Steven and his friend Chris Villarreal have been frogging together all summer in Bayou Tortue in St. Martin Parish. "I've been frogging since I was 8," Thrower says. The pair hunt in a boat or wade on foot in the shallow swamps along the bayou. "We take this big 10 million candle power spotlight," Chris says. "It blinds the frog." With Chris shining the spotlight, Steven sneaks up on the bullfrog and throws a dip net over him. Then he grabs it by the hind legs so it won't leap away and stuffs it into a pillowcase.
"Sometimes we bring them home and put them into an aquarium," Steven says. "Sometimes we clean them and eat them. Right now we have two in my granny's bathtub. But we're going to let them go."
Chris named his big 15-inch-long frog "Kidds." "Patch" is Steven's 4-inch catch. "Last night, under the pier, there was a big ole frog," Chris recounts. "I'd say it was 20 inches long."
"It weighed 4, maybe 5 pounds," Steven adds. "We shined the light on him, and Steven was going to get him, but then a little tree frog jumped right between his eyes, and he jumped away. We only caught these two."
The boys came home from frogging and took a long nap before they went fishing that afternoon in Bayou Teche. "We went where they caught that piranha last week," Chris says. "They have bull sharks in the bayou too," he continues. "I've been wanting to catch a shark, but we didn't have enough string."
For those who don't want to catch their own bullfrogs, the Rayne Frog Festival will be held Sept. 8-10 at the Rayne festival grounds, just off I-10. Activities include frog racing and jumping contests, the Frog Derby and a Frog Cooking Contest. For more information call (337) 334-2332 or visit www.rayne.org.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
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It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Hashtag, retweet, like, share and do whatever else it takes to get in good today with the jolly man in red.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
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With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
The festival is scheduled for March 21-22 in New Orleans.
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For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.