Ascension enjoys EASL Kid's Fishing Rodeo

Kyle Riviere
The parish's young fishermen enjoyed the East Ascension Sportsman League's 55th annual Kid's Fishing Rodeo on Saturday. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Hundreds showed up to Twin Lakes Park in Dutchtown on Saturday morning for the East Ascension Sportsman League's 55th annual Kid's Fishing Rodeo.

The event kicked off with registration at 6:30 a.m. Fishing started at 7 a.m., and lasted two hours, until all participants weighed the day's haul.

Once the results were calculated, trophies were given for biggest fish and most fish. In addition to those awards, door prizes were also given.

EASL President Ryan Schilling said he was extremely pleased with the large turnout.

"I'm thankful for the great turnout, and I'm also thankful for the weather," Schilling said. "It's cool this morning. It's usually around 90 [degrees] by now, but no one's sweating. No one's ready to move out on us before we even get started, so I'm very thankful."

The rodeo was free of charge and open to the parish's young fishermen, ages 2-14.

EASL provides the kids wish crickets. Parents are allowed to help their children bait the line, but the children must hook the fish.

Schilling and the EASL were happy to put on another successful rodeo. The event has become a welcomed tradition in Ascension Parish now for nearly a half of a century.

"It's very gratifying for us to be able to do this in Ascension [Parish] because it's the one thing we do each year for the community that gives to us so graciously throughout the year," Schilling said.

"It's something that every kid can take a memory from. If you walk around and talk to some of the parents, they've done it as kids."