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In light of the official federal recreational snapper season lasting only 11 days this June, the LDWF announced today that Louisiana anglers can fish for red snapper in Louisiana waters seven-days-a-week beginning on April 14. LDWF to expand red snapper season to seven-days-a-week in state waters effective April 14
3958 Views - Posted: April 10 at 11:47 am

As expected, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council on Thursday approved an 11-day federal recreational red snapper season set to start on June 1.


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on determining if there will be an 11-day red snapper season in federal waters this summer. Gulf Council Reef Fish Committee approves emergency 11-day recreational red snapper season
1602 Views - Posted: April 09 at 6:44 pm

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Reef Fish Committee on Tuesday approved an emergency rule setting an 11-day red snapper season in federal waters this summer.


This monster was speared by Jerry Fabacher, visible on the extreme left by the tail of the fish, and entered in the 1960 Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Are goliath groupers fish or footballs?
4437 Views - Posted: April 04 at 9:00 am

The glamour boy of the grouper family, the 800-pound Atlantic goliath grouper, is becoming the Gulf of Mexico’s latest fisheries management football, to be passed and punted back and forth between recreational fishermen, commercial fishermen, environmentalists and fisheries biologists.


The Ocean Isle Fishing Center team in North Carolina won three SKA national championships. SKA announced it was ceasing operations in an email on March 26. Southern Kingfish Association shuts down
2847 Views - Posted: April 02 at 2:56 pm

The Southern Kingfish Association (SKA), sanctioning body of the Mercury Kingfish Trail and promoter of the Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour, has shut down. 


Louisiana red snapper anglers are reminded they are subject to being ticketed if they venture beyond the currently recognized 3-mile state boundary. Coast Guard reportedly tickets red snapper fisherman 6 miles off Louisiana's coast
4939 Views - Posted: March 28 at 12:43 pm

After a LouisianaSportsman.com user announced online he had gotten a ticket from the Coast Guard while fishing for red snapper beyond state waters last weekend, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding offshore anglers of the risk of venturing beyond the currently recognized 3-mile boundary.


The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council is holding a public hearing this Thursday, March 13, at 6 p.m. in the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Kenner to discuss red snapper allocations. Red snapper allocation public hearing set for 6 p.m. Thursday in Kenner
2040 Views - Posted: March 10 at 1:22 pm

Louisiana’s recreational anglers are encouraged to attend a Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council public hearing in Kenner Thursday evening to discuss red snapper allocation.


Louisiana's recreational red snapper weekend-only season is set to kickoff this Friday, Feb. 21 at 12:01 a.m. until further notice, according to LDWF. Louisiana to open 2014 recreational red snapper weekend-only season this Friday, Feb. 21 in state waters
4140 Views - Posted: February 17 at 4:17 pm

Louisiana’s weekend-only red snapper season will open up this Friday, Feb. 21 at 12:01 a.m. until further notice, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


This potential No.4-ranked wahoo was caught Sunday about noon off the mouth of Southwest Pass out of Venice. The fish was 79 inches long and weighed 116.2 pounds. Texas angler lands potential No. 4 wahoo for state record boooks
7314 Views - Posted: January 27 at 4:00 pm

Capt. Will Wall with Pelagic Charters in Venice has helped land a total of four 100-pound wahoo, but none were bigger than the fish he came across this weekend off the mouth of Southwest Pass.


The 2014 Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season will be from Sunday, June 1 to 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 11, according to NOAA. 2014 recreational red snapper scheduled for 40-day season
3769 Views - Posted: December 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the 2014 dates for the Gulf of Mexico’s recreational red snapper season.


The deadline to comment on a plan that could provide up to 100 percent of the red snapper quota beyond 9.12 million pounds to the recreational sector is Monday, Dec. 9. Deadline to comment on possible red snapper reallocation is Dec. 9
3095 Views - Posted: December 05, 2013 at 12:30 pm

The Recreational Fishing Alliance is urging saltwater anglers across the Gulf region to respond online in favor of increasing red snapper allocations for the recreational fishing community.

The deadline to comment online at Regulations.gov is Monday, Dec. 9.


An angler's prize catch vanishes just as pictures are being taken at the dock. Watch the video to see who's responsible. Sea lion steals trophy fish  Video Included
5827 Views - Posted: November 04, 2013 at 11:00 am

Whenever you're showing off your trophy fish at the dock, remember to hold on tight... at least whenever a sneaky sea lion might be lurking around.


Lane snappers are always made incidentally to fishing for other snapper species. Lane snappers are candy
4096 Views - Posted: November 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

If red and mangrove snappers are the meat and potatoes of the snapper fishing world, then lane snappers are the dessert. Maybe that’s why one of their common names is candy snappers, although it’s probably because they are striped, like a candy cane. 


Earlier this week, U.S. Senator David Vitter announced NOAA agreed to increase its leadership role in the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, including supporting Amendment 28, which could update red snapper allocations for recreational anglers. Vitter gets NOAA agreement to update policies for Gulf of Mexico fisheries
4646 Views - Posted: October 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) announced the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agreed to develop guidelines to review allocation quotas, and also fill its leadership role in potentially increasing the recreational quota for red snapper.


This photo shows one of the rescued fishermen being helped from a life raft on Wednesday near Southwest Pass. LDWF biologists rescue offshore fishermen near Southwest Pass
7062 Views - Posted: October 26, 2013 at 6:00 am

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists on a regularly scheduled sampling trip assisted in the rescue Wednesday of five offshore fishermen whose vessel inadvertently struck an oil platform.


Public comments will be heard next Wednesday afternoon in New Orleans at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting to discuss reallocating the red snapper quota. Public comments on reallocating red snapper quota to be heard next week in New Orleans
4217 Views - Posted: October 25, 2013 at 6:00 am

The possibility of reallocating the red snapper quota will likely be a hot topic at next week’s Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in New Orleans, although it’s not even officially on the agenda.


Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney, left and Capt. Peace Marvel with Peacekeeper Charters in Venice went out of the mouth of the Mississippi River earlier this summer in pursuit of red snapper, mangroves and other reef fish. Watch Sportman TV tonight on CST a Sportsman TV tonight: Reef Fish Roundup
3798 Views - Posted: October 24, 2013 at 6:00 am

Watch Cox Sports Television tonight as Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney and crew head out of the mouth of the Mississippi River in search of red snapper, mangroves, grouper and other reef fish.


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