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The Louisiana State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries bucked federal fish managers by opening a year long season. For those of you who don’t know, Red Snapper season is a contentious, and as of this moment, a convoluted bureaucratic mess.The good news is: the La. Charter Boat Association has been working hard to protect your fishing rights. The lawsuit and judges orders in Alabama have severely affected our summertime season. There will be a meeting in Baton Rouge where the gulf council will hear public opinion on 2014’s snapper season.

As of now, they’re proposing an 11 day recreational season. We all know with the snapper population is out there, but the science — however flawed it is — says otherwise. There is a very good chance that there will be no snapper season next year. Please support your Louisiana charterboat Association, it seems that CCA is sitting on the sidelines while we fight this fight. If CCA cares to join in or comment on this issue, please feel free.

LADWF have announced licensed anglers may harvest red snapper in state waters any day of the week through the end of the year or until Secretary Robert Barham closes the fishery. Prior to this announcement, the season had only been open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Bag and possession limits remain the same: two fish per person at a 16-inch-minimum length.

Where exactly anglers can fish during Louisiana’s red-snapper season is a matter of dispute. The state claims waters out to three marine leagues, or 10.35 miles, the same distance the federal government recognizes to be state waters for Texas and the west coast of Florida.

However, off the Louisiana coast, the federal government says state waters extend only three miles out. Normally, federal waters are patrolled by state fisheries agents, but those agents have not been issuing citations for anglers harvesting red snapper within the three-marine-league zone.

So the federal government has directed the U.S. Coast Guard to intercept anglers fishing in the disputed waters, and some of those anglers — who are well within their rights, according to the state of Louisiana — have been ticketed.

Everyone in South Louisiana enjoys red snapper. We enjoy taking customers fishing for snapper, too.

There’s plenty of fish in the sea. Plenty species, even, more so than just red snapper. But, this is an important species for our sport and for our dinner tables. We’ll keep you posted on developments as they arise. Thanks for keeping with us.


You saw it on the drawing board, and you saw it at the Miami Boat Show. It caught your eye riding on the Interstate from Florida to Louisiana, and this week ahead, … it makes its debut as the newest Freeman in our fleet of Freeman’s at The Mexican Gulf Fishing Company — a 42 foot Freeman Boatworks masterpiece.

That’s right — the f/v Wild Bill is ready for charters from Venice, Louisiana.

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Offshore Venice — is off to a good start in 2017. We’re seeing monster yellowfin tuna, plenty of blackfin tuna, wahoo of great size, and temps (water and air) that you just won’t believe.

“It’s been wild,” says Captain Wade Wells. “We’re seeing really nice temps making for some nice warm days. It’s bringing in the fish, too,” said Wade.

Captain Jordan Ellis agrees. “I’ve put customers on yellowfin and wahoo and we’re surprised at the size of both species. The ambient temps are great, and the water temps running a bit higher than normal too. It’s been a fun start to the new year. Looks to me like Spring is gonna be awesome.”

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Justin Rackley, known as Lakeforkguy, creates fishing videos on youtube and other social platforms. Lakeforkguy travels to freshwater and saltwater fishing spots to explore new fish species and fishing techniques to show as many fishing places as possible and help viewers catch more fish, and recently he wanted to make a yellowfin tuna video.

In this video, he fished with MGFC out of Venice Marina. They targeted yellowfin tuna and swordfish, and got what they came for. View this yellowfin tuna video, and see what a day of offshore fishing is like when you fish with MGFC.

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