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We had a great opening to the red snapper season as predicted. The best part was that we had folks from Florida who after catching great trout all day Sunday went offshore on Monday. Once they were finished they decided that there was no place else to fish other than Louisiana.

Offshore the red snapper came fairly easy with several fish 20 to 25 pounds for everyone willing to work for them. The box also included Snowy Grouper, Barrel Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Porgies, Yellowfin tuna as well as Blackfin tuna. Needless to say the James family is sold on fishing Louisiana.

The seas were great with some river water still covering the West Delta area but there were plenty of fish under that water with many catching good Cobia under the mirk. There is a week weed line about 40 to 45 miles out that is holding some Dolphin, we just did not have time to mess with it.

Will have to wait for the customers to forward the fish porn pictures because I was by myself yesterday and did not have time to mess with the camera.

We still have a few weekdays open should anyone want to jump on and stock the freezer.

June 02, 2015 at 3:57am

Well we have one of those beautiful weekends that we all look forward to. We had all of the inshore boats booked with one of our wonderful Charter Schools for a student retreat, only for them to cancel at the last minute. It will be a shame to not be on the water this weekend and we have it open and would love to fill the boats. 225-937-6288

May 01, 2014 at 3:42pm

Just left the Gulf Council meeting and boy do I need some duct tape and tin foil.

As a result of the lawsuit filed by Gary Jarvis and a group of others, NMFS has entered into an agreement with the plaintiffs for a 'stay' in the proceedings and in exchange they are taking several actions at the Council level.

The first action is a severe reduction in the Recreational Red Snapper Season. The 'preferred alternative' that will come up for a vote tomorrow is that the red snapper season for 2014 will change to 11 days. This is a projection as the way that the math worked out this 11 days does not figure in dead discards and assumes that the states will not open their own seasons. Because of the lawsuit language there is concern that if between the 11 day federal season and the State Water seasons, should NMFS bad science say that we went over the limit again, there would be dire consequences. Because of this, there was a growing sentiment in the room to completely close Red Snapper season for 2014, get it ironed out and work toward something better for 2015.

The most disturbing part as I see it is that NMFS admits that their data sucks and DATA is their problem. Today they acknowledged that with the shorter seasons the data will only get worse! It is like trying to take a national poll but only asking 5 people what they think. They will only have a few days (if any) to conduct their surveys so there will be fewer of them and the data will be more suspect.

What does getting it 'ironed out' mean? The lawsuit demands that the recreational sector develop accountability measures. The options for accountability include creating buffers in the allowable catch and payback measures.

The agreement that they signed onto for the 'stay' says that all of this must be in place by April 2015. People the decisions that will be made in the next several months is going to change fishing in the Gulf for decades to come.

The meeting continues tomorrow in Baton Rouge.

April 08, 2014 at 5:49pm

Hey guys been a while since we have posted, we have been very busy having a great year. The fish have been hot one day and cold the next but man it has been a wonderful year.

This is not a fishing report, this is a request for YOUR help. Intuit, the makers of Quickbooks accounting software is having a contest where they are giving away a commercial during the 2014 Super Bowl to a small business. We have made it to the quarterfinals and we are now competing for one of 20 spots with businesses from across the country. Public vote will be the majority factor in this round. WE NEED YOUR VOTE.

It’s a long shot but with your help a local Louisiana small business can give them a run for their money. Please consider clicking this link you can vote once a day every day. You don’t have to give them any info just vote and do it daily. THANKS Daryl

September 25, 2013 at 10:09am

The change has taken place on the island as the trout have made their move. While the wind has for the most part kept the boats off of the beach, the fishing has been good with good boxes coming in.

The fish that we have been on do not yet seem to be on turned onto the croackers but they have sure been happy with the live shrimp. While I love my Gulps the fish have for the most part wanted live over plastic. There are a ton of smaller fish under the birds that seem to be everywhere. We are hitting the oyster reefs right behind the island, waiting for the beach to get right and retreating to the Marsh when we have to. Both have been producing a mixed bag of fish.

No Limits yet but it will be any day.

We have had to move some trips around this week due to customer schedules and this has left boats available for the weekend with a GREAT forecast. Figures doesn't it, been doing what we can the last few weeks with the wind, now we have a calm weekend coming and circumstances leave us available.

Time to consider getting back to the Island, it is starting to happen.

Reel Screamers Guide Service

May 02, 2012 at 8:38pm

Can you believe that it is almost the second week of April and we are still talking about the lump. Well this past Saturday was a little crowded on the lump. My customers were getting antsy as was I so as the crowd dwindled, we decided to make a a little move and boy was that the wrong call. Shortly after leaving I get a call from the infamous Lance Walker who stayed, telling me to get my &** back, too late by the time I was there, we caught the tail end of the action with one tuna to show for it. Lance had a good box full of fish that he worked hard for.

Sunday was a different story with light crowds, delightfully calm seas and fewer boats on the water. Picked up 3 tuna real quick but the bite died. We decided to head south where we found some slightly larger fish biting but the sharks were so thick, it was difficult stay. Our out-of-state crew decided that they wanted to try to catch as many species as they could so we traveled around looking and picking up a fish here and there but could not get away from the sharks. We then ran across an open water patch of grass and it was on. Grown men looking like 12 year old kids as they yanked dolphin after dolphin over the side of the boat. Most were what we would call large chicks but there was a gaffer or two mixed in. It was not until the clouds started to build and the wind started to blow that I was able to convince them to leave. We made it to the marina just before it closed and put icing on the cake with good company and good drink.

