses at the end of the trip and split 4 ways even.

It wasn’t about the fishing, but the experience.

If fuel has doubled, it would only add about $250 per today.
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