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Secretary Charlie Melancon said he's in favor of regional red snapper management, but didn't know if the LDWF could afford to tackle the program now that federal funding has been removed from Rep. Garret Graves' bill in Congress.

Funding concerns reason for Melancon’s opposition to red snapper bill

In an interview Thursday from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Clearwater Beach, Fla., Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon clarified his position on a bill in Congress that would transfer management of Gulf red snapper to the five Gulf states.

June 23 at 4:51pm
LDWF secretary Charlie Melancon has came out against Rep. Garret Graves' bill in Congress that would give management authority of Gulf red snapper to the five Gulf states, saying the program could be too costly to implement without any federal assistance.

Melancon opposes bill giving Gulf states control of red snapper management

A surprise statement this week from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon opposing a bill in Congress that would transfer management of red snapper from the federal government to the five Gulf states has dented the previously unified front between the LDWF and Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana, which has long-advocated for the switch on behalf of recreational anglers.

June 22 at 4:38pm
Step 1: Make a fillet cut on one side of the bait fish starting near the tail and ending near the head, leaving the fillet attached to the head. Repeat the cut on the opposite side of the fish.

How to make a butterfly bait for snapper

Butterfly baits are highly effective for targeting large bottom fish such as groupers and large red snappers.

June 15 at 7:00am
While Ricky Ruffin looks on approvingly, Hayes Newcomb hoists two big red snappers he took on a chicken rig off a deepwater pipeline crossing.

Frekey’s snapper gear

Flipping tidbits of bait to mangrove snappers just beneath the water’s surface is an entirely different game than dredging their red snapper cousins up from the deep.

June 15 at 7:00am
Chris Macaluso, left, and his crew caught easy limits of red snapper Wednesday out of Grand Isle. Because of Tropical Storm Colin, NOAA extended the Gulf red snapper season in federal waters by two days — the federal season ends on Sunday at 12:01 a.m.

Red snapper anglers looking forward to one more Saturday in federal waters

Across South Louisiana, hurricanes and tropical storms are despised. There’s always a chance for one to hit home when they form in the Gulf, and if that happens, local residents have to pack their things and wait in approximately 143 hours of traffic to get to their hurricane-free destination.

June 09 at 9:02am
NOAA announced Wednesday afternoon the 2016 recreational red snapper season in the Gulf would be extended by two days due to Tropical Storm Colin. The season now closes at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, June 12.

Feds extend Gulf recreational red snapper season for two days

Recreational red snapper anglers will get one more full Saturday of fishing — thanks to Tropical Storm Colin.

June 08 at 2:37pm
Chasing big speckled trout has become a passion in Tony Bruce’s life.

Spotted fever — Top tips for catching Venice’s trophy trout

He’s got it. He’s got it bad!

Tony Bruce has spotted fever — a burning desire to put big spotted seatrout in the boat.

The sine qua non of his fishing existence is to win the 100-day long Coastal Conservation Association STAR.

June 01 at 7:00am
Both Bull and “pig” frogs abound in the more open, grassier regions of the Maurepas Swamp.

Midnight run — Tips for frogging in the Manchac Swamp WMA swamps

“Wind from the WEST!” Artie yelled, waving his arms crazily and looking around. “Fish bite BEST! Who on earth came up with DAT?”

He pointed at the flapping Saints flag on the porch of Doc’s camp as he yelled.

“Whoever it was sure didn’t live in Southeast Louisiana!” Eddie answered, pointing at the exposed mud stretching about 2 feet from the edge of the spartina grass to the muddy canal right below us. “Gonna be a skimpy Father’s Day fish fry!”

June 01 at 7:00am
Capt. Ed Frekey deliberately targeted big red snapper this trip, avoiding easier-to-catch smaller ones at rigs.

Blue-water takedown - Tips for landing mangrove snapper

The cluster of bananas sat forlornly on top of the dock piling.

Fifteen minutes earlier, the five deep-sea charter fishermen were handing their personal items to the two deck hands — Billy Joe Palmisano and Joseph Cantrelle — for stowing.

Palmisano’s eyes popped wide open when he spied the telltale yellow of bananas through a plastic shopping bag.

June 01 at 7:00am
Tournament Director Rad Trascher shows off one of the 50 tagged redfish that are currently swimming along the Louisiana coast for the 2016 CCA STAR Tournament. The first registered angler to catch a tagged redfish wins a brand new Chevy Silverado pickup.

22nd CCA STAR kicks off Saturday

More than $500,000 in prizes — including boats, motors, trailers, tackle packages and a brand new 2016 Chevy Silverado pickup truck — are up for grabs when the Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association’s STAR Tournament cranks up this Saturday morning at 12:01 a.m.

May 25 at 10:50am

Five cited for alleged red snapper violations in federal waters

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited five men in three separate boats Sunday for alleged red snapper violations 15 miles off of Louisiana’s coast, according to a news release.

April 28 at 9:19am
The 2016 recreational red snapper season will be open from June 1 at 12:01 a.m. to June 10 at 12:01 a.m. in federal waters, according to a press release.

Feds set 9-day recreational red snapper season

If you blink, you might miss it. 

The always elusive red snapper recreational season was announced Wednesday, and anglers will have a whopping nine days this year to venture into federal waters in search of a fish that no one but the feds believes is threatened.

April 27 at 11:35am
The first Louisiana Sportsman magazine subscriber also registered for the 2016 CCA STAR tournament who catches a tagged redfish will earn a $10,000 bonus in addition to their truck or boat prize.

22nd CCA STAR kicks off May 28

The Coastal Conservation Association's Louisiana Statewide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo kicks off May 28, with more than 25 divisions offering more than $500,000 in prizes.

April 15 at 11:05am
The HOSS Fillet Knife kit sells for $225 including shipping, and includes a Ridgid reciprocating saw, carrying case and a custom-machined 9-inch Dexter fillet blade. Currently, the kits are available at Puglia's in Metairie.

ULL senior creates sawzall-powered fillet knife

Remember the old '80s Ginsu knife infomercial, which depicted the Japanese kitchen blade cutting through tin cans, blazing through a box of frozen spinach and chopping a piece of wood — then cutting a piece of bread so thin “you could almost see through it?”

April 06 at 9:29am
Thumbprint-like white spots on the sides of the body clearly identify the Atlantic sharpnose.

Take this guy to dinner - Atlantic sharpnose shark ID is easy

Sharks have never been real popular with Louisiana fishermen — even in the days before shark harvest was regulated.

Most people simply got them off their hook as quickly as possible and went back to fishing for more-glamorous species.

April 01 at 7:00am
More anglers today value croakers as a bait species for speckled trout, redfish and mangrove snapper than as a target species.<br />

Why are croakers croaking?

The story of the Atlantic croaker is the story of a fish that has somehow never managed to fulfill its predicted potential. They are truly one of the most abundant fish in the sea. 

February 03 at 6:47pm