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“Fish the Bayou” is here again and ready for any and all fishermen/women

“Fish the Bayou” is here again and ready for any and all fishermen/women

The 2015 version of the “Fish the Bayou” event, designed to create support and awareness for Louisiana’s blue-collar workforce through a fishing tournament, will be held at the Larose Civic Center on October 10th.

It’s the third year that the Dusty Richardel Memorial Foundation (DRMF) hosts a gathering which crams a fishing rodeo, food, prizes, and entertainment into one day in the hope of raising money for a worthy cause.

DRMF is a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to Louisiana high school seniors who plan to embark directly into the blue collar work force rather than following traditional university curriculums.

The foundation was created in memory of the late Dusty Richardel of Larose. Dusty’s carpentry career did not follow the path to college but those who knew him could appreciate his aspirations in life. As a young adult, he had tremendous initiative and a strong work ethic. His four years of hands-on experience taught him the skills necessary to become a talented carpenter.

By helping Louisiana high-school seniors who are either going to a technical/vocational school, or going straight to work after graduation, the Foundation can honor those students, like Dusty, who would otherwise have no assistance with the start of their new careers.

In the past two years, the Foundation has given scholarships to 27 local students totaling $35,000.

That scholarship money is used by recipients for career training in such areas as integrated technologies, nautical sciences, air conditioning and refrigeration, culinary school, marine electrician training, beauty school, farming, construction, photography and diesel mechanics.

“From books and tuition to tools, work clothes, and steel-toed boots—we made sure that every recipient had the resources necessary to join the workforce and start a successful career,” says Shane Curole, Foundation member and coordinator of the tournament event.

“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

Kayak Division
--‐3 Red Fish stringer (under 27”)
--‐2 Speckled Trout stringer

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 is at the Larose Civic Center, 307 E. 5th St.

Fishing time is from 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning till 5 p.m. that afternoon. Scales will open at 3 p.m.

Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. and special guest Mr. Sidney Triche will start the auction at 7 p.m.

Rodeo tickets are $26 and include meal and t-shirt. Jambalaya, white beans, shrimp fettuccini and desserts will be served.

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

This year’s rodeo is also the 5th stop of the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club’s 2015 Tournament Series. The LKFC tournament is open to the public.

“Our event contains a ton of entertainment for participants of all ages--fishermen and non-fishermen alike!” said Curole.

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 or (985) 628-0639, or email