Venice Red Snapper Trip 2018

A Wounded War Heroes Red Snapper Fishing trip was held December 15th and 16th 2018 in Venice, Louisiana.

Posted: December 16, 2018

A Wounded War Heroes Red Snapper Fishing trip was held December 15th and 16th in Venice, Louisiana.  The hosts were Charlie Caplinger, Addie Caplinger, David Cresson, Beck Hebee, Robert Perez, and Cory May.  The WWH Alumni where Mike Edds, Todd Abshire, Richard Patterson, Jacob Mendow, Carlos Urbina, Josh Droddy, Tanya Whitney, Bob Whitney, Dustin Mince, and Shawn Wagner.

What happens at the end of red snapper season when there’s still 5,911 pounds of red snapper left from reaching the state quota of 743,000 pounds for recreational fishing? This…

For the first time in Louisiana's history, the Gov. John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries(LDWF) and the Louisiana Dept. of Veterans Affairs(LDVA) teamed up to create a special permit that allows disabled veterans to catch the remaining quota in state waters. The non-profit org. Wounded War Heroes was chosen to head up the mission.

The Coastal Conservation Association(CCA) teamed up with the Wounded War Heroes(WWH) to allow disabled veterans the chance to catch the remaining fish. We had 6 disabled veterans on Mr. Charlie's boat,” The Rebellious.”  Mr. David Cresson (CCA Louisiana director), Ms. Addie Caplinger, and our awesome deckhand, Mr. Beck Heebe were on board to help as crewman.

The crew got the chance to see, firsthand, what Wounded War Heroes does for our disabled veterans. It was the first time at a WWH event for one of our veterans; Todd Abshire. He had never been offshore fishing. I've known this disabled veteran for several years now, and to watch him interacting with others, being at peace on the water, and seeing him sleep like a baby at a unfamiliar camp was something that I've never seen.

WWH changes so many disabled veterans’ lives, and with the partnership with the CCA, it's a great opportunity to teach the veteran a new skill. Once we had caught the limit for our boat, we were able to then start tagging fish and releasing them through the CCA Tag program. With Mr. David guiding us on how to tag, record, and release, we’re able to help with the study of the species. Once the tagged fish is caught again, the angler enters the ID on CCA's website, and it will show how far the fish has traveled, the size it’s grown, and will also notify the tagger that their fish was caught again.

In doing this, we learned about how to release the fish correctly. Some of us using a venting tool, and the others using a depth release device.

Thank you WWH and CCA Louisiana for giving our disabled veterans the chance to learn and be proactive in protecting this species. This trip was one of the most educational experiences I've had on the water, and it's one I'll never forget.

Joshua Droddy
WWH Alumni

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