Fishermen Gear Up for 29th Annual Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo

Posted May 18, 2021 / Last updated June 4, 2021

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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.


The time has arrived for the 29th Annual Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo. 

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 19, at 2 p.m. in compliance with and subject to any CDC, state, and parish guidelines. Registration is now open for the event through Bidpal. Anglers should register by Friday, June 11 at noon, in order to receive the fishing rodeo shirt! Late registration is available until Thursday, June 17, at 5 p.m. Late registrations WILL NOT receive a rodeo shirt.

No walk-up registration available — be sure to preregister to attend.

Rodeo & Registration Details

Participants may begin fishing on Friday, June 18, at 6 a.m. Participants may fish anywhere; there are no territorial limitations.

Rodeo Entry Fees Per PersonFood & Refreshments OnlyShirt Only
Adults: $45$15 per plate$15 per shirt
Ages 18 and under: $30

Rodeo entry fees also include the following:

  • One long-sleeve, quick-dry shirt with the Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo logo on the back (must register by noon on June 11 for a shirt, late registrants WILL NOT receive a shirt)
  • A delicious seafood plate 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 (trout or red snapper) with JHS committee members Gary Discon ’75 and Mike McMahon ’85 (Must be present at drawing to win. Winner must take the trip by December 31, 2021. Value: $599)

Features at the Rodeo!

Big Welcome

Fr. John Brown, S.J., Jesuit’s president, will welcome the crowd and share some of his own stories of growing up in the great outdoors of South Louisiana.

Guest Speaker

This year’s featured guest speaker is Captain CT Williams with The Big Fish Report.

Special Recognition – Founders of the Blue Jay Fishing Club

The Blue Jay Fishing Club will join the fun as special guests as they have in years past. 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 noon on Friday, June 11, in order to receive a shirt. Registrations after the online deadline or at the event will not include the rodeo shirt.

Father/Daughter Category

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


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-DaughterSpeckled Trout
  Redfish (16″-27″)
  Red Snapper
Fresh Water Catfish

* 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 p.m. Scales close at 4 p.m. sharp. Food and refreshments will be served also beginning at 2 p.m.

Rodeo Committee

Jesuit thanks and appreciates the hard work and efforts of the Blue Jay Fishing Rodeo Committee and its chairman, Mike McMahon. A special tip of the fishing hat also goes to the late Br. Billy Dardis, S.J. ’58, who is smiling down on the rodeo from heaven.

Mike McMahon ’85 (Chairman)
Art Brewster ’80Ryan Gootee ’91Chris Mills ’80
Jimmy CommagereGeorge HaydelJude Trahant ’80
Gary Discon ’75Michael Heier ’05Ben Bagwill ’12
Andrew Fuller ’96Jim Hotard ’81Gavin Gillen ’98
Pat Morris ’90Rookie Leopold, Jr. ’61Drew Necaise ’05
Tom BagwillFred Goodrow ’97D.J. Galiano ’07

Contact

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

For assistance with registration, please contact Jesuit’s volunteer office at (504) 483-3947 or volunteer@jesuitnola.org.