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Take this guy to dinner - Atlantic sharpnose shark ID is easy

Sharks have never been real popular with Louisiana fishermen — even in the days before shark harvest was regulated.

Most people simply got them off their hook as quickly as possible and went back to fishing for more-glamorous species.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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We got gar - Louisiana has four species

In a state laced with streams, rivers, bayous, lakes and marshes, pretty well anyone who spends time outdoors knows that Louisiana has a lot of gars.

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March 03 at 2:20 pm
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Why are croakers croaking?

The story of the Atlantic croaker is the story of a fish that has somehow never managed to fulfill its predicted potential. They are truly one of the most abundant fish in the sea. 

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February 03 at 6:47 pm
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Grouper fishing: It’s hard to beat a brownie

Everybody, and I mean everybody who fishes, offshore loves groupers. They are attractive fish, resembling overgrown and (usually) more colorful largemouth bass. They are brutal fighters when hooked on tackle that isn’t too heavy.

Best of all they are great to eat.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Stressed bass: Run or hide

Largemouth bass can be finicky, temperamental creatures under the best of circumstances. When the effects of environmental stressors are added, catching them can seem nearly impossible.

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December 04, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Put that in your pipe! Gulf pipefish are just plain different

Some fish just can’t seem to get their romantic life straight. For most fish it’s enough for females and males to discharge eggs and sperm into the water. Sometimes they do it in a constructed nest, but most of the time it’s in open water.

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November 03, 2015 at 9:13 pm
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Keep the funny face: Knobbed porgies are great for the table

The knobbed porgy, an offshore species in the Gulf of Mexico, is named for the bony bumps located just in front of its eyes.

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October 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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We like gizzard shad

Gizzard shad are under-appreciated fish in most places where they are found. That covers a lot of territory — virtually all lakes and rivers in the eastern United States.

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September 02, 2015 at 6:43 pm
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The brief squid is our littlest sea monster

Every time I think of squid, two things pass into my mind. First is the monstrous squid that attacked Capt. Nemo’s submarine, the Nautilus, in the wonderful 1954 movie classic Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, which is based on the Jules Verne novel by the same name. 

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August 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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The secret lives of red snappers revealed

Red snappers are easily the most-studied fish in the Gulf of Mexico, so a lot is known about their biology.

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July 02, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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Bullfrogs are greedy

There really isn’t any other way to put it: Bullfrogs are aggressive and greedy predators.

They have huge mouths and will try to eat any living thing smaller than themselves. If a bullfrog can’t get the whole critter in its mouth in one bite, it uses both hands to stuff it into their maw.

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June 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Hambones are a treat

Biologists need to be humbled sometimes.

When I was working at LSU in the 1980s, I spent a lot of time on commercial snapper boats documenting catches of reef fish and looking for new species that could be of interest to seafood consumers.

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May 04, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Looking for the big sting

Stingrays are some of the very few truly venomous animals in Louisiana waters. I say “some” rather than “one” because four species of rays with spines on top of their tails occur off of and in Louisiana. 

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April 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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If you knew the gou as I do

The freshwater drum, Aplodinotus grunniens, has to be the most disrespected large freshwater fish in Louisiana and probably the whole United States.

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March 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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This guy has teeth

The great barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda, is a common fish in the blue waters offshore of Louisiana. Yet one never sees a fishing story about anyone fishing for them off of our coast. 

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February 04, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Louisiana sawfish are just memories

It’s not likely that many Louisiana coastal anglers give sawfish a thought. In fact, it’s not likely that anyone under the age of 50 even knows we ever had a sawfish population in the state.

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January 04, 2015 at 9:00 am
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