catfish

Ken Stewart

December 18, 2015

South Louisiana is famous for its seafood - but can you harness our passion for poisson and turn it into a fast-food fish biz, like Popeye's and Cane's have done with chicken? That’s what Tyler Pizzolatto is banking on.

Bill Battle peers through the window of a pickup truck at his catfish farm, Pride of the Pond, near Tunica, Miss. The land is pancake-flat, broken up by massive ponds, some holding up to 100,000 pounds of catfish.

Cormorants fly low over the ponds, keeping an eye out for whiskered, smooth-skinned fish. Battle keeps a shotgun in the front seat; business is hard enough without the birds cutting into his profit.