Anglers Prepare for the 27th Annual Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo!

Posted May 7, 2019 / Last updated June 17, 2019

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The time has arrived for the 27th Annual Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 15, beginning at 2 PM. Registration is now open for the event. Anglers should register by Friday, June 7, in order to receive the fishing rodeo shirt! Late registration is available until Thursday, June 13, at 5 pm. Late registrations WILL NOT receive a rodeo shirt.

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. .

Register Now! Entry Fees Weigh-In Festivities
Rodeo Details Divisions & Categories Rodeo Committee
Special Features Contact  

Rodeo & Registration Details

Participants may begin fishing on Friday, June 14, at 6 a.m. Participants may fish anywhere; there are no territorial limitations.

  • One long sleeve, quick dry shirt with the Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo logo on the back (must register by June 7 for a shirt, late registrants WILL NOT receive a shirt)
  • 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 TWO with Capt. Charlie Thomason of Bayou Charters, sponsored by Metro Boating. (Must be present at drawing to win. Winner must take the trip within one year of receiving the prize. 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.

 Features at the Rodeo!

Special Recognition

Jesuit High School would like to recognize CCA for its contributions to the Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo and the Jesuit fishing club over the last 10 years, and in particular to executive director David Cresson.

Celebrity Captain

Charlie Thomason is one of the most sought after Charter Captains along the Gulf Coast and is a seasoned Television host with over 19 years of experience. Currently his TV Show, Coastal Fishing Concepts, airs on Cox Sports Television. Captain Charlie will speak at the rodeo on the latest hot fishing spots and best techniques.

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 for purchase during online registration.

ATTENTION! Participants must register by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7, in order to receive a shirt. Registrations after the online deadline or at the event will not include the rodeo shirt.

5th 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 of all ages compete for the longest 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 Fourth 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.

Art Brewster ’80 Ryan Gootee ’91 Chris Mills ’80
Jimmy Commagere George Haydel Jude Trahant ’80
Gary Discon ’75 Michael Heier ’05 Ben Bagwill ’12
Andy Fuller ’96 Jim Hotard ’81 Gavin Gillen ’98
Pat Morris ’90 Rookie Leopold, Jr. ’61 Drew Necaise ’05


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