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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.

September 21, 2010 at 8:28pm

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.

September 02, 2010 at 11:06pm

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?????

June 11, 2010 at 11:53pm

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???????

May 31, 2010 at 2:24pm

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.

May 30, 2010 at 11:37am

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.

May 14, 2010 at 2:49am

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.

April 17, 2010 at 9:42pm

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.

February 20, 2010 at 4:00am

Here are the pics you are looking for Sscuba Steve. Maybe this will help.

January 27, 2010 at 9:06pm

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.

January 27, 2010 at 1:59am
A comment titled: 0.223 in response to a report titled: Best guns for Youths

I agree with switzersfab. we've had an H&R .223 for 6 seasons now. my boy got it when he was six, and after lots of practice he kill a 7pt 60yds, and an 8pt, 225 yds. hit one shoulder and they drop. total of 4 people have killed around 15 deer with 1 lose believed to be gut shot. not much of a blood trail, but when you turn their lungs into jello you don't need one. two have run farther than 10yds. one run about 50, shot with barnes 53 grain at 225 yds. recommend Federal loaded nosler partition, 60 grain. Daughter shoots the .223 now and has been since age six, when she killed a 5pt, and an 8pt at 225 yds. i recommend you build an adjustable gun rest for them, ear plugs, and let them dry fire some also. we used a riggid jack stand. we have two .243, one of which is an H&R, that are about to find another home. they kill deer with proper shot placement, but in my opinion are not as devistating internally as the .223. changing the wife and boy to 7mm-08 next year. reduced ammo should be noe more recoil than .243. just got wife a ss marlin bolt action 7mm 08 for $350. it shoots sub 1'' at 100yds. they come in youth model also. 5yr old - .223

February 03, 2012 at 5:23pm
A comment titled: Preperation is everything in response to a report titled: Youth firearms

I have an 8 yr old girl and 10 yr old boy who together have killed around 15 deer in the last 4 seasons. We have an H&R .223, H&R .243,i shoot .270, and wife shoots a ruger .243. Thing is, i can't wait to get rid of the .243's all together. I am as woodsy as they get, and 50% of the time a kid or the wife shoots with .243, we end up getting my tracking dog to finish the job. It is a good deer rifle, but isn't the best in my opinion. I am also a Taxidermist, and see plenty of deer shot with everything. we have had far better results with the .223 in federal premium Nosler Partition 60 grain. through the lungs, and 90% of the time you will see the deer fall. We hunt in pine thickets, so performance is crucial. people down talk a .223, but it is proven and used by the military in war. just have to get the right bullet for deer. both my kids killed 8pts at over 200yds with that gun and bullet. the rest of the bullets will not perform as well. barnes is ok and will pass through, but will not have the same efect internally. The damage it does internally is more than the .243 in my opinion. I process my own deer, and get more good meat out of .243 shot deer. .243=loud bang and deer runs. .223 sounds like a pop gun=deer either dropping or stumbling a few yrds and falling. we did have one run about 40yds. none of the others made it over 20. At your kids age and from the sound though, a youth model 7mm -08 with a good recoil pad may be another option. Bad to scare them early though. whatever you decide on the gun, do this. get them a good mobile shooting rest. I built ours. saw one on Cabela's web sight the other day for $99. three legged, fully adjustable, and gun will adjust up, down, then the kids adjust left and right. also make them wear hearing protection while shooting. I allow mine to dry fire the trigger a few times before they shoot, to get them squeezing smooth. also cut deer siluettes out of card board and let them shoot them on that rest practicing at 100yds. I normally get the resting gun on the deer vertical, and let them get right horizontal, before shooting. last, don't scatter your bait for kids, pour it in a line going straight away from you, if you hunt bait. so the deer will be still long enough. rice bran and corn mixed will make them stand still. Good luck with your kids.

July 24, 2011 at 6:12pm
A comment titled: less than vermillion in response to a report titled: Offshore Fishing

West delta and GI blocks should be good for lemon, mangroves, and Aj's. 35-50 miles for good aj's. 65 or farther for tuna. general direction south southeast from Grand Isle. shoot me an email for some coordinates. good luck

May 19, 2011 at 1:14am
A comment titled: comment in response to a report titled: Proposed gag grouper regs; your chance to comment

I don't think our comments are considered. If they were, Red Snapper would have turned out different. We now get penalized for having more and bigger fish.

April 29, 2011 at 6:45pm
A comment titled: Sickening. in response to a report titled: snapper fishing

As you think it may get better, it gets more ridiculous. The thing is these fat cats got to eat, and I wonder who they think feeds them. I think I will sell my boat after this season. May as well if I am only allowed one species per trip. I don't really think It makes the charter trip look more attractive either. It will soon be easier to ask what can I keep, rather than what can't I keep.

April 29, 2011 at 6:39pm
A comment titled: NO Closures in response to a report titled: Amberjack Closure

For someone who only gets to fish in the gulf three or four times a year, and can't choose when it is for sure a slap in the face. I simpathize with the one's making a living out there also. If I were chartering a trip in July, I would want the possibility to keep anything. Everyone knows what the NMFS is trying to do. Someone had a stupid Idea, and everybody runs with it. From my research, this Idea of spreading out the fish seasons, is coming from sectors of the charter industry who think spreading it out will lead to more chartered trips. I know it is not South LA either. The commitee's and organizations are getting out of hand. They are very rapidly causing the tailspin of our country by micromanaging everything. before too long we won't be able to fish anyway because of fuel prices. Someone needs to get it into these peoples heads, that if they want to help there businesses, go to work on lowering fuel costs. I would fish twice as much if fuel were half as much. Look at corn prices which has doubled in six months. When are these Idiots ever going to stop hammering us. Our government is doing a terrible job. In reality I know it will not change, because our fishing doe's not matter to them. What does is our working and paying Taxes. I think I am going to Shell Beach to fish off the bank.

February 10, 2011 at 6:43pm
A comment titled: Opinion in response to a report titled: What kind of duck is this

Mottled ducks in our parts tend to travel in pairs of drake and hen. I have been in on several killings. The drake has a yellowish olive bill with the same black color pattern as a green head. The hen has a orangish olive color with a similar black spotted patern as a mallard hen in the center part of the bill. The black duck has a more purplish wing than the teal coloring as the mottled duck has. several years ago I killed what is no doubt a hybrid mallard drake and widgoen. I have him on my wall. your duck is darker than a normal mottled duck, but judging from the teal wing coloration and the color PATTERN on the bill, half your hybrid is a Mottled Hen. I believe the other half is widgeon. this would explain the grayness in the bill color. The light coloration in the kneck is puzzling, but is the same pattern of the iridescent blue/green/white in a widgeon. also I think the iridescent on top the head and the darker detailed feathers under the breast may have that mohogany sheen. I have killed several pintail/mallard crosses, and they often come out carrying different traits. My wifes first duck was killed this year and it was a mottled drake.

January 19, 2011 at 10:42pm
A comment titled: age? in response to a report titled: How old ya think?

He is old enough to make me get out of the bed at 4:30 in the morning.

October 11, 2010 at 10:13pm
A comment titled: A little advice. in response to a report titled: Questions from a new hunter?

I am 32, been deer killing since 15, 80 some odd deer. Your gun is as good as it gets. make sure you have a decent scope, as affordable. I like the bushnell ellites. You can use the 150 grain, but I will recommend shooting 130 grain in 270, as it simply works better on whitetail deer. That is what I have shot for years. I shoot winchester supreme ballistic tips, because my gun shoots them in the same hole @ 100 yds. use any 130 grain your gun shoots well, even cheap ones will be fine. sight your gun in 2 1/2 high at 100 and you should be good out to 300. Study and know at any given position the deer are standing what your shot is. Imagine your bullets either coming out in the opposite shoulder or just behind it and you will be eating deer steak that night instead of tracking a deer. If that 130 hits either shoulder it will fall. practice the distances you plan on hunting. this late in the year, I would probably just pour some corn and rice bran out. maybe find you a spot for a food plot possibility for next year. Deer love the cut overs. They tend to travel the edges, edges of big timber and cutover, edges where pines meet hardwoods, and ridges in cutovers. They are curios and take it from a taxidermist, some of the biggest buck are killed in 1-3 year cutovers. I like to simply hunt where I can see the farthest, weather it be a logging road or pipeline. The more land you can watch the better your chances. Look at the pictures on here. Bucks love rice bran and hot Doe's. scent may help around Thanksgiving. Only call I have ever killed a buck with was the Bleat in heat Can, but don't go crazy with that. make as little commotion as possible in your area. Good luck.

October 11, 2010 at 10:07pm
A comment titled: Nice in response to a report titled: 'REEL LIFE' Fishing

Nice catch Capt. Tommy. looks like you had a happy crew, and some tired fish dressers.

October 11, 2010 at 9:43pm
A comment titled: Best Bullet in response to a report titled: 223 bullet choice

Any bullet will kill, but you want a proven deer round when hunting deer with 223. I have skinned 10 deer killed with a youth model H@R 223. Shot a lot of brand bullets through the gun. Save your self some money, time tracking deer, use Federal Premium 60 grain nosler partition. hard to find, but you can have them ordered. Barns 53 grain does ok, but was more impressed with the partition. Internal devistation is unreal. may or may not have a blood trail, but should not need it. One ran 45 yds, none of the rest ran over 20, most fell.

October 11, 2010 at 9:38pm
A comment titled: Nice in response to a report titled: Tuna Fishing Venice

nice fish. that is awesome!!

October 10, 2010 at 7:34pm
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Tuna fishing green canyon

Thanks for the report and info.

October 10, 2010 at 7:33pm
A comment titled: can't wait in response to a report titled: Snapper in October

should be headed to that area the 22nd. Hopefully we ain't got to go to Marco to find a tuna though. That would be doable but pushing it in my boat.

October 10, 2010 at 6:56pm
A comment titled: Coordinates in response to a report titled: Tuna fishing green canyon

Do you have the Gps reading for any of tose rigs. Or at least where they are from Brutus or Bullwinkle. I have those.

October 10, 2010 at 5:26pm
A comment titled: Snappers in response to a report titled: Snapper in October

Nice!! Thanks for the report, as it looks like they are few. Plan on going in a couple of weeks.

October 10, 2010 at 5:11pm
A comment titled: Tuna in response to a report titled: If you had TOO

Don't know, but give us a report when you get back or shoot me an email one. plan on running out of Grand Isle in two weeks. If I knew I would tell you, probably floaters right now.

October 08, 2010 at 10:41pm
A comment titled: wrapping fish in response to a report titled: Taxidermy Question

Chris is right on. The only thing I might add is once you get it in the bag, a good way to get all the air out is start at the mouth with tape and go round and round till you get past the tail. I usually fold cardboard over the tail before the plastic bag to help protect it and just run the tape out over the cardboard. Best to get to the taxidermist as soon as you have the down payment.

September 20, 2010 at 12:55pm
A comment titled: preserve in response to a report titled: Tanning Question

the point of no return is when the hair slips. salt helps to keep from spoiling, but is not a long term preserative. with salt alone, the hide will eventually deteriate. if the hair is not loose, (can pull out easily), then you may can finish fleshing, wash good in Borax and Lysol, to remove the smell, towel dry, rub borax, stretch out on a board. I asume you want to stretch it out. Borax is a dry preserve, not a true tan, but will work for what you are doing. it will not be soft. stretch it on the wall, and put a deer skull in the middle for a really cool look.

September 19, 2010 at 10:48am
A comment titled: opinion in response to a report titled: Ballistic's

I can't speak for the Govt bullet, But will for the Hornady loads. Just got mine last year and set it up as Hornady recommends shooting the lever revelution ammo. I believe it is 2 1/2 or 3 inches high at 100 yds is back on at 200 yds. I think it is on the ammo package. Anyway it is correct and works. very accurate ammo holding 1'' group in H&R handi-rifle @ 100 yds. Shot one deer with it last year, behind the shoulder at 175 yds. dropped him right there. 190 lb deer.

September 04, 2010 at 2:02am
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