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How has the fishing in the bay been? Have the reds come back? What about the specs?

August 09, 2017 at 2:44pm

Has anyone been fishing Cypremort Point/ Vermilion Bay recently?

February 19, 2015 at 2:14pm

Has anyone been catching any crabs? Are they running in/near Cypremort Point, Rollover, Rockefeller, etc? Any other suggestions? Friend of mine wants to go crabbing for her birthday. Thanks.

September 12, 2014 at 5:56am

Any advice on where to catch some crabs this weekend? The little lady wants to catch/boil a few. Preferably someplace I can reach by car, from Lafayette, as the boat is in the shop.

August 16, 2012 at 8:59am

This Thursday, I will be in Lake Charles for work. I was wondering what places I can either fish from the bank or my kayak for a few reds/specks. Any help is appreciated. Will post afterwards. Thanks.

November 07, 2010 at 6:53pm

I am trying to take the kayak out this Thursday for a quick trip. Has anyone been catching anything at Lake Martin? Cypremort Point? Spanish Lake? If it swims, I want to hook it. I'm not greedy--just needy. All info is appreciated. Thanks.

April 20, 2010 at 12:40pm

Has anyone been catching any reds/specks in the bay? How abut any crabs at Marsh Island? I am itching to take the boat out this weekend and any help will be most appreciated. I will post my results, even if I bat zero.

February 19, 2010 at 10:14am

Need a place where I can get in a few hours of bank fishing this weekend near the Acadiana area. Has anyone been catching any reds near the Point, etc. How about catfish in the marshes or Spanish Lake? Any info will be much appreciated. Will report and post pictures.

November 18, 2009 at 9:20am

Has anyone fished Lake Martin recently? Have the bass/sacaulait/bream turned on? I was thinking about making a trip after work. Thanks.

April 08, 2009 at 4:10pm

Has anyone fished Lake Martin recently? Have the sacalaits turned on?

February 11, 2009 at 8:26am

Took my father and my next door neighbor fishing early Saturday. Sure it was cold and there was a front coming in, but dang it!--the S.S. Floating Log demanded a sacrifice. Besides, it was my neighbor's 48th birthday and he had not been fishing since he and the kin folk moved down from Convington and he sold his boat. More importantly, his very attractive 30ish wife needed him out of the house so that she could prepare for his present (that may have included something that is spelled a little like stripers but isn't a member of the hybrid bass family; you get my drift).

Anyway, after shaking off the margaritas from my neighbor's official birthday party that took place the night before, we loaded up the S.S. Floating Log and hit the water. Of course, I was smart enough to check the %!^!^!$^!%! bearings on the #^@&%$@$%! tires before we left. I'll be danged if there was to be a repeat of the last time that I took the S.S. Floating Log out. There would be no calamity on this trip.

It was my neighbor's first trip in the Bay so we decided to show him a little of Marsh Island. Also, we figured that the closer we got to the Gulf, the better the bite would be due to the increased salinity. Given that we needed to be back home at 2:00 to catch some hybrid striped bass, we did not have much time. We got to the Worm at about 8:40ish. The tide was too freaking low and we could not fish at the dam. This also meant that we could not cast for bait fish or shrimp. Luckily, we had some market shrimp. Dead shrimp on the bottom it was.

Because the water temp was 52 degrees and there was a severe low tide due to the North wind, we fished the deeper cuts in the Worm's main channel. We figured that the fish would: 1) be out of the marsh due to the much reduced water levels and 2) would seek the warmer, deeper water. My neighbor and my father fished the bank side of the boat while I fished the channel side. My father and my dad caught mostly drum and some monster crabs. I caught a few monster crabs, far less drum and some very nice channel cats. The drum had moved into the shallower waters to feed on the crabs while the cats stayed in the deeper warmer water.

To beat the cold front and the darker clouds, we decided to fish at Shark Bayou on the way home. Heading across the Bay, we hit the front's thermocline-- it was freaking cold!!!!!!--especially after all of last night's margaritas had worn off.

At Shark Bayou, we kept only one legal redfish. By this time, the tide had stopped moving. So we packed up and headed home where a little hybrid striped bass fishing awaited us.

