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The recreational greater amberjack season in the Gulf of Mexico will not reopen as scheduled on Aug. 1 because NOAA says the recreational harvest of 1,034,442 pounds has already been reached.

Recreational amberjack season in Gulf will not reopen in 2016

If you were planning on making an amberjack trip in the Gulf of Mexico when the season reopened on Aug. 1, make other plans.

19 hours ago
Capt. Britt Ordes fishes deep with live shrimp for big speckled trout this time of year.

Fish Hopedale trout where they cool off

Go to Blue Bayou Water Park on a scorching hot Saturday and you’ll likely be waiting more than an hour to ride the water slide.

Yesterday at 11:43am
Planning, practice and preparation paid big dividends for retired LDWF Major Ronald Morris .

Get an early start on planning and preparing for hunting season

Not long after July 4, I’m pretty well burned out on fishing and already starting to think about hunting season.

Yesterday at 11:00am
Wait until you feel the weight of a bass instead of setting the hook when he hits a topwater.

Be patient and catch more bass on topwater

The fog is lifting off the surface of the calm lake, and the sun still hasn’t peaked above the tree line. These are perfect conditions for working a topwater plug near the shore for bass. Nothing is more exciting than calling a bass up to smash a lure on the surface.

Yesterday at 10:40am

18th Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo set for July 28-30 out of Venice Marina

The 18th Annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo is set to roll next week out of Venice Marina, and this year’s event features a brand new five-fish red snapper stringer division made possible because the state waters line has been pushed beyond the old 3-mile boundary.

Yesterday at 10:02am
The author packs his camera field bags with all the gear needed to set up successful camera sites.

The summer doldrums

Here in the Deep South, if the calendar says July would anyone in their right mind argue against the conditions outside being referred to as anything other than the hot and humid “summer doldrums?”

Yesterday at 9:00am
Jeremy Croucher, left, and Capt. Frank Lawson show off the pending No. 7-ranked tripletail that Croucher landed on July 14 in East Bay out of Venice. It weighed 31.28 pounds, and measured 32 inches long.

Pending No. 7-ranked tripletail caught last week in East Bay

It’s hard not to do a double take when you lay your eyes on the monstrous 31-pound tripletail caught last week in East Bay.

Yesterday at 10:24pm
Even in the heat of summer there are bass that remain shallow, and frogs will get the bites.

Hoppers call in summer bass

Bass fishermen have a lot of different lures to choose as their go-to baits at different times of year and for different fishing situations.

Yesterday at 10:00pm

2016 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo scheduled for July 28-30

The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo — billed as the oldest fishing tournament in the United States — will get underway next Thursday, July 28, at sunrise.

Yesterday at 3:16pm
Although he expects waterfowl breeding population estimates on the prairies to be lower this year than last, LDWF's Larry Reynolds said Louisiana hunters might actually see more birds this season if we have a colder winter.

Biologist expects lower USFWS waterfowl breeding population estimates this year

Don’t freak out if waterfowl breeding population estimates from the prairies of Canada and the Northern U.S. due out next month are lower than what they’ve been in recent years.

That’s the message to the state’s duck hunters from Larry Reynolds, waterfowl study leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, who pointed out that despite great population estimates last summer, crazy weather conspired to make the 2015-16 season one lots of folks would like to forget.

July 21 at 11:06am
Starting with the rig straight is the first key to successfully backing up a trailer.

2 tips for backing in a boat

The pickup truck sat jack-knifed with its trailer on the boat ramp, driver’s side window rolled down, with a woman’s head sticking out.

July 20 at 5:08pm

Two cited for alleged oyster violations in St. Bernard Parish

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men for alleged oyster violations on July 18 in St. Bernard Parish, according to a news release.

July 20 at 8:32am
There are many choices in sunscreens. The key is to choose one with an SPF of at least 30 that provides broad-spectrum protection.

Sunscreen FAQs

Here are some facts about sunscreen, compliments of the American Academy of Dermatology.

July 20 at 6:00am

The worst of times

It’s easy to think about sunscreen when it’s a bluebird day and the sun is baking everything it touches.

July 20 at 6:00am
Applying sunscreen before you even leave the house increases your protection against a sunburn.

Best practices for sunscreen

I can remember when it was important to get a tan. Back in high school it was just the thing to do. In fact, I remember buying “tanning lotion” to move the process along.

It was like slathering on liquid Crisco.

And it was stupid.

July 19 at 2:00pm
Stanley Sevin, with Bait House Seafood in Chauvin, put together an 8-minute video with great tips on how to keep shrimp alive in your livewell. Check out the video for pointers to get the most bang for your buck.

Bait shop owner shares Top 4 tips to keep shrimp alive

Stanley Sevin pretty much grew up in the bait business — his family owns Bait House Seafood in Chauvin — so he knows a few tricks about how to maximize the lifespan of shrimp in your livewell.

“I’ve been in it since I was a little boy,” said Sevin, now 30, who works full-time offshore in the tugboat industry but still helps out at the bait shop located at 6003 Highway 56 on his days off.  “You know how we do it down the bayou, growing up in the family business.”

July 19 at 1:26pm

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