Offshore Fishing

With more than 100,000 pounds available before the state's self-imposed snapper quota is reached, it's possible Louisiana anglers could get to snapper fish in state waters this fall.

LDWF: State red snapper fall season possible

Extended summer season left more than 100,000 pounds available
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Capt. Tommy Pellegrin suggests targeting smaller rigs and structures for cobia, and making sure you keep your lure moving when sight casting to fish near the surface. Don’t stop if the fish charges, or it could very well lose interest.

Cobia 101: Tips to hook up with lemon fish

Target smaller rigs, keep lures moving when sight-fishing, guide says
September 14 at 6:00am
Capt. Tommy Pellegrin says it's vital to keep reeling when a cobia is charging your lure — don't stop the jig as the fish approaches, or it could lose interest.

Cobia 101: Tips to hook up with lemonfish

Target smaller rigs, keep lures moving when sight-fishing, guide says
September 12 at 1:40pm
Catches like this one made in 1964 by William Wagner Jr., Roy Copeland, and Murray Thompson, all of New Orleans, were once commonplace. The men also caught three cobia as lagniappe.

Where have all the pompano gone?

No one really knows what happened to this member of the jack family
September 01 at 7:00am
Louisiana's offshore anglers will be able to target red snapper all the way through Labor Day, Sept. 4, after harvest estimates indicate the state's 1.04-million-pound self-imposed quota wasn't reached during the 39-day extended season.

Red snapper fishing to continue through Labor Day weekend

LA Creel harvest estimates allow for completion of 39-day extended season, LDWF says
August 31 at 6:17pm
With limited offshore action expected this weekend due to Hurricane Harvey, harvest data indicate Louisiana's red snapper anglers could get to fish for the entire 39-day extended federal season, which ends on Labor Day, Sept. 4.

LDWF: Louisiana’s red snapper season likely to continue through Labor Day

LA Creel data indicate anglers won’t reach 1.04 million pound harvest limit
August 25 at 9:48am
Capt. Bill Lake took a break from catching speckled trout to go offshore for snapper, and ended up finding numbers of cobia — including this 72-pounder.

Cobia show up early south of Dularge

72-pounder among mass of lemonfish discovered in Ship Shoal, fishing guide says
August 22 at 4:36pm
Huk's Thomas deOgburn, left, and Chris Ellis show off a nice yellowfin tuna caught during a trip out of Venice last week aboard Mexican Gulf Fishing Company Capt. Zach Lewis' 37-foot Freeman.

Tuna time out of Venice

Yellowfin crushing live bait in clean water offshore, guide says
August 21 at 8:59am
Capts. Brent and Meredith Ballay with some nice snapper.

Red snapper tackle & bait tips

August 15 at 7:00am
Louisiana red snapper anglers planning Gulf trips this weekend have been given the green light by the LDWF. Updated harvest figures reveal about 275,000 pounds remain on the table before the state's self-imposed 2017 quota is met.

LDWF: Another green light for red snapper trips this weekend

Labor Day ending date looks more and more likely
August 10 at 4:22pm
Louisiana red snapper anglers have harvested almost 740,000 pounds so far this year, leaving slightly more than 300,000 pounds to go with up to 16 potential days remaining during the extended federal season.

Red snapper update: Still 300,000 pounds-plus to go to meet Louisiana quota

Numbers increasingly look like fishing through Labor Day ending date is possible
August 03 at 1:58pm
The Red Snapper Act of 2017 would allow Gulf of Mexico recreational fishermen consistent seasons by limiting fishing to depths of 150 feet, but not less than 25 nautical miles from shore — leaving 80 percent of the snapper stock Gulf-wide protected.

2017 Red Snapper Act introduced in Congress

Legislation based on establishing recreational seasons out to depths of 150 feet, but no less than 25 nautical miles from shore
August 03 at 11:06am
Captains Meredith and Brent Ballay with Cast N Blast Venice use big hardtails as live bait to entice some of the larger red snapper on a rig to bite.

Target big red snapper — with big live bait

Large hardtails can pull some of the biggest snapper off a rig, guide says
August 02 at 4:45pm
If you’re going to go all the way offshore, make it worth your while with jumbo-sized snapper.

Snapper Snafu no More!

With a longer season in place, it’s time to get while the getting’s good
August 01 at 7:00am