Terry Melancon Saltwater Challenge 2016 Results and Photos

The 2016 Terry Melancon Saltwater Challenge was a great time to be had by all.  Goosie Guice proved once again you do not need an expensive boat, fishing guide or high tech equipment to catch a winning stringer.  He fished on the side of Highway 1 between Grand Isle and Fourchon and had the winning 5 trout stringer and the largest trout.  If memory serves correct 4 of the last 5 years have been won fishing from the side of the road or from the bank.

Mrs B fish 2016 Saltwater ChallengeThis has become a multi-state and international event.  We had 58 participants on 18 registered teams.  Team “Shoulda quit Drinkin” came over from South Georgia to participate for the first time.  They won the trash fish category with a big jack crevalle.  What is impressive about the catch was they cleaned it and took it home to eat.  I guess the quality of fish meat depends on where you are from.  They eat fried mullet there also.

It was a group effort to insure the success of the event.  Thelma Diez, Vince Diez Jr and Charley Moore were instrumental in making sure we ate well.  Jodi Singer took care of registration and recorded the weights as Barney Callahan weighed the fish for the competition.  Goosie organized the clean-up crew to leave the 3 rented camps in good shape so that we can come back again next year.  Marcia and Jerry Jimmerson made sure everyone had an assigned room.   Mr. Percy went above and beyond the call of duty insuring the quality of the banana pudding.

It was a good time with friends, family and fellowship.  We are looking forward to next year’s event.

Below are the winning teams:

Shoulda Quit Drinkin’: Trash fish with a Jack Crevalle (14.11#)

Chasin’ Tail: 1st place-2 largest redfish under 27″ (12.46#)

Newt’s Raiders: 1st place-largest redfish overall (23.39#)

Bama Toad Stranglers: 2nd place-5 largest trout (11.07#), 2nd place-2 largest redfish under 27″ (9.82#)

Team Margarita: 1st place-5 largest speckled trout (12.76#) & big speckled trout (3.50#)

Croaker Nuggets: 1st place-big flounder (1.59#) & Cajun Slam (11.42#)

Shoulda quit drinking 2016 Saltwater Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James with Red and Mackeral 2016 Saltwater Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia Alabama Boys 2016 Saltwater Challenge

EASL Turkey Contest Winners for 2016

Turkey Contest Winner 2016: Cody Braud won in the out of state category and Goosie Guice won the in-state category.

Turkey Contest winner 2016

Thad Bellow (left) with Cody Braud.

Kids and Their Families Invited to EASL Kids Fishing Rodeo August 6

Hello All, This is a reminder to all of our EASL members that our 56th Annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo is on August 6, 2016. Please grab your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends and bring them to the fishing rodeo.

EASLKids fishing picDon’t forget that it’s for kids ages 2-14 and they each need a fishing pole or rod and reel. There will be some crickets donated by Fluker Cricket Farms, but we encourage you to bring any live bait you’d like-just no artificial lures or baits.

The sign-up for the rodeo starts at 6:30AM at Twin Lakes Park in Dutchtown, La. The fishing starts at 7:00AM and ends at 9:00AM. There will be a weigh-in after the fishing is done. Hot dogs and jambalaya prepared and donated by the Motiva Rec Club, will be available while we tally the results.  Rodney Dupuy from CAJUNLIVINNCOOKIN, will be on hand to take pictures. You can do this while waiting for the tally or bring your fish to take a picture.

abby with trophyAfter the scores are turned in, we will give trophies for the biggest fish overall to a girl and a boy. There will also be trophies in four separate age groups for most fish (boy and girl) and biggest fish. Also, there will be a drawing in three age groups for bicycles.

We want to make sure that as many Sportsman League members as possible are out there because we all need to work together to help this event continue to be successful.

If you would like to donate items, volunteer your time, or make monetary contributions, please call me at 225-571-4588 or send info to bmworks2011@hotmail.com.  Thanks for your help with this wonderful community event.