Put a small crack in the t-top Saturday that grew Sunday so the big boat is out of action until the welder can get there Thursday to get it repaired. After that there are plenty of days open and it looks like it is going to be a good summer. Remember the dolphin year we had in 2009, this could be just like that.

Reel Screamers Guide Service
Grand Isle, LA.

April 04, 2012 at 6:36pm

Not being able to get offshore has been rough but by the grace of God the trout have now shown up around Grand Isle. We had a good trip this week and expect more tomorrow. With the water being high, we found the trout where you would expect to find redfish, in the duck ponds.

Looking forward to this action doing nothing but getting better. Top water is just around the corner.

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Reel Screamers Guide Service
Grand Isle, LA.

March 16, 2012 at 8:25pm

We have been literally putting a hurt on the extinct red snapper since the opening of the season. The snapper are everywhere, if you are fishing offshore and not scoring on limits of snapper in the 10 to 20 pound range, you are in the wrong spot.The mangroves have been just as crazy. Pictured here is one of the trip from this weekend where we had about 35 mangroves a limit of red snapper and one of two lemon fish that we hooked. I will post more as I get time.

June 13, 2011 at 7:54pm

Saints Alumni Fishing Rodeo Benefiting Children's Hospital New Orleans.

Come Join us Friday June 17th and Saturday June 18th at Bridgeside Marina on Grand Isle. Some of your favorite Saints players from yesteryear have joined together for a fun filled couple of days on Grand Isle.

We will start off Friday with a Captain's Party and get together. Food will be provided by the Louisiana Seafood and Promotion Board, you know that it will be good Louisiana Seafood. There will be auction items, door prizes and the former Saints players on hand to sign autographs and just have a general good time.

We are expecting players such as Stan Brock, John Tice, Steve Baumgartner, Tom Dempsey, Chuck Commiskey, Elo Grooms and more.

Saturday is a one day fishing event. You can either purchase a 'Player Boat' where you will be teamed with a Captain and a player and allowed to place threee people on the boat for a day of fishing or you can enter the open division for $25.00 a person.

First, Second and Third Prizes for Trout, Red Fish, Flounder and Bull Red. The winning trout will be eligible for a $50K mystery weight prize and if anyone fishing the event was to break the Louisiana State record trout, it will pay out $50K. There will be a kids division for the Red Fish with the most Spots. The winner of that division will receive a college savings account with an initial investment of $5000.00 dollars.

Contact myself or Bridgeside Marina to purchase the 'Player Boats', tickets for the open division will be available at Bridgeside Marina in the coming days.

Supporting a good cause, getting kids fishing and having a lot of fun in the process.

June 08, 2011 at 5:12pm

Fished a couple of hours yesterday to get some fresh film with Don. With the 20 knot plus wind still blowing out of the north, the only place we could get to was the beach. THe rollers were still a little stiff to try to hit the beach itself. We had a little bit if a slow start but finally found a group of rocks that were holding a few fish. The water was green and trying its best to clear up.

Did not matter yesterday weather it was shrimp or croackers, they were hitting both.

What a difference a day makes, calm today. If we can keep it from getting too dirty this week, it is going to be another good week of catching on the good ole Grand Isle.

May 18, 2011 at 12:45pm

We ventured offshore today and stayed close. You name it, it will be on the plate tonight. Mangrove Snapper, Beeliner Snapper, Amberjack, and best of all the LEMONFISH ARE HERE. Fish were caught shallow near the beach and the canyon was great today.

The boats that went long were still out so I do not yet have a tuna report for you but the water was beautiful with 60+ feet of visibility in the canyon so it should be worth the trip.

Actually caught enough that the customers gave up some lemonfish, going put it on the grill now.

Come get you some.

May 06, 2011 at 7:29pm

All it took was for the winds to lay down for a little bit. Good trout, bog trout were caught all morning this morning with most limiting out by mid morning. Typical summer time trout in the 2 to 3 pound range and it did not matter today, shrimp or croackers and Bridgeside had them all. The fish are on or near the beach. Waders on the beach had a good day and the boats were all back early fishing the bays.

IT'S ON !!!!!!

May 06, 2011 at 7:23pm

After a busy week of offshore fishing, we settled into an inshore pattern this past week. For the most part it was productive fishing and things are really shaping up.

Friday was our last trip this week as we had the weekend off and the way that the wind has decided to blow, I am happy for the chance to spend time with the family.

Friday was strange, I had a boat full of people who could really fish and wanted nothing but plastic. We started off before daylight and was in the marsh for twilight. With dead calm conditions we were dreading knats and headed to my first stop. As we passed one reef, we noticed that trout were blowing out of the water chasing shrimp. A quick stop and about a dozen or so trout hit the box, some off of top water. It was not every cast but any time a handful of shrimp would come through, it was a flurry.

As this stop slowed we moved to stop number two and I wish I would have just passed the intial stop. Same scenario here, the trout were blowing up on shrimp and it was on. Trout were laying 5 and 10 at a time on the floor of the boat.

