Fishing for sac-a-lait in Bayou Des Allemands, Lloyd Brandt ended up catching this choupique.

Species spotlight: Choupique

The bowfin (Amia calva), whose more common name is mudfish, is a close relative of the gar. Its stout body and long dorsal fin, which covers almost three-quarters the length of its body, give the fish a snaky or eel-like appearance. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Bring choupique back alive

Regular choupique anglers all agree on one thing: The fish must be cleaned alive. Even if held properly iced but dead, as are other fish, the texture of their flesh very rapidly deteriorates.  […]

Freshwater Fishing

So where do you hunt for choupique?

The Lirettes were fishing with permission in canals on private property. But choupique are found virtually everywhere in Louisiana, ranging from swamp and freshwater marsh bayous and canals to the state’s natural lakes and reservoirs from Toledo Bend on down. […]

Freshwater Fishing

The best part is the eating part

It is often said that Cajuns eat anything. This picturesque pair may be poster boys for that adage. Their Cajun accents were so thick that they could have been cut with a knife and served on a cheese tray. […]

Freshwater Fishing

The choupique goes uptown

The humble choupique evolved during the Triassic Period, over 150 million years ago. Then, dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus, Brachiosaurus, and Triceratops roamed the land.  […]


Taming the beast

The thrashing dinosaur was yanked out of the water, flew high over the lanky man’s head and landed with a thud in the tall weeds. It immediately began slithering through the wet grass back toward the weedy canal. […]