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‘Fish the Bayou’ for a worthy cause

‘Fish the Bayou’ for a worthy cause

If you are looking around for a fishing tournament for a worthy cause, look no further than the “Fish the Bayou” rodeo on October 4, headquartered at the Larose Civic Center.

In its second year, “Fish the Bayou” will again stress fun angling, delicious food, great door prizes and musical entertainment.

The tournament is an annual fishing rodeo put on by the Dusty Richardel Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to Louisiana high school seniors who forego traditional college training and instead join the blue-collar workforce right out of high school.

Revenue from the rodeo goes toward funding those scholarships.

After last year’s event, the foundation was able to award “blue-collar worker” scholarships to 12 students totaling $20,000.

Created in memory of Larose resident Dusty Richardel, the foundation’s mission is to help facilitate opportunities for high school graduates who shared Dusty’s ambition to become a skilled blue-collar worker.

The non-profit organization targets students who plan to attend trade schools, vocational schools or technical colleges, seeking career paths in such areas as integrated production technologies, nautical sciences, air condition and refrigeration services, culinary school, marine electrician, beauty school and diesel mechanics.

“Fish the Bayou” is a one-day tournament with saltwater and freshwater categories for boaters, kayakers, and youth.

Boat Division:
--‐3 Red Fish stringer (under 27”)
--‐2 Speckled Trout stringer
--‐Trash Fish (heaviest fish, any species in season for recreational fishing)
--‐3 Bass stringer
--‐2 Mangrove Snapper stringer

Kayak Division:
--‐3 Red Fish stringer (under 27”)
--‐2 Speckled Trout stringer
--‐Trash Fish (heaviest fish, any species in season for recreational fishing)

Youth Division (under 16 years of age):
--‐1 Red Fish (under 27”)
--‐1 Speckled Trout
--‐1 Catfish (any species of catfish)

An award will also be given for redfish with the most spots.

Rodeo headquarters are located at the Bayou Civic Club (307 E. 5th St., Larose). Fishing time is from 12:01a.m. Saturday morning till 5 p.m. that afternoon. The scales will open at 3 p.m. Prior to weighing fish, anglers must sign in by 5 p.m. The deadline for signing in is 5 p.m. Scales will stay open until all signees have weighed in.
Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. and special guest Mr. Sidney Triche will start the auction at 7.

Rodeo tickets are $25 and that price includes a meal and t-shirt.

Delicious redfish courtboullion, jambalaya, gumbo, potato salad and desserts will be served.

Registration and sponsorship information can be found at or by visiting Facebook at “Fish the Bayou”.

Raffles, door prizes, live entertainment, and even a costume contest will be featured.

This year’s rodeo is also the fifth stop of the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club’s 2014 Tournament Series. The LKFC tournament will be held separate from “Fish the Bayou” but is open to the public.
Participants in the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club event are NOT allowed to use live or dead bait. It is an artificial bait only tournament.

Registration and rules can be found at:

For additional information or to become a sponsor of “Fish the Bayou”, contact Shane Curole at (985) 628-0639, (985) 628-0639, or by email at