States challenging emergency rule for red snapper fishing season – by Valley Morning Star

“Texas and Louisiana filed a civil lawsuit in federal court in Brownsville on Monday, challenging a federal emergency rule that without notice or hearing shortens or could do away with the 2013 recreational red snapper fishing season. The season starts June 1 in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the lawsuit, the […]

Louisiana and Texas fisheries agencies file lawsuit challenging red snapper emergency rule – by Benjamin Alexander Bloch

“In a continuing Gulf of Mexico fisheries fight to extend the federal red snapper season, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and its commission, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, joined together Monday to file a lawsuit that challenges an emergency red snapper regulation enacted by the federal fisheries service. If left in […]

Texas and Louisiana File Challenge to Block Federal Regulation That Would Shorten Red Snapper Recreational Fishing Season – by The Orange Leader

“AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, along with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, has filed a legal challenge asking a federal district court to block a proposed federal rule that would punish Texas and Louisiana by shortening the red snapper recreational fishing season in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico off the […]

Federal bill would mandate state management of red snapper by Jeremy Alford

“Members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation have introduced the Offshore Fairness Act to extend the Bayou State’s jurisdiction in the Gulf of Mexico and solidify its position on the management of the red snapper fishery. The proposal from Sen. David Vitter (R-Metairie) and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) would also apply to other coastal states stretching […]

Red snapper still have long way to go toward recovery, LSU scientist says by Todd Masson

“Anglers all across Louisiana’s fertile offshore waters report seeing more red snapper than ever in their lives, and they want increased access to them. That’s why anglers have applauded the state’s decision to buck federal regulations and open a state-specific season in disputed waters off the coast. But what anglers can’t see through the clouds […]

Drift-line for more and bigger snapper by John E. Phillips

“If you learn to fish the drift-line technique of presenting a bait slowly and gently to red snapper, you can catch more of them on every trip, Orange Beach’s Jack Wilhite said. But when drift-lining cigar minnows off the stern of the boat, the current can cause baits not to get down to the depth […]

More techniques for catching big Red Snapper by John E. Phillips

“• Big baits for big snapper Capt. Art Jones of Orange Beach, Ala., said he double-hooks a big bait like a mackerel fillet that is 6 to 8 inches long and 3 to 4 inches wide. “I’ve found that bigger baits produce bigger red snapper,” Jones said. “A bigger, tougher bait like mackerel will give […]

Possession is 9/10ths of The Red Snapper Law by WGNO, New Orleans, Louisiana

Below is an excerpt from this article: Possession is nine/tenths of the law” goes the old adage which is usually invoked to claim ownership of a Super Bowl 43, Drew Brees jersey your drunk friend thinks he left at your house after your last Saints loss on Monday night football. But the adage is now […]

Federal agents write warning, order anglers to throw dead red snapper back – by Todd Masson

“As promised, federal agents are patrolling Louisiana’s offshore waters, armed with ballpoint pens to write stern warnings to any anglers who catch what state officials say are legal red snapper. Venice angler Jason McCrossen ran across enforcement officers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration while fishing red snapper in the West Delta blocks on […]

Red snapper thick for anglers looking to take advantage of state fishing season by Andy Canulette

“In the days leading up to the red snapper season, there was much discussion about the abundance of the species and why federal agencies would shorten an already-stunted season in federal waters. Now that the state season has arrived, it seems that offshore anglers hit the nail on the proverbial head: By almost all accounts, […]

Wildlife & Fisheries secretary can now sue federal government over red-snapper regs

This article by Todd Masson shares the latest info on the longstanding battle between the federal government and the state of Louisiana over management of red snapper stocks off the state’s coast. This battle is the direct result of the federal government cutting down the red snapper season off the Louisiana coast to nine days. […]

Senate bill would halt commercial red-snapper harvest off Louisiana coast

“Just a week after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cut the federal red snapper season off Louisiana’s coast down to nine days, Sen. Bret Allain (R-Franklin) has filed a bill that would prohibit the harvest, sale or transportation for sale of red snapper in Louisiana. “If NOAA Fisheries believes the situation in Louisiana is […]

Fisheries bills to be debated

A number of high profile fisheries bills will be debated on Monday. One of the most substantial issues has been the state’s efforts to take over management of its own red snapper fishery. The federal government has been decreasing Louisiana’s red snapper season over the years going, for example, from 194 days in 2004 to […]