Final total: (1) red, (11) drum, (5) catfish and (13) monster crabs. Uho yeah, (2) hybrid striped bass.

Did I mention that there would be no calamity? Well, no trip aboard the S.S. Floating Log would be complete without a little calamity.

While fishing at Shark Bayou, I saw my father measure a drum that looked to be close. He measured it at 16 1/2 inches and tossed it in the ice chest. Now, this fish looked a little small. After all, I know what 16 inches looks like.... well..... maybe not. But, the fish looked small. Long story short, my father was placing the fish's tails on the "1" marker as opposed to the "0" marker. Yeah, he was giving the fish an extra inch (where was that ruler in high school???) The fish was undersized by 1/2 inch (how far away is the Game Warden's Camp?!?!?!) So, we got to re-measure all of the fish. Luckily, that was the only small one with all of the fish ranging between 16 3/4" - 20". Only the 20" drum gave us a little spaghetti--and not that much. The two hybrid striped bass gave us....errr.... never mind.

January 27, 2009 at 4:20pm

Thunderbird. What's the price? Thirty twice.

Now that I've jogged everyone's memories, what's the word on Vermilion Bay? I promised my father and my neighbor (it's his birthday and his wife wants him out of the house) a fishing trip. Given the recent weather and impending rain, I figure that we will be chasing reds as opposed to trout. Has anyone been to Bay recently? How about MI? Thanks. Will post my results good or bad.

January 23, 2009 at 2:44pm

Over the Christmas break, one of my uncles told me that they rocked off the canal under the little bridge on the way to the State Park. Has anyone seen this? This is one of the places where I launch my kayak.

December 27, 2008 at 12:50pm

Has anyone been to either Spanish Lake or Lake Martin since Ike blew through? Just curious as to how much damage each lake sustained. Did they sustain any fish kills?

September 19, 2008 at 9:54am

I will be spending the weekend in Aleandria bored off my arse. Is there any place that is good for fishing from the bank or from a kayak?

July 11, 2008 at 10:08am

Well, since this week is the last week of my being an unemployed lazy bum, I decided to take my boat out yesterday. Sure it was windy as all get out. Sure, I knew the fish were going to be inactive. Sure, the Vermillion Bay looked like someone put too much Nestle’s Quick in the water. Sure, I knew my rather meager fishing skills were going to be put to the test. But dang it, I was going to take the S.S. Floating Log out for a spin. Besides, it was the Floating Log’s first trip of the year and after a winter of inactivity she needed some exercise (just like her owner, but that’s another story).

My partner in crime for this trip was my father.

The fishing trip started out great. After I put gas in the boat (25 gallons)–cha-ching, purchased bait–cha-ching, paid the launch fees–little cha-ching and readied the new rods, reels and other assorted toys–BIG CHA-CHING, we finally got on the water. Serenity graced my eyes. My soul was peaceful. I was going fishing. Time to wet a line. The S.S. Floating Log demanded a sacrifice. Here fishy fishy. Here fishy fishy.


That’s all I could think. 15-20 mph wind, temperature in the low 60's, a boat going 50 mph and water spray hitting your face....IT”S FREAKIN’ COLD!!!!!! Too bad I left my jacket in my car. Uho well, real men don’t need no stinkin' jacket. Cold water be darned, I am here to relax and catch some fish.

After running around the Bay for a bit, my father and myself decided that Shark Bayou would probably be our best bet as 1) since the waters were somewhat protected, they should be a little clearer, 2) the wind would affect us less and 3) it should be a little warmer. Note: It’s not like reason number three was really one of our reasons as real men don’t fear the cold–jacket still in my car be danged!!!!!

To make a long story short, after about five hours on the water we had only two fish in the ice chest. Two expensive fish in the ice chest. We threw back what seemed to be too many little croakers and baby sheepshead. But, the fact that we caught some sheepshead in Shark Bayou is a good sign that the water, despite all of the rain, still has a fair level of salinity.

Anyway, we decided to go home and clean our two fish–cha-ching.

