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Potential No. 3-ranked Warsaw grouper landed out of Fourchon

It wasn’t quite Ahab pursuing Moby Dick, but Capt. Paul Guidroz was a man on a mission last weekend, intent on catching up with a giant Warsaw grouper that had escaped him only days earlier out of Fourchon.

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August 27 at 2:20 pm
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VIDEO: Is this the world-record tuna

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The heaviest tuna I ever landed was a roughly 115-pound yellowfin. But the meanest one was a 90-pounder that almost killed me. I mean the danged thing just refused to give up, and I almost threw the rod, reel and stand-up belt overboard in capitulation.

So I can't imagine hooking into the monstrous tuna videoed by a remotely operated vehicle inspecting a deepwater Gulf of Mexico rig.

Watch the attached video to see this brutish fish, which has been estimated to be 18 feet long.

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August 21 at 2:05 pm
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Rigging up for Amberjack

Chad Tobler and Capt. Damon McKnight agree that heavy tackle is critical when it comes to amberjack fishing, and a common mistake of inexperienced AJ anglers is to go too light.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Capt. Damon McKnight’s AJ secrets

Super Strike Charters’ Capt. Damon McKnight shared some of the secrets he’s learned during his 25 years of battling amberjack out of his Venice headquarters.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Gulf Council votes for minor increase to red snapper allocation for recreational anglers

Recreational anglers got tossed a small bone at Thursday’s Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in New Orleans, as members voted to slightly increase recreational anglers’ allocation of red snapper.

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August 14 at 3:40 pm
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Louisiana's recreational red snapper season to close Sept. 8

Recreational anglers in Louisiana’s waters will reach their share — 745,000 pounds — of the Gulf’s red snapper harvest when the season closes in state waters at 12:01 a.m on Sept. 8, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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August 11 at 1:16 pm
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GOM Fishery Management Council to vote on red snapper Amendment 28 Thursday

A final vote is expected Thursday at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s meeting in New Orleans on the fate of Reef Fishery Management Plan Amendment 28, which could modify how the red snapper quota is divided between the recreational and commercial sectors.

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August 10 at 1:53 pm
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Potential new No. 1 black grouper caught in Garden Banks

What started out as a potential world record yellowmouth grouper for Michael Hebert last month in the Garden Banks didn’t play out exactly like he expected it would.

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August 05 at 9:04 am
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Brute force — AJ fishing tips

I had never caught an amberjack before, and I must say that I vastly underestimated their brutality.

Sometimes referred to as “tuna on steroids,” I soon found out these brutes can take you for a wild ride early on in the fight, even though they quickly tire into submission.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Amberjack season to reopen Aug. 1

Recreational fishing for greater amberjack will resume at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, with the minimum size continuing to be 30 inches fork length, according to a press release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

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July 29 at 2:38 pm
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Lafayette angler details catch of potential world record mangrove snapper

They say records are made to be broken, but Tim Champagne’s giant 31 ⅞-inch mangrove snapper looks like it won’t just be breaking records — it’s could absolutely shatter them.

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July 23 at 10:15 pm
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Lafayette angler catches potential world record mangrove snapper out of Cocodrie

A Lafayette angler landed a certified 18.63-pound mangrove snapper out of Cocodrie on Wednesday — a fish that, pending official certification, would easily become the new No. 1 mangrove in the state — and potentially the world. 

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July 23 at 6:19 pm
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Legislation creating state-run GOM red snapper fishery introduced in Congress

Bipartisan legislation that would pave the way for state-based management of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery was introduced Thursday into the U.S. House of Representatives.

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July 17 at 9:44 am
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Pulling the trigger on trigger fish

Gray triggerfish are a prized bycatch to red snapper fishing. Their delectable table qualities are evident in their nickname “armored snapper.”

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Bermuda chum surprisingly tastey

Some fish you never think seriously of eating. 

Marsh and bay fishermen feel that way about hardhead catfish. Offshore fishermen think of Bermuda chubs in the same vein.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Doing macaroni for chumming mangrove snapper

“I was at the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo,” David Meyers explained, “when an old timer told me about using macaroni boiled in crab boil for mangrove snapper chum.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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