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.
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. […]
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.
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.
Prior to a recent mangrove snapper trip, Capt. Ross Montet loaded up with fresh pogies he cast-netted in the West Delta. He started in open water, but found he was chasing fast-moving schools that were outrunning his net in the 10- to 12-foot depths.
Today’s the day.
Sunday is likely the last day for recreational red snapper anglers to get in a 2018 trip — according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the state season will close tonight ( Aug. 12) at 11:59 p.m.
If you’re looking to make a red snapper trip this summer, you better hurry.
Nothing is certain at this point, but it’s at least possible that Louisiana’s snapper fishermen could be enjoying their last weekend of the extended recreational season.