Creature Feature

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
White trout populations are especially common in waters near the state’s beaches

Don’t knock whitey

December 01, 2012 at 7:00am
Amberjacks teem around Louisiana’s oil and gas platforms, as well as reefs off the coast.

Amberjacks are tough cookies

Identify greater, lesser AJs to fill the freezer
November 05, 2012 at 9:00am
Grass shrimp are tiny, but fish of all stripes love to eat them. That’s why it’s strange that no freshwater lures have been made to mimic the small crustaceans.

Smart anglers use grass shrimp

All fish love these diminutive creatures
September 01, 2012 at 7:00am
Management of red snappers is easily the most contentious of all Gulf of Mexico fish species.

Red Snapper:

Heads, you lose; tails, you lose
August 01, 2012 at 7:00am
Black drum are popular restaurant fare but have poor reputations with anglers and oyster farmers.

Can you beat a drum?

July 02, 2012 at 7:00am