Marinas ready to open in Grand Isle

Pools 1 and 2 of the Red River are starting to really deliver the goods, outshining their better-known counterparts.

Grand Isle, recovering from a double whammy from Gustav and Ike, could have power as early as this weekend.

According to Renee “Buggy” Vegas, owner of Bridgeside Marina, both Bridgeside and Sanddollar Marinas will be open for business as soon as the power is turned on. Official date is October 1.

For now, the only ones fishing are the Entergy employees on break. “One guy brought in 18 nice 1 ½ pound trout he caught at the rocks using artificial,” said Vegas. He added that the bull reds are filling the passes.

The marina owner also said the National Guard has run boats in the bays and haven’t found any hazards except for a pile up of debris along a back levee.

But be very very careful if you go because hundreds of refrigerators, toilets and icemakers that were located on the ground level of camps were swept away with the storm surge and could have ended up in Caminada and Barataria bays.

Vegas hopes the island will be fully operational for the Ladies fishing rodeo to benefit cancer planned for October 17 and 18. “The Ladies rodeo was a big success last year,” he said.

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