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New possession limits in effect for Port Eads Marina's overnight guests

Overnight guests at Port Eads Marina south of Venice can now legally possess three daily creel limits of fish — if the anglers receive certification by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fishereis staff, the agency reported today.

The regulations were approved by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission because of the remote nature of the marina.

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June 25 at 8:44 am
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Pending No. 5 swordfish caught out of Venice

Three days ago an angler aboard Capt. Peace Marvel's boat battled a massive swordfish for nearly four hours before losing it at the boat.

While that was disappointing, the veteran Venice offshore guide made up for it June 21 when Slidell angler Vladimir Kamenov landed a 214.8-pound swordfish that should rank No. 5 in the Louisiana State Fish Records.

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June 22 at 1:54 pm
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Don't forget to buy 2015-16 fishing licenses

With the weather finally (hopefully) starting to stabilize enough to allow you to get out and experience the great fishing opportunities around the state, don't get so caught up in the preparation and planning that you forget to buy your 2015-16 fishing license.

Yep, it's that time of year. The fishing license that has been riding around in your wallet since last year expires June 30.

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June 22 at 10:07 am
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Deadline for Youth Hunter, Angler of the Year honors is June 30, LDWF says

Young hunters and anglers are encouraged to write a short story about their outdoor experiences and participate in the 2014 Youth Hunter and Angler of the Year contests, but the deadline to enter is Tuesday, June 30.

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June 19 at 10:32 am
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Jesuit's Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo set for June 26-27

Registration will be open until noon on Wednesday, June 24 for the 23rd Jesuit Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo, highlighted this year by three of the top speckled trout anglers in the state participating in the weigh-in festivities at John Ryan Stadium in Metairie.

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June 19 at 9:40 am
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Bowfishing guides busted for illegal alligator hunts, LDWF says

The owners of Louisiana Bowfishing Inc., along with a guide who works for the charter service, were arrested this week in connection with alleged illegal alligator kills as part of their operation, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported today.

Louisiana Bowfishing Inc. owners Blake A. Mitchell, 29, and 32-year-old Neil Mitchell (both of Gretna), and 19-year-old guide Stephen Black of Slidell were arrested in connection with a number of alligator-hunting offenses in Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes, according to an LDWF news release.

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June 18 at 4:01 pm
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Atchafalaya Basin bass creel limit increases Saturday

Beginning this Saturday, bass anglers in the Atchafalaya River Basin will once again have a 10-fish daily creel limit, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

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June 18 at 11:21 am
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Hot Water Canal scheduled to go cold next summer

The bad news is the Hot Water Canal won’t be hot for very much longer.

The good news is you have one more winter to fish at the popular New Orleans East honey hole, which gets its name from heated water discharged by Entergy’s Michoud generating facility near the Green Bridge along the Intracoastal Waterway.

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June 17 at 4:57 pm
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Cut Off angler wins Elite redfish event in Gulfport, earns $78,000

Two Louisiana anglers battled each other and Mother Nature last weekend at the Yellowfin Elite Redfish Series Mississippi Major last weekend in Gulfport.

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June 17 at 1:42 pm
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VIDEO: Watch 8-pound bass flipped into boat

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The biggest bass I've ever caught weighed just more than 8 pounds, and I can clearly remember waiting nervously for buddy Artie Cosby to lip the pig after I wrestled the fish to the boat. Flipping onto the deck never, ever crossed my mind.

But New Iberia angler Caleb Sumrall didn't even hesitate in March when an 8-pound toad sucked in the lure he was flipping along a grass bed at Toledo Bend. And the entire episode was captured on video. 

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June 17 at 8:37 am
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Bassmaster Magazine names Toledo Bend No. 1 bass fishery in nation

The rest of the nation is about to find out what pretty much everyone in Louisiana already knows: Toledo Bend Reservoir is the No. 1 bass fishery in the land.

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June 17 at 8:22 am
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LaFosse leads STAR's Ladies Only Division

The 7.28-pound speck Pam LaFosse caught during the Lake Charles Trout Shootout on June 6 could turn out to be a pretty valuable fish, indeed.

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June 16 at 5:47 pm
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Spring shrimp season to close in majority of state inside waters effective June 19

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries  announced the 2015 spring inshore shrimp season will close in the majority of state inside waters at 6 p.m. this Friday, June 19.

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June 16 at 2:30 pm
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LDWF announces public comment period for State Wildlife Action Plan

For the first time since its creation in 2005, the public is invited to comment on the State Wildlife Action Plan, which is a blueprint for the conservation and management of Louisiana’s fish and wildlife resources.

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June 16 at 1:47 pm
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Follow postspawn bass for consistent bites

Perhaps the most-frustrating season for bass fishermen is that period between the end of the spawn and when fish settle into their deeper, summer patterns.

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June 16 at 8:37 am
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How to mop up on bedding bream

Fishing beds is an extremely productive way to catch huge bluegills or shellcrackers, as it enables anglers to target the males guarding the beds.

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June 16 at 8:30 am
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