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Went out on a 36 Hr trip aboard the Sea Spray with Capt. Bill along with his awesome crew Jason and Rossi. This is a first class operation and they go all the way to make sure everyone is having a good time. While the yellow fin bite was slow for all the boats we managed to get two decent ones along with alot of blackfins, amberjack and other species. We filled the coolers up and came home early. I highly recommend them for an awesome trip aboard a comfortable boat that will handle a large group. He is based out of Orange Beach but comes to Fourchon for the winter bite.

March 20, 2013 at 10:43pm
A comment titled: Re: King mackerel in response to a report titled: King mackerel

You can catch them trolling around the circle rigs about 30 miles out. They were hitting good at the Ewing bank last month on ballyhoo

April 05 at 10:18pm
A comment titled: Re: What is this fish? in response to a report titled: What is this fish?

To me it looks like a big hardtail aka blue runner. We have been catching 3-4 lb ones out there fishing for AJ. If you still have it or know weight might want to contact wildlife biologist as the state record is 7 1/2#. Judging by the picture you may have one that big

https://www.rodnreel.com/gulffish/gulffish.asp?cmd=view&FishID=9

August 31, 2015 at 7:43pm
A comment titled: Re: Can you ID this Fish? in response to a report titled: Can you ID this Fish?

Looks like a Bermuda Chub to me

August 14, 2015 at 8:08pm
A comment titled: Re: Federal Snapper Season in response to a report titled: Federal Snapper Season

Ok I guess I will confuse this even more. Earlier this year the LDWF issued an online press release reminding state charter boat captains that they must have a FEDERAL reef permit to run charters for red snapper in STATE waters. But fishcommander and other captains I know say they cannot fish in state waters for red snapper with a federal reef permit. So is it that they cannot fish in the 'gray' area (3-10 miles) or is it they can't fish in state waters period? If they cant fish for snapper 2 miles out via federal regs why is the state requiring a federal reef permit for 'state' snapper? If the issue is the real snapper area of 3-10 miles is federal/state waters then maybe the solution is to get congress adopt the states proclaimed boundaries. Then those with federal reef permits could realistically harvest state snapper all year. Even better amend the state law and allow state licensed captains to guide for snapper in state waters without a federal permit in addition to the federal guys. This would allow equal sharing for all.

June 14, 2015 at 10:19pm
A comment titled: Re: Federal Snapper Season in response to a report titled: Federal Snapper Season

You would need a USCG captains license to start. For red snapper you would also need a federal reef fish permit which are no longer being issued. You would have to purchase one from someone who was grandfathered in. I think they run a few thousand if you can find one. The state has declared that you have to have a federal reef permit to snapper fish in state waters as well so getting a state charter license alone would not be legal. You have to have a commercial insurance policy on your boat not connected to your homeowners to charter in Louisiana saltwater.

May 23, 2015 at 8:56pm
A comment titled: Re: Offshore Permits in response to a report titled: Offshore Permits

Check with Steve Tomeny out of Fourchon. I think he has an extra he may want to sell.

March 05, 2015 at 7:34pm
A comment titled: tuna in response to a report titled: Locating Close In Tuna Question

late summer or early fall.weather generally more stable then too and you need to go out of venice in those boats. shore is a lot closer and you have a protected run down the river. when they say they are 10 or 15 miles offshore generally there is a 25 mile river run involved. the exception rather than the rule is catching them 15 miles out of grand isle. watch the weather very closely and be careful in a small single engine boat.

January 11, 2015 at 9:36pm
A comment titled: charter in response to a report titled: Offshore Charter Needed

If you want to fish all on the same boat about the only one left in this state, licensed to carry more than 6 passengers, is the Louisiana. Contact Ed Pitre of Southern Pride Charters. Moran's hotel can accommodate the place to sleep.

January 11, 2015 at 9:23pm
A comment titled: coordinates in response to a report titled: Louisiana Offshore rig maps

Also you can go online and find the lease block website that has ALL the active oil platforms on it. He can load the coordiantes into the Inavix maps as waypoints and it will show them on the map.

