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Don’t forget a bait rod

Collecting live bait is an important element of offshore success. And, while the relatively stiff spinning rods used to horse hefty mangroves out of underwater steel jungles can be rigged with sabikis, they’re not always the best choices.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Pelligrin’s go-to weapon

If there ever was an irreplaceable go-to weapon for Pellegrin in plying the vast Gulf waters off Terrebonne Parish, you’d probably never guess it in a hundred tries.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Rogue’s gallery of offshore fly fish

A wide variety of offshore fish species are susceptible to being caught with flies. And Roger del Rio and Chad Billiot have a lot of experience with the following rogue’s gallery of fly fish.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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The Marsh Rat

Chad Billiot picked one of the most unusual names conceivable for his Golden Meadow business — Marsh Rat Guide Service (985-637-5058).

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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550-pound marlin landed by crew on 24-foot boat

A 550-pound blue marlin was landed by the crew of a 24-foot boat last week, but not before it towed the Key West center console for about 11 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

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May 08 at 1:33 pm
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It’s springtime again

Dear Capt. Paul:

I have heard of a place called the Midnight Lump out of Venice that is supposed to be a great spot for line-breaking tuna and other big sport fishing, but I can’t find the location on any on my charts or maps.

Are the lumps protruding above the water surface or are they just underwater features? If they are only under water, how do you anchor around them?

Will 200 feet of anchor line be enough?

Thanks, John

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May 07 at 4:15 pm
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Potential No. 3-ranked cobia landed in West Cameron blocks Friday

Grant Derouen was hoping to make a mangrove snapper haul out of Cameron last Friday morning, but rough conditions put an end to that plan.

So his group decided to target cobia when they noticed several swimming near the surface around a platform in the West Cameron blocks about 30 miles from the Cameron jetties.

Turns out it was a good move for Derouen, who ended up hooking a massive ling that, if certified by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, would become the new No. 3-ranked cobia in the state record books.

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May 06 at 11:54 am
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Hambones are a treat

Biologists need to be humbled sometimes.

When I was working at LSU in the 1980s, I spent a lot of time on commercial snapper boats documenting catches of reef fish and looking for new species that could be of interest to seafood consumers.

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May 04 at 9:00 am
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Red snapper five-state management plan voted down by U.S. House committee on Thursday

Thursday wasn’t exactly a banner day for private red snapper anglers along the Gulf Coast - or for the five Gulf states fisheries managers hoping to wrest control of the snapper fishery away from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

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May 01 at 2:31 pm
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Officials react to 10-day federal red snapper season for private anglers

The news Thursday afternoon that recreational private anglers in the Gulf of Mexico will get a 10-day red snapper season in early June — while federal for-hire charter captains will have a 44-day season stretching into July — generated lots of responses in the wake of the announcement.

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May 01 at 11:17 am
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Offshore options

Offshore fishing to the west of Venice is a different game altogether. Variety is the name of the game in Southeast Louisiana ports such as Grand Isle, Port Fourchon and Cocodrie, where runs to the storied yellowfin tuna grounds are seen as untenably long.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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The grab bag — Offshore fly fishing tips

On the ride to Golden Meadow, I scratched my head and rubbed my chin. I didn’t know what I had let myself in for. 

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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NOAA announces 10-day federal red snapper season for private anglers

With the recreational red snapper season quota now divided between private anglers and for-hire vessels in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Thursday the 2015 season framework for both sectors. 

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April 30 at 2:05 pm
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VIDEO: 600-pound marlin jumps into boat

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Wild things can happen whenevever you step on a boat, but what do you do if you're billfishing and a 600-pound marlin decides to hop aboard?

That's what the crew of the Little Audrey faced while fighting a huge marlin off Australia. And the entire episode was caught on cameras set up around the boat.

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April 28 at 3:49 pm
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CCA files suit to prevent implementation of red snapper sector separation plan

On the same day the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council announced that sector separation for the red snapper quota would go into effect later this summer, the Coastal Conservation Association filed suit in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to prevent implementation of the controversial management plan.

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April 23 at 11:30 am
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Video: Drone captures footage from Venice tuna trip

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Over the last couple of years, aerial drones outfitted with high-tech cameras have given folks enjoying the outdoors a new way to document their adventures.

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April 20 at 2:36 pm
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