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Belle Chasse man busted for alleged red snapper violations in Plaquemines Parish

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a Belle Chasse man for alleged red snapper violations in Plaquemines Parish on Jan. 17.

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January 21 at 2:45 pm
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1,000-pound-plus bluefin tuna landed in North Carolina

Bluefin tuna fishing around Morehead City, N.C. is shaping up to be one of the best in years, and last Tuesday, it may have hit its peak.

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January 20 at 3:44 pm
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LDWF currently upgrading ROLP website

The website where anglers can apply for Recreational Offshore Landing Permits is being upgraded starting today, and could be down for up to three days during the work, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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January 12 at 11:20 am
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Back-to-back bluefin total more than 1,500 pounds in North Carolina

The crew of the Grady Bunch, fishing the first two days of 2015 just outside Beaufort Inlet, may not have landed a state-record bluefin tuna, but the three men and a boy almost certainly accomplished a feat no other North Carolina saltwater crew has duplicated: Catching two bluefin tuna on consecutive days that combined to weigh more than 1,500 pounds. 

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January 07 at 11:05 am
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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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 at 7:00 am
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