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Top frogging equipment

Frogging is a specialized sport. Even though frogs’ eyes shine in the dark, they can be hard to spot, especially if the frog is partially shielded by water lilies or sitting on the bank behind a bunch of brush.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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The story of a Cottomouth Custom Boats

Corey and Samantha “Sam” Crochet founded Cottonmouth Custom Boats (225-456-0930) in February 2013. And frogging is an activity that dovetails well with their young boat business.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Top 10 frogging tips

While Corey Crochet loves any kind of hunting, and all saltwater and freshwater fishing, frogging might be his favorite sport.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Defining the Atchafalaya Basin

It’s hard to define exactly what the Atchafalaya Basin is.

People can’t even agree on the name. Most experts on that sort of thing agree the name “Atchafalaya” is derived from the Choctaw Indian language and interprets as “long river.” 

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Top float-fishing equipment

Float-fishing on small rivers is a minimalist sport, but some equipment is needed and other stuff is nice to have.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Creek-fishing tips

Thirty-one-year-old Jeshua “Jesh” Smith is a dedicated creek fisherman.

He grew up hunting deer and bream fishing. In high school he started bass fishing, first in farm ponds and later graduating to larger lakes. 

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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How to find access for float-fishing trips

Long gone are the days when creek fishermen could just schlep across any property not holding posted signs to fish their favorite creek.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Eat your bait?

Squid are delicious. Small brief squid that you catch in your bait trawl are tender and great on the table, if properly stored and cleaned.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Grand River hammers — Expert frogging tips

“Now that’s a hammer there,” rumbled the 35-year-old man as he closed the boat in on a turbo-sized bullfrog sitting on a rare piece of exposed bank. 

The amphibian was so big it looked like one of those concrete frogs city folks use to decorate their lawns.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Whiskey Chitto Redeye — Float-fishing tips for redeye bass

The sign set off the road read, “Welcome to Oberlin, Gateway to Canoe Country.”

Canoes and tumbling creeks and rivers of clear water are the last things many Louisianans would think of as being part of their state.

Yet, here it was.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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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 at 7:00 am
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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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