Wanted to update status as I was getting advice on my first offshore trip last week.
Long story short, we had a blast. Only ended up with 1 Blackfin, 1 Yellowfin, 4 Amberjacks, and a big arse #20+ Red Snapper (had to throw back of course).
Stayed at Venice Marina, I was pretty impressed with the food in there. We hung around in the restaurant area and watched the Saints game. The fried snapper throats were great.
Fishing was awesome and I'm absolutely hooked! Seas were fairly calm so I'm glad I chose to forego the Dramamine, bonine, patch cocktail. Was able to enjoy a few cold ones on board.