Offshore Fishing

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The secret lives of red snappers revealed

Red snappers are easily the most-studied fish in the Gulf of Mexico, so a lot is known about their biology.

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July 02 at 5:00 pm
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Use a snell knot for more offshore hookups

Sometimes little things can make a big difference in fishing, and Capt. Tommy Pellegrin firmly believes snelling circle hooks offshore has a direct correlation to the number of fish coming over his gunnels.

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July 02 at 2:15 pm
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Macaroni magic — Using macaroni to chum up mangrove snapper

The absolutely transparent water churned with fish.

It was like a giant aquarium.

The slightly-built, heavily suntanned 50-year-old man threw another handful of macaroni into the seething mass of Bermuda chubs and mangrove snappers. 

Macaroni?

You betcha — macaroni.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Pending No. 5 swordfish caught out of Venice

Three days ago an angler aboard Capt. Peace Marvel's boat battled a massive swordfish for nearly four hours before losing it at the boat.

While that was disappointing, the veteran Venice offshore guide made up for it June 21 when Slidell angler Vladimir Kamenov landed a 214.8-pound swordfish that should rank No. 5 in the Louisiana State Fish Records.

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June 22 at 1:54 pm
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Get ’em out, get ’em up

For his butterfly jig action, Capt. Billy Wells uses a 5 ½-foot Shimano Trevalla rod and Shimano Stella loaded with 80-pound PowerPro.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Reds of the rigs

Capt. David Iverson typically runs out of Red Pass and targets West Delta rigs in 40 to 50 feet for bull reds. However, when he’s up for a challenge and the weather permits, he’ll take South Pass out his favorite East Delta rigs, where close proximity to the Continental Shelf puts 300-foot water well within the reach of his bay boat.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Fishing offers family bonding

“We fish as a family,” Amanda Menard said in the charming Southern drawl that she brought with her from North Louisiana.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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The Menard’s offshore trick bag

One of the fun things about fishing with other people is learning little short-cuts and tricks they use to make their fishing experience better and catch more fish.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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How to get your name in the Louisiana State Fish Records

Amanda and Dennis Menard, and their families don’t need any excuses to go fishing, but they do a lot of things to make their fishing more fun.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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How the Fishing for Memories Rodeo began

The Fishing for Memories benefit rodeo based out of Intracoastal City is the biggest of big deals for the combined Menard-Boothe family.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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LDWF: No plans to increase daily red snapper limit for remainder of state season

With the closing on Wednesday of the 10-day federal recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico, the state currently has no plans to increase the daily snapper limit in Louisiana waters, according to the head of fisheries.

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June 12 at 10:39 am
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Video: Coast Guard helicopter rescues four offshore fishermen 30 miles east of Venice

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The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to rescue four fishermen 30 miles east of Venice Tuesday afternoon when their 28-foot boat started taking on water and sank in a matter of minutes, an official said.

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June 11 at 10:00 am
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Graves withdraws red snapper state management plan from Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill

Although an amendment that would have transferred management of red snapper to the five Gulf states was withdrawn yesterday before the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act,  the potential for state management of the fishery in the future is still a real possibility, according to the head of the Center for Coastal Conservation.

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June 02 at 2:20 pm
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Jigs for briny pigs — Primer on using jigs for offshore success

It’s a fact of life: Drop a piece of bait over any northern Gulf of Mexico structure from the Midnight Lump to the countless wrecks and reefs to the legs of any drilling rig, and something is gonna eat it.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Bluewater bingo — Rig-fishing off the Central Louisiana coast

“Offshore is what we do,” 46-year-old Dennis Menard Jr. said. “We have blue water in our veins. We are all intrigued by it.

“It’s the not knowing what you are going to come up with.” 

After a couple of years of bouncing off of Dennis and Amanda Menard at various fishing events, I knew they were a storehouse of fishing and rigging tips.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Head offshore to up your STAR Tournament odds

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The tagged redfish and biggest speckled trout may get the lion’s share of attention in CCA Louisiana’s annual STAR Tournament, but the offshore divisions are also a great way to hook up with some big-time prizes.

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May 27 at 9:28 am
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