On our way home, we get a freaking blowout on one of the trailer tires while on Highway 92 in Youngsville–cha-ching. Not a problem. I calmly pull over to the shoulder and take out the three ton floor jack. My boat doesn’t weigh three tons. Caveman logic says that this will be a piece of cake. I’ll jack up the boat, put one spare and be home in plenty of time to cook and clean our two fish.

Hmmmmmm..... this lug is kind of tight... maybe if I give it one steady pull.....SNAP!!!! #@##$&@%@&$$@&$@&$@$... ok, so I break the lug that was rusted on. No big deal. I walk to the Texaco station and buy a $5.00 can of WD-40–cha-ching. That should loosen up the rusted lugs enough so that I get them off, put on the spare and go home and clean my ever increasingly more expensive fish–cha-ching.

After 20 minutes of spraying the lugs, banging on them with a hammer and doing everything imaginable to get some of the rust off, I have another go at getting some if the remaining four lugs off. A few minutes later.....SNAP!!!!! There goes lug number two.–cha-ching!

At this point I call a tow truck to trailer my boat and trailer and follow me to my house–CHA-CHING!!!!!!!!!!!!

First trip of the year in my own boat: too many cha-chings and too little fish. At least I got to spend some time with my dad. Now I am going to clean and cook my pathetic little fish that cost me about $160 each. That should put me in the right mood to go and fight with that tire–cha-ching!

March 26, 2008 at 10:42am

I was playing on ESPN and looking at the prior month's International Game Fish Associations' world record submissions. When, lo and behold, who do I see? Why, it's none other than an picture of our own Susan Gros holding a 26 pound 8 ounce redfish she caught on a fly. Congrats!

February 10, 2008 at 3:23pm

Has anyone been doing any fishing at Spanish Lake?

February 22, 2007 at 6:55pm

I need some help. I will be in Houma pretty soon for work and wanted to try and squeeze some fishing in. Where can I go to wet a line? I will not have my boat with me. Any and all suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.

August 10, 2006 at 12:46pm

Are there any reports out of Spanish Lake? Thinking about making a trip there during the Mardi Gras Holidays. Thanks.

February 26, 2006 at 9:34am
A comment titled: Re: Cypremort Point/ Marsh Island in response to a report titled: Cypremort Point/ Marsh Island

Thanks for the advice everyone. With the forecasted rain, I was talked out of going by the powers above me (womenfolk). I will try again this weekend and will let everyone know how we did.

August 15, 2017 at 9:06am
A comment titled: Next Weekend in response to a report titled: Crabs near Lafayette

Thanks for the tips everyone. The weather kept us home all week. We'll give it another shot next weekend. Will let y'all know how I do

August 19, 2012 at 6:28pm
A comment titled: Jealous in response to a report titled: got my mojo back!

Nightfisher, to tell you the truth, I see a huge problem with your fish. I am by no means an expert bu the main problem that I see is that they aren't in my boat. I guess that makes me jealous and to be frank, I am. Work is seriously overrated especially when it takes away from my fishing time.

Seriously, great job with your son. My father first took me fishing when I was three and, over three decades later, the old man is still my favorite fishing partner. Keep making memories for your son that he will never forget.

August 02, 2011 at 2:19pm
A comment titled: Yak in response to a report titled: Kayak

Both of the comments below are correct. I purchased this kayak a few years ago when I wasn't sure if I would like kayaking or not. Figured that if I didn't like it, I would not be out much money and that if I did like it, I could upgrade. The kayak is a little thin but it is light. I haven't tipped it yet and I weigh 205. I have caught many reds, specks, bass, etc out of it and use it more than my 'big boat'. It's a good starter kayak.

November 10, 2010 at 9:37am
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Fishing help Lake Charles

Thanks. I won't have much time but should be able to squeeze in a few hours of fishing. I will let you know how I do.

November 08, 2010 at 10:18am
A comment titled: Agree in response to a report titled: Lake martin

I fully agree with Ray. I have fished Lake Martin and Spanish Lake for many decades. Nice sacs used to be caught there pretty regularly. I remember when LA Sportsman ran an article on how monster sacs were stacked up in Spanish Lake. Not long thereafter, trailers were backed up along the road leading to the launch. Spanish Lake is a very small lake. I am by no means an athlete but I can kayak across it. The sacs were depleted to the point that it is essentially a catfish and bass lake.

