Re: NANFA-- pipefish

Leo Arieux (
Tue, 4 Nov 2003 21:01:30 -0600 (CST)

Many many years ago when things were different development had
not taken over, I was able to catch rather large pipefish in Bayou St.
John where it opened into Lake Pontchartrain (within the city limits of
New Orleans, La.

There was a sand bottom and on both sided of the Bayou opening where
there were stands of eel grass (Giant Vallisneria) where the pipefish
hid/congregated, sported (?).

I was able to catch 3" to 4" fish easily there and did so many times.
This was in the infancy of salt/brackish fish keeping days, so they
didn't last too long and little was known about their culture (back in
the early 50's).

I was also able to catch Sargassum fish scooping up sargassum grass/weed
in the surf at Grand Isle, La.(same period of time). It was a gas but
again they did not live for very long due to not having a ready source
of fresh _salt_ water .... feeding them was no problem as the ate
anything live they could get in their trap door mouths.

They were interesting blue eyed fish but ugly....not as ugly as an
oyster fish but ugly is in the eye of the beholder. Ah, days of yore,
gone but not forgotten.

Have a good evening and stay well,


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