-Bettye Lambert, EASL Chairman Kid’s Fishing Rodeo

Kids Fishing Rodeo Flyer 2016 – revised

 

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

Categories

  • 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.

Rules

  • 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

SWC Team OptomismSWC Charlie Moore big trout

*CANCELLED* Kisatchie Trail Ride Scheduled for June 11 *CANCELLED*

CANCELLED: Due to low participation registration and possible damage or unsuitable conditions to the trail from the recent deluge of rains, EASL is canceling the trail ride this Saturday, June 11. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused those who had already signed up. If enough interest is generated later this fall, we may try to reschedule.  Any questions at all, call 5718101.
-Warren Hebert

*CHANGE* Kisatchie Trail Ride is scheduled for (new date) Saturday, June 11. EASL is planning a trail ride to the Sandstone Trail in the Kisatchie National Forest projected to be on Saturday, June 11.  The date will depend on the trail’s availability, depending on the rains toward the end of May. We will monitor closely through June 4 if the trail is usable.  The ride is for regular 4 wheelers — no side by sides. They are too wide for the trail bridges. This will be a slow paced, family encouraged ride, not a race. There are many nature sights on this 26 mile trek. Riders will need to bring your own provisions: water, food and drinks, so please be self-contained on your bike. Camping is available. Any questions call Warren Hebert at 225-571-8101 or email at warrenh3@eatel.net.  Remember to check back about the date as it gets closer to the date.

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EASL’s Pan Fish Rodeo Saturday, April 9, 2016

UPDATE: The EASL held its 1st Annual Pan Fish Rodeo on Saturday, April 9. According to Mike Lambert who chaired the rodeo, 10 people weighed in fish at PJ’s Landing that afternoon. The results are as follows:
1st Place- Mac Daigle with 10.44 lbs
2nd Place- Wanda Daigle with 9.43 lbs
3rd Place- Josh Savoy with 5.58 lbs
Big Fish- Mac Daigle with .85 lbs
Congratulations to the winners!

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Announcing the Pan Fish Rodeo April 9th! The East Ascension Sportsman’s League invites you to participate in its inaugural Pan Fish Rodeo to be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016.  The rules are pasted below. We’d love for you join us!crappie photo

EASL PAN FISH RODEO

APRIL 9, 2016

RULES

1)       NO REGISTRATION NEEDED PRIOR TO FISHING.  JUST FISH ANY PUBLIC WATER YOU CHOOSE STARTING AT SUNRISE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 9.  REGISTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE WEIGH IN.

2)       MUST USE HOOK AND LINE, LIVE OR ARTIFICIAL BAIT.

3)       MUST BE AN E.A.S.L. MEMBER.  FISHERMEN UNDER THE AGE OF 16 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A MEMBER.

4)       EACH PERSON WILL FISH INDIVIDUALLY, NO TEAMS, SO YOU MUST KEEP YOUR FISH SEPARATED FROM OTHERS YOU ARE FISHING WITH.

5)       USE YOUR OWN JUDGMENT AND KEEP ONLY FISH THAT ARE A SIZE YOU CAN EAT.

6)       RETURN TO PJ’s LANDING NO LATER THAN 2:00 P.M. WITH YOUR LIMIT OF PAN FISH FOR WEIGH IN.

7)       PAN FISH WILL INCLUDE BREAM, PERCH, CRAPPIE, AND OTHER LIKE FRESH WATER FISH.  NO BASS OR CATFISH WILL BE WEIGHED, BUT CAN BE DONATED TO THE FISH FRY.

8)       EACH PERSON’S CATCH WILL BE WEIGHED AS A WHOLE AND RECORDED.  THE WEIGHT OF YOUR BIGGEST FISH WILL ALSO BE RECORDED.

9)       CASH PRIZES WILL BE PAID TO THE WINNERS WITH $25.00 FOR 1st PLACE, $15.00 FOR 2nd, $10.00 FOR 3rd, AND $10.00 FOR BIGGEST OVERALL PAN FISH.

