Ride The Bull Kayak Fishing Tournament in Grand Isle kicks off Aug. 25

Source: Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana

Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana will be hosting the Ride the Bull Kayak Tournament in Grand Isle in August.

This is the eighth year of the tournament and the second time CCA will be hosting it.

Ride the Bull is now the largest fishing kayak tournament in the world, according to CCA.

Location

The tournament will be held at Bridgeside Marina in Grand Isle on August 25 and August 26.

The fishing portion of the tournament will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 26.

Registration 

Anglers interested in competing in the fishing tournament are asked to register at Bridgeside Marina beginning at 3 p.m. on August 25.

Anglers are required to have a saltwater fishing license and human-powered vessel.

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Weigh In

Weigh in will be open during fishing hours on the dock at Bridge Side Marina specified at the Saturday morning Safety Meeting. All competitors may catch and keep only 1 redfish over 27 inches. Competitors may catch, weigh and release an unlimited number of redfish in accordance with LDWF regulations.

Any fishermen who has called the weigh boat or a tournament chase boat by the 2 p.m. cutoff time on August 26 will be allowed to weigh in their catch. If an angler calls after the deadline, the catch will not qualify. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Official time will be kept by the Tournament Director.

Anglers are strongly urged not to wait until the last minute to submit their catch for weigh-in. All fish submitted for weigh-in must be fresh and caught during the tournament.

The weigh-in official(s) will make decisions on accepting fish for weigh-in, their decision is final. Any attempt to enter fraudulent catch, exchanging catches, tampering with catch, or hampering or threatening any official of the tournament will result in immediate disqualification. Only authorized persons will be allowed in the weigh stations.

Fish will be weighed in the order in which they are checked in.  The largest fish will be determined by weight. In the event of a tie, the first of the fish entered will be considered the winner, and the other will be dropped to the next position. (Redfish will be bent, and loosened straight before being measured with a pinched tail to ensure they are 27″ or longer.) Frozen, spoiled, gutted or mutilated fish will not be eligible for entry.

Payout

Payout schedule is based on a minimum field of 600 kayaks or more and will be paid out as follows*:

Heaviest Bull Red Payout:

1st   = $3,000.00 & first prize pick
2nd  = $2,000.00 & second prize pick
3rd   = $1,600.00 & third prize pick
4th   = $1,400.00 & fourth prize pick
5th   = $1,200.00 & fifth prize pick
6th   = $650.00 & sixth prize pick
7th   = $550.00 & seventh prize pick
8th   = $450.00 & eighth prize pick
9th   = $350.00 & ninth prize pick
10th = $250.00 & tenth prize pick

*In the event there are less than 600 kayaks entered, the payouts will be reduced accordingly.

$500 -Team with Most Bull Reds Weighed in
$100 -Lady Angler with the Heaviest Redfish
$100 -Junior (Under 18) with the Heaviest Redfish (Fish under 27” are eligible)

Prize for heaviest red caught on a flyrod

For the special prizes of Lady Angler, Junior Angler and Flyrod, participants need to advise the weigh boat of their special category. Fish will be tagged with L,J,F or P accordingly.

* Teams may account for up to 5 entrants. The team with most number of fish weighed wins the prize of $500.

* 1/2 pound deduction for fish not released alive for ALL divisions

* Anyone eligible for the Junior division can weigh a large bull red in the regular division and the Junior division, but at the time of prize selection, they will have to elect whether they want the Junior prize or the regular field prize, not both.  If they elect the regular field prize, the next heaviest red caught by a Junior will win the Junior prize.  Same format applies to Ladies Division.

You must be present to win any tournament prize pick.

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Recommended Gear

CCA also recommends anglers have:

  • Feathered kayak paddle
  • Break-Away Anchor with 75ft of rope
  • Comfortable PFD
  • Saltwater rod and reel with 30-40lb test
  • H&H Redfish Rig with Hook or Similar
  • Bait (cut mullet or crab recommended)
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Cold Water & Gatorade
  • Snacks
  • Cooler & Ice
  • Lip Grip
  • Net
  • Rod holder
  • Camera

CCA also suggests these option items:

  • Depth Finder
  • Dry Bag or Box
  • Cell Phone
  • Pedal Drive
  • Safety  whistle
  • First aid kit
  • Quickdry Long Sleeve Shirt and pants with at least UPF +30
  • Buff or other face protection
  • Go Pro
  • Umbrella
  • Flag

More Information

Anglers seeking more information about the tournament should visit: http://www.ccalouisiana.com/cca11/index.php/welcome-to-the-ride-the-bull-kayak-tournament 

Those interested in getting involved with the tournament are asked to call or email Tournament Director Rad Trascher at (225) 952-9200 or rad@ccalouisiana.com.

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