Freshwater Fishing

Turtle Sauce Piquant recipe

Turtle soup is considered one of the great classical Creole dishes of yore in New Orleans. Most Louisianan’s who try it today wonder what all the fuss is about. If they find a piece of turtle in it, it’s seldom larger than a match head and the soup tastes more of sherry wine than turtle.

Country folks cook turtle differently. They put turtle meat in their pots — lots of it and they put the wine in the cook instead of the pot. Turtle is cooked lots of ways: it’s smothered; it’s pot fried; it’s stewed; and probably best of all they make sauce piquant with it.

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Freshwater Fishing

How to clean a loggerhead turtle

At first glance, cleaning the armored, prehistoric-looking loggerhead turtle appears to be an impossible task. But cleaning a turtle is quite quickly and easily done once one learns the ropes.

Besides a sharp knife, other tools are needed. A hatchet is essential, and a cane knife is handy.

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The Cajun and the Beast — How to catch snapping turtles

The huge, scaly beast — its massive body partially supported by the water — swim-crawled its way along the soft, mucky bottom. Its bear-like, long, black claws stirred up clouds of half-decayed vegetation and silt.

Bubbles of swamp gas rose lazily to the water’s surface.

The alligator snapping turtle was on the prowl — looking for something to eat. It wasn’t choosy. Acorns would be fine; so would crawfish, clams and even the stray crab. A smaller turtle, one whose shell it could crush with its massive cleaver-like jaws, would be tops on the list. 

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Freshwater Fishing

Louisiana’s turtles

Louisiana has 25, maybe 26 species of turtles within its borders or along its coastline. Not all of these are targets for freshwater turtle fishermen. […]

Freshwater Fishing

What’s legal as a turtle trap?

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division, the definition of a turtle trap is quite liberal, essentially calling it any device used to catch turtles. […]

Freshwater Fishing

How to make a turtle trap

Dirk Matherne’s turtle trap is simple in construction, requiring nothing more than 2-inch-by-4-inch animal wire fencing material and hog rings to hold it together. […]