Offshore Fishing

Huk's Thomas deOgburn, left, and Chris Ellis show off a nice yellowfin tuna caught during a trip out of Venice last week aboard Mexican Gulf Fishing Company Capt. Zach Lewis' 37-foot Freeman.

Tuna time out of Venice

Yellowfin crushing live bait in clean water offshore, guide says
August 21, 2017 at 8:59am
Capts. Brent and Meredith Ballay with some nice snapper.

Red snapper tackle & bait tips

August 15, 2017 at 7:00am
Louisiana red snapper anglers planning Gulf trips this weekend have been given the green light by the LDWF. Updated harvest figures reveal about 275,000 pounds remain on the table before the state's self-imposed 2017 quota is met.

LDWF: Another green light for red snapper trips this weekend

Labor Day ending date looks more and more likely
August 10, 2017 at 4:22pm
Louisiana red snapper anglers have harvested almost 740,000 pounds so far this year, leaving slightly more than 300,000 pounds to go with up to 16 potential days remaining during the extended federal season.

Red snapper update: Still 300,000 pounds-plus to go to meet Louisiana quota

Numbers increasingly look like fishing through Labor Day ending date is possible
August 03, 2017 at 1:58pm
The Red Snapper Act of 2017 would allow Gulf of Mexico recreational fishermen consistent seasons by limiting fishing to depths of 150 feet, but not less than 25 nautical miles from shore — leaving 80 percent of the snapper stock Gulf-wide protected.

2017 Red Snapper Act introduced in Congress

Legislation based on establishing recreational seasons out to depths of 150 feet, but no less than 25 nautical miles from shore
August 03, 2017 at 11:06am
Captains Meredith and Brent Ballay with Cast N Blast Venice use big hardtails as live bait to entice some of the larger red snapper on a rig to bite.

Target big red snapper — with big live bait

Large hardtails can pull some of the biggest snapper off a rig, guide says
August 02, 2017 at 4:45pm
If you’re going to go all the way offshore, make it worth your while with jumbo-sized snapper.

Snapper Snafu no More!

With a longer season in place, it’s time to get while the getting’s good
August 01, 2017 at 7:00am
Dr. J.J. Tabor, who stands 5'11

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July 31, 2017 at 9:37pm
Red snapper anglers will get at least one more full three-day weekend - and maybe several more - after the LDWF announced there are still more than 330,000 pounds remaining before the state hits its self-imposed harvest limit of 1.04 million pounds.

LDWF update: Red snapper anglers safe for at least another weekend

New estimates indicate about 330,000 pounds remain to be harvested
July 27, 2017 at 5:05pm
Louisiana anglers will get at least one more weekend — and maybe at least into August — to harvest red snapper out to 200 miles in the Gulf of Mexico during this summer's 39-day extended season.

LDWF: Red snapper anglers good to go through at least this weekend

About 385,000 pounds remain before self-imposed cutoff is reached
July 20, 2017 at 5:00pm
Two environmental groups filed suit in Washington, D.C. yesterday to prevent the U.S. Department of Commerce from extending future red snapper seasons in the Gulf of Mexico.

Environmental groups file suit over 39-day summer red snapper season

Lawsuit won’t impact 2017 season length, but seeks to prevent future extensions
July 18, 2017 at 9:30am
A Cush-It rod butt pad will lessen the bruising of a tuna fight.

Fighting formula

July 15, 2017 at 7:00am
Jack crevalle frequent rigs in slightly deeper water.

Keep your eye on the sky

July 15, 2017 at 7:00am
There's a chance Louisiana's red snapper anglers could see the extended season last all the way through Labor Day — if harvest catch rates remain consistent, according to the LDWF.

Update: LDWF says red snapper season could potentially last through Labor Day

Anglers averaging about 66,000 pounds per week, according to LA Creel
July 13, 2017 at 5:31pm