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State's recreational red snapper season to close Dec. 31

The state’s recreational red snapper season will close on Dec. 31, but the opening date for 2015 has not yet been determined, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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December 18 at 6:41 pm
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LWF Commission approves Notice of Intent modifying Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

At its meeting on Thursday, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a Notice of Intent to modify regulations pertaining to the Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP).

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December 04 at 5:32 pm
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LDWF conducting yellowfin tuna research project in Gulf of Mexico

Reeling in a big yellowfin is rewarding in itself, but if you’re lucky enough to catch a fish involved in a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries research project, you’ll get more than just a nice tuna steak.

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November 14 at 1:33 pm
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Passage of Reef Fish Amendment 40 raises lots of questions, provides few answers

More questions than answers remain in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s vote last month to approve Reef Fish Amendment 40, which basically divides the recreational red snapper quota between private fishermen and for-hire charter and head boat captains.

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November 03 at 12:44 pm
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Two Bridge City men sentenced for illegal red snapper sales in 2012

Two men pleaded guilty this week to illegal red snapper sales relating to a Sept. 9, 2012 incident when agents were able to purchase 655 pounds of fish from them in Bridge City.

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October 30 at 4:47 pm
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Construction beginning on artificial reefs at the Pickets

Construction is set to begin this week on three artificial reefs designed to protect scour holes created at Ship Shoal 26 out of Dularge and Cocodrie, known to many Louisiana speckled trout anglers as the Pickets.

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October 16 at 4:22 pm
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Rigging up

When Kim and Blake Fouquier leave the dock, they carry a small arsenal of rods and reels. Their basic tuna rigs include Tiagra 50W Shimano Two-Speed Lever Drag reels mounted on J & M Tackle custom rods.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Taking care of the ride

For fishing 50 or 60 miles offshore, the single most important piece of equipment is a fisherman’s boat and motor.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Why October?

Tuna fishing as described here is not a year-round sport. While yellowfin can be caught off of the Louisiana coast all year, October is special. After a couple of cold fronts, the hot-blooded fish come nearer to shore from their usual deep-water haunts.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Find steel to find tuna

The fall Grand Isle tuna game starts with finding big deep sea, steel-hull shrimp trawlers at work.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Chum! It’s what’s for breakfast

Chum, and plenty of it, is a critical part of catching fall tuna ghosting under shrimp boats. Chum can be almost anything fishy, and it doesn’t have to be fresh.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Mop up on monster mangrove snapper

During the dog days of summer, Grand Isle’s Trout Master sometimes turns his attention away from chasing specks just long enough to head offshore in pursuit of different prey.

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October 15 at 7:00 am
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Targeting mangroves, red snapper in East Bay

Sometimes when you're expecting a high fastball, Mother Nature throws you a changeup instead.

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October 02 at 7:35 am
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Grand Isle’s yellow October

Kim Fouquier had the nose of our 29-foot Twin Vee Catamaran in the armpit of the huge 90-foot steel shrimp trawler, putting our bow tightly into the spot on the metal beast where its big outriggers sprang from its hull. 

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October 01 at 7:00 am
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Bluefish eat everything

Bluefish are truly the cannibals of the sea. They eat anything and seem to take special delight in eating each other. It makes you wonder why they are still around — how they get close enough to spawn with each other before biting their paramour in half. 

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October 01 at 7:00 am
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Old oil structures in Tiger Shoal

Dear Capt. Paul:

I am told that there were several oil platforms, old well heads and/or other oil-field sites within the Tiger Shoal area that have been removed in years past.

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September 08 at 9:00 am
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