"Ride the Bull" world's largest kayak fishing tournament held in Grand Isle Saturday

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Over 700 people signed up, biggest turn out they've ever had in it's five year span

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 3:47pm

Did you know the world's largest kayak fishing tournament is held right here in southern Louisiana?  "Ride the Bull" was held in Grand Isle this past weekend and over 700 people signed up for the fishing tournament.  That is the biggest turn out they've ever had in it's five year span.  "Ride the Bull" is a unique catch and release fishing tournament.  Kayakers only fish for bull reds in Caminada Pass.

"The format is unique because you don't have to be that talented.  You might win it and it might be your second time fishing, so that's good.  The fact that nobody can cheat cause everybody is their own brother's keeper.  The fact that it's a lock geographic area, and the fact that it's big ol' fish, you know, big ol' reds and they're right there.  You don't have to paddle more than half a mile," says Danny Wray, visionary and starter of Ride the Bull kayak fishing tournament.

Once fish were caught support vessels came to get the fish from the kayaker and take it back to Bridge Side Marina where it was weighed and then released.  There was a cash pot divided on a percentage basis among the top ten redfish weighed, and based on entries the pot was estimated at $10,000.

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