Offshore Fishing

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
Step 1: Cut behind the head at a 45-degree angle to save as much of the meat behind the head as possible.

How to clean tuna

April 15, 2017 at 7:00am
During one period, it seemed that either Pelas or Bruce was constantly hooked up.

Best live-bait tuna rigs

April 15, 2017 at 7:00am
Live bait fish are added to the Bait & Chum Bat through its open end.

The best tuna chumming tool

April 15, 2017 at 7:00am
The men took tuna both by bump-trolling and chunking.

Venice is tuna heaven

April 15, 2017 at 7:00am
A big ocean can get crowded in a hurry when a number of boats try to work the same side of a rig at the same time.

Yes, courtesy!

April 15, 2017 at 7:00am
The Port Eads Marina is located on the South Pass of the Mississippi River snugged up next to the historic lighthouse. Note the protected harbor with slips behind the marina buildings.

What is the new Port Eads?

April 15, 2017 at 7:00am
Capt. Will Wall says that yellowfin tuna can be caught almost year-round out of the port of Venice.

Paradise redux — Venice is still a tuna heaven

Hurricane Katrina devastated Port Eads in 2005, but the powerful storm didn’t do any damage to the world-class tuna fishing to be had to the south. And this captain shares the secrets to success.
April 01, 2017 at 7:00am
The recreational amberjack season in state waters will close at 12:01 a.m. on March 30. This 140-pounder caught at the East Lump earlier this year could become the state's new No. 1 AJ if certified by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.

Amberjack season in state waters set to close March 30

Population considered overfished, closure necessary, LDWF says
March 27, 2017 at 1:43pm
The recreational harvest of greater amberjack in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close on March 24, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. and won't reopen until Jan. 1, 2018, according to NOAA.

Gulf recreational amberjack season to close March 24

NOAA says season won’t reopen until Jan. 1, 2018
March 20, 2017 at 3:20pm
Researchers independent of NOAA will conduct a Gulf-wide stock assessment of red snapper, which for the first time will include surveys of oil rigs, structures and artificial reefs.

New Gulf red snapper stock assessment to be conducted independent of NOAA

Updated assessment methodology to include remote cameras, surveys of artificial reefs and oil rigs
March 16, 2017 at 3:57pm
Red dots represent rigs inside the 9-nautical-mile state water boundary, while green dots represent rigs in federal waters. Clicking on a rig shows its information, in this case a rig in West Delta Block 112 that is inside state waters.

Website for La. red snapper anglers delineates rigs in state, federal waters

Fishermen can more easily determine if they are within 9-nautical-mile boundary
March 09, 2017 at 3:26pm
An epic yellowfin trip yielded 14 tuna — including two weighing more than 100 pounds — out of Venice on Feb. 5.

Epic trip yields 14 tuna out of Venice

Group catches more than 30 yellowfin over three days
February 20, 2017 at 7:45am
This screen shot was taken from a video showing a Grand Isle-based commercial fisherman's long line filled with red snapper.

Video: Commercial red snapper haul

February 16, 2017 at 2:12pm