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1st fish weighed breaks 46-year-old tarpon rodeo record

1st fish weighed breaks 46-year-old tarpon rodeo record


GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — The first fish weighed at the 90th Annual Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo this past weekend broke the 46-year-old rodeo record.

Houma angler Guy Cenac hauled in a tarpon weighing 208 pounds 14 ounces Thursday at the Tarpon Rodeo. The event's previous record was 206 pounds, set in 1972.

Weighmaster Martin Bourgeois tells The Daily Comet it was a spectacular fish and a great start to the rodeo.

It took nearly three hours to get the tarpon into the boat Thursday. Cenac tells The Advocate he didn't realize just how big the fish was until he'd been fighting it for hours. He says that once it was landed, he thought he had a chance at the record.

The state record is 246.6 pounds, set in 2015.

The following are the final results from Saturday’s final day of the tarpon rodeo. Results are listed in pounds and ounces.

TARPON DIVISION

Tarpon: 1, Guy P. Cenac, Houma, “Blue Monkey,” 208-14 (rodeo record); 2, Bill Price, Bourg, 149-06; 3, Drew LeBlanc, Broussard, 141-14; 4, Zach Dominique, Lafayette, 107-14; 5, Hayden Hawthorne, Houma “R&R,” 94-04.

Tarpon Tag and Release: 1, “Rock & Roll” (Capt. John DeBlieux), 300 point; 2, “Built Tough” (Capt. Raleigh Robichaux), 200 points; 3, “Climax” (Capt. Lance Crochet, 200 points; 4, “Coon Pop” (Capt. “Coon” Schouest), 200 points; 5, R&R,” (Capt. Richard Hawthorne), 100 points.

First Tarpon Weighed: Guy P. Cenac, Houma

BIG GAME DIVISION

Blue Marlin: None submitted

Dolphin: 1, Brian Billeaud, New Iberia, 35-02; 2, Scott Adams, Marrero, 28-04; 3, Daniel Thibodeaux, Prairieville, 23-00.

Yellowfin Tuna: 1, Charles Higgins, Baton Rouge, 154-12; 2, Tyler Smith, Denham Springs, 108-14; 3, Jack Bryant, Harahan. 94-12.

Blackfin Tuna: 1, Lance Williams, Covington, 24-10; 2, Jonathan Scully, Morgan City, 24-04; 3, Michael Naquin, Clinton, 24-00.

Wahoo: 1, Lance Williams, Covington, 55-00; 2, Lester Scheilinger, Slidell, 34-08; 3, Keith Meyers, Sunset, 34-06.

Big Game Tag-and-Release: 1, Austin Settoon “Liquid Cargo,: 500 points; 2, Beau Bankston “Blue Line,” 500 points; 3, Blake Quinlivan “Lolita,” 500 points; 4, Hunter Myer “Fleur De Lis,” 200 points; 5, Chandler Johnson, “Blue Line,” 60 points.

Best All-Angler Big-Game Division: Lance Williams, Covington

SHORELINE DIVISION

Amberjack: Season closed

Barracuda: 1. Melvin Richard, Metairie, 27-00; 2, Dean Blanchard, Grand Isle, 24-02; 3, Ben Katzeneyer, Baton Rouge, 22-00.

Bluefish: 1, Maggie Dowdy, Cut Off, 4-00; 2, Chase Groger, Denham Springs, 2-14; 3, Chase Groger, Denham Springs, 2-14.

Bonito: 1, Cason Maggio, Prairieville, 17-00; 2, Alvin Melancon, Luling, 16-10; 3, Joshua Jordan, St. Martinville, 16-02.

Cobia: 1, John Munnerlyn, New Iberia, 55-06; 2, Martin Castjohn, Metairie, 48-10; 3, Michael Rispone, Central, 47-06.

Croaker: 1, Andrew Boughman, Houma, 3-10; 2, Joseph Latino, Donaldsonville, 3-02; 3, Jimmy Plauche’, Baton Rouge, 2-02.

Drum: 1, Jacob Babin “Team BLUMF,” Raceland, 48-12; 2, Ronnie Eschete, Thibodaux, 38-04; 3, Joshua Naquin, Houma, 33-12.

Flounder: 1, Gam Gammage, Sewanne, Ga., 3-04; 2, Gary Kinler, Luling, 2-0; 3, Matt Rodrigue, New Orleans, 1-06.

Gafftopsail Catfish: 1, Chad Hebert, Raceland, 6-00; 2, Roy Hogan, Des Allemands, 5-10; 3, Chad Hebert, Raceland, 4-12.

Grouper: 1, David Rabalais Lake Charles, 94-06; 2, Kevin Hatcher, Donaldsonville, 91-06; 3, Ryan LeBlanc, Plaquemine, 86-02.

Jack Crevalle: 1, Jack Kinler, Luling, 25-02; 2, Chandler Jackson, Baton Rouge, 25-00; 3, Mark Eberts, Mandeville, 24-14.

King Mackerel: 1, Melvin Richard, Metairie, 48-12; 2, Melvin Richard, Metairie, 35-12; 3, Andy Eymard, Cut Off, 35-08.

Spanish Mackerel: 1, Ivy St Romain, Morgan City, 4-14; 2, Armando Perry, Lafayette, 3-12; Tommy Vidrine, Grand Isle, 3-08.

Mangrove Snapper: 1, Roger Dowdy Jr., Cut Off, 11-08; 2, Cooper Katzenmeyer, Baton Rouge, 11-02; 3, Josh Dussan, Pontchatoula, 10-08.

Red Snapper: 1, Michelle Ponder, Luling, 24-04; 2, Michael Naquin, Clinton, 24-02; 3, Mary Doiron, Morgan City, 24-02.

Redfish: 1, Grant Lynch, Talledega, Ala., 33-06; 2, Malcom Torres, New Orleans, 30-14; 3, Michael White, Paradis, 30-04.

Redfish Stringer: 1, Kerry Melancon, New Orleans, 40-00 (rodeo record); 2, Gary Wilson, Mandeville, 33-04; 3, Maurice Daquin, Lafitte, 29-02.

Sheepshead: 1, Mark Harmon, Boutte, 6-04; 2, Joe Wrubleski, Metairie, 5-12; 3, Joe Wrubleski, Metairie, 5-06.

Spadefish: 1, “Lil” Beau Grafton, Thibodaux, 6-04; 2 Mark Johnson, Prairieville, 5-02; 3, Lynn Thibodaux, Iowa, 4-08.

Speckled Trout: 1, Tommy Vidrine, Grand Isle. 5-04; 2, Ryan Clement, Thibodaux, 4-12; 3, Steve Ashy Sr., Lafayette, 4-04.

Tripletail: 1, Michael Naquin, Clinton. 4-04; 2, Michael Naquin, Clinton 3-02.

White Trout: 1, James Creamer, Summit, N.J., 2-08; 2, Jackson Duhe, Lutcher, 2-00; 3, Sydney Kelley, Grand Isle, 1-00.

Best All-Around Anger Inside Division: Chad Hebert, Raceland

Best All-Around Angler Shoreline Division: Melvin Richard, Metairie