Out of nowhere what looked like a front line came through with wind and clouds and even a little rain just for the fun of it and it shut the fish down like a switch. We kept thinking that they would turn back on but they never did. We spent a lot of time waiting on something that just was not going to happen.

We ran deep into the marsh to get away from a wind that just kept getting worse and worked canals with spinner baits to catch a bunch of reds. There were a lot of undersized reds but was managed to put 5 in the box.

The crew had brought steaks so it was fresh redfish and steaks for dinner and boy did it go down like a champ.

All of the female trout that we cleaned had well developed egg sacks so things are on track to really crank off here in the next couple of weeks. The crowds are still really light around Grand Isle and we have several open days. It is time to get back to what we do best, enjoy the absoloute best resource in the country.

March 27, 2011 at 6:34pm

A quick update from the Island. We fished offshore this weekend and had some of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Let's get the ugly out of the way, we were a little late getting to the tuna spot and missed the tail end of the bite but there were fish everywhere. You make you calls and you live by them. The second ugly was that the fallout apparently continues. You had a beautiful weekend on the heels of GREAT fishing reports and there just was not very many people enjoying the water.

Offshore - we decided to cut our run a little short and work our way out to the floaters by stopping to check out the wahoo. I guess that I'm am just a little too glutinous because we found the wahoo but in doing so we were a little late getting to the floaters and missed the morning tuna bite. The wahoo were all big fish, with all of them going over 50 pounds and the largest topping 70 or so. After making our first wahoo stop and putting blood on the ice, we joined the floater crowd and we were greeted with tuna flying through the air like old times. The only problem was that we got there just as they were finished feeding. The folks who had been there early all reported good catches of fish early on but it died off quick.

After a few hours of trying to pick our way through the fish that were there, our crew decided to take it back to the canyon where we continued on the wahoo. It was typical wahooo fishing, pound away at it and just when it looks like everyone on the boat is about to go to sleep, all hell breaks loose with rods going off all around the boat. The AJ were huge, as is expected this time of the year.

We ended the day with enough fish that the crew had to go in search of more ice chest to fit all of the filets, then they were off to bed.

The reports from the guys who stayed in close was that the mangroves are already active but you have to be prepared to fight through the red snapper as they are seriously competeing with the mangroves on the surface. If you are willing to catch and release all day, there are plenty of Lane Snapper mixed in with the red snapper as well.

Inshore - my inshore trips were serious fishermen who were worried about what this front would do to the trout so they re-scheduled. It looks like the cool temps did very little to the trout around Grand Isle. The boats that I checked with all reported catches of 60+ trout even though the front had cooled things down a little bit.

Our fishery is alive, come get you some.

Be safe and be legal, enforcement was all over the Gulf this weekend.

March 14, 2011 at 3:47pm

Guys please be on the lookout for my 2004 Blazer Bay Coastal 24 foot. It is all white with a 2004 200HP HPDI on the rear.

The boat was stolen recently from my house in Grand Isle while I was out of town. The boat was launched and they left me an empty trailer. The LA numbers are LA-1717-FJ. I hope that it is still running around in the marsh somewhere. You can contact me or any law enforcement officer


January 31, 2011 at 5:09pm

We started this past week once the wind died and made a quick offshore trip with Don Debuc and friends. The Mangrove snapper were right where we had left them but they were a little wary with the clear water. We boxed several nice mangroves and found that there are a lot of Gulp baits that eh mangroves really like. Gulp Crabs, Gulp Squid and Gulp shrimp all produced mangrove snapper.

Wednesday we were inshore and decided to take the sure thing first. I was trying out the Gulp Mud minnow that I really liked and sure enough it was the bait of the day for the reds. The reds were schooling hard and we had the boat full by mid morning. We had spend all of our time offshore lately so off we went to see of the trout had started to gang up. Dropped the anchor over one of the interior oyster reefs and the trout were there. The action was slow but steady with somewhere around 50 trout hitting the floor of the boat. The hot bait here was a white jerk shad with a green tail. We were watching the read crash the bank while we trout fished so as things slowed, we pulled the anchor and hit the banks to jerk 3 more reds from the mud flats and we were done for the day.

If you can put up with the knats, this is one of the best times there is to fish. When the wind let's it the water clears up like crazy, you are site fishing beautiful reds and usually topping the box off with suckulant trout filets.

Reel Screamers

November 12, 2010 at 8:49am

Just made it into Pensacola after a long day of meetings in New Orleans with our elected officials and Ken Fienberg.

I wish I could give you more information, there has just not been time for a full debriefing but I am told in the bluntest of terms that IF YOU WANT TO FISH AMBERJACK DURING THE SUMMER OF 2011, you had better either get to Pensacola by noon tomorrow or start sending emails NOW.

Fair or not this meeting is on the east side of the coast so it is local for these guys so there is a lot of representation. Your choices are to have amberjack closed March/April/May or May/June or June/July. Which one do you want? The east side of the Gulf wants a mid summer closure.

You can send your comments to and ask that the comments be shared with all voting members. If you have time, go to the Gulf Council web site and find the individual members email addresses and send the emails directly to them. Tomorrow is prime time, by the end of the week it will be too late.

August 18, 2010 at 10:15pm

I've seen several questons about when our offshore waters will open. The information that I have is a couple of weeks old but I will tell you what I know.

