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Dog snapper provide more meat for the table

Trey Waller shows off a dog snapper he caught.

Snapper fishermen have little trouble separating a mangrove snapper (properly called gray snapper) from a red snapper, since the popularity of mangrove snappers has soared in recent years.

The making of the master

Heikampís crew was able to put a big limit of mangrove snappers in the boat, something many anglers find difficult to do. Notice the difference in colors in the two fish, caught within moments of each other.

Kenny Heikamp is built like a 5-foot, 7-inch coiled steel spring. He moves about his 32-foot Twin Vee catamaran with latent, ready to unleash energy. His chin has a determined set to it and his dark eyes burn intensely, like hot embers. I would hate to be a fish, knowing that he was after me.†

Live bait is the ticket for mangrove fishing

Heikamp likes to remove the dorsa fin with all its spines from pinfish before putting them on the hook.

Capt. Kenny Heikamp, like many other fishermen, believes mangrove snappers are wary fish and learn quickly how to avoid danger.

How to snell a circle hook

1) Pass the end of the line through the eye from the point side to the back.

Capt. Kenny Heikamp uses 1/0 circle hooks, considered small by most fishermen. That’s because smaller hooks are harder for fish to see, he explained.

Top fishing tactics for Barataria Bay redfish

For redfish, Bergeron likes to use the biggest cocohoe minnow he can find and fish it right against the bank.

Before calling it a day, Capt. Keith “Herk” Bergeron wanted to run into the marsh and make a few casts for redfish.†

Breaking the Barataria Bay trout code

According to Bergeron, water clarity is the biggest factor in successful trout fishing this month at Barataria Bay.

The Midway campaign of May 1942, was hard-fought but successful because U.S. Naval Intelligence was able to break the Japanese communications code and decipher their plans.†

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