Fishing

The recreational greater amberjack season in the Gulf of Mexico will not reopen as scheduled on Aug. 1 because NOAA says the recreational harvest of 1,034,442 pounds has already been reached.

Recreational amberjack season in Gulf will not reopen in 2016

If you were planning on making an amberjack trip in the Gulf of Mexico when the season reopened on Aug. 1, make other plans.

July 22 at 4:22pm
Capt. Britt Ordes fishes deep with live shrimp for big speckled trout this time of year.

Fish Hopedale trout where they cool off

Go to Blue Bayou Water Park on a scorching hot Saturday and you’ll likely be waiting more than an hour to ride the water slide.

July 22 at 11:43am
Wait until you feel the weight of a bass instead of setting the hook when he hits a topwater.

Be patient and catch more bass on topwater

The fog is lifting off the surface of the calm lake, and the sun still hasn’t peaked above the tree line. These are perfect conditions for working a topwater plug near the shore for bass. Nothing is more exciting than calling a bass up to smash a lure on the surface.

July 22 at 10:40am

18th Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo set for July 28-30 out of Venice Marina

The 18th Annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo is set to roll next week out of Venice Marina, and this year’s event features a brand new five-fish red snapper stringer division made possible because the state waters line has been pushed beyond the old 3-mile boundary.

July 22 at 10:02am
Jeremy Croucher, left, and Capt. Frank Lawson show off the pending No. 7-ranked tripletail that Croucher landed on July 14 in East Bay out of Venice. It weighed 31.28 pounds, and measured 32 inches long.

Pending No. 7-ranked tripletail caught last week in East Bay

It’s hard not to do a double take when you lay your eyes on the monstrous 31-pound tripletail caught last week in East Bay.

July 21 at 10:24pm
Even in the heat of summer there are bass that remain shallow, and frogs will get the bites.

Hoppers call in summer bass

Bass fishermen have a lot of different lures to choose as their go-to baits at different times of year and for different fishing situations.

July 21 at 10:00pm

2016 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo scheduled for July 28-30

The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo — billed as the oldest fishing tournament in the United States — will get underway next Thursday, July 28, at sunrise.

July 21 at 3:16pm
Starting with the rig straight is the first key to successfully backing up a trailer.

2 tips for backing in a boat

The pickup truck sat jack-knifed with its trailer on the boat ramp, driver’s side window rolled down, with a woman’s head sticking out.

July 20 at 5:08pm

Two cited for alleged oyster violations in St. Bernard Parish

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men for alleged oyster violations on July 18 in St. Bernard Parish, according to a news release.

July 20 at 8:32am
Applying sunscreen before you even leave the house increases your protection against a sunburn.

Best practices for sunscreen

I can remember when it was important to get a tan. Back in high school it was just the thing to do. In fact, I remember buying “tanning lotion” to move the process along.

It was like slathering on liquid Crisco.

And it was stupid.

July 19 at 2:00pm
Stanley Sevin, with Bait House Seafood in Chauvin, put together an 8-minute video with great tips on how to keep shrimp alive in your livewell. Check out the video for pointers to get the most bang for your buck.

Bait shop owner shares Top 4 tips to keep shrimp alive

Stanley Sevin pretty much grew up in the bait business — his family owns Bait House Seafood in Chauvin — so he knows a few tricks about how to maximize the lifespan of shrimp in your livewell.

“I’ve been in it since I was a little boy,” said Sevin, now 30, who works full-time offshore in the tugboat industry but still helps out at the bait shop located at 6003 Highway 56 on his days off.  “You know how we do it down the bayou, growing up in the family business.”

July 19 at 1:26pm
Online registration for Ride the Bull VII, slated for Aug. 27, will continue through Aug. 23. Pre-registration is $75 for adults, and $65 for kids 17 and under, and includes a CCA membership. On-site registration is $85 for adults, and $75 for kids.

Ride the Bull VII slated for Aug. 27 on Grand Isle

Ride the Bull is back and better than ever for its seventh installment next month in Caminada Pass at Grand Isle, and once again promises loads of great prizes worthy of the world’s largest kayak tournament.

July 19 at 8:20am
Bridges become important targets for bass anglers when the summer heat really cranks up.

Focus on bridges for summer bass

Summer heat sends most bass to the depths, looking for cooler waters and food sources. Bass pile up around deep-water points and ledges, but one of the most-overlooked structures comes in the form of bridge pilings.

July 18 at 5:38pm
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown on Lake Bistineau beginning on July 25 to control giant salvinia, reduce organic material and improve fish habitat.

Public meeting, drawdown scheduled for Lake Bistineau

Two important events have been scheduled for Lake Bistineau this month by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

July 18 at 5:35pm
NOAA is considering five options to potentially expand the Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, and is holding two public meetings in the state this week to gather comments.

NOAA hosting public meetings on potential expansion of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be holding two public meetings in Louisiana to get feedback on their proposal to expand the boundaries of Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary located off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana.

July 18 at 3:44pm
Capt. Curtis LeNormand shows off a couple of nice speckled trout caught recently at the Empire Jetty.

Empire Jetty heats up for specks

When July rolls around, Capt. Curtis LeNormand said speckled trout action typically picks up at the Empire Jetty.

July 18 at 9:57am