My boat and a couple of others were hired to do fish sampling with NOAA contractors with an eye toward opening areas. NOAA requires that an area be OIL FREE for a period of at least 7 days before it will be sampled for re-opening. On all of our trips, the observers documented oil. Some was subsea and was on the tackle as it was pulled up, some was on the surface. NOAA pulled out early telling us that the areas would be re-evaluated at a later date.

I understand that there may ba an announcement coming Monday about the possible opening of some of the waters, we will see.

GULF COUNCIL MEETING THIS WEEK ......... We need participation in the GULF COUNCIL MEETING THIS WEEK, even if it is by email.

SNAPPER SEASON - please provide your comments on the possibility of opening a fall snapper season. Pro's you may be able to fish, if our waters are open. Con's Our waters could still be closed. It could let us go over the TAC that will be bad for next year. Rough weather. You make up your mind and please comment.

AMBERJACK - Pre oil spill numbers require that there will be a closed AJ season this coming year. The folks from the east side of the Gulf want a mid summer closure of June/July or July August. We all know that our fishrey is dependant on the summer time window that we have. We would rather see a closure of March/April/May. If we move to the spring, it most likely will be a 3 month closure instead of 2 because there is less catch effort during those months. If you want AJ's this summer you had better comment, this is one that comments can sway greatly.

There are some grouper issues but I want to make sure I have my information correct before I post on that issue.

Please comment in favor of splitting the Gulf into zones.


Or if you have time the individual council members email addresses are , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

August 14, 2010 at 9:21am

Took a break from everything else yesterday to fish with Don Debuc, his cameraman Gary and two special guest who left Tennessee just in time to ge away from the flooding.

We only had a 4 hour window due to time constraints but we found that the fish were ready to cooperate.

The mangrove snapepr were right where they were suppose to be. We had some trouble getting them to the topo but they were hungry enough that we were actually able to stay away from the endenagered Red Snapper most of the day.

Add some shallow water groupers to the pot as well as lemon fish and we had a good day.

The situation will remain fluid as long as the well is still leaking but until and only if the oil comes our way, we will be fishing. Like everyone else, the national media attention has caused a rash of cancellations and certainly has slowed the phones down, so there are plenty of days open and baby Shelby needs some new shoes.

Reel Screamers Guide service
Grand Isle, LA

May 05, 2010 at 5:09pm


The Louisiana Charter Boat Association has been working on the crisis that we are faced with following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For those charter captains that are not currently members of the association we encourage you to join. If you ever needed a unified voice now is the time.

The Charter Boat Association is actively trying to negotiate spots at marinas on the west side of the river for any of its members that need to temporarily move to continue your business. As of this evening I have received limited offers of free and/or reduced lodging for any displaced, member captain that needs to relocate temporarily to the Grand Isle area. I challenge more to step up.

As of Monday it is anticipated that the Louisiana Charter Boat Association will join with other groups in direct talks with BP and others to negotiate on measures going forward, in hopes that the affected members of the charter fleet can get some assistance without waiting years for law suits to settle.

In the event that lawyers are needed, the Association is in talks with a few, vetted law firms to negotiate terms and reduced fees for any representation that is needed.

As long as this oil spill remains isolated to the current areas, we will continue to work to promote those areas that are not affected. There are captains, charter operations, marinas, fund raising rodeos and many others who are affected only by the negative press at this time. It would be a shame to lose a viable business to vague news accounts that invoke fear.

We in on way want to minimize the effects of what is taking place on the Louisiana coast. Critical parts of our estuary are being assaulted and that will have potential long term affects on all of us that enjoy the outdoors and the seafood that we are so well known for. Currently there are good hard working folks from Lake Pontchartrain to Lake Charles who as of now have not been affected by this incident.

Members needing to relocate or others wanting to add to the offer can contact the Association at

Daryl Carpenter
Louisiana Charter Boat Association

May 01, 2010 at 5:50pm
A comment titled: Re: Looking for Fish Skeleton in response to a report titled: Looking for Fish Skeleton

You should contact WLF, they do surveys all the time and for research, I'm sure they would provide you a few fish.

October 03, 2017 at 4:58pm

I have tried many and have settled on the Penn Fierce. I had the 4000 for the customers but as soon as I started using them, I realized that they were a little heavy to carry all day and dropped to the 3000. With the latest generation advanced lines the 3000 holds plenty of line and does an excellent job. I even have one on the offshore boat for my sabiki rig and it has held up for years of abuse. Like all reels there are good and bad. From using multiple Penn Fierce reels, I have learned a trick that extends their life for years. When you take the reel out of the box, below the spool on the front of the reel is a small plate with a small screw holding it in place. Behind this plate is an oiling port. Before the reel ever sees saltwater ,take this plate off and fill the guts of the reel with a spray white lithium grease. Do this and maintenance every once in a while and it will last for years. It will cast a mile and handle the occasional Jack when the summer brings them into the bay.

August 08, 2016 at 8:14pm
A comment titled: Re: Floating Platform Coordinates in response to a report titled: Floating Platform Coordinates

Subscribe to, if you pay a little extra and get the premium service they provide daily emails with up to date rig moves, even if it moves 1/2 a mile to tap a new well. You get coordinates and an interactive map reference.

April 16, 2016 at 6:53am
A comment titled: Re: Shark fishing Grand Isle in response to a report titled: Shark fishing Grand Isle

The sharks have been so thick on the beaches from Elmers to Fourchon, you can see them running through inches of water in the surf some days. You should have no issues getting them to bite.

