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For his Zydeco Sauced Fish, David Billeaud used blue catfish, but the recipe adapts easily to any mild, white-fleshed fish.

Vermilion Bay means seafood to Trout Masters

It didn’t take us long to learn that Vermilion Bay Trout Masters can cook as well as fish. Over a period of years, the two of us have cooked repeatedly with Steve and Pookie Smith and David “T-Coon” Billeaud, and we have enjoyed every bite.

Yesterday at 9:00am
Bull reds like this one caught during the Iberia Rod & Gun Club Saltwater Fishing Rodeo can be caught at Boxcar Reef this month.

Boxcar Reef - Find the ditches to locate big bulls

Fishermen who want to feel the brute force of a sizeable redfish on the business end of their fishing line in Vermilion Bay invariably point the bow of their boat to legendary Boxcar Reef.

September 08 at 5:22pm
David Billeaud (with cigar) and Steve Smith have mastered the art of speckled trout fishing in the Vermilion Bay complex.

Vanquishing Vermilion — How to catch Vermilion Bay trout

Those wiggly, slimy, little silver fish just do something to a person. 

Speckled trout might not fight as hard and be as colorful as their redfish cousins, they might not grow as large as their black drum kin and they might not be as tasty as their croaker and channel mullet relatives, but specks rule in Louisiana.

September 01 at 7:00am

Weather cancels CCA’s Specks and Spots Tournament at Cypremort Point

Heavy rains Friday morning and an ominous weekend forecast prompted officials to cancel CCA Louisiana’s 5th Annual Specks and Spots fishing tournament scheduled for Saturday at Quintana Landing at Cypremort Point. 

August 12 at 10:05am
The afternoon before the trip, while McLaurin and LeMaire cook, Zeringue and Hutson make Carolina rig leaders and store them on Tackle Buddies. Having pre-made leaders speeds up the process of re-rigging after a break-off while fishing.

The bone-a-fide fishing style

Shane Zeringue, Casey McLaurin and Lane LeMaire fish with very few artificial lures, although they admitted speckled trout where they fish can be caught with fakes.

July 15 at 7:00am
Offshore trout fishing is productive for the members of Team Bone-A-Fide and their guests.

Double up — Why you should fish nearshore Gulf waters instead of Vermilion Bay

Fishing for speckled trout over here isn’t for sissies.

The five anglers left Shane Zeringue’s camp at Cypremort Point at 5 a.m., and it was going to be at least a 45-minute run in his 32-foot Offshore Yellowfin.

It ain’t a slow boat.

July 01 at 7:00am
These Point-aux-Chene crabbers had a good day on the wildlife management area. The state of Louisiana is flush with public crabbing opportunities.

Blue crab special — Public crabbing opportunities abound

The first time I ate crabs was way back in the summer of 1984. I’m not talking about those Alaskan king crab legs that are rapidly processed, quick-frozen and shipped to a chain restaurant or grocery near you.

It certainly wasn’t good old Louisiana blue crabs.

July 01 at 7:00am
In a still shot from a video, Detective Jason McRight with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office talks to Elite Redfish Anglers at their captains' meeting in Orange, Texas last month about Louisiana's laws concerning trespassing and private waters.

Video: Captains' meeting rankles tournament redfish anglers

Capt. Steve Smith, a Lafayette-based charter guide who works out of both Cypremort Point and Big Lake, also fishes the Elite Redfish Series across the Southeastern U.S.

But when the tour visited the Sabine River in Orange, Texas, last month, Smith opted to stay away from his home state's waters - not because the fishing was better on the other side of the river, but because he didn't want to take a chance of being accused of trespassing on private property in Louisiana.

May 19 at 8:22am
This file photo from 2006 shows original installation of the first phase of the Redfish Pointe Artificial Reef in western Vermilion Bay.

CCA expanding Redfish Pointe Artificial Reef in Vermilion Bay

The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana is increasing the size of an existing artificial reef in western Vermilion Bay.

November 04, 2015 at 1:37pm
Speckled trout are biting live shrimp under a cork or plastics right now out of Cypremort Point. The Cove, The Hammock, Pavy's Reef, Tee Butte and Weeks Bay are all seeing fish now, according to Keith Delahoussaye.

Speckled trout 'on fire' out of Cypremort Point

It took a while for the speckled trout bite to turn on out of Cypremort Point this year, but October’s arrival — along with a couple of pretty nice cool fronts — has finally done the trick.

October 13, 2015 at 10:46am
Michael Hebert holds up Louisiana's  potential new No. 1 black grouper he caught on July 25 in the Garden Banks. The fish, which was in 175 feet of water, weighed 54.6 pounds and measured 47 inches with a 36-inch girth.

Potential new No. 1 black grouper caught in Garden Banks

What started out as a potential world record yellowmouth grouper for Michael Hebert last month in the Garden Banks didn’t play out exactly like he expected it would.

August 05, 2015 at 9:04am
Redfish action hasn't been affected by the high level of the Atchafalaya River, and Keith Delahoussaye said Marsh Island and reefs in Southwest Pass have been consistent producers for nice reds recently.

Redfish action heating up at Cypremort Point

Anglers familiar with the Cypremort Point area know about the big influence the Atchafalaya River level has on the fishing there, and this summer has been no exception.

July 15, 2015 at 10:58am
The 62nd annual Iberia Rod and Gun Club saltwater rodeo at Cypremort Point begins tomorrow, July 2, and runs through the 4th of July. For the first time in several years, a kayak division will be part of the event.

Iberia Rod and Gun Club to host 62nd annual saltwater rodeo at Cypremort Point

For the first time in several years, the 62nd annual Iberia Rod and Gun Club’s 4th of July saltwater rodeo will feature a kayak division at Cypremort Point.

July 01, 2015 at 9:25am
Leon Minvielle hoists a stringer of redfish caught at the Worm in Marsh Island.

Winning at the Worm — How to fish this Marsh Island redfish hotspot

Last summer in the middle of the day, while toiling away at work trying not to think of someplace else I’d rather be, I received a phone call from the late Elvis Jeanminette.

July 01, 2015 at 7:00am