Offshore Fishing

Summer rig bounty

Cooler water plus lots of structure equals fish magnets
July 01, 2017 at 7:00am
Through June 11, recreational anglers in Louisiana had harvested one-third of the state's self-imposed 2017 quota of 1.04 million pounds, leaving about 704,000 pounds available. The extended federal season is scheduled to close on Labor Day.

LDWF: About 700,000 pounds of red snapper remain for 2017 recreational harvest

Will extended federal season make it all the way to Labor Day?
June 23, 2017 at 11:00am
Sea Lords who are gifted red snapper by the federal government make a mint off of a public resource — and are doing everything they can to make sure they keep slopping at the trough.

Guest editorial exposes conflicts of interest on Gulf Council

One Sea Lord's seat is up for reappointment — but who will fill it?
June 20, 2017 at 4:21pm

Attempted sale of red snapper in Dulac leads to drug arrest, citations, LDWF says

Incident occurred on June 18 in Terrebonne Parish
June 19, 2017 at 4:44pm
Starting this Friday, Louisana anglers will get to fish in federal waters for red snapper for up to 39 days this summer, thanks to an agreement hammered out by the five Gulf states, congressional leaders and the Department of Commerce.

Gulf states agree to 39-day red snapper summer season

3-day-weekend season kicks off this Friday, June 16; ends on Labor Day
June 14, 2017 at 7:28am
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted on Monday to extend the recreational Gulf red snapper season by 27 weekend days this summer. Pending approval by all Gulf states, the season could reopen this Saturday, June 17 in federal waters.

LWF Commission approves 27-day red snapper season extension

Pending approval of other Gulf states and Feds, season would begin Saturday, June 17
June 12, 2017 at 4:18pm
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet Monday, June 12, at 1:30 p.m. in Baton Rouge to decide if Louisiana will participate in an extended recreational Gulf red snapper season this summer.

LWF Commission schedules Monday meeting to decide on possible red snapper summer season

Both 27- and 39-day options are still in play, officials say
June 08, 2017 at 6:10pm
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries deferred a controversial red snapper pilot program until August at Thursday's Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge.

LDWF pulls controversial red snapper pilot program

Montoucet tells Commission study is being deferred until August
June 08, 2017 at 11:05am
Gulf states fisheries managers are considering extending the federal red snapper season to 27 days this summer — on Saturdays and Sundays only — starting June 17 and ending on Labor Day.

27-day weekend-only recreational red snapper season in the works

If approved, Saturday/Sunday season would kick off June 17, end on Labor Day, Sept. 4
June 07, 2017 at 8:50am
Officials are currently negotiating a potential expansion of the 2017 recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico in light of the just-concluded three-day season originally announced by NOAA.

Officials negotiating potential expansion of 2017 Gulf red snapper season

Season could be lengthened to include Saturdays and Sundays all summer long
June 05, 2017 at 5:25pm
Dolphin rapidly lose their rainbow of colors after being caught. Note the sargassum weed rip behind the angler, prime dolphin habitat.

Live fast; die young

June 04, 2017 at 9:00am
The Louisiana Legislature passed a resolution Friday opposing the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' new red snapper pilot program announced last week.

Louisiana Legislature votes overwhelmingly against LDWF’s red snapper pilot program

Resolution urging department not move forward with study passes House 85-6, Senate 29-0
June 02, 2017 at 3:02pm
A program giving 150 anglers access to 25,000 pounds of red snapper is not a precursor to an individual quota for recreational anglers, but a tool to help LDWF gather more accurate data in preparation for state-run management, according to Patrick Banks.

LDWF: Red snapper pilot program not precursor for recreational IFQ system

Head of fisheries says main goal is to improve harvest estimate capabilities in preparation for state-based management out to 200 miles
June 01, 2017 at 4:53pm
Phil Hanberry, of Hattiesburg, Miss., poses with the 260-pound swordfish he reeled in Tuesday morning out of South Pass. If certified by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, it will become the No. 5-ranked sword in the state record books.

260-pound Top 5 sword landed out of South Pass

Fish measured 84 inches from bottom jaw to fork, with 3-foot sword, Capt. Peace Marvel says
May 30, 2017 at 5:41pm