September 25, 2015 at 7:34am
A comment titled: Re: Bayou Black- untold story in response to a report titled: Bayou Black- untold story

Two older Attorney General opinions that support the fishermen are Opinion # 90-418 of 8/15/1990 and Opinion # 90-557 of 12/12/1990. You can google them. One even seems to suggest to the DA that asked for the opinion that it is the AG's opinion that the land owner could face charges for illegally posting the waterway.

I have not had time to go back and look for the more recent one that I mentioned in the earlier post.

September 15, 2015 at 9:48am
A comment titled: Re: Bayou Black- untold story in response to a report titled: Bayou Black- untold story

This issue was challenged several years ago by a group known as ROWA. They lost the battle in court but following that the case was reviewed by a law professor at Tulane Law Center and it was opined that the plaintiff's counsel used the incorrect argument against the issue itself and as I recall there was some concern over the impartiality of the presiding judge. It was the opinion of the Tulane Law center that this issue could be settled in court in the favor of open access but ROWA ran out of money and it has not been challenged since.

I have spoken to the founders of ROWA in the past, they have aged and moved on to other interest but they have kept the movement alive and they are just waiting for someone to take the reins and rebuild it. I guess that people just have not gotten made enough about it to band together to raise enough money to 1) either have the legal opinion challenged or 2) lobby our legislature to change the laws as they are currently interrupted.

I for one would be happy to contribute to help fund your defense should ROWA or any other organized group make a good run at it.

I can't seem to find it at the moment but there is an attorney general opinion that may help you. Attorney General Caldwell was called on in the recent years to issue an opinion on a water theft case that involved the fracking industry in North Louisiana. As I recall the oil companies were sending vacuum trucks to roadside creeks to siphon water from the creeks to be used at the well. The Louisiana Attorney General issued an opinion (going from memory) that all waters that ebbed and flowed across all lands in the State of Louisiana belonged to the State of Louisiana and as such the oil companies were not allowed free access to the water to be used for a private purpose.

It seems to me that this AG opinion flies directly in the face of what is happening in the spillway and along our coast. Those waters ebb and flow, are capable of supporting commerce and according to the AG that qualifies them as being property of the State and its citizens.

As applies to our coastal waters and to address one posters comment about what happens to your land once it is taken over by water? My initial response is to do what I am doing - it is your responsibility to maintain your property. If you do not want it to sink into the sea then it is up to you to protect it. (just my opinion). Perhaps the larger question is now that Louisiana is preparing to spend BILLIONS of public money to rebuild sections of our coast; who is going to OWN that property? It is complicated as the law as currently written had a lot to do with the Mississippi River and allowing property built by the shifting river to remain private ownership but now man is preparing to physically build that property with money that belongs to you and I, how is it that they can allow Joe to claim ownership of that property?

I believe that this issue alone demands that our lawmakers undertake a total revamp of our riparian rights at which time we could address the navigable waters issue.

Once again, not knowing the facts of your case, should you decide to fight the legal fight, I would certainly contribute should others join in to make it a worthy effort.

September 13, 2015 at 10:29am
A comment titled: Re: Need advice for fishing grand isle in response to a report titled: Need advice for fishing grand isle

Depending on the day that you come. If it is cold, the water is low but you have a tide moving, I would not hesitate to try to culverts north of Fourchon. Flowing water tends to scour out a deep hole so there should be fish in that hole if the water is low. However IF the current is flowing too fast, you may have issues and have to get away from choke points like the culverts.

There are really 3 ponds that a lot of people fish in. There is one near the cell phone tower near Fourchon. There is one near the two old draglines that are polluting the area and then there is one closer to Elmers Island.

Beware of one thing, all but the last one mentioned has land barrons who on occasion like to exercise a contested loophole in LA. law and will claim that they own the water and the fish in it. You could get run off.

Have fun, catch a bunch.

January 29, 2015 at 8:23pm
A comment titled: Re: Need advice for fishing grand isle in response to a report titled: Need advice for fishing grand isle

Everyday is different remember that.

They are working on all three of the concrete bridges between Fourchon and Grand Isle so you most likely will not be able to fish there during the weekdays.

The two ponds that seem to be the most active are the ones they call the Snake Pit and the one called the forbidden hole. Be prepared to try it all, under a cork, plastic on the bottom and sometimes the most productive are suspended twitch baits. We have been having very low tides in the morning so be prepared to wade out into the pond looking for the drop off.

January 29, 2015 at 8:20am
A comment titled: The real truth in response to a report titled: Privatized Waters?

NOAA managed fisheries are in turmoil. That is the offshore fisheries that is managed by the federal government.

First you have to understand the issue. NOAA is not saying that we have a fish problem, they are saying we have a people problem. The recreational side of the fishery can be divided into two groups. You have the purely recreational group and then you have the Charter For Hire group. They can be separated because the Charter For Hire group operates under controlled permits and licenses.

NOAA / NMFS is still using science to estimate fish catches that is junk and frankly they have no idea how many fish are caught. One of the problems with this is that the information is months being tallied so their bad science says that months earlier the recreational sector harvested too many fish. Under the federal law, they have to stop the over harvest and you, me and everyone else has to repay any perceived over harvest making the next season even shorter.

