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Fish Keep Getting Bigger at Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo


by E.J. Ruane

Stories of fish "this big" abound all over the Southeast this week, as fishermen who flocked from all over Louisiana, as well as Florida, Mississippi and Texas, for last weekend's Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo go home to tell all of their impressive catches. The annual event drew 25,000 people to the coastal city that has a year-round population of about 1,200. Asked about her own highlights of the weekend, director Angela Dorbin said, "Here's a highlight for you. The very first fish caught and weighed at the Rodeo was a 154-pound Tarpon!"  

 

That catch was made by John DeBileux of Houma, La..  Kenny Abney from New Orleans won the grand prize with the largest Tarpon caught. His whopper weighed in at 165 pounds.

 

Breaux Bridge resident Glenn Thomas will be forever enshrined in the 95-year-old tournament's lore. Thomas set a Rodeo record with a 99 pound grouper.

 

The biggest fish of the whole tourney came in on the final day of the event.

 

"Soon as the scales opened Saturday was when the most powerful fish was caught--a 541 pound Blue Marlin!" Dorbin said. Ross Chouest from Galliano, La., scored that catch.

 

View all the triple-digit catches and the rest of the results in the tourney's countless categories here.




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