The first week of November, Sam Coco caught eight speckled trout in the canal behind his home in Oak Harbor.
Later, he discovered that two of the trout had tags near their dorsal fins. When Coco caught the fish, he placed them in his cooler to clean later, and that’s when he found the tags in rare chance.
“The tags were covered in slime,” Coco said. “After cleaning them, I was able to get the numbers.”
Anglers in Louisiana can take part in a fish-tagging program run by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Fish are tagged, released, and the anglers report the size, location, and species of the fish upon catching them.
After only about six weeks, both fish had grown by several inches. The 11.25-inch fish had grown to 13.25 inches, while the 11.75 grew to 14 inches. The larger fish had already been caught and released once after the initial tagging.