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.
Through July 22, Louisiana’s recreational anglers have harvested slightly more than 530,000 pounds of red snapper — or 71 percent of the state’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds.
For me, the peak of summer comes near the end of its second month, during the annual Faux Pas Lodge Invitational Fishing Rodeo, headquartered at Venice, near the mouth of the Mississippi River. It’s an event that attracts some of the best anglers in the region, who compete to catch the largest speckled trout, tuna, wahoo and more, but I’ve never actually entered the rodeo. For me, it’s a work weekend, since I’ve historically covered it for the print side of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
Through July 15, Louisiana’s recreational anglers have harvested slightly more than 506,000 pounds of red snapper — or 68 percent of the state’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds.