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At the funeral of an old friend

John Walther/joincca.org

As if the never-ending red snapper controversy isn’t enough for Gulf of Mexico recreational fishermen, another storm is raging in the waters off four of the five Gulf States. Because Louisiana is in the eye of this storm, the aftermath could leave the “Sportsman’s Paradise”

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Red Snapper Sector Separation Conflict

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Well, the public hearings on Reef Fish Amendment 40 are over. Now the issue of further dividing red snapper swimming in the Gulf of Mexico will be left to the 17 voters on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. From the Aug. 18 meeting

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It’s been a great July in Louisiana

Jim Timmin

July is gone, and that means Louisiana big-time saltwater fishing rodeos are in the rearview mirror for another year. Don’t take that to mean fishing competition is over. Not so. Ahead in August is the increasingly popular Ride the Bull, a paddlecraft-only event out of

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Recreational fishermen need to attend Amendment 40 public hearings

Jay Kalish with a nice Red Snapper

Time for anglers to have their say on Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management  August 4 is a day when recreational fishermen who call the Gulf of Mexico their home water should stay on the beach and draw a line in the sand. Then dare the

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Words, not deeds, for Gulf red snapper anglers

Courtesy of NOAA.gov

We celebrated our country’s 238th birthday recently, and if there’s one extraordinarily positive point we should remember from that memorial it’s that our founding fathers backed up their words with actions. We have more than enough information from the Continental Congress to know there were

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Louisiana Tournaments and a Revitalized Port Eads

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.com

This week was too grand to let all the hubbub surrounding the red snapper issue bring down Louisiana’s fishermen. The annual Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo opens the Memorial Day Weekend. This most unique format brings the top trout anglers along our Central Coast to

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The decision has been made, but we don’t have to like it

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OK, so the decision has been made. Gulf of Mexico recreational fishermen will get a nine-day red snapper season – June 1 through June 9 – when they head out into federal waters. Yeah, the decision is over, but the shouting isn’t, not when Louisiana’s

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Slowly but surely Gulf fishing’s thawing out

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It’s hardly big news to our Yankee brethren that we’ve come through a long, hard winter. For us Southerners, any prolonged period of battling bone-chilling cold with several snow, sleet and ice attacks is more than a long, hard winter. Come on now, the folks

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Frustration!

Courtesy NOAA.gov

Early close to gray triggerfish season makes life tough for Gulf of Mexico fishermen The gray triggerfish season is closing May 1 for recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico. Who’d ever thunk it? Not too many years ago, gray triggerfish were as plentiful as

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Sad spring for Louisiana anglers

Courtesy of NOAA.gov

The prospect of an 11 day red snapper season does little to uplift anglers It’s been cold in Louisiana. A mid-April, 36-degree morning is more welcoming for a duck hunt than searching for that hot redfish spot or finding a bed of giant bluegill for

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