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NOAA announces 10-day federal red snapper season for private anglers

With the recreational red snapper season quota now divided between private anglers and federal for-hire vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Thursday the 2015 season framework for both sectors. 

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April 30 at 2:05 pm
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Steady north winds dirtied water near Dularge, guide says

This week’s cool front could hasten the departure of speckled trout from interior marshes near Cocodrie and Dularge, according to a local fishing guide.

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April 30 at 9:21 am
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VIDEO: How to ensure your inflatable PFD is ready

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I remember well the first time I got my hands on an inflatable, suspender-type personal flotation device. It was back in 1999, when the Bassmaster Federation Nation Nationals were held on the Red River.

The folks at B.A.S.S. handed me the PFD when I showed up to go on the water to cover the event. The little units were brand new back then, and I couldn’t get over how comfortable it was to have the PFD on.

I still have that inflatable life preserver, but I’m a bit sheepish to admit that I never, ever check to ensure everything is in working order: I simply toss it in the boat and assume it will perform as advertised if I’m dumped in the water.

Honestly, that’s stupid.

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April 29 at 2:19 pm
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LDWF schedules drawdown for Iatt Lake in Grant Parish

In order to control nuisance aquatic vegetation, the water level on Iatt Lake in Grant Parish will be lowered beginning on May 14, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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April 29 at 1:20 pm
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Speckled trout, shrimp arriving now in Little Lake, Manila Village near Lafitte

Speckled trout and shrimp are just now starting to arrive near Lafitte, but the weather has made it tough to get in a good trip, according to a local fishing guide.

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April 29 at 9:33 am
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The fishing chef works his magic

It’s problematic to decide what Dustie Latiolais loves more: fishing or cooking.

His job is cooking. He is executive chef and general manager of Crawfish Town USA, a Henderson-Breaux Bridge seafood landmark.

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April 29 at 9:00 am
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LDWF issues advisory on spread of cogongrass

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising private landowners that cogongrass, which grows in dense mats and rapidly displaces native vegetation, is spreading into much of Southeast Louisiana, as well as some western and central parishes.

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April 29 at 8:48 am
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VIDEO: 600-pound marlin jumps into boat

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Wild things can happen whenevever you step on a boat, but what do you do if you're billfishing and a 600-pound marlin decides to hop aboard?

That's what the crew of the Little Audrey faced while fighting a huge marlin off Australia. And the entire episode was caught on cameras set up around the boat.

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April 28 at 3:49 pm
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Search crews looking for missing boater on Bayou Manchac

Search crews are currently looking for a 24-year-old Prairieville man whose boat started taking on water last night on Bayou Manchac, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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April 28 at 9:14 am
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130-day BassCashBash tournament kicks off Friday at Toledo Bend

A brand new 130-day-long tournament featuring 100 specially-tagged bass worth $1,000 each kicks off this Friday at Toledo Bend.

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April 28 at 8:50 am
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Vidrine switches to popping cork to pursue Grand Isle specks

Speckled trout started arriving in large numbers around Grand Isle last week, and that could only mean one thing: Carl “Tommy” Vidrine wasn’t very far behind.

The 51-year-old from Baton Rouge who loves to target big specks got to his camp last Tuesday, and despite days of persistent windy weather, managed to put together some good trips with some solid trout.

Vidrine catching nice trout certainly isn’t unusual — what’s different is that most of the specks he caught last week were under a popping cork on the north side of Grand Isle and Grand Terre.

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April 27 at 2:59 pm
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Lake Charles angler lands 10.27-pounder at Toledo Bend

Travis Pradia had a goal to reach.

The 40-year-old angler from Lake Charles wanted to reel in at least a 5-pound largemouth bass.

So earlier this month, he headed to Toledo Bend and not only achieved his goal - he doubled it. 

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April 27 at 10:57 am
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Trophy bass: Proper catch-and-release handling techniques

Catching a true trophy largemouth is the lifelong goal of countless bass anglers, and if you’re ever lucky enough to get your hands on a certified 10-pounder — especially if you want to catch and release the fish — proper handling techniques will definitely increase its chances for long-term survival.

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April 24 at 10:44 am
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Final day to comment on potential Mississippi bull red harvest plan

Today is the final day for the public to comment on a controversial plan that would allow Mississippi for-hire vessels to harvest 30,000 pounds of bull reds in federal waters.

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April 23 at 2:12 pm
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CCA files suit to prevent implementation of red snapper sector separation plan

On the same day the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council announced that sector separation for the red snapper quota would go into effect later this summer, the Coastal Conservation Association filed suit in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to prevent implementation of the controversial management plan.

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April 23 at 11:30 am
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Texas man arrested in connection with alleged illegal oyster sales in Terrebonne Parish

A tip about someone selling oysters from an unrefrigerated truck in Houma on Sunday led to the arrest of a Texas man accused of theft and numerous seafood-related violations, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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April 23 at 9:01 am
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