Offshore Fishing

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
LDWF's red snapper program will award 150 randomly selected anglers access to 25,000 pounds of Gulf snapper, without daily bag limits or season restrictions. Conservation groups oppose the measure because they say it privatizes a public resource.

Sportfishing industry also has ‘deep concerns’ on LDWF’s snapper quota program

Congressman Garret Graves also voices opposition
May 26, 2017 at 2:12pm
Under an LDWF pilot program, 150 anglers will divide 25,000 pounds of red snapper in state or federal waters starting in 2018 —with no set season dates or daily bag limits. Conservation groups oppose the measure because it privatizes a public resource.

LDWF’s red snapper quota pilot program opposed by conservation groups

Starting in 2018, 150 randomly selected anglers will divide 25,000 pounds of snapper with no set season dates or daily bag limits
May 25, 2017 at 6:46pm

Six cited for alleged red snapper violations in federal waters

Boat was several miles beyond state water boundary, LDWF says
May 18, 2017 at 3:58pm
Large croakers, called “bull croakers,” were common in the 1960s at offshore oil rigs, but have almost disappeared.

Croakers: blue-collar gamefish

Not as sexy as others, but just as tasty
May 03, 2017 at 4:25pm
The recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico will be open for a grand total of three days this year, starting on June 1, according to NOAA.

Feds: 3-day Gulf red snapper recreational season opens June 1

Exceeded quota from 2016 partly to blame for shortened season
May 02, 2017 at 2:43pm
Kaleb Richardson lays on top of the 835-pound bluefin tuna he reeled in Saturday afternoon near the Neptune platform about 120 miles southwest of Grand Isle. Pending certification, it could be the new No. 4-ranked bluefin in the Louisiana record books.

Lafayette 8th-grader lands potential Top 5 bluefin tuna in Green Canyon

Kaleb Richardson’s 835-pounder measured 113 inches — with an 86-inch girth
April 25, 2017 at 6:14pm