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Speckled Trout Rodeo Announced for Memorial Day Weekend

The Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo Board of Directors is proud to announce that the 17th annual fishing rodeo will be held at Bridge Side Marina on May 24th   25th  & 26th, 2013. This year Every Youth (12 and under) registered will receive a prize at the Award Ceremony from 2-3PM (must be present to win).

Paul Foret, an artist from Baton Rouge, LA designed and hand crafted this year’s awards for all categories. Awards for the Largest Speckled Trout Male and Female will be a crystal vase and the fish will be mounted.  The Louisiana State Master Angler will be presented with a crystal bowl and the coveted Blue Master Angler Jacket.  

Awards: Speckled Trout – eight (8) daily awards.  Three overall trophies will be awarded for Redfish, Rat Reds (27” & under), Flounder, Sheepshead, Ling, Mangrove Snapper, Drum and White Trout.  Award for The Louisiana State Master Speckled Trout Angler.  Categories for (12 & under) Junior Division include Speckled Trout, Redfish and Hardhead Catfish.

$20.00 entry fee includes rodeo cap.  Tickets are available at all Grand Isle marinas. $3,000 in cash prizes and door prizes will be awarded on Sunday. Weigh Station Hours:   Friday and Saturday – 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.  Sunday – 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.  Saturday Night – 7:00 P.M. Dinner and Dance  - Sunday –12:00 Noon Lunch - Awards and Door Prizes at 3:00 P.M.

The rodeo Board of Directors takes on one major Caring for the Community project annually in conjunction with our on-going donations.  Last year major projects included purchasing a scoring table for Grand Isle High School’s Athletic Basketball Program and working in conjunction with the Town of Grand Isle on the baseball field equipment & facilities.  This year we will once again focus on the Beach Beautification Program by replacing Palm trees damaged by the hurricane and drought.  Thank you for your help on these ongoing projects.

Our sincere thanks to all rodeo participants, sponsors, trophy sponsors, door prize donors, news media and workers for supporting the Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo. Come to the Island Memorial Day weekend, enjoy the rodeo and help kick off a summer of great fishing!

For additional information, go to or contact Bridge Side Marina (985)7872419 or Bob Sevin (985)787-2968

This year's t-shirt design for the Rodeo is a vintage design that is likely to sell out quickly!  Get your shirts at Bridge Side Marina.



Cruising the Beach Car and Bike Show

Cruising the Beach Car and Bike Show will take place at the Tarpon Pavilon on Saturday May 4, 2013.  Doors open at Noon.  More information at



Friends of Grand Isle will host its Annual FOGI Day Seafood Boil on April 27, 2013 at the Grand isle MultiPlex, Doors open at 4:30 PM.



April 27, 2013

Grand Isle Multiplex


4:30 pm                Doors Open, Silent Auction opens

5:00 pm                Welcome from President O’Neill

5:05 pm                Welcome from Mayor David Camardelle

5:20 pm                Offshore Fishing – Bobby Terrebonne, Charter Fishing Captain, Gotcha Fishing Charters,                       

5:40 pm                Activities of the Grand Isle Community Development Team – Sue Galliano, Chairman

6:00 pm                Check Presentation Ceremony to Grand Isle EMS for Amulance Fund.


                                                Redfish Rodeo

                                                Grand Isle Community Development Team

6:20 pm                FOGI Business Meeting

6:40 pm                Music – provided by Wayne Keller, Executive Director, Grand Isle Port Commission

6:40 pm                Dinner, Boiled Seafood

7:30 pm                Slient Auction Closes

7:45 pm                Door Prizes

Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration was a success!


The Town of Grand Isle, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNP), The Nature Conservancy, the Grand Isle Port Commission, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Friends of Grand Isle and  the Grand Isle Community Development Team hosted the Migratory Bird Celebration, held the third weekend of April annually. The migratory birds were in abundance providing opportunities for advance and beginner birders.

Tours were packed and included: Bird Banding on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings and tours conducted by experienced volunteer guides from local birding clubs through the Grand Isle Birding Trails maintained by The Nature Conservancy.  Shore bird kayak tours were conducted by experienced kayakers through marsh areas.  Native and edible plant identification tours led by noted author Dr. Charles Allen.  Tours of the new Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Fish Lab and historical tours of Grand Isle's old homes were hosted by local residents.  Shore bird guided tours of the Grand Isle State Park and Elmer's Island were led by the Audubon Society.

C.C. Lockwood, respected wildlife photographer and author, provided a presentation of his works and newest digital book during the lunch break.

The annual juried art exhibition, entitled "Grand Isle Day and Night, A Study in Black and White" displayed Grand Isle's student artist images of the island, was opened and will remain on display at the new Grand Isle Library.  

The lunch was also a fund raising event sponsored by the Moran and Guidry families to fund a new ambulance for the town.  Also a proclamation was presented to the family of the late Bobby Santiny, a long-time local birder, during the bird count held in their yard.

All tours, vendors and registrations were headquartered at the Grand Isle Multiplex Building along LA Hwy One. For other information and events on Grand Isle go to and

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