On the Charter Boat side there are a finite number of participants and NOAA knows who they are. They could be made to report their fish catches daily as a condition of their license. Thus NMFS could have an exact count of how many fish have been caught and when.

On the purely recreational side the problem is that there is no way for them to know when you are going fishing and how many of you there are on any given day. Because of this they use statistical sampling that in my opinion leads to very high numbers and catch rates. Again this information takes months to compile from all across the Gulf and it leads to what they call UNCERTAINTY in catch effort and catch levels.

Because the Charter Boat fleet is a controlled number of people NMFS says that they know from years of data that the charter boats catch a certain percentage of the fish on the recreational side. (yes I am sampled often as a charter boat). Because Charter Boats are a finite number there is a proposal to give the Charter Fleet their historical percentage of the catch IF they agree to more detailed monitoring of what they catch so that there would be a near real time catch record. The Charter Boats would be able to catch that percentage of fish whenever they wanted and would have to stop fishing when that percentage was caught.

The purely recreational side would continue with their historical percentage however unless the purely recreational side would agree to some form of effort limitation, fish tags or some sort of better data collection or NMFS develops better science, you would still have the issue that NMFS would have no way of knowing how many people harvested fish on any given day. So the recreational season would continue to be unnecessarily shortened as they use the high estimates.

As a charter boat, I have historically been against sector separation, especially under this federal system. But know that despite what you are being told, if it comes to be, no one would be stealing anyone's fish. I am open to discuss it but do not like the idea of perpetual ownership of that share of fish.

Yes it is possible that what is known as Sector Separation could be in effect by next year. Yes under the current management system it is possible that there will be a very short recreational season for Red Snapper for next year. Should Sector Separation happen, it is possible that Charter Boats would be allowed to fish under the new regulations while Joe the Plumber would not be allowed to But if so they would only be allowed to harvest their historical percentage.

I applaud you for trying to learn more about it. Hindsight being what it is, had you, I and all of the other Associations spent the last 10 years and millions of dollars changing the law or improving the science, we may not be in this situation.

The last little bit of info is that any and all of this would be much better under a localized Regional Management system. That proposal is still alive and could be voted on should a couple of the 5 states work out some minor objections that they have. All of the fishing organizations need to make one last good push for Regional Management because if Sector Separation should come into play, it will take a large bite out of the Regional Management movement.

I am not arguing for or against, just trying to clear up some of the mis information that is being placed out there.

July 25, 2014 at 11:37am
A comment titled: Never 100% in response to a report titled: grand isle

Bayou, you have the right to have your feelings on the subject and we have to right to have ours.

See my original post on the subject. I agree with you that as part of any package that we go forward with there should be liability reform to protect the landlord. There should also be strict liability for any obstacle that these landlords are placing in and alongside canals. Cables stretching across canals, old drill pipes that are underwater on high tide, etc. They should be lit dark to daylight and strict liability for any that are not.

WHere you and I seem to differ is on the public resource issue. The running water (anything effected by water that ebbs and flows) belongs to the public. The fish, the crab and the shrimp in those waters belong to the public and the public in general has a right to pursue those creatures. My fishing license and other public resources such as federal grants spent on taking care of those fish guarantee that. If a landowner wants his land private as remarked - as it was back in the 1800 then he/she should have maintained that land as it was in the 1800s. I don't want to step on your property but I damn sure want to float on mine.

Many have intentionally tapped the public resource to stock their ponds and lakes so that they can call them private. That is and should be wrong. Once the land is populated with the public resource then it is or should be that the public has their rights.

There are several issues and angles. There is a collation that can be made with the recent levee board suits as well.

I am not that familiar with the flooded timber issue so would choose not to debate that at this time.

You have the right to disagree, I respect that. However if the masses disagree perhaps we can get it changed.

July 20, 2014 at 3:52pm
A comment titled: Not as Simple in response to a report titled: grand isle

Some courts, just as we have seen in other subjects lately have not fully agreed with the published doctrine and has set policy from the bench, thus it is not as simple as that. While laws are written in black and white, they are interrupted in shades of gray. When judges legislate from the bench, it has to either be appealed or addressed with legislation. To change this to where none of us have to worry about it again, you need to get further educated, and ban together. It is going to take money and it is going to take grass roots lobbying efforts. Using the internet to inform people helps but you have to take it further.

ROWA is possession of the research and a game plan from multiple legal scholars from across the country. They are most logical way to go. United we can take it to the next step. Get angry and get involved its time.

ROWA was formed after bass anglers were arrested for fishing flooded timber on the Mississippi River in the early 2000's their original efforts concentrated on river basins however the legal research has shown that the proper course of action would solve this for all of us. They hope to be updating their website soon with the new information and they need us to reinvigorate the effort.

July 20, 2014 at 11:25am
A comment titled: Times are a changing in response to a report titled: grand isle

This is not the only place that this is happening and it is time for a change. I believe that land owner rights should be protected and in the process of changing some of the laws we must protect the land owner from liability so that will be proposed as well. I have no problem with land owners owning lands but I have a real issue with land owners claiming ownership of the public fish, crab, shrimp, etc. If by lack of maintenance to maintain your property as it was in the 1800's or by digging access into the public asset (water) takes place then I have no issue with you owning and paying property tax on the water bottom to keep your mineral rights but you should not have ownership rights to vessels floating on the public property (water). In other places in the marsh this is exasperated by land owners who have land locked lakes that are placing culverts in the bank to have the benefit of the public property (fish) but want to claim them as their personal property once they enter the pond.

