EASL to host annual Kid's Fishing Rodeo this Saturday

Kyle Riviere
Last year, nearly 200 kids showed up for the EASL's annual Kid's Fishing Rodeo. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

It took nearly two months longer than expected, but this Saturday morning, the parish’s young fisherman will converge on Twin Lakes Park in Dutchtown with their poles and live bait to enjoy the 57th annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo.

The rodeo was originally schedule for Aug. 5, but prolonged rain forced the East Ascension Sportsman League to postpone the event.

EASL Chairman Bettye Lambert released a statement that said, “To our community, and especially our children that have been looking forward to the Kid’s Fishing Rodeo, please accept our sincere apologies for having to cancel the event this year.

“Three nights in a row, there were downpours in Dutchtown. The area for parking, registering, weighing fish, eating and collecting prizes were too wet to accommodate everyone. The grounds would have taken a beating. We don’t want to tear up the area, with cars and trucks getting stuck and making big ruts. The owners have been so kind to us and treat us with respect for the use of their grounds.”

She assured the community that they would try to reschedule the event, and they have. Lambert said that if the event has to be cancelled on Saturday, the rodeo won’t be held in 2017.

Though, this week’s forecast looks clear. As of this writing, there is only a 10-percent chance of rain in Geismar for Friday, and the forecast calls for sunshine on Saturday.

Last year, almost 200 kids showed up for the rodeo.

Parents do not have to be members of the EASL to have their children participate in this Saturday’s fishing rodeo.

The fishing rodeo will be open to all children between the ages of 2 and 14, and it’s free to enter. In fact, the young anglers will be treated to free food, and door prizes will also be given out to each fisherman.

These prizes are possible because of the many sponsors of the event. This includes Shell Pipeline.

There are a few rules that participants will have to adhere to on Saturday.

For one, the kids must bring a cane pole or a rod and reel, and their bait must be crickets, worms or any other live bait. No artificial baits will be allowed.

When it comes to parents, they are allowed to help their child bait their hook and/or cast the line, but the kid must hold the pole and bring in the fish on their own.

Parents are encouraged to bring folding chairs, live bait and a bucket to hold the fish their child catches throughout the course of the event. No matter how small some of the caught fish may be, they will all be counted and weighed at the conclusion of the event.

Though, only fish will be counted. Turtles and eels won’t.

Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, and fishing will commence from 7-9.

When the fishing is stopped at 9, the fish will be weighed and a judge will tally the results. Trophies will then be awarded for the biggest fish and most fish caught for each age category.

Children will be grouped by age and gender.

Not every child will get a trophy for the fishing competition, but no child will go home empty handed. As stated before, all participants will walk away with a door prize and free food.

For more information on the event, you can call Bettye Lambert at 571-4588, or you can check out the East Ascension Sportsman League’s website at www.easlonline.org.