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How to Fillet Atlantic Croaker

January 30 at 4:20am

Video demonstrates filleting sand seatrout without an electric knife.

January 15 at 8:41am

Still frame shows a bull red, but video covers a number of species.

January 09 at 9:17am

We recently built and tested a bait cannon that launches baits up to 500 ft into the Gulf for bull reds.

January 02 at 9:18am

Launches mullet to 150 yards for bull reds. $100 in parts plus compressor.

Design details are in above video.

MathGeek details (Physics performance specs) are in this blog post:

December 19, 2017 at 6:54pm

How to Fillet Whiting Quickly (Southern Kingfish)

December 18, 2017 at 11:48am

Given the rapidly declining academic rigor in many US universities, I think most knowledgeable people are right to look at science degrees from ALL institutions ranked below about 100 or so with a 'weary [sic]' (or wary) eye. Why worry about the 5-10% or so of the disputed 'science of origins', when such a poor job is being done by the majority of institutions with the other 90-95%?

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September 27, 2016 at 8:49am

There are broad sections of the Christian educational community that are more geared toward training girls to be wives and mothers rather than scientists and engineers. The common expression is that women attend college to get an Mrs. degree. I'm sure there were many moments when my wife wondered why in the world she earned a PhD in Physics from Harvard when she was up to her elbows in diapers, formula, and baby food, and I was the primary breadwinner.

September 15, 2016 at 7:36am

Once you eat Jack, you never throw back!

September 08, 2016 at 1:27pm

In light of a recent medical diagnosis, I would ask for your prayers if you are so inclined. Advice and encouragement are also invited.

1. That I can exercise sufficient self-control to meet BMI, blood sugar, and A1C goals and the wisdom to set those goals to prevent the onset of full diabetes.

2. That the Lord would grant me a long life and sufficient health to finish raising my children, be a blessing to my wife, be a blessing to my grandchildren, and to continue productive work in the Lord on earth until at least 80 years of age. God may say “no,” but it should not be because I did not ask.

3. That I would have wisdom, grace, and love for meeting this and other “oppression and sorrow” before I “fly away,” because death is the destiny of every man, and that I would have great faith in God’s personal promise to call my name and raise my body from the grave.

Fuller description in linked article:

September 07, 2016 at 8:09am

This one might be my best:

August 05, 2016 at 8:58am

I doubt I'll ever be as good a cook as some of you guys, but I get so many questions about cooking the larger reds that I made a video.

I'm sure I'll learn a lot from your feedback and suggestions on cooking fish, just as I have on catching and cleaning fish.

Bon appetitte.

July 22, 2016 at 7:18am


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June 17, 2016 at 2:33pm

Am I understanding correctly that the winners will be determined by the single longest redfish and the single longest speck?

Interesting ... Finally a tournament without the silly heaviest redfish (or group) shorter than 27' thing ... or insistence that bull reds be released alive.

August 11 at 8:19am

Sampling in that area this month shows a large area of hypoxia that may be responsible for any reported fish kills.

July 30 at 11:41pm
A comment titled: Re: Grand Isle in March in response to a report titled: Grand Isle in March

The beach on Elmer's Island next to the pass is a great spot for bull reds. At times it will give up some sharks also. This video was filmed there on methods for catching bull reds from the beach:

Depending on your physical situation, it is probably worth the hike from the parking area. Or you can launch a kayak from Bridgeside and kayak across. Take care to watch the tides and weather. When the tide really rips, kayaking can be tricky.

February 12 at 7:24am
A comment titled: Re: The 'Primitive' Season in response to a report titled: The 'Primitive' Season

So long as you have the freedom to hunt with your favorite choice of weapon, why do you feel the need to impose your choices on other good citizens by restricting their favorite choice of weapon?

Why the power trip hoping to boss other hunters around?

January 26 at 8:21am
A comment titled: Re: How Much Meat On That Deer? in response to a report titled: How Much Meat On That Deer?

About 1 and a half milk crates.

January 26 at 8:17am

Good tip. I'll give this a shot next time the target is grilling or frying or something where they need to hold together better. Lately, the intended recipe has been fish tacos, where one wants them to break all apart.

January 17 at 6:57am
A comment titled: Re: Where can I find sharks? in response to a report titled: Where can I find sharks?

Salty Cajun is a good spot for info and not just a guide love fest.

January 09 at 6:53pm

I've read that they are called that also, but never heard anyone call them that. I've seen them mistaken for croaker.

