25th Annual Fishing Rodeo Promises to be a Big Catch

Posted May 19, 2017 / Last updated June 19, 2017

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The time has arrived for the 25th Annual Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo! Walk-up registrations are welcome.

Established in 1993, the Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for anglers of all ages. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 17. Weigh-in festivities will be held in the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Pavilion at John Ryan Stadium, located at 100 Blue Jay Way in Jefferson Parish.

Register Now Entry Fees Weigh-In Festivities
Rodeo Details Divisions & Categories Rodeo Committee
Mullet Toss Fishing Rodeo Apparel Contact
New This Year

Rodeo & Registration Details


Participants may begin fishing on Friday, June 16, at 6 a.m. Participants may fish anywhere; there are no territorial limitations.

Rodeo registration includes:

  • Your choice of:
    • One 25th Anniversary Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo-logoed, collared shirt
    • One Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo-logoed short sleeve t-shirt
    • *All shirt orders must have been received by 5:00 PM on June 8.
  • All the delicious food you can eat at the event, along with ice cold beverages
  • Entertainment for the kids: face painting and snowballs
  • One chance to win boatloads of fantastic giveaway prizes at the festivities
  • One chance to win the Grand Prize Fishing Trip for THREE with Capt. Dudley Vandenborre. (Must be present at drawing to win. Winner must take the trip before the end of the year. Value: $850)


Rodeo Entry Fees Per Person
Food & Refreshments Only*
Adults: $45 Ages 11 and up: $15
Ages 18 and under: $30 Ages 10 and under: $10

* Everyone is welcome to enjoy the weigh-in festivities, even without fishing. This registration includes access to food and refreshments only.

3rd Annual Ray Coates Mullet Toss Contest

Get ready for the return of the Ray Coates ’44 Mullet Toss Contest. The fish will fly when participants substitute a mullet for a beanbag in the popular corn hole toss. Many alumni will recognize the contest’s namesake, Ray Coates ’44, as a legendary prep athlete, coach, and teacher who often referred to his students as “mullets,” endearingly, of course.

Founders Award

Special recognition will be given the originators of the Blue Jays Fishing Rodeo, who assisted Brother Dardis to get the first rodeo going in the early 1990s.

New This Year!

Celebrity Chefs

f12765.001NOLA Grannies – Harriet Robin and Anne Leonard from the New Orleans School of Cooking, authors of the recently released “Across the Table” cookbook, winners of the “Clash of the Grannies” on the Food Network, mothers of Jesuit alums, and grandmother of current student Reece Leonard. Check out their recent appearance on the Steve Harvey Show.

Father/Daughter Category Back for a Second Year

Division 5: Father-Daughter. Dads and their daughters will vie for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in this brand new division. See below for more details.

Fishing Rodeo Apparel

Special 25th Anniversary collared shirts may be purchased separately for $17. T-shirts are available for $10 each. (One shirt is included with rodeo registration.) The deadline for ordering additional shirts was 5:00 PM on June 8.

Divisions & Categories

Awards are distributed at the weigh-in festivities to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place by weight in the following divisions and categories. Only pre-registered participants are eligible for awards.

Divisions Categories
Division 1: 19 Years & Older* Bass
Division 2: 18 Years & Younger* Flounder
Division 3: 5 Fish Trout Stringer*  Black Drum (16″-27″)
Division 4: Biggest Fish, Any Species*  Sheepshead
Division 5: Father-Daughter
Speckled Trout
Redfish (16″-27″)
Red Snapper
* Notes: Division 2 winners are not eligible for Division 1. Division 3 entries are not eligible for other categories. Division 4 entrants must leave with their entries. Entries may not be left at the weigh-in festivities. Division 5 trophies will be awarded on “Best Catches” as decided by the weigh master.

Weigh-In Details

The weigh-in festivities will be held in the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Pavilion at John Ryan Stadium, located at 100 Blue Jay Way in Jefferson Parish. Ample parking — including boats — is available. View map and driving directions.

The stadium gates and the weigh-in scales will open at 2 PM. Scales close at 4 PM sharp. Food and refreshments will be served also beginning at 2 PM.

Rodeo Committee

Jesuit thanks and appreciates the hard work and efforts of the Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo Committee and its chairman, Michael McMahon ’85. A special thanks also goes to rodeo chairman emeritus Jimmy Commagere. And a tip of the fishing hat to honorary rodeo chairman Brother Billy Dardis, S.J. ’58.

Pat Browne ’56 Larry Ecuyer ’61 Michael Heier ’05
Art Brewster ’80 Vic Fulham ’65 Jim Hotard ’81
Larry Canada Andy Fuller ’96 Rookie Leopold, Jr. ’61
Letty Clark Pat Morris ’83 Chris Mills ’80
Jimmy Commagere Ryan Gootee ’91 Jude Trahant ’80
Gary Discon ’75 George Haydel Ben Bagwill ’12


For information about the Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo, contact rodeo chairman Michael McMahon ’85 at (504) 650-1700 (cell).

For assistance with registration, please contact Jeremy Reuther at (504) 483-3813 or reuther@jesuitnola.org.