Creature Feature

Bebe McElroy caught this 185.8-pound southern stingray, which stands as Louisiana’s state record.

Looking for the big sting

Southern rays are largest Louisiana stingrays
April 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Gaspergou are common catches for freshwater commercial and recreational fishermen. At the fish counter they are a real bargain, as these 2010 prices show.

If you knew the gou as I do

Lowly freshwater drum makes good table fare
March 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Catching barracuda is a matter of reeling as fast as you can. And, despite it’s reputation, ciguatera poisoning from eating ’cudas caught in the northern Gulf of Mexico is very rare.

This guy has teeth

The 411 on greater barracuda
February 04, 2015 at 9:00am
Sawfish, which prefer muddy bottoms, were once very common in Louisiana.

Louisiana sawfish are just memories

January 04, 2015 at 9:00am
Science suggests catch-and-release, which has become the norm in the tournament world, isn’t as effective as many anglers believe.

Do released bass live to fight again?

December 01, 2014 at 7:00am
Gray snappers, usually called mangrove snappers in Louisiana, have become more popular with sportsmen than red snappers.

What is a black snapper?

It’s all a name game
November 04, 2014 at 9:00am
Bluefish have formidable teeth they use like a piranha.

Bluefish eat everything

October 01, 2014 at 7:00am
Hot-pink eggs are signs that giant apple snails have infested a waterway.

An apple a day — yuk!

September 04, 2014 at 9:00am
Remoras, aka sharksuckers, don’t actually suck blood from their host. Instead, they simply use sucker plates to hitch free rides.

Watch out, sucker!

Gulf of Mexico home to eight remora species
August 04, 2014 at 9:00am
Large males with larger claws are apparently more successful during mating than small males.

Interesting blue crab trivia

What do crabs eat?
July 04, 2014 at 9:00am
The 5 ½-pound world record redear is so large that it is almost grotesquely misshapen.

Redear sunfish

A prince among perch
June 04, 2014 at 9:00am
Scientists with Florida State University are currently studying all aspects of the life cycle of goliath grouper.

Are goliath grouper fish or footballs

Part II: Management
May 01, 2014 at 3:00pm
This monster was speared by Jerry Fabacher, visible on the extreme left by the tail of the fish, and entered in the 1960 Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

Are goliath groupers fish or footballs?

Part 1: Biology
April 04, 2014 at 9:00am
Many think all kingfish, aka mullet, are the same, but there actually are three distinct species that can be distinguished by their coloration.

When a mullet is king

Kingfish better table fare than drum, trout
March 03, 2014 at 9:00am