Offshore Fishing

Six cited for alleged red snapper violations in federal waters

Boat was several miles beyond state water boundary, LDWF says
May 18 at 3:58pm
Large croakers, called “bull croakers,” were common in the 1960s at offshore oil rigs, but have almost disappeared.

Croakers: blue-collar gamefish

Not as sexy as others, but just as tasty
May 03 at 4:25pm
The recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico will be open for a grand total of three days this year, starting on June 1, according to NOAA.

Feds: 3-day Gulf red snapper recreational season opens June 1

Exceeded quota from 2016 partly to blame for shortened season
May 02 at 2:43pm
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 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 at 7:00am
During one period, it seemed that either Pelas or Bruce was constantly hooked up.

Best live-bait tuna rigs

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

The best tuna chumming tool

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

Venice is tuna heaven

April 15 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 3:57pm