Lake Martin has bream and sacs. Though, not in the size that one would envision. Never has and never will. It is a fairly small lake as well. Because it is small ad fairly shallow, it takes warm weather before it really turns on. Even then, you will not get the size or numbers that you will in say Henderson (when the water is right) or Toledo Bend or even Cleco. fell free to take your son. I hope that you do well. Look for deeper/warmer water. But don't get too excited.

March 05, 2010 at 4:14pm
A comment titled: Spanish Lake?!?!?!? in response to a report titled: Crappie run set to begin at Lake Martin

They have sacs in Spanish Lake?!?!!? In Cade?!?!?!?!

March 01, 2010 at 9:25am
A comment titled: Nice Haul in response to a report titled: lake martin

Nice mess you ave there. If you don't mind me asking, where were you fishing and what were you using?

March 01, 2010 at 9:23am
A comment titled: Lake Martin in response to a report titled: bass fishing

In a few weeks, Lake Martin should be turning on. Just need for this weather to settle down.

February 24, 2010 at 11:31am
A comment titled: Nadda in response to a report titled: Vermilion Bay

I would post and say that I had a great trip but the water looked like chocolate milk and as we were pulling up to Marsh Island, a steering cable popped. 2 1/2 hour boat ride back in turning the motor by hand. Didn't wet a line. Hope you all had better luck.

February 21, 2010 at 4:28pm
A comment titled: Nadda in response to a report titled: Vermilion Bay

I would post and say that I had a great trip but the water looked like chocolate milk and as we were pulling up to Marsh Island, a steering cable popped. 2 1/2 hour boat ride back in turning the motor by hand. Didn't wet a line. Hope you all had better luck.

February 21, 2010 at 4:28pm
A comment titled: Lots of catfish in response to a report titled: Catfishing Lake martin

I have caught many catfish in Lake Martin, both on trot lines and with rods and reels. Went there a few weeks ago in my kayak after work and kept 8 cats. Only fished about 2 hours before it go too dark and cold. Used small crawfish.

February 14, 2010 at 11:37am
A comment titled: Please in response to a report titled: bass biting in lake martin are henderson???

Please let us know how you did in either spot. I went to Spanish Lake last weekend. One very small bass but lots of catfish so I quit fishing for bass and opted for a fish fry.

January 27, 2010 at 4:46pm
A comment titled: Lake Martin in response to a report titled: Fishing Help--Lafayette

Thanks for the information. Any particular bait that you have been using? More likely than not, I will be using crawfish and worms.

November 18, 2009 at 7:45pm
A comment titled: Two in response to a report titled: Spanish Lake

There are two Spanish Lakes. Are you asking about the one near Cade/New Iberia or Baton Rouge.

May 22, 2009 at 4:38pm
A comment titled: Two in response to a report titled: Trout In Vermillion Bay?????

Two of the reds my father and I had caught were on artificial; glow chartreuse cocahoes. The rest were on market shrimp on the bottom; Carolina rigged. Action was much better on shrimp.

May 09, 2009 at 4:37pm
A comment titled: Reds, No Trout in response to a report titled: Trout In Vermillion Bay?????

Took my father fishing in Shark Bayou last Saturday. Fished from 11-3:00 (it was hot and windy). Kept 6 reds (17-23 inches), 1 drum and 23 very large croakers that we filleted. We threw back numerous undersized reds and drum. No specks. Although, we did talk to one guy at the launch that had caught two specks in the Cove.

May 08, 2009 at 4:10pm
A comment titled: Cypremort Point in response to a report titled: Boatless

Go to the Point. There are plenty of places to fish from teh bank for reds and crabs.

April 30, 2009 at 4:24pm
A comment titled: Grease in response to a report titled: Spotted CAT

Heat dat grease! Nice mess you have there.

April 30, 2009 at 9:59am
A comment titled: Brackish in response to a report titled: avery island area

The water is always brackish. It's salinity varies with the level of rain/run off. My best guess is that it currently leans to the "freshish" side.

March 26, 2009 at 1:43pm
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