Offshore Fishing

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
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
A Cush-It rod butt pad will lessen the bruising of a tuna fight.

Fighting formula

July 15 at 7:00am
Jack crevalle frequent rigs in slightly deeper water.

Keep your eye on the sky

July 15 at 7:00am
There's a chance Louisiana's red snapper anglers could see the extended season last all the way through Labor Day — if harvest catch rates remain consistent, according to the LDWF.

Update: LDWF says red snapper season could potentially last through Labor Day

Anglers averaging about 66,000 pounds per week, according to LA Creel
July 13 at 5:31pm
Tim McClellen caught this 1,033-pound hammerhead shark on July 9 in the Texas City Jaycees Tackle Time tournament. According to KXAN, the big shark  broke the Gulf of Mexico record weight of 871 pounds, set in 1980.

Texas angler’s giant hammerhead shatters Gulf record

Tips the scale at 1,033 pounds
July 10 at 3:11pm
Right now it's anybody's guess as to exactly when Louisiana's extended red snapper season might end. Some numbers indicate it could close as early as mid-July, while other figures show it could last through the scheduled closing date of Labor Day.

Will Louisiana’s red snapper season make it all the way to Labor Day?

More data needed from LA Creel to determine potential early end date
July 06 at 3:53pm
Brett Pritchard and his son pose with the potential new No. 2-ranked swordfish in the state — a giant 294.5-pounder the elder Pritchard reeled in Friday afternoon out of South Pass with Capt. Peace Marvel.

Potential No. 2 swordfish — at 294.5 pounds — caught Friday out of South Pass

Battle waged for more than two hours, fish nearly speared angler, captain says
July 05 at 2:09pm
Yellowfin are strong and can put up quite the fight.

Tuna Tamers

Yellowfin test tackle and resolve — but are worth it
July 01 at 7:00am

Summer rig bounty

Cooler water plus lots of structure equals fish magnets
July 01 at 7:00am
Through June 11, recreational anglers in Louisiana had harvested one-third of the state's self-imposed 2017 quota of 1.04 million pounds, leaving about 704,000 pounds available. The extended federal season is scheduled to close on Labor Day.

LDWF: About 700,000 pounds of red snapper remain for 2017 recreational harvest

Will extended federal season make it all the way to Labor Day?
June 23 at 11:00am
Sea Lords who are gifted red snapper by the federal government make a mint off of a public resource — and are doing everything they can to make sure they keep slopping at the trough.

Guest editorial exposes conflicts of interest on Gulf Council

One Sea Lord's seat is up for reappointment — but who will fill it?
June 20 at 4:21pm

Attempted sale of red snapper in Dulac leads to drug arrest, citations, LDWF says

Incident occurred on June 18 in Terrebonne Parish
June 19 at 4:44pm
Starting this Friday, Louisana anglers will get to fish in federal waters for red snapper for up to 39 days this summer, thanks to an agreement hammered out by the five Gulf states, congressional leaders and the Department of Commerce.

Gulf states agree to 39-day red snapper summer season

3-day-weekend season kicks off this Friday, June 16; ends on Labor Day
June 14 at 7:28am