Anyone fortunate enough to see the Delta’s offshore waters at night, knows the incredible vision of flood lights illuminating the many oil and gas platforms. The bright stuff is intended for human safety, but fish know how to leverage this bait-gathering influence to their benefit.
In response to a potential decline in cobia numbers, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is considering ways to reduce harvests — including increasing the minimum size limit, decreasing the possession limit, imposing a vessel limit — or some combination of all these measures.
They are everywhere. If you fish offshore at oil and gas platforms, clouds of the convict-striped fish are often visible underwater. Atlantic spadefish are a dominant species in the fish communities that develop around platforms. […]
Blake Ittmann has been free-diving the waters south of Venice for only four years, but in that time he’s become pretty selective in what he shoots. Ittmann and his buddies could absolutely load the boat with tripletail at some of the platforms they frequent now, but there’s not a whole lot of challenge in that.