Fishing

Specks in the surf!

Sammy Romano and Cabot Corso work the surf at Elmer's Island.
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Louisiana anglers will get at least one more weekend — and maybe at least into August — to harvest red snapper out to 200 miles in the Gulf of Mexico during this summer's 39-day extended season.

LDWF: Red snapper anglers good to go through at least this weekend

About 385,000 pounds remain before self-imposed cutoff is reached
July 20 at 5:00pm
Barbara Ducote reeled in this South American spotted shovelnose catfish while fishing in the Atchafalaya River earlier this month north of Melville. The LDWF suspects the fish was likely a pet released by its owner.

Amazon catfish caught in Atchafalaya River

2-pound specimen likely a pet that was released, LDWF biologist says
July 20 at 11:24am
The speckled trout out of Buras this month are solid keepers, according to Capt. Ross Montet.

Go deep in Buras for speckled trout

Warm water have fish staying deeper
July 19 at 4:50pm
Josh Chauvin shows off one of the big catfish he wrestled on one of his

Apex Predator's extreme noodling: Swim-fishing for big cats

Chauvin leaves boat behind, tangles with cats in the water
July 19 at 1:41pm
After dealing with lots of freshwater earlier this summer, conditions on Big Lake have improved and anglers are catching limits of speckled trout on the beach and in the main lake.

Trout fishing on fire now out of Big Lake

Specks biting in surf, as well as over main lake reefs, guide says
July 19 at 9:15am
Capt. Jacques

Trout bite consistent in Breton Sound

Live shrimp 4 to 5 feet under a popping cork is the ticket, guide says
July 19 at 4:52am
Wilson Mabry shows off a big speck caught in the surf with Capt. Keith “Herk” Bergeron on Grand Isle. The guide recommends anglers focus on the first trough early on July mornings to capitalize on the big trout attacking disoriented baitfish there.

Fishing croakers in the surf for Grand Isle specks

Target first trough for solid trout — but be extra patient on hookset, guide says
July 18 at 2:40pm
Two environmental groups filed suit in Washington, D.C. yesterday to prevent the U.S. Department of Commerce from extending future red snapper seasons in the Gulf of Mexico.

Environmental groups file suit over 39-day summer red snapper season

Lawsuit won’t impact 2017 season length, but seeks to prevent future extensions
July 18 at 9:30am
Anglers often jokingly tell tales of catching enough fish to “sink the boat.” Here, it nearly happened. With the stern of his kayak underwater, Eric Muhoberac gives a victory salute while heading in with an overload of big blue catfish.

Kayak catfishing

Get easier access to where catfish hide
July 18 at 9:00am
Capt. Kris Robert has still been catching fish on rigs inside Lake Borgne this month, because specks are effectively trapped there by a

High Pearl River shutting down action at L&N Bridge — for now

'Freshwater Wall’ holding specks in Lake Borgne, guide says
July 17 at 10:35am
Tommy Vidrine shows off the big 7.22-pound speckled trout he caught Saturday morning at the Caminada Pass rock jetty. The 28-inch fish crushed a free-lined live pogie around 11 a.m.

Vidrine catches monster Grand Isle trout, grabs STAR lead

7.22 pounder caught Saturday morning with live pogie at the Caminada Pass jetty
July 17 at 8:10am
Tommy Tregle’s PVC pipe anchor, mounted in a trolling motor bracket, is easy to use and stow.

Tip of the day

July 15 at 7:00am