The Midnight Lump, aka The Sackett Bank (as shown on most NOAA Marine charts), is the top of a large underwater salt mountain located within 200 feet of the surface and approximately 50 miles southwest off the coast of Venice, LA. It is world renowned and a legendary area for amazing offshore fishing. This is the spot where dreams are made when anglers catch line-breaking fish in abundance – primarily tuna and wahoo, but marlin, sharks, kingfish, amberjacks, red snapper, mahi mahi, and sailfish as well.
The combination of shallow waters (depth ranges between 200 and 250 feet) and the large schools of bait fish that get caught in the current is what makes fishing on the Lump so great. It is a major feeding sight and an underwater, mountainous paradise where some of the largest fish in the deep blue sea flock to in search of nutrients and shelter.
Over the course of the last decade, the Midnight Lump has grown in popularity due to GPS that allows anglers to accurately find the underwater feature. While the site looks like plain, old open water, 200 feet beneath the surface, there is a very distinct subsurface, natural feature. It is a nearly circular area, about 2.9 square-miles in distance, and is an uprising of the seabed made of carbonate sediments, sand, drowned coral reefs, algal nodules, rock ledges, and debris. The broad crest is relatively flat and rests at a depth of about 206 feet, while the base extends to a depth of about 360 feet.
On a normal day’s “run”, anglers can expect to find more than 100 boats per day anchored at the site. Depending on the prevailing currents, fishing on one side of the Lump is normally better than the other, however, some anglers have their lucky, special spot to fish regardless of the water flow.
When fishing at the Lump, anglers should adjust their actual position using a depth finder. Other devices and equipment that will be helpful include a deep saltwater depth finder (to find and “see” the exact location), a paper chart (for navigation purposes, found at any official print-on-demand marine chart supplier), all required and other safety equipment, and a reliable VHF marine radio as cell phones may not work. All boaters should use extreme caution when navigating to and fishing at this location. From Venice, LA, it is an approximate 100-mile round trip, and one of the busiest parts of the Mississippi River. You will need enough fuel for at least a 150 to 160-mile trip as well as a boat and an experienced captain that can handle the trip. It is also highly recommended to leave a float plan with a friend or relative who will remain onshore.
The world-renowned Midnight Lump near Venice, LA is a great spot for offshore fishing. Prime time season starts now and runs through the month of March! If you’re ready for the ultimate fishing experience in Venice, Louisiana, book your next offshore fishing charter adventure with Home Run Charters. Call us at (504) 909-TUNA.