Offshore Fishing

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March 12 at 1:53pm
Yellowedge groupers are most common at depths of 600 to 900 feet. Fish reeled in from those depths show severe effects of decompression. Note the distended eyes on this fish. Close inspection will also show that the eyeball is cracked like a glass marble.

Meet the best-tasting grouper: yellowedge

A common catch for deep-droppers
March 01 at 7:00am
No firm dates have been established yet, but officials expect the state and federal red snapper seasons to run concurrently for Louisiana anglers this summer, possibly beginning the Friday before Memorial Day, which is May. 25.

State, federal red snapper seasons expected to open concurrently in May

LDWF waiting to hear back from NOAA on approved catch percentage
February 26 at 11:23am
Florida pompano have long been regarded as one of Louisiana’s premium saltwater food fish.

Pompano: The glamour fish

February 02 at 1:00pm
Experienced offshore fisherman Blake Matherne shows off the teeth of a 43-pound cubera snapper. Matherne speared the fish in 73 feet of water at a rig south of Cocodrie in 300 feet of water.

Cubera snapper

Louisiana’s coast delivers IGFA world record
December 04, 2017 at 9:00am

Video: Insane tuna action out of Venice now

Epic day of fishing Tuesday 65 miles south of Venice
November 09, 2017 at 3:55pm
If the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approves a proposal Thursday, state anglers could begin catching red snapper during a fall state waters season as soon as Friday, Oct. 6.

Fall state waters snapper season could open as soon as Friday, Oct. 6

LWF Commission to decide on proposal during Thursday’s meeting in Baton Rouge
October 04, 2017 at 1:24pm
With more than 100,000 pounds available before the state's self-imposed snapper quota is reached, it's possible Louisiana anglers could get to snapper fish in state waters this fall.

LDWF: State red snapper fall season possible

Extended summer season left more than 100,000 pounds available
September 21, 2017 at 5:09pm
Capt. Tommy Pellegrin suggests targeting smaller rigs and structures for cobia, and making sure you keep your lure moving when sight casting to fish near the surface. Don’t stop if the fish charges, or it could very well lose interest.

Cobia 101: Tips to hook up with lemon fish

Target smaller rigs, keep lures moving when sight-fishing, guide says
September 14, 2017 at 6:00am
Capt. Tommy Pellegrin says it's vital to keep reeling when a cobia is charging your lure — don't stop the jig as the fish approaches, or it could lose interest.

Cobia 101: Tips to hook up with lemonfish

Target smaller rigs, keep lures moving when sight-fishing, guide says
September 12, 2017 at 1:40pm
Catches like this one made in 1964 by William Wagner Jr., Roy Copeland, and Murray Thompson, all of New Orleans, were once commonplace. The men also caught three cobia as lagniappe.

Where have all the pompano gone?

No one really knows what happened to this member of the jack family
September 01, 2017 at 7:00am
Louisiana's offshore anglers will be able to target red snapper all the way through Labor Day, Sept. 4, after harvest estimates indicate the state's 1.04-million-pound self-imposed quota wasn't reached during the 39-day extended season.

Red snapper fishing to continue through Labor Day weekend

LA Creel harvest estimates allow for completion of 39-day extended season, LDWF says
August 31, 2017 at 6:17pm
With limited offshore action expected this weekend due to Hurricane Harvey, harvest data indicate Louisiana's red snapper anglers could get to fish for the entire 39-day extended federal season, which ends on Labor Day, Sept. 4.

LDWF: Louisiana’s red snapper season likely to continue through Labor Day

LA Creel data indicate anglers won’t reach 1.04 million pound harvest limit
August 25, 2017 at 9:48am
Capt. Bill Lake took a break from catching speckled trout to go offshore for snapper, and ended up finding numbers of cobia — including this 72-pounder.

Cobia show up early south of Dularge

72-pounder among mass of lemonfish discovered in Ship Shoal, fishing guide says
August 22, 2017 at 4:36pm