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SPECIAL REPORT: Recreational fishing has now been closed in some inshore west of the Mississippi River, expanding the closures in reaction to the westward movement of oil from the wrecked Deepwater Horizon rig.
Inshore waters west of the river now closed are:
• Inshore waters north of the inside/outside shrimp line from the eastern shore of the Empire Canal at 89 degrees 36 minutes 19.9 seconds west longitude eastward to the Mississippi River.
• Inshore waters south of 29 degrees 13 minutes 12 seconds north latitude from the western shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to the western shore of Oyster Bayou at 91 degrees 07 minutes 53 seconds west longitude.
This closure includes all of the inshore waters southeast of Empire, along with the southern half of Timbalier and Terrebonne bays. [ Read Full Post ]
At this hour, crude oil continues to pour into the fish-rich waters of the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of 210,000 gallons a day as hope fades to contain the gushing wellhead.
Neglecting to call their efforts a failure, British Petroleum spokesman Doug Suttles says that icelike crystals or hydrates have accumulated inside their containment box rendering their hope for stemming the giant spill useless.
"We did anticipate hydrates being a problem, but not this significant," Suttles told reporters. [ Read Full Post ]
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As work crews race to lower a 100-ton containment dome that will hopefully cut off the flow of oil caused by the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, fishing guides in the region report that those areas unaffected by the spill are yielding some of the best fishing of the season. Mike Lane on RodnReel.com reports: [ Read Full Post ]
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May 4, 5 p.m. EST---Some charter boat captains in the Gulf of Mexico went back to work today, fishing the waters west of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
"The Gulf is alive and well," Devlin Roussel told me this afternoon while on his way in from an offshore charter. "We had one yellow and lots of blacks. Yellows were busting all over, but eating tiny bait and didn't want what we had. A great day, though." [ Read Full Post ]
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It will take years until the devastation of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill is completely determined, but the short-term effects are already being felt throughout the region's commercial and recreational fishing industry. In Venice, Louisiana, nearly wiped out by Hurricane Katrina, fishing boats are now ordered to remain at the docks. Our friends at Louisiana Sportsman magazine report: [ Read Full Post ]
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While it can be accurately stated that all caviar is comprised of fish eggs, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all fish eggs make caviar.
Just ask the Aaron family of Heber Springs, Ark.
Earlier this month, brothers Darwin and Russell Aaron were spearfishing at Greers Ferry Lake where they landed a longnosed gar, a prehistoric looking rough fish with a pointed snout and a mouthful of sharp teeth. They took the fish home and decided to see how it measured up as table fare. [ Read Full Post ]
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When you tuna fish the offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, talk inevitably turns to the escape pods which hang precariously off the sides of the rigs.
"Dude? It's just got to hurt when that thing hits the water," I recall saying to Captain Devlin Roussel the first time I laid eyes on a pod. "Although I'm guessing that if you need to use one of 'em, you probably don't much care—you just want out!" [ Read Full Post ]