Nearly 100 children turn out for annual East Ascension Sportsman's League Kids Fishing Rodeo

Thursday, 05 October 2017, 12:36:59 PM. Fall-like weather reigned early Saturday morning over the East Ascension Sportsman’s League 57th annual Kids Fishing Rodeo in Dutchtown.

Fall-like weather reigned early Saturday morning over the East Ascension Sportsman’s League 57th annual Kids Fishing Rodeo in Dutchtown.

Around 100 children, ages 2-14, participated in the free event held at the Twin Lakes Mobile Estate Park pond.

Bettye Lambert, chairwoman of the EASL Kids Fishing Rodeo, said the rodeo “gives EASL exposure and is a chance for children to learn about fishing.”

Friends Susan Smith and Leigh Lambert, both of St. Amant, brought six children to the event.

“My parents were in the sportsman’s league,” Smith said. “I came out here for years when I was a kid. I never caught anything, but it was fun.”

“The kids get fishing experience while hanging out with family,” Lambert added. “They enjoy competing for prizes, and it’s a healthy competition.”

Destin Daigle, 11, enjoys attending the rodeo because “it’s fun and you can catch really good fish, get prizes. I’m used to waking up at 6 anyway.”

Frank Sanchez, of Gonzales, brought his grandsons, Maddox Harris, 5, and Rayne Hoover, 11, to the tournament.

“I want them to fish, and this is a good experience,” Sanchez said. “I like to spend time with my grandkids.”

Dane Bourgeois, head of EASL’s Kids’ Fishing Clinics, has been involved with the fishing rodeo for 20 years.

“I started researching the history of the rodeo and found out when the EASL board talked about the fishing rodeo,” Bourgeois said. “Then (discovered) when they began planning one. We believe this is the 57th year.

“This is a family deal which makes it popular," Bourgeois said. "Kids can’t come out here on their own. Their parents have to bring them, so it involves the entire family. Everybody loves to fish. First, they catch a fish, then they want to fish more. … The owners of Twin Lakes Mobile Estate Park have always welcomed us. We love being here.”

The rodeo, originally scheduled for August, was postponed because of bad weather. Lambert said about 40 volunteers helped this weekend.

“It was tough this year because of it being rescheduled,” Bourgeois said. “But we still (had) a great turnout.”

According to EASL fishing rodeo rules, participants had to use a cane pole or rod and reel and fish with crickets, worms or other live bait. Parents were allowed to help bait the hook and cast the line, but the children had to hold the pole and land the fish.

Doughnuts, hot dogs and jambalaya were provided by local sponsors.

Participants fished until 9 a.m., then tables and scales were set up for the weigh-ins. Goody bags and prizes were given to participants.

For more information about EASL’s Kids Fishing Clinics, visit easlonline.org.

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