July 11, 2014 at 11:28pm
A comment titled: inavix in response to a report titled: Louisiana Offshore rig maps

spend the $50 for the inavix app for your phone. It has all the rigs, lease blocks, etc and is a live gps. if you have iphone can put on 5 devices including an ipad. It will work without cell service no matter how far offshore you go. All the info and features of a 1k or better device if you use it on your ipad

July 11, 2014 at 11:26pm
A comment titled: money in response to a report titled: Another, 'What's going on'?

Follow the money. The Feds give the state money as long as they enforce federal laws for them. But then the Fed controls the state as long as they take the money. Just like your local public schools cafeteria menu is dictated by Washington because the states are taking Fed funds. A pitfall of the ole politician who brings home the bacon. As long as the state continues to receive federal funds they must enforce federal law. As for the gray area its a fox in the hen house situation. If a federal agent decides to ride with them they have no choice but to enforce the federal waters. If its just the state boys riding around in the nice new boat the feds paid for then all is well. Best thing would be for the state to quit taking federal money

June 26, 2014 at 10:19pm
A comment titled: tuna trip in response to a report titled: Question - Overnight Tuna Trip

The only boats around for that would be the Louisiana or Capt. Charlie. Ed Pitre has bought the Louisiana from Steve Tomeny. You can still contact Steve to book or call Capt. Ed 985-637-9567. The Capt. Charlie is not running right now but Steve owns it as well.

If your willing to drive to Orange Beach there are boats such as Sea Spray Charters that can handle that many

June 21, 2014 at 8:35pm
A comment titled: 6 pack in response to a report titled: Not a report, a question

Most of the boats only carry 6 because they are not USCG inspected and this only allows for 6 passengers plus crew. Also most of the operators of these boats carry a 'six pack' license although some have 100 ton, etc. Its a headache to go through the coast guard inspections so most just stay at the 6 person limit. Steve Tomeny is still around. He has sold the Louisiana to Ed Pitre but is still involved in helping him book trips, etc. He also bought the Capt. Charlie that was once owned by Charlie Hardison. He is re-powering it at this time. The Southerner and Carribean Sea have been sold to operators out of FL.

June 12, 2014 at 10:02pm
A comment titled: Boat in response to a report titled: Help ..Don't know where to go

First what boat will you be going In? The size, condition and your experience on the boat should be a major factor in where you go offshore, especially if you haven't been in a while. The weather us supposed to be decent but it can deteriorate quickly this time of year. There are plenty of opportunities offshore but your range would determine the best location to fish

June 03, 2014 at 9:50pm
A comment titled: sale in response to a report titled: Red Snapper Update - Gulf Council

Mike are any of the snapper caught in the Gulf sold in other countries? Your plan would work if the states stuck together and there was no market. But my gut feeling is northern states wouldn't join and may even capitalize on being the only states you could buy red snapper in. I doubt a NY yankee would care about our fish laws as long as he could get fresh snapper. If there were a way to join the states then I think this would work.

April 13, 2014 at 6:41pm
A comment titled: judges in response to a report titled: Red Snapper Update - Gulf Council

We can vote the politicians out but this action is the result of a law suit and court orders. I think the judge was appointed by Jimmy Carter so you can see how long it takes to change the judicial branch. Maybe if the politicians changed the law something could be done but this season is the result of a court order not any political process.

April 11, 2014 at 9:22pm
A comment titled: guide in response to a report titled: Bow Fishing Guides in Fourchon

Nick Cheramie on Hwy 1 just past Jambon grocery. He is about as good at it as they come.

March 14, 2014 at 7:58pm
A comment titled: tuna in response to a report titled: Great tuna trip

Saw yall at the dock taking those pics while we were getting fuel. Looks like a great trip. We did good on black fin and aj's but didn't get any yft

August 06, 2013 at 8:54pm
A comment titled: cobia in response to a report titled: Cobia

GI is a large block but right now the water is so dirty out to 60 miles you won't be able to site fish them. They were out at the 90's before the water went sour

June 20, 2013 at 9:28pm
A comment titled: Rip in response to a report titled: Rip our of GI or Fourchon

Rip was 14 miles out 2 weeks ago. Was 50 miles out last weekend and no rip. If you really want to fish rips subscribe to ripcharts.com. The cost of a years subscription will be less than the fuel you use running blindly out on one trip. The river water has pushed the blue water way out right now.

June 19, 2013 at 9:53pm
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