10)   ALL FISHERMEN WILL PREPARE A SHARE OF THEIR FISH TO BE COOKED AT E.A.S.L.’s NEXT GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TO BE HELD APRIL 18, 2016 AT THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 81 OFF CORNERVIEW STREET IN GONZALES AT 7PM.

 WE HOPE ALL WILL COME OUT FOR A FUN DAY OF FISHING AND WILL JOIN WITH FELLOW MEMBERS  AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR A FISH FRY AT THE APRIL MEETING. WE HOPE FOR A BIG TURN OUT. WE HOPE TO MAKE THIS A YEARLY EVENT WITH YOUR PARTICIPATION. FOR MORE DETAILS OR INFORMATION:  CALL MIKE LAMBERT at 225 644 3804.

Ashlee Fink Wins First Place in EASL Squirrel Rodeo

EASL’s 2015 Squirrel Rodeo on Saturday, October 3rd had 19 hunters this year.  First Place: Ashlee Fink, with a limit that weighed 8.7 lbs. Second Place: Mike Brown, with 7 that weighed 8.1 lbs, and also tied for biggest squirrel. Third Place was Gary Lass with 8 at 7.1 lbs. Hunters enjoyed a jambalaya cooked by Perry Berteau. On Sunday, EASL members enjoyed a tasty squirrel gravy cooked by Todd Breaux at Merle’s place. Thanks to our cooks, Dwain Gautreaux for chairing this annual event and Merle Gautreaux for hosting.

Ashlee Fink First Place Squirrel Rodeo 2015

EASL’s 2015 Sweepstakes a Success!  

Fellow Sportsman Leaguers,

The EASL Board of Directors is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Sportsman’s Sweepstakes giveaway held on June 15th of this year. Thanks to the huge outpouring of support, we have clearly exceeded our expectations in securing this year’s financial budget needs. This effort would never have been possible without YOU and the board would like to congratulate everyone who participated in making this possible!

Additionally, we would like to recognize the many Corporate Sponsors or Individuals who donated either monetary support or prizes used in the sweepstakes package. We urge everyone to acknowledge these supporters in whatever way to express our club’s grateful appreciation.

Sincerely, Barney Callahan
On behalf of The Board of Directors

Sweepstakes Winners:

Ruger 1022/ .22 Cal. Rifle – Forrest Broussard

Lake Bruin Fishing Trip – Mark Shurtz

H20 Max Bait Cast Combo – Jodi Daigle

H20 Max Spin Cast Combo – Greg Cedotal

32 X 22 Matted/Framed Wildlife Print – David Cliburn

Matted/Framed Tensas Basin Print – Clay Schexnayder

Taxidermy Duck Mount – Jimmy Villar

Custom Aluminum Boiling Pot – Karl Brumfield

152 QT “MAXCOLD” Igloo Ice Chest – Gonzales Hardware Inc.

Crystal Vase & Neiman Marcus Platter – Michael LeBon

$50 Ralph’s Market Gift Certificate – Lynda Lambert

2 Framed Wildlife watercolor paintings – AMKO Fence & Security

2 Framed Wildlife watercolor paintings – Lana Taylor

2 Alex Painter Matted/framed prints – Cody Braud

2 Alex Painter Matted/framed prints – Landry’s Pharmacy

9qt Dutch Oven – Nicholas Murphy

Cypress Bat House – Buzzy Landry

1 pair Hip Boots – Greg Cedotal

 

Sponsor/ Donors:

Coast Machinery

ProServe Inc.

AMKO Fence & Security

S&S Machinery

Hutch’s Hardware

David Wilcox Insurance Agency

Gonzales Hardware

Bayou Metal Works

Carmen Duplessis/Mike LeBlanc

Mike and Lynda Lambert

Krazy Kajan Cookware/Shane Martinez

Nooley’s Po-Boys, Prairieville

United Community Bank

Fins to Feathers Taxidermy

Ronnie Braud Trucking

Representative Clay Schexnayder

Diez Signs Inc.