If the landowner wants to own the land and or the water on it, it should be that he has to maintain his land with solid earthen damns, you should not be able to cut or allow an access to develop into the public access and then claim it as private.

In response to a Fracking issue in North Louisiana the Louisiana Attorney General recently issued an opinion that ALL waters that ebb and flow across Louisiana lands belong to the public trust. We can possibly build on that as we go.

I have recently spoken to the folks at ROWA and we are in the process of getting it active once again only this time to include the saltwater marshes. It is time to further define the definition of Navigable Water and what can be publicly accessed. I urge each and everyone of you to consider joining ROWA at

In some places land owners are actually charging crabbers and shrimper a portion of their catch because of their claim of ownership of the water and the wildlife in it.

Navigable has historically been defined as water that ebbed and flowed and was able to support commerce. Times have changed, due to erosion, the land owners and oil companies digging canals that they did not go back and fill as they were directed to do and now you have the state and federal government spending Billions of public dollars to build Private land. It is time for a change in the law. It will be a long and drawn out debate. I'm not an attorney but I am passionate about it. Join ROWA and lets see where we can take it.

hobiewankenobi - I am the 'landowner' who owns the flooded land on Rosethorne. I pay property tax on that property. I AM NOT one of these land barrons who believes that I should be able to restrict your water access to the fish swimming over my property. Fish it all you want.

You however were not parked out of the roadway. You were blocking the road to where people had to drive across my property to get around you. I could not have pulled my boat out from under my house if I wanted to. I simply informed you that this was not a launch site. I don't care if you fish there. It was not until after I informed you that this was not a launch site and you wanted to argue with me, that is when I told you IF you wanted to push the issue, you were fishing on my property and I could use that trump card. Fish it all you want but launch at a public launch site.

In years past we have actually arrived home to find people parked under our houses using this area as a kayak launch. Dry ground can be owned, water should not be!

July 19, 2014 at 7:28am
A comment titled: Map in response to a report titled: Louisiana Offshore rig maps

The old Standard Map block chart is the old standby that everyone should have. You should know that since its publication hundreds of those platforms have been removed by order of your favorite president.

As he ventures offshore more and expands his horizons you are going to want something more detailed such as a good bathomy map. Hiltons is about the best that I have seen aside from the maps on the pay services like Ripcharts. Academy sometimes carries the Hiltons charts and they come in a large fold out map like the one pictured in a prior comment or you can get it compiled in book form.

Either or both would be appreciated I am sure.

July 16, 2014 at 6:17am
A comment titled: Where you are or what your doing? in response to a report titled: Where did all the mangroves go?

The mangroves turned on about 3 or 4 weeks ago. They are everywhere in fact my worries are more the opposite, I have never seen as many big (smart) mangroves coming over the side. Could this be population consolidation due to the overwhelming amount of vertical structure being removed from the Gulf?

You have peak and off peak feeding times but I would have to say that there was either something wrong in your presentation or there was something environmentally going on in the immediate area you were in.

Two days ago .....(picture)

July 16, 2014 at 6:04am
A comment titled: State Season in response to a report titled: State Red Snapper Season?

These things change sometimes fairly often so being on the WLF email list is about the best way to keep up with it.

Currently the Louisiana State Water season is open year round. The state reports that it will be so until their information says that you catch our historical share of the annual catch allocated by the NMFS.

The question comes in as to what is State Waters? The state has claimed out to 9 marine leagues, this is measured from the 'color reg line' on the coast. The federal government only acknowledges out to 3 miles. Every announcement that the state has put out has warned you to participate 'at your own risk' because the feds have and probably will continue to write tickets if they stop you.

July 16, 2014 at 5:37am
A comment titled: Google Maps in response to a report titled: Google Earth

I second what Capt, Paul is saying. I believe that it is that Google Earth does not properly correct their maps. I have been tagging fish lately for the WLF tagging program. I notice that when I enter the tag coord. from my GPS, those coord. show up as a different location in the marsh on the tagging website and that site is using Google maps to display where the fish were caught and/or recaptured.

I have no doubt that I am entering the coordinates correctly on the web site.

June 02, 2014 at 10:47am
A comment titled: Toot the Horn in response to a report titled: Need a good kid friendly fishing guide

We love to get the kids involved. Here's one from last week but he may not be a good example because he is a prodigy when it comes to fishing, this was his first ever red fish.

How old is the child? We usually fish one child free.

I had a 5 year old on the boat yesterday, it was challenging but he was a good kid all in all, even though I had to keep the key and the safety lanyard in my pocket once he found he could remove them. At least he was out on a boat instead of having his face buried in some video game

June 02, 2014 at 10:40am
A comment titled: TAC in response to a report titled: Red Snapper Update - Gulf Council

If they go with this or should I say under the federal system WHEN they go with this, it is common for it to work on percentages. TAC increases would be allowed as per stock assessments, minus any accountability measures that they put into place for any overages.

So if it was split 3 ways COMM/CFH/Purely Rec and say the TAC was increased by 1 million pounds, each sector or subset of a sector would get whatever percentage of that TAC had been set for them. Each group would see an increase.

