Offshore Fishing

According to a letter from NOAA, the federal agency could be prohibited from sharing red snapper data with the five Gulf states if Rep. Garret Graves' legislation pushing for state-managed red snapper becomes law.

NOAA: Red snapper data can’t be shared with states

Snapper stock assessments not a priority under Graves’ bill, feds say
October 11, 2016 at 2:25pm
Louisiana anglers will enjoy a Friday through Sunday fall red snapper season beginning tomorrow (Oct. 7). The season is expected to last until Dec. 2.

Weekend red snapper season opens Friday

Season extension expected to last until Dec. 2, LDWF says
October 06, 2016 at 4:43pm
Speckled hinds, like this state-record fish held by Blake Matherne, are easy to identify because their entire bodies are covered by small white speckles.

This kind of hind is speckled

Limit on 'critically endangered' species is one per boat
October 04, 2016 at 9:00am
In a letter on Sept. 29, the head of Florida's FWCC said in a letter that LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon was

Melancon snapper letter 'inaccurate,' Florida agency head says

LDWF secretary taken to task for mischaracterizing Florida’s commitment to state red snapper management
September 30, 2016 at 2:30pm
Gov. John Bel Edwards told Nola.com he supports the idea of state-managed red snapper in the Gulf, but said he's asked Rep. Garret Graves to work to try to get federal funding back into the bill so the LDWF can afford to cover the expected costs.

Governor supports state management of red snapper — but not H.R. 3094

Edwards asked Graves to get federal funding back into congressional bill
September 16, 2016 at 8:27am
The author of a Congressional amendment confirmed this week the federal government will stay pay for red snapper research and stock assessments in the Gulf if a bill that strips management of the fishery from the federal government eventually passes.

LDWF snapper-management cost estimate undermined

Congressman confirms Gulf states not responsible for red snapper research costs
September 09, 2016 at 11:40am
Yellowfin tuna will be moving closer to the mouth of the Mississippi as river levels drop in the fall, allowing guides like Capt. Joey Davis to put their customers on fish with shorter trips out of Venice.

Falling Mississippi brings tuna bite nearer to mouth of river

Less freshwater pouring out brings bait — and yellowfin — closer in to Venice
September 07, 2016 at 8:00pm
The red snapper season in state waters will close at 11:59 p.m. on Labor Day, when officials believe the state's quota of 1,116,732 pounds will be reached, according to the LDWF.

State's red snapper season to close on Labor Day, LDWF says

LA Creel survey reveals quota set to be reached
August 29, 2016 at 7:29am
Nick Poe holds a speckled trout caught at Johnson Bayou Rigs.

SW rigs load up with specks

Head offshore for big trout
August 26, 2016 at 6:01am
Buckley Kessler got pulled overboard by a big yellowfin tuna Friday night 120 miles south of Grand Isle when the harpoon failed and the deckhand released the line as the fish broke free.

Video: Big yellowfin pulls angler overboard when harpoon fails

Incident occurred Friday night 120 miles south of Grand Isle in 4,300 feet of water
August 10, 2016 at 10:35pm
Ivy Robichaux, 14, of Cut Off, poses with the 188.4-pound tarpon she caught Saturday morning out of Grand Isle. If certified by the IGFA, it will be the world record in the junior female division.

Pending junior female world record tarpon caught out of Grand Isle

Robichaux’s silver king weighed 188.4 pounds, Schouest says
August 08, 2016 at 11:19am
Capt. Bradley Leopold, left, and deckhand Joey Macaisz pose with the 276.8-pound Warsaw grouper reeled in out of Grand Isle early Wednesday morning. The fish won't qualify for the state record books because more than one angler participated in the battle.

Top 10 grouper caught Wednesday ineligible for state record books

More than one person handled the rod when 276-pounder was landed, captain says
August 05, 2016 at 9:11am
Congressman Garret Graves addressed the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Thursday morning, where LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon referred to his presentation on H.R. 3094 as a 'four-Pinocchio speech,' in the public meeting, Graves said.

LDWF secretary refers to Congressman Garret Graves as 'Pinocchio'

Comment came during LWF Commission meeting Thursday morning
August 04, 2016 at 5:19pm

Six cited for illegal possession of red snapper

All fishermen allegedly ticketed several miles inside federal waters, LDWF says
August 02, 2016 at 4:35pm