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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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Five cited for alleged red snapper violations

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited five Louisiana men for allegedly being over the limit of red snapper during a vessel inspection out of Venice.

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July 14 at 3:11 pm
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Apex Predator: Use red snapper and de-barbed hardheads to catch more cobia

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Cobia are one of my favorite fish to catch, but with only a 16-foot bay boat, my days at trying to get these tasty fish are very limited.

So I make sure to have the most enticing bait that no cobia can resist: barb-less hardhead catfish.

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July 13 at 4:40 pm
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Baton Rouge angler wins Blue Marlin Grand Championship

Sometimes the little guys do win. And win big.

With the average Blue Marlin Grand Championship boat size exceeding his by 20 feet, J.J. Tabor and his four buddies — competing aboard a 37-foot Freeman center console catamaran — did the improbable.

Tabor managed to whip a big marlin after a fight lasting more than five hours. It then took the crew another half-hour to somehow drag it aboard. By the time the behemoth was iced down, Double J had to make the run back to Orange Beach to make the 7 p.m. Saturday deadline. They had 300 miles to cover.

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July 13 at 12:00 pm
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The secret lives of red snappers revealed

Red snappers are easily the most-studied fish in the Gulf of Mexico, so a lot is known about their biology.

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July 02 at 5:00 pm
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Use a snell knot for more offshore hookups

Sometimes little things can make a big difference in fishing, and Capt. Tommy Pellegrin firmly believes snelling circle hooks offshore has a direct correlation to the number of fish coming over his gunnels.

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July 02 at 2:15 pm
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Macaroni magic — Using macaroni to chum up mangrove snapper

The absolutely transparent water churned with fish.

It was like a giant aquarium.

The slightly-built, heavily suntanned 50-year-old man threw another handful of macaroni into the seething mass of Bermuda chubs and mangrove snappers. 

Macaroni?

You betcha — macaroni.

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July 01 at 6:00 am
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Pending No. 5 swordfish caught out of Venice

Three days ago an angler aboard Capt. Peace Marvel's boat battled a massive swordfish for nearly four hours before losing it at the boat.

While that was disappointing, the veteran Venice offshore guide made up for it June 21 when Slidell angler Vladimir Kamenov landed a 214.8-pound swordfish that should rank No. 5 in the Louisiana State Fish Records.

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June 22 at 1:54 pm
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Get ’em out, get ’em up

For his butterfly jig action, Capt. Billy Wells uses a 5 ½-foot Shimano Trevalla rod and Shimano Stella loaded with 80-pound PowerPro.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Reds of the rigs

Capt. David Iverson typically runs out of Red Pass and targets West Delta rigs in 40 to 50 feet for bull reds. However, when he’s up for a challenge and the weather permits, he’ll take South Pass out his favorite East Delta rigs, where close proximity to the Continental Shelf puts 300-foot water well within the reach of his bay boat.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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