Oh yeah! It’s rodeo time.
Now that CCA’s STAR of the Summer – Statewide Tournament and Anglers’ Rodeo – is underway with its big pickup truck and boat/speedboat/trailer prizes, it’s time for the weekend action to begin.
Yes, Memorial Day is the trigger for warm-weather inshore fishing action — and we wish we weren’t honoring those who paid for freedoms here and around the world with sales on all manner of vehicles and mattresses. Somehow it doesn’t fit.
Later this week, Catholic High in Baton Rouge and Brother Martin in New Orleans will hold their annual fishing contests knowing that our coastal brothers and sisters continue to recover from Hurricane Ida.
Although anglers at both rodeos can fish Friday and Saturday, the lingering effects of Ida are the reason the Catholic High alumni reunion reduced what was a two-day weigh-in to a Saturday from 2-6 p.m. , bring your fish to the scales. at Marina Fourchon de Moran.
Brother Martin will weigh in at Elysian Fields School from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.
Both have fees with funds going to schools, and both have the usual saltwater species categories for open anglers and youth/students. Unusually, Brother Martin includes a sire-daughter “biggest fish” and smallest “legal” category at 5 trout, while Catholic High’s “calcuttas” for multiple species total weights coastal and offshore, the most disputed being the 5 – calcutta mangrove snapper.
Catholic High begins with a 5-8 p.m. “launch party” on Tuesday at school, and added the special Friday service day. Director of Alumni Brian Hightower is working with the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux to encourage CHS alumni and students to show up at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Center for Spiritual Life, 15300 Main Street West in Cut Off.
“We ask our alumni to bring new or lightly used tools to donate to those affected by Hurricane Ida,” Hightower said. “We hope to have enough help to plan several projects. We will have a safety meeting with coffee and donuts, and we would like to have volunteers with carpentry skills to help with more difficult projects.
“And, for those who can’t help, donations will help, with the best option being gift cards for home improvement stores during the construction phase so tools, lumber and supplies are what we have the most. need.
For details, email Hightower: [email protected]
Swolfest started in 1997 and became the first major fishing rodeo of the summer. It will take place June 8-11 at Grand Isle Marina, on the eastern end of our state’s only inhabited barrier island.
The brainchild of the Baton Rouge dentist Nick Rauber raised over $500,000 for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. Other beneficiaries include Heroes on the Water, Grand Isle School, Wounded War Heroes, Swolfest’s Outdoors Wish Foundation (taking young people with disabilities hunting and fishing) and Hunters for the Hungry.
To that end, over 40 sponsors make it possible to donate all rodeo fees to these charities.
Fishing begins Wednesday, June 8, and weigh-ins are held at the marina from 4:30-6:30 p.m. June 9-11, where and when fish donations will be accepted for Hunters for the Hungry.
For young anglers
For the third year, Federal Shelters in Southeast Louisiana will host a Virtual Youth Fishing Rodeo on June 11-12.
This free “fishing derby” doesn’t hold a weigh-in, instead asks youth 15 and under to take a parent or adult guardian to catch a fish during the Louisiana Free Fishing Weekend – two days where no one needs a fishing license to catch and keep fish in state waters.
After catching a fish, the young fisherman needs someone to take a photo (yes, on a cell phone), then email the photo to [email protected], or the Southeast Facebook page Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex @SoutheastLouisiana via Facebook Messenger.
A second must is the youngster “…should make a sign that says #GetYourFishOn 2022 or GeauxFish 2022 and post it with their catch”, and the youngster will get extra points for what the sanctuary managers have declared to be”. .. artistically decorated, creative signs.
The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m., Monday, June 13. After that, winners will be randomly selected and winners will be announced on Friday, June 17.
For details, call (985) 882-2015 or email: [email protected]
A speckled trout update and revisions to a notice of intent to change regulations on several fishing gear (things like yo-yos and limb lines) ahead of the Wildlife and Fisheries Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Baton Rouge.
The live audio/video feed of the meeting will be available via Zoom.