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Pulling the trigger on trigger fish

Gray triggerfish are a prized bycatch to red snapper fishing. Their delectable table qualities are evident in their nickname “armored snapper.”

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Bermuda chum surprisingly tastey

Some fish you never think seriously of eating.†

Marsh and bay fishermen feel that way about hardhead catfish. Offshore fishermen think of Bermuda chubs in the same vein.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Doing macaroni for chumming mangrove snapper

“I was at the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo,” David Meyers explained, “when an old timer told me about using macaroni boiled in crab boil for mangrove snapper chum.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Louisiana crabbing regulations

Recreational crabbing requirements are minimal, both license- and gear-wise. But, according to Sgt. Mike Garrity of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division, some licenses are required and there are some rules to the game.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Island people

When Barbara and Les Picard call themselves “island people,” they don’t mean to imply that they are natives of Grand Isle. It means they love all islands, whether in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, or the Gulf of Mexico.

But their favorite island is Grand Isle.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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How to peel a blue crab

As wonderful as blue crabs are to eat, there is no doubt that, for the average person, blue crab meat is tough to get out of the animal’s shell.

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July 15 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 at 5:00 pm
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Blue crab beach blitz ó Crabbing on Grand Isle

My wife Glenda told Barbara Picard that blue crab meat can make anything you cook taste better.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Macaroni magic ó Using macaroni to chum up mangrove snapper

The absolutely transparent water churned with fish.

It was like a giant aquarium.

The slightly-built, heavily suntanned 50-year-old man threw another handful of macaroni into the seething mass of Bermuda chubs and mangrove snappers.†

Macaroni?

You betcha — macaroni.

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July 01 at 6:00 am
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Fishing offers family bonding

“We fish as a family,” Amanda Menard said in the charming Southern drawl that she brought with her from North Louisiana.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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The Menardís offshore trick bag

One of the fun things about fishing with other people is learning little short-cuts and tricks they use to make their fishing experience better and catch more fish.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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How to get your name in the Louisiana State Fish Records

Amanda and Dennis Menard, and their families don’t need any excuses to go fishing, but they do a lot of things to make their fishing more fun.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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How the Fishing for Memories Rodeo began

The Fishing for Memories benefit rodeo based out of Intracoastal City is the biggest of big deals for the combined Menard-Boothe family.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Lake Pontchartrainís trout-fishing cycle

While John Falterman happily accepts charters for any species that swims in the big lake and its connecting waters, his specialty is speckled trout — certainly Louisianan’s favorite saltwater fish.†

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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How to make a stupid-fishing rig

John Falterman explained that the idea for stupid fishing came to him during a charter trip a few years ago.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Man of the swamp

Johnny Broussard’s great passion is fishing for goujon with a rod and reel.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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