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First time offshore anglers should be aware that they are required to hold a free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit before red snapper fishing.

A fisheries football

May 15 at 7:00am
Scott Pelas calls his Minn Kota I-Pilot trolling motor critical to successfully fishing for red snapper in open waters.

Keep it legal

May 15 at 7:00am
Louisiana's recreational red snapper season will open in both state and federal waters on Friday, May 27, and will continue seven days a week until the state's allocation of 743,000 pounds is approached or reached.

Recreational red snapper season to open May 25

Season to run seven days a week in both state and federal waters until allocation is reached
May 04 at 9:11am
Big red snappers gang up where natural bottom contours make funnels concentrating bait species.

No rigs - Just red snappers

Without oil platforms or reefs, wrecks and rock piles on the bottom, see how this Venice guide locates red snappers in open water using nothing but his electronics.
May 01 at 7:00am

Insane Blast and Cast Hog Hunt

Season 6, Episode 2
March 08 at 6:00pm
Capt. Kevin Drury shows off a nice red caught out of Venice during tonight's episode of Sportsman TV. The show airs at 6:30 on Cox Sports Television.

New Sportsman TV airs tonight: Venice hooks and hogs

Check out this cast and blast — with a twist
March 08 at 9:14am
Yellowedge groupers are most common at depths of 600 to 900 feet. Fish reeled in from those depths show severe effects of decompression. Note the distended eyes on this fish. Close inspection will also show that the eyeball is cracked like a glass marble.

Meet the best-tasting grouper: yellowedge

A common catch for deep-droppers
March 01 at 7:00am
No firm dates have been established yet, but officials expect the state and federal red snapper seasons to run concurrently for Louisiana anglers this summer, possibly beginning the Friday before Memorial Day, which is May. 25.

State, federal red snapper seasons expected to open concurrently in May

LDWF waiting to hear back from NOAA on approved catch percentage
February 26 at 11:23am
The LA Creel survey — which uses a combination of in-person dockside interviews, phone calls and emails to estimate angler catch and effort in state waters — was certified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday

Feds certify LA Creel survey design

LDWF’s real-time date collection program officially replaces MRIP in state waters
January 02 at 8:47am
Experienced offshore fisherman Blake Matherne shows off the teeth of a 43-pound cubera snapper. Matherne speared the fish in 73 feet of water at a rig south of Cocodrie in 300 feet of water.

Cubera snapper

Louisiana’s coast delivers IGFA world record
December 04, 2017 at 9:00am
Barham, then secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, shows some of the oily mess left behind in the marsh following the Deepwater Horizon spill  in 2010.

The best eight years of his life

November 15, 2017 at 6:00am
If the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approves a proposal Thursday, state anglers could begin catching red snapper during a fall state waters season as soon as Friday, Oct. 6.

Fall state waters snapper season could open as soon as Friday, Oct. 6

LWF Commission to decide on proposal during Thursday’s meeting in Baton Rouge
October 04, 2017 at 1:24pm
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
September 21, 2017 at 5:09pm
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, 2017 at 6:00am