The Louisiana Charter Boat Assoc. kicks off Advertising Campaign
The Louisiana Charter Boat Assoc. (LCBA) has begun a nationwide advertising campaign that will target online advertising and radio spots across the US. This advertising campaign is the result of securing Federal EDA grant funds in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.
As a part of these advertising campaigns Charter Captains from across the state will be allowed to post reports, blog, post photos, write articles and participate in live radio spots to advertise our industry and themselves personally to bring more customers to our businesses and coastal Louisiana. We will also be unveiling very soon a new promotional only site for member captains at www.louisianasaltwater.com
To find out more about these advertising opportunities you will need to coordinate through the LCBA and/or the W.L. Gaienne Co. to get the details and the website procedures.
Because these funds were secured through public agencies, these advertising opportunities will be open to all licensed Charter Captains across the state. The LCBA has worked tirelessly to secure these funds and within the framework given, we are working to make it the best program possible.
The LCBA has additional opportunities coming for its membership. The Association has entered the final approval process on a Cooperative Agreement for effort sampling. Once approved this agreement will allow our captains to participate in the sampling program by filling out information sheets on their charter trips and be paid for doing so. The final paperwork is still in the works but the scope of the grant is to sample where fishing efforts are concentrated for the department to analyze where future artificial reefs would be most beneficial. If approved in its current format, members could be expected to be paid $100.00 for inshore trip reports and $200.00 for offshore trip reports.
The LCBA is the statewide trade association tasked with promoting and protecting the Charter For Hire Industry and our resources, in the state of Louisiana. Membership cost $100.00 a year.
Tuna back in Venice
Capt. Jerry Allen
Venice, LA USA
We just finished up a few trips after the last blow we had, and I'm happy to report the Tuna fishing is still CRAZY good.
The first day back on the water was a little tough to get dialed back in due to the fact that the Tuna changed the pattern they had been in for the last several weeks. They had been in on the shelf, but with about a zillion sharks on those rigs I guess the Tuna decided to push on to deeper water. We finally figured out they had really pushed pretty far out, but when we found them there were still plenty of them to go around. Live bait continues to be sketchy at best,so we're still trying to get live Poggies because the Tuna seem to really like them..... that is when we can find them. Somedays, we get one net full and we're gone, on other days, it's 1 hour of throwing the net and 4 Poggs in the live well. The good news is that the Tuna seem to really like red meat. The last day was the best day we had as we wound up with 12 Yellows
in the ice hole, and all but a handfull were taken chunking with red meat while the others fell for poppers.
I really lucked out with the last two crews. Both brought so much gear that I just took all mine off the boat. I felt like a kid in a candy store with all of this high dollar gear on the boat. Some of the reels I still don't know how to pronounce the name of, but really cool. What's even better is that they all knew how to use it. I pretty much kicked back and watched. The crew never stopped working. Jigging, popping, chunking, and live baiting, and several times all of this was going on at the same time!!! CRAZY!!
The Marlin are still trying to steal the show. Several were caught, and again, I feel like the only one that didn't get the visit from the man in the blue suit. Capt Lee had two... in the same day!? Capt Eddy had one that they did the Palm Beach release on, and Capt Will Wall had about a 300lb one that I'm sure you'll be seeing pics of as he said he had about a 10 minute photo shoot with the fish.
If you have the itch, load up and get to Venice.
Fishing in Hopedale
CAPT GENE DUGAS
RATHER BE FISHIG ADVENTURES
We were very glad we did't cancel because of the poor weather forecast! It turned out to be
beautiful day with great fishing. I had Mike and Gary back again and Mike’s helper Danny. This was the first time fishing for Danny and what first day it was.
With the winds down and the tide coming in it did not take long for the corks to go down and the trout to come up. The biteing was not fast, but steady and nice sized fish. Danny caught on after a little while after watching Mike and Gary just steady flipping them in he started doing the same. Box full of good trout along with Danny’s bull redfish.
Gulf Coast Sport Fishing Industry Sees Increase in Catches of Popular Fish
A major Gulf Coast industry and economic driver, sport fishing was buoyed last year by an increase in harvest of the most popular fish species among recreational anglers. Red drum, spotted seatrout, sheepshead and red snapper account for more than half of the region’s recreational harvest each year. The 2011 harvest by weight for these species exceeded the 2005–2009 average by 28 percent, and was the highest since 2005, according to the preliminary data published by the NOAA Fisheries Services. Saltwater sport fishing along the Gulf Coast delivers more than $8 billion in economic output for the region each year and supports some 82,000 jobs, according to the American Sportfishing Association. Approximately 3.6 million people spend more than 42.5 million days on the water each year in the Gulf, making it one of the most popular sport fishing destinations in the U.S.