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EASL Terry Melancon Memorial Saltwater Challenge Set for July 15-16, 2016

EASL’s Terry Melancon Memorial Salt Water Challenge will take place Friday July 15 for registration and social, and conclude Saturday July 16th with weigh in, awards and fish fry.  All activities including registration, eating, socializing, weigh-in, awards, etc. will take place at the camps behind the Cajun Holiday Motel.  This is located on the left just past the Grand Isle Bridge.

In 2015 we started having door prizes and ditty bags for all of the participants.  If you can secure items please bring them to the rodeo or to one of the EASL meetings leading up to the event.  Touch base with Torrey if you can get something.

Two important Schedule notes:

  • All anglers must be registered by 8:00 pm Friday. If you want to fish in the rodeo and cannot get to Grand Isle Friday night give your registration fees to someone that can pay for you Friday evening.
  • All anglers must be at the weigh in by 3:00 Saturday

We will rent 3 camps.  The camps will be reserved for the first 30 people who pay $120 each for the entire weekend starting Thursday night.  This is non-refundable, if you pay and cannot attend it will be up to the individual to find someone to take their place.   Currently there are 11 unpaid spots still available.  Of those spots, six have been requested but not paid for. So with all that said, if you want a bed in one of the three camps get your money in soon.

Rules and Categories:EASL Saltwater Challenge


  • 5 largest speckled trout – combined weight (1st & 2nd place)
  • Largest trout (1st place only)
  • 2 redfish under 27” – combined weight (1st & 2nd place)
  • Biggest red (any length) (1st place only)
  • Biggest flounder (1st place only)
  • “Other”; (1st place only; $20) Definition: any legal fish except redfish, trout, or flounder
  • Cajun Slam; (optional $10/team; winning team takes all) Combined weight of each team’s biggest; Red (under 27”), Trout, & Flounder. Any fish weighed-in for the Slam, can also be entered in the other categories. All three species must be caught to win.  If no team catches all 3 species 2 species will be weighed then 1.


  • Entry Fee: $15/participant; $10 goes to payouts for winners; $5 goes to meals. Meal money will be kept in a separate bucket.  We are asking that each person eating pay $5 to help pay for the 2 meals.  Drinks will not be served.  Eaters must bring their own drinks.
  • All participants must be signed-up prior to Friday night start time
  • All participants older than 15 must be current EASL member. Participants 15 and younger must be accompanied by a current EASL member. Memberships will be available for purchase at Friday evening sign-up
  • Teams can have from 1, to no more than 5 people
  • Team members should remain within sight of each other while fishing
  • Fishing starts at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) Friday night
  • Participants must be present at the weigh-in site no later than 3 p.m. Saturday – No exceptions
  • Method of catch: Hook & line only; no flounder gigging, netting, etc.
  • Both artificial & live bait are permissible
  • Fishing boundaries: Any water within boating distance from Grand Isle/Fourchon/Leeville

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