NOAA has made it official that we will have a fall Red Snapper season starting in Oct Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for eight weeks. They also are posting that they are looking at the area west of the Mississippi Delta as a priority to open by then.
Looks Like NOAA opened some more waters some time today. From just south of the Chandeleur Islands to the North, from LA coast all the way to Florida's coast. The Good stuff never makes the news.
We managed to find a place to keep our boat at Bay View Marina on Cypremort Point and salvged our fishing trip. We only got to fish Sunday due to high winds, but it paid off. The 4 hour boat ride in a rough, shallow water chop was worth the wait. We made only three stops. one for the ladies to use the pottie, one for a seven person limit of King Mackerel, and one for a seven person limit of average 10 pound snapper. last stop was 96 feet deep and we had traveled 76 miles one way. we released only two 7 pound snapper to get our other ten pounders. no under size fish were caught all day. I saw on the news today were diving scientists are saying they are seeing less and less bait fish around the rigs due to the oil. Ya'll don't think these big red things could have something to do with that do ya?????
Does anybody know of a place to stay, West of the oil, that could accomidate six people for three nights, a 26 foot boat, were we could run offshore this weekend???????
I got this e-mail from a friend of mine, who works on a drill ship in the Gulf.
(Obama shut us down in the deepwater. We where in the middle of drilling a well, until Thursday we recieved a call to shut it down and go into shallow water. Coming out of the hole now dropping 5 cement plugs and a cap. Who knows what going to happen next? Get ready for some high gas prices at the pump. He decided to leave the production platforms in operation for a while, so the prices at the pump may not change to much. But he is killing the South, unemployment is about to skyrocket. As far as we know right now we are good for 2 more months and maybe overseas after that. But the company said if they have to go overseas they aren't coming back to the gulf. All the rigs are headed to shallow water so you want have very far to go out to fish.)
I was affraid of this. I hate the spill as much as anybody, but this could be a big mistake.
First off I haven't posted since the accident, so I want to say that my deepest prayers go out to everyone effected by the tragedy, especially the eleven families that lost the most.
I planned on fishing offshore out of venice June 5th and 6th, but managed to get a cancelled room at bridgeside, on grand isle thinking this would be farther to the west. I know a lot can change in the next three weeks. Just wondering as of now what it looks like south-southwest of Grand Isle as far as oil. looking at NOAA current closure, there is still some possible fishing in that area for Snapper some forty miles. weather pemitting would be able to go to floaters as well. However, never been to floaters and going to have three women aboard, Two of which have never been offshore. I promissed my wife I would put her on some fish before she started back to college this fall. anybody got any helpfull information.
Going to be going to venice, and hopefully making the run offshore the first weekend in June. This will be my first trip from there and we will be fishing out of Venice Marina. I have a very capable twin engine boat, good equipment, and plenty of fuel capacity. May even run out to the floaters if need be. I am NOT looking for advice on fishing spots, techniques, or anything like that, and will only be fishing the Gulf 3-5 times a year. What I am wanting to do is make as many friends as possible. Wouldn't mind buddying up and staying in radio contact with someone. We normally fish out of Grand Isle. Just wonder if anybody going to be running offshore from Venice around that time. Also want any helpfull info on radio channels that the guys in the area use and any helpfull info on running down the river. I'm always willing to help anybody any way possible. Again, not looking to follow anybody or anything like that, and not looking for fishingspots. I think we all no where the fish are. Just looking to have a good time and make new friends. By the way, I am not a charter captain, CaptSmith is just a nickname.
Myself and a group of buddies weathered a snow storm last friday, the 12th, to fish out of grande isle and try for some tuna or wahoo. I recently purchased a 2655 pursuit and could not wait till summer to try her out. Saturday morning was rough to say the least, but as the day progressed the seas calmed a little. We did not see another fishing boat all day. We tried chunking for a while, and only caught some bonita and shark. we did catch some grouper on bottom that got safely returned. After a few hours of no show tuna we decided to run in a ways and try to put something legal in the fish box. This was my first winter trip, and to be honest I did not know what to expect. Figured we would try for some mangroves or something. What we did discover is that the endangered red snapper is not so endangered. Or maybe they just come out in the cold fronts. Big legal size snapper were on every structure from 100' to 300', from 30' under the boat to bottom. We tried fishing high in the water as to catch mangrove, but got run away from every stop because of guilt of disturbing the red snapper. We tried to avoid them and could not. We even caught one huge one on a slab of bonita and a cable intended for a shark. All in all in two days of fishing we only caught two red snapper under legal size limit. We did safely vent and release all red snappers caught. Sunday was smooth and there was a few boats trying tuna and heading North by mid day. I'm presuming that is a bad thing. We did the same, but did manage to save the trip with a few nice AJ's. Being I am in North Louisiana I can not make very many of the fisheries meetings down South, but i will try to support anything having to do with righting the wrongs of our fishing industry.
I'm only 31, But I have been involved in a lot of fishing. Fresh water commercial and recreational for all species. Saltwater commercial and recreational. Dad owned Shrimp boats, and i run them and oystered in the winter time. For years I have seen bickering back and forth between commercial and recreational fishermen. The whole time I believe there are people laughing at us forcing more regulations down our thoats. I differ from that because I have experienced both sides of the fisheries. I fish for fun now, but I feed my family with what the Good Lord blesses me with. I do believe in conservation, but I also believe in proper management and balance. When will it ever stop. My guess is not with the Grouper regs. There is a thing called natural selection. when you increase habitat, and decrease allowable take, popullations soar. When this happens these fish are eating each other and in an economic down swing that is a whole lot of waste. I also believe that if you had an island with 10 people on it, 8 of which were to govern and 2 which were to gather food for the rest, some would starve to death. This being natural selection also. I believe our country is starting to see the point were it is not feeding itself. Someone has to grow and gather some food. I hope some are getting the picture here. With all these fish at hand Grand Isle looked like a ghost town. We spent two days and three nights at the island. We spent just over $1800 on a do it yourself trip, not including boat, rods, and tackle. We would go more if the limits were more reasonable. Not liberal, just reasonable. This translates into huge economic oportunity that is wasted. I think this garbage is just big government trying to justify there meaningless jobs. I know some are needed, but a lot are not. Obviously they have not got out from behind there desk and went fishing, or it would make them as sick as it makes me. This is not coming from a charter captain or commercial fisherman who is trying to keep his job, which is becoming more and more limited. This is from a concerned American Angler who is NOT a seasoned offshore angler. OK I'm done. We did have fun, but we are still hungry from lack of fillets.
Here are the pics you are looking for Sscuba Steve. Maybe this will help.
I have only fished out of the Grande Isle area a few times, but will probably start more often due to purchase of new boat. I am trying to find out where I can find some fresh pogies down in that area by 100 lb box. Also looking to find gas station down in that area or just north of there that has non-ethonal gas. Any helpfull info would be greatly appreciated.