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Governor supports state management of red snapper but not H.R. 3094

On the same day embattled Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon called a full staff meeting to tell employees he was remaining in charge of the agency, Gov. John Bel Edwards said he still believed in state management of red snapper — even though funding concerns prevented him from getting behind a congressional bill that would give the Gulf states full control of the fishery.

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September 16 at 8:27 am
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LDWF snapper-management cost estimate undermined

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ contention that state-run management of red snapper would cost more than $10 million in its first year alone was undermined Wednesday when Congressional officials confirmed the federal government would still pay for stock assessments and research efforts in the Gulf of Mexico — absorbing most of the LDWF cost estimate.

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September 09 at 11:40 am
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Falling Mississippi brings tuna bite nearer to mouth of river

September is well known as a transition month for speckled trout, when they begin the process of moving from offshore waters and heading back to inland marshes and bays for the winter.

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September 07 at 8:00 pm
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State's red snapper season to close on Labor Day, LDWF says

The recreational red snapper season in state waters will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 5, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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August 29 at 7:29 am
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SW rigs load up with specks

Leaving Calcasieu Lake for near-offshore oil-field structures pays off with speckled trout in the ice chest when conditions are favorable this month.

No one knows that better than Jeff Poe, a veteran saltwater fishing guide who frequents those structures as much as he can this time of year. One of his favorite destinations is the Johnson Bayou rigs approximately 7 to 8 miles to the west of the Cameron Jetties.

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August 26 at 6:01 am
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Video: Big yellowfin pulls angler overboard when harpoon fails

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Everyone knows that accidents can happen anytime you head out on a fishing trip.

But when you’re 120 miles offshore — fishing at night — your margin for error dramatically decreases.

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August 10 at 10:35 pm
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Pending junior female world record tarpon caught out of Grand Isle

Capt. Lance ‘Coon’ Schouest has seen plenty of grown men struggle while hooked up in a battle with a big tarpon.

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August 08 at 11:19 am
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Top 10 grouper caught Wednesday ineligible for state record books

Just five days after a 287-pound Warsaw grouper that could be the state’s new No. 6-ranked fish hit the scales at Sand Dollar Marina, another fisherman 45 miles southwest of Grand Isle reeled in a 277-pounder that also likely would have cracked into Louisiana’s Top 10.

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August 05 at 9:11 am
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