December 18, 2017 at 5:59pm

Getting a state ID card for a teen who is not yet driving is pretty painless. Check online for the required documents, a parent brings the docs and the teen to the DMV, and you walk out with the ID card which is good for 4-5 years. By the time it expires, they will most likely be driving. The only trick is to get to the DMV first thing on a weekday morning to avoid the lines.

Then you want to avoid Walmart in getting the license. The online system is very quick and easy.

You will need to enter the state ID card number in the online form to get the resident license.

November 10, 2016 at 10:05am

A lot of this is a Walmart (vendor) thing rather than a LDWF thing. Things have been easy and straightforward for us the past few years using the online system which is more directly LDWF without the middle man.

In state fishing licenses in LA are cheaper than most states we've lived in, and fishing is a lot better also. The biologists and game wardens need to earn a living, and from seeing how poorly they are paid, I have no complaints.

November 05, 2016 at 10:52am

//I think its all BS anyway. a child that is still in school should be able to hunt or fish for free no matter where they are from. that's the problem with the whole system. lets make a kid that has no job or means of income pay to enjoy the outdoors, and keep them off the streets. better yet lets make the parents who already pay taxes and purchase their own license have to worry or not their 16 yr old is legal or not to take hunting. Hell why not let them Vote or Drink Beer at the camp if we are going to make them pay to go.//

I could get behind the idea of increasing the age of needing a license from 16 to 18, but I'm not gonna complain about needing to buy them licenses at 16. Having lived in different states, the fishing is so good in Louisiana, it is definitely worth it to buy a fishing license to get to enjoy it. By the end of the school year, all my children will be over 16, and we'll just go online, get out the credit card, pay the money, and get after the fish.

With what we spend on gas, bait, lodging, and gear, license costs for the whole family are a small part. The MathGeek family has no complaints about buying licenses in Louisiana. The last time we checked, entering a LA DL number of an LA ID number in the online system just works, you print the license at home, and don't have to deal with the folks at WalMart. Buying licenses at WalMart (and some other vendors too) has always been frustrating. Online is the way to go.

November 03, 2016 at 10:43pm

Our boys have LA state IDs. They are good for this purpose, but are also needed for standardized tests like the ACT and for air travel. They also came in handy when signing up for dual enrollment college courses and proving ID in the process of getting college IDs.

Sure, the system is kinda silly. But it is a different world than we grew up in, and teens will likely need an official photo ID for lots of things before they turn 18. A trip to the DMV with a parent and the required documentation will prevent a lot of future inconvenience.

By no means do I think this is reasonable, fair, or right. But there are more important things to worry about. There are a lot of things we've been able to do without showing the IDs when asked (doctor's visits, etc.), but there are some things they just won't budge on.

October 31, 2016 at 3:10pm
A comment titled: Re: Jacks are WILD in response to a report titled: Jacks are WILD

Once you eat Jack, you never throw back!

October 25, 2016 at 8:31am

All the details in this post and video.

October 23, 2016 at 5:50pm
A comment titled: Re: Grand Isle Inshore Fishing Advice in response to a report titled: Grand Isle Inshore Fishing Advice

October 23, 2016 at 9:26am

You can soak crabs on the bottom at the jetties and catch bull reds.


October 23, 2016 at 9:25am
A comment titled: Re: Jon boat places to fish? in response to a report titled: Jon boat places to fish?

You can soak crabs in Caminada Pass any time of year and catch bull reds.

October 23, 2016 at 9:24am
A comment titled: Re: fiberglass vs aluminum in response to a report titled: fiberglass vs aluminum

AL with V hull.

You can always add weight if you prefer how it rides with more weight.

But you can't make fiberglas boats lighter to reduce fuel consumption (towing and operating).

And aluminum boats last a long time with much less care.

October 07, 2016 at 11:47am

I'm all for it.

I would hope the high school fishing culture could be a lot different from the pro bass fishing tournament culture.

September 27, 2016 at 8:48am

I have no idea what people are talking about when they say this fish tastes bad. My bet is they have never tried it or have never tried it cared for and properly trimmed.

We take good care of our fish - icing them immediately and thoroughly. My daughter makes careful efforts at trimming after I provide the initial fillet.

Her words:

I was super careful taking all the blood meat off of the CJ.... as with everything else

Lol like super rinsing all the scales and [slime] and trimming any bones or blood meat or silver skin

The strong marinade is a matter of choice, not covering up strong fishy flavors. The last time we had it, we just threw it on the grill. The mild, firm flesh was very good grilled. But the mild flavor suggested some cajun seasoning ...

September 10, 2016 at 3:52am
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