Creature Feature

Cownose rays are common off the Louisiana coast, and they’re hated by shrimpers.

Hey, ray, what you say?

“Choo Choo!”
February 01, 2014 at 7:00am
Eel smoked Dutch-style, as May Usannaz demonstrates below, resembled rich-tasting pork with seafood overtones.

The case of the slippery eel

Loved everywhere but the United States
January 03, 2014 at 9:00am
The scientific name for ladyfish translates into “serpent reptile,” and they do resemble a reptile  — particularly in the head.

Yes, we have no bananas today

A look at the lowly ladyfish
December 04, 2013 at 9:00am
Lane snappers are always made incidentally to fishing for other snapper species.

Lane snappers are candy

Louisiana’s largest lane outpaces world record
November 01, 2013 at 7:00am
Painted devil crawfish are colorful creatures and have massive claws.

Is there a devil in your ditch?

Devil crawfish live in complex burrows sometimes 20 feet deep
October 01, 2013 at 7:00am
About 1.1 billion pounds of menhaden, aka pogies, are taken from the Gulf of Mexico every year.

Everybody eats pogies

Industry is close to perfect fishery
September 04, 2013 at 9:00am
Triggerfish aren’t flashy, and they’re often curiosities when caught.

No one can call a triggerfish cute

August 05, 2013 at 9:00am
Many anglers love submerged aquatic vegetation because they catch a lot of fish around grass mats, but too much vegetation can be a real negative.

Bass fishing: Going to the weeds

Vegetation control needed to maximize fishery
July 01, 2013 at 7:00am
Blue crabs are interesting creatures — and tasty to boot.

ABC means ‘all about crabs’

There’s more to this crustacean than meets the eye
June 03, 2013 at 9:00am
Red snapper were the kings of the Gulf in the 1950s and ’60s, but restrictive regulations have resulted in a new angler focus on gray snapper (aka mangroves).

Hail the new snapper king

Mangroves replace over-regulated red snapper
May 03, 2013 at 9:00am
Gar have been referred to as “wolves of the water.”

Has ‘Destructo’ been rehabilitated?

Research shows gar aren’t as bad as once thought
April 04, 2013 at 9:00am
The lowly cocahoe isn’t very flashy, but its durability makes it a great bait choice for anglers.

Cocahoe is another name for ‘bait’

March 01, 2013 at 7:00am
Ling are a favorite offshore target because they’re not only great table fare but they’re also easy to catch.

Cobia: The curious fish

Great-tasting fish easy to catch, prolific
February 01, 2013 at 7:00am
Josh McCall (left) displays a bigmouth buffalo, while his grandfather Seahon McCall (right) shows off a smallmouth buffalo.

Yes, buffalo are fish

These suckers once were important food source
January 01, 2013 at 7:00am