3-year old Caleb Kellum shows off one of the six small bream he caught in the 2013 SBSL Kids' Fishi
Caleb won the Most Fish category in the 5 and under age division. He was excited to get his trophy f
This is what his dad posted on Facebook later that day: 'Fell asleep with his trophy.'
THIS IS WHY !!!
Nearly 30 years ago, I decided to start a Kids' Fishing Rodeo. Along with members of the St.Bernard Sportsman’s League, we put the event together. The simple goal was to get kids and their families together to enjoy some quality time outdoors.
The format was simple and inexpensive. The kids would bring their own cane pole and a bucket. The League would provide bait and fishing assistance. The kids would compete for simple trophies in a catch and release rodeo at the local park lagoon.
After the first couple of years, the owner of our local McDonald’s franchises took his kids to the rodeo and after seeing the results, he wanted to help out. From then on, they started providing the kids a McDonald’s hamburger and drink after the rodeo.
Prior to hurricane Katrina, the highest number of kids we had participate was 275. On that day, we weighed in nearly 700 bass, bream and catfish. Some of the fish were in the tenths of ounces and some a couple of pounds. All were trophies in the kids’ eyes. For many of the kids, it was the first fish they had ever caught.
The hurricane wrecked our entire Parish and the park. The rodeo necessarily went dormant for a few years. The League worked with the local government and we had the lagoon restored and we restocked it with fish. Last year the event was resurrected and we had about 30 kids participate. This year, we got a little more publicity and nearly 90 kids showed up. We are well on our way to building the numbers back up.
A local newspaper reporter came to this year’s event. He asked me why we put on the rodeo?
Of course, I gave the usual answers of promoting family fun and getting kids hooked on fishing, etc......
When I got home later that day, I saw a picture on Facebook that explained the rodeo better than any words could.