Creature Feature

The chunky body shape of spadefish means that a 16-inch fish will weigh between 3 and 4 pounds.

Let’s call a spade a spade

Reports suggest spadefish are tasty, but the author disagrees
October 01 at 7:00am
Oyster drills are the most common large snail in coastal marshes. Obvious here is the operculum attached to each snail’s foot, used to seal the shell’s opening when the animal is out of the water.

The bigorneaux is escargot

(and the fiercest oyster predator in the state)
September 01 at 7:00am
Longear sunfish are aggressive feeders to the delight of many youngsters.

So what’s a sunperch?

August 04 at 9:00am
Dedicated tarpon anglers like David Prevost make every effort to revive exhausted fish before they are released.

Tarpon are quirky creatures

But do they actually spawn in Louisiana waters?
July 04 at 9:00am
Tarpon are definitely larger now than they were in the “Golden Era” of Louisiana tarpon fishing. David Prevost, right, poses with his 246.63-pound state record silver king, along with fishing partner Jeff DeBlieux.

The silver king

Louisiana’s tarpon fishery is much different than it used to be less than 100 years ago - but why?
June 01 at 7:00am
Atlantic stingrays commonly penetrate far into freshwater — this one was seen miles from marine waters.

Venom puts the sting in stingrays

Immerse wound in hot water if you get stung
May 02 at 5:05pm
A hard-fighting Saline Lake gou brought a grin to Tyler Bordelon’s face.

Gaspergou are everywhere

Get all the details on the species known as freshwater drum
April 01 at 7:00am
Yellowedge groupers are most common at depths of 600 to 900 feet. Fish reeled in from those depths show severe effects of decompression. Note the distended eyes on this fish. Close inspection will also show that the eyeball is cracked like a glass marble.

Meet the best-tasting grouper: yellowedge

A common catch for deep-droppers
March 01 at 7:00am
Florida pompano have long been regarded as one of Louisiana’s premium saltwater food fish.

Pompano: The glamour fish

February 02 at 1:00pm
Crappie specialist Murphy Royer holds a black crappie, left, and a white crappie. Although they are completely different species, both show booms and busts in their population numbers in any one lake or river.

Crappie can be hard to figure out

Cyclical spawning success makes management tough
January 04 at 9:00am
Experienced offshore fisherman Blake Matherne shows off the teeth of a 43-pound cubera snapper. Matherne speared the fish in 73 feet of water at a rig south of Cocodrie in 300 feet of water.

Cubera snapper

Louisiana’s coast delivers IGFA world record
December 04, 2017 at 9:00am
This is how crabs grow. The freshly shed crab after it has swelled with water is on top, and its old shell is on the bottom. Notice how much larger the crab is now than the shell it came from.

Blue crabs’ molting miracle

Crustaceans can grow new claws and legs
November 03, 2017 at 2:50pm
Channel catfish are vocal creatures, able to make a croaking sound with their air bladder. This one amuses Tyler Bordelon with its sounds.

Channel cats stay on the move

Covered in taste buds, they easily locate food
October 03, 2017 at 7:33am
Catches like this one made in 1964 by William Wagner Jr., Roy Copeland, and Murray Thompson, all of New Orleans, were once commonplace. The men also caught three cobia as lagniappe.

Where have all the pompano gone?

No one really knows what happened to this member of the jack family
September 01, 2017 at 7:00am