Harry Robert Insurance Agency

Diez Auto Parts

Jim and Warren Hebert

Rebecca Triche/Purvis Hebert

Jerry & Marcia Jimmerson

Artist, Alex Painter

Results, Article for EASL’s 55th Kids Fishing Rodeo

Check out great photos from EASL’s 55th Kids Fishing Rodeo in The Advocate’s article:

http://theadvocate.com/news/ascension/13051440-123/rodeo-offers-some-reel-quality

WINNERS:
Biggest Fish Overall: Seth Baye, 3.3 pounds
Most Fish Caught, Girls: Elizabeth Kennison, 48
Most Fish Caught, Boys: Ayden Fatheree, 58

Age 2-4
Most Fish, Girls: Sophie Bordelon, 17
Most Fish, Boys: Leighton Fatheree, 17
Biggest Fish: Miles Bowman, .47 lbs.
Age 5-7
Most Fish, Girls: Braylee Lambert, 29
Most Fish, Boys: Nikolaus Kahn, 34
Biggest Fish: Keenan Wilson, .63 lbs.
Age 8-10
Most Fish, Girls: Kaylyn Carter, 47
Most Fish, Boys: Wesley Robinson, 41
Biggest Fish: D’Shawn Hunt, 2.80 lbs.
Age 11-14
Most Fish, Girls: Sadie Bourgeois and Karlie Delhommer, 12
Most Fish, Boys: Kanaan Watts, 27
Biggest Fish: Rosa Rodriguez, .60 lbs.

Sophie Singer win kids rodeo 2015

Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program

THE LOUISIANA HUNTING HERITAGE PROGRAM: CONTINUING THE TRADITION

article submitted by John Sturgis, LDWF

The Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program (LHHP) is a new program that focuses on reducing the obstacles that prospective hunters in today’s society face.  In the past, people learned to hunt from their family or close friends, and access to land was readily available.  Today, a person who has an interest in hunting may not have the family or social network to help them get started.  As a result, many people with an interest in hunting never give it a try or simply give up when faced with the challenges of being a hunter in today’s world.  The LHHP is not limited to any age or demographic group, but welcomes anyone who wants to learn to hunt and anyone who has a desire to help others learn about hunting.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) sponsors the LHHP and works to create a network of hunting mentors that are willing to teach others about hunting and help their apprentices become skilled and independent hunters.
Getting Involved As a Mentor…
You will be matched with an apprentice hunter and asked to guide them along their journey to becoming an independent hunter.  Activities should include participation in a hunter education class, shooting range visits, scouting trips, game care experiences and others tailored to the skill level and interests of the apprentice hunter.  Of course, you will also take them hunting.  Hunting can occur on either public or private land and can include any game animals that you and the apprentice desire to hunt.
You will receive training, support, and liability insurance coverage from LDWF and its partners.  However, it is your experience and involvement that will help your apprentice become a self-sufficient and independent hunter.  This is an excellent opportunity for experienced hunters to share their passion for the outdoors and help secure the future of hunting.
Getting Involved as an Apprentice…
You will be paired with an experienced hunter who will serve as your hunting mentor.  You and your mentor will take part in a variety of activities that will prepare you to become an independent hunter.  You will learn about the various aspects of hunting including safety, woods skills, game care, equipment needs, and finding a place to hunt.  You and your mentor will put these skills to use on actual hunts so you will become familiar and comfortable with the total hunting experience.
Your mentor will be an experienced hunter who has volunteered their time and resources to help you learn to hunt.  You will be paired with a mentor based on your level of experience, location and game you desire to hunt.  Any person 10 years of age or older is welcome to be an apprentice – youth to senior citizens are encouraged to become involved and learn about a new way to experience the outdoors.
Getting Started…
Mentor applicants should complete and return the mentor application/questionnaire.
Apprentice applicants should complete and return the apprentice application.  Mentors will attend a brief training meeting and be paired with an apprentice in the spring or early summer.   Applications and answers to frequently asked questions can be downloaded from this web page.  For more information visit our web page HERITAGE.WLF.LA.GOV or contact:

John Sturgis
jsturgis@wlf.la.gov
337-948-0255