Offshore Fishing

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
Tim McClellen caught this 1,033-pound hammerhead shark on July 9 in the Texas City Jaycees Tackle Time tournament. According to KXAN, the big shark  broke the Gulf of Mexico record weight of 871 pounds, set in 1980.

Texas angler’s giant hammerhead shatters Gulf record

Tips the scale at 1,033 pounds
July 10, 2017 at 3:11pm
Right now it's anybody's guess as to exactly when Louisiana's extended red snapper season might end. Some numbers indicate it could close as early as mid-July, while other figures show it could last through the scheduled closing date of Labor Day.

Will Louisiana’s red snapper season make it all the way to Labor Day?

More data needed from LA Creel to determine potential early end date
July 06, 2017 at 3:53pm
Brett Pritchard and his son pose with the potential new No. 2-ranked swordfish in the state — a giant 294.5-pounder the elder Pritchard reeled in Friday afternoon out of South Pass with Capt. Peace Marvel.

Potential No. 2 swordfish — at 294.5 pounds — caught Friday out of South Pass

Battle waged for more than two hours, fish nearly speared angler, captain says
July 05, 2017 at 2:09pm
Yellowfin are strong and can put up quite the fight.

Tuna Tamers

Yellowfin test tackle and resolve — but are worth it
July 01, 2017 at 7:00am

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