Re: NANFA-- public health advisory & introduced species

Leo Arieux (
Fri, 1 Feb 2002 07:11:02 -0600 (CST)

I do not know why people in Tennessee do this but the Cajun's in South
Louisiana have been doing this for many generations. They do this
because it is simple and effective. It allows them to catch really big
catfish __without__losing the fish in the roots of trees.

The Cajuns also have another interesting way to catch "cowan" (the Cajun
name for Alligator Snapping Turtle) . They stand in their pirogues and
probe in the water/mud with a steel rod about the thickness of a man's
little finger that has a hook bent into the end. They locate the cowan
and carefully maneuver the hook around 1 leg and under the shell, then
pull it to the surface, where they wrestle it into the boat.

They catch some truly monstrous turtles this way. Not me .....I wouldn't
even grapple with one of these on dry land much less in the water/mud
and then put it in a tippy pirogue__with me in there.
No way Boudreaux !!!!! We have lots of colorful ways of doing things in
South Louisiana. <VBG> Have a good weekend mes ami.


Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler'

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