Offshore Fishing

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will be discussing potential changes to cobia harvest regulations at its meeting later this month in Mobile, Alabama.

Gulf Council requesting input from anglers on potential cobia changes

Harvest reduction measures to impact both recreational and commercial fisheries
October 11 at 6:10pm
The chunky body shape of spadefish means that a 16-inch fish will weigh between 3 and 4 pounds.

Let’s call a spade a spade

Reports suggest spadefish are tasty, but the author disagrees
October 01 at 7:00am
Blake Ittmann poses with the pending free-diving world record tripletail — a 31.3-pounder, which he shot out of Venice last Wednesday.

Free-diver shoots pending world-record tripletail near Venice

Fish is 4 pounds heavier than current record
September 24 at 4:00pm
Capt. Tommy Pellegrin said the cobia bite along the eastern Louisiana coast should last until the end of October, when the fish migrate toward south Florida for the winter.

Video: Crazy cobia bite going on now

Bite should be consistent through late October, guide says
September 07 at 4:17pm
Jacki Shea and Capt. Louis Thornton shot these tripletail last week while free-diving platforms near Venice.

Tripletail out of Venice, if you're crazy enough to target them

Angler has great success around platform legs.
August 28 at 6:28pm
Josh and Jamie Gaspard both with the wicked-looking lancetfish they caught on Wednesday, Aug. 15 about 120 miles out of Fourchon in the Green Canyon.

Dragon-like catch shocks Louisiana guide

A lancetfish looks like something straight from a horror movie
August 20 at 2:00pm
When netting live pogies, dump your net into a plastic bucket, rather than on the deck.

Pogy prudence

August 15 at 7:00am
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2018 state recreational red snapper season will close at 11:59 p.m. tonight, Aug. 12.

LDWF: Red snapper state season to close tonight

743,000-pound quota expected to be harvested
August 12 at 6:55am
The LDWF reported a big increase in the red snapper harvest estimate this week, which now stands at 87 percent of the recreational allocation through July 29.

LDWF: Red snapper landings jump to 651,000 pounds

Just 13 percent of recreational harvest left before season closes
August 10 at 11:36am
Landings estimates from LA Creel indicate about 70 percent of the state's recreational allocation of red snapper have been caught so far. leaving about 213,000 pounds remaining before the season is closed.

LDWF: Red snapper harvest now at 530,300 pounds

71 percent of total recreational allocation reached
August 02 at 3:12pm
Red snapper get most of the love, but mangroves are well worth some attention.

The ‘other’ snapper

Mangroves may not get all the publicity their rosy relatives receive, but they taste great — and you can catch 10 per day year-round. Here’s how one Buras guide fills the box.
August 01 at 7:00am

Marsh Man Masson vid: Short run to big snapper, and a surprise fish!

Crew heads offshore in small boat for heavy haul
July 30 at 9:27am
Guy Cenac, left, caught this 208-pound record-breaking tarpon Thursday after a three-hour battle during the opening day of the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

208-pound tarpon breaks Grand Isle rodeo record

Guy Cenac’s catch on opening day breaks record set in 1972
July 27 at 9:10am
According to the LDWF, about 237,000 pounds of red snapper remain to be harvested before the state reaches its annual recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds.

LDWF: Red snapper harvest edges up to 506,000 pounds

About 68 percent of total recreational allocation has been reached
July 26 at 4:20pm