Creature Feature

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
Goggle-eyes will eat anything that they can get in their large mouths.

The fish is a glutton!

June 01, 2012 at 7:42am
Migratory cobia are prized catches along the entire northern Gulf coast.

Everybody loves cobia

Warm-water species travels the world
May 01, 2012 at 4:16pm
Much of what anglers claim about speckled trout is far from the truth, despite being repeated over and over.

Speckled trout myths

Putting to rest popular misconceptions
April 01, 2012 at 7:25am