The whole thing and where it makes it emotional for people is that this system works the best where there is a limited entry or restricted access. Because Comm and CFH are under limited entry, those participants individual portion would go up and their individual catch can be accurately documented. This is what the commercial guys sued for. They claimed that because the recreational sector was overfishing (no accurate count of harvest or effort) it was preventing the Gulf wide quota form going up and giving them more fish. Under the current management scheme. If separated the Purely Rec sector would see any increases as described above. However the suit (using NMFS numbers) argues that the REC sector is constantly overfishing their TAC because there is no constraint on the number of people fishing. So if it was separated the volatility would remain in the Purely Rec sector and that volatility would remain in the season dates but only for the REC sector because the other two would have conceded to more stringent management and accounting for harvest.

This is the buzz you are currently hearing about repealing 407(D) of the MSA. That provision says that if any subset of a sector over fishes a TAC then everyone fishing under that TAC must be shut down. By repealing 407(D) it will pave the way for separation and allow it to move forward with one subset not being subject to closure should another subset over fish their TAC

Mike, I am no expert in it either but because I have skin in the game so to speak I have spent countless hours educating myself on it. Mark my word that under the federal system, a sector separation proposal remains alive and well and is moving forward. While I am generally against this type of a system personally, I have no choice but to consider it because if it should come I would rather be involved in it than just taking what someone else is going to shove down my throat.

My soul tells me that the answer in order of most desirable results would be to 1) Scrap the MSA and go to sensible management 2) Revise MSA to make the feds the general oversight and give the rest to the states who do a much better job and do not spend years making a decision 3) under the current system the REC sector has to agree on some sort of a system to accurately count what they are actually harvesting.(IE: Feed the pig)

Its gonna get bumpy.

April 16, 2014 at 10:09am
A comment titled: Solutions? in response to a report titled: Red Snapper Update - Gulf Council

Just passing by the computer and will comment further when I have a chance but feel free to call me 225-937-6288 and we can discuss but from what I am quickly seeing in your post, it is not correct. Any proposed Fishery Management Plan that would treat any subset differently would be set on percentages. Again hear what I am saying. Roy Crabtree said in public comment that the commercial sector has gotten out of hand when they were allowed to get away with assigning a commodity value to 'shares' and they are working to change that. I am (by morals and not pocket book) 100% against any transferability of any 'share' of the right to access a public resource.

April 15, 2014 at 4:14pm
A comment titled: Solutions? in response to a report titled: Red Snapper Update - Gulf Council

First let me state that I got into this as a recreational fishermen and I hope that when and if I am able to retire from charter fishing I will return to a recreational fisherman. But with that said, I truly do not understand the analogy of any group stealing someone else fish. While I have generally fought against sector separation and trust me I am one of the loudest voices that the commercial sector is broken because they never should have allowed a SHARE of Red Snapper to be given a commodity value. Lets look at the numbers.

If the system were to go to a separate management plan for the CFH group, it would work like this. For the purpose of using easy numbers. If the Rec sector would have a 10 day season on a set TAC and history showed that CFH accounted for 10% of the harvest. CFH could be given a separate plan with their 10% historical catch. The pure rec TAC would drop by that 10% but it would remain a 10 day season. A separate management plan would not effect the overall outcome because the fish caught by the CFH group would not be subtracted from the new purely REC TAC. The only thing that would affect the 10 day season is what is affecting it now, either increased participation or increased harvest weight. So by the numbers the 'stealing' of fish does not exist. It could and probably would allow CFH to fish a different season because they would submit to different monitoring and that is only possible because there are a set number of CFH vessels.

Now I will state emphatically that to this point I have been against any type of separation and I will state that if it were to happen there should be a law against there being any commodity value to any 'share' and they should not be trade-able between anyone other than a central bank to where they could be made available to others if not used.

Now for solutions.

The argument is that on any given day they have no way of knowing how many purely REC people get into a boat to kill a red snapper. Louisiana says that they have a better handle on it than anyone with LACREEL and they do not need any further monitoring. But what about the rest of the states?

There is a group in Texas that is proposing a National Snapper Stamp to be added to your fishing license. Something along the lines of a duck stamp. This stamp would be a bar code tied to your license. ANYONE going snapper fishing would have to have this stamp. You would have to use something along the lines of isnapper to 'hailout' when leaving for a trip or you would not be able to catch red snapper. Prior to landing those fish (docking) you would then have to 'hail-in' using the same bar codes and enter the total number of snapper caught under each stamp for that day. With today's technology it could be almost instant information on a smart phone. This would provide in-season monitoring. The start of the season would be defined and the ending of the season would be flexible on near real time data with the closing posted when the TAC is nearly caught.

This sounds like a good idea for a Gulf Wide monitoring system. The problem is, if were officially introduced tomorrow, I don't know if it could be put in place before the April 15, 2015 deadline set by the court. Remember that they have to do an 'options' paper that has to be batted around, they have to prepare scoping that has a comment period, there are academic white papers that have to be prepared, council debate, council votes, more public comment then posting in the federal registry. That's why I hang my hat on Regional Management that has already passed most of these hurdles and is just hinging on the states agreeing on how to split the overall TAC.

Either way, we have to come together quick and present a plan or two to get us into 2015.

April 15, 2014 at 11:35am
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