|Yes, we have no bananas today
2194 Views - Posted: December 04 at 9:00 am
“Yes, We Have No bananas Today” is the nonsensical title of a novelty song composed by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn for Broadway in 1923. Like the song, the little fish that Louisiana coastal anglers call “banana fish” is self-contradictory.
|Lane snappers are candy
2276 Views - Posted: November 01 at 7:00 am
If red and mangrove snappers are the meat and potatoes of the snapper fishing world, then lane snappers are the dessert. Maybe that’s why one of their common names is candy snappers, although it’s probably because they are striped, like a candy cane.
|Is there a devil in your ditch?
9398 Views - Posted: October 01 at 7:00 am
Crawfish are almost our totem animal in Louisiana. A big, red crawfish held aloft in a clenched fist is the symbol of Cajun Power.
|Everybody eats pogies
5310 Views - Posted: September 04 at 9:00 am
Yes, everybody eats pogies; They just don’t know it.
|No one can call a triggerfish cute
3148 Views - Posted: August 05 at 9:00 am
Drab, mottled gray, buck-toothed, big-headed and pig-eyed — a gray triggerfish wouldn’t fit anyone’s definition of cute or beautiful. Inexperienced offshore fishermen who reel in one of these charmers at an offshore oil platform will usually stare at their catch clueless as to what it is.
|Bass fishing: Going to the weeds
1466 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am
Bass anglers have a love-hate relationship with submerged plants. Called submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) by biologists, they are a constant factor in freshwater fishing in Louisiana.
|ABC means ‘all about crabs’
3364 Views - Posted: June 03 at 9:00 am
The blue crab is one of the most-fascinating creatures in coastal marshes. This is one creature whose scientific name (Callinectes sapidus) completely describes it.
|Hail the new snapper king
1885 Views - Posted: May 03 at 9:00 am
Let’s face it: The red snapper is no longer the king.
Once, he ruled the Gulf of Mexico. During the 1950s and 1960s, when recreational fishermen forayed offshore it was for the red snapper. Oh sure, a small clique of big-game anglers trolled for billfish (some of which — yikes — were even eaten in those days) and tuna.
|Has ‘Destructo’ been rehabilitated?
1902 Views - Posted: April 04 at 9:00 am
In the Autumn 1939, Louisiana Conservation Review (the predecessor of the Louisiana Conservationist magazine), James Nelson Gowanloch, the chief biologist of the Bureau of Scientific Research and Statistics for the Louisiana Department of Conservation, wrote an article titled “Gars, Killers of Game and Food Fish.”
|Cocahoe is another name for ‘bait’
3885 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
I’m not sure why fishermen in the other Gulf coast states call them bull minnows and we call them cocahoes, and I don’t have a clue what the origin of our name is — but you can bet it has something to do with our Cajun heritage.
|Cobia: The curious fish
2924 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
Cobia, often called ling or lemonfish in Louisiana, are not bashful feeders. Although they can be stubborn at times, especially if a piece of hardwood or rubber is thrown at them to eat, they will usually grab almost any bait that is offered — often right next to the boat.
|Yes, buffalo are fish
9067 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am
Actually, buffalo are three species of fish rather than one. No one knows from where the odd name for the creatures is derived. But their scientific names are almost certainly taken from their common name.
|Don’t knock whitey
1943 Views - Posted: December 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
There are lots of reasons to fish. Some fish for food. Others fish strictly for the pull. For those who love the fight, but could care less about the table qualities of their catch, the Good Lord put jack crevalle’s on earth. They get big and they are mean.
|Amberjacks are tough cookies
2061 Views - Posted: November 05, 2012 at 9:00 am
Catching amberjack is like going three rounds with a heavyweight boxer. But it’s worth it. They are a delicious table fish — better than anything else in the jack family except pompano and maybe rainbow runners.
|A mullet by any other name is still a mullet
2417 Views - Posted: October 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
The striped mullet is a fish of many names. By one count, it carries 21 English names and at least 144 in other languages. It is “jompo” in Malagasy, an appropriate-sounding name for this most airborne of fish. In Dutch it goes by “diklipharder.” You figure that one out.
|Smart anglers use grass shrimp
3158 Views - Posted: September 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
Freshwater anglers, unlike saltwater fishermen who well know the role of shrimp in the food web of the species they pursue, mostly ignore shrimp.
Some of the best saltwater fishing lures are designed to mimic shrimp. While an argument could be made that tube jigs imitate freshwater shrimp, by and large freshwater lures are designed to look like fish, crawfish, worms, salamanders and even mice — yes mice.
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