Catch All the Action at the 2018 Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo!

Posted May 11, 2018 / Last updated June 18, 2018

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The time has arrived for the 26th Annual Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 16, beginning at 2 PM. Registrations are still being accepted at the event.

Established in 1993, the Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for anglers of all ages. 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. .

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Rodeo Details Divisions & Categories Rodeo Committee
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Rodeo & Registration Details

Nick Simon '13 holds the scale as his father Gene '80 hoists their prize winning sheepshead.

Nick Simon ’13 holds the scale as his father Gene ’80 hoists their prize winning sheepshead at the 2017 Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo.

Participants may begin fishing on Friday, June 15, at 6 a.m. Participants may fish anywhere; there are no territorial limitations.

Rodeo registration includes:

  • One long sleeve, quick dry shirt with the Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo logo on the back
  • All the delicious food you can eat at the event, along with ice cold beverages
  • 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.

 Special Features!

Joe Macaluso

Joe Macaluso ’65

Lifetime Achievement Award

Receiving special recognition this year for his contributions to outdoor sporting culture in southern Louisiana is long-time sports writer Joe Macaluso ’65. In addition to covering sports at the prep, collegiate, and professional levels, Macaluso has led the effort for outdoor sports coverage for The Advocate and co-hosted the weekly hunting and fishing TV show “Paradise Louisiana.”

David Whitmore '90, Brian Landry'94, and Farrell Harrison '03 backstage at the Iron Chef Showdown

Farrell Harrison ’03, Brian Landry’94, and David Whitmore ’90 backstage at the Iron Chef Showdown

Celebrity Chef

David Whitmore ’90 – David is the chef de cuisine at Jack Rose, the restaurant in the Pontchartrain Hotel (formerly the Caribbean Room) revamped by Brian Landry ’94. Whitmore recently teamed up with Landry and Farrell Harrison ’03 to compete on the Food Network’s Iron Chef Showdown and will bring his culinary talents to this year’s rodeo!

Special Guests – Blue Jay Fishing Club

The Blue Jay Fishing Club will join the fun as special guests. In its first year of fishing as a Jesuit co-curricular, the club has expanded membership and taken part in many fishing adventures throughout the year.

Fishing Rodeo Apparel

All registrants receive one long sleeve, quick dry shirt with the Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo logo on the back. Extra shirt orders are available upon request.

4th 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.

Father/Daughter Category Back for a Third 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.

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