What's the saying about March? Comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, right?
Not this month, because it will roar for most of the next 30 days for south Louisiana outdoorsmen.
Starting Saturday, when the annual Anglers Against Autism bass tournament offers $10,000 to the winning team, and fly fishers from across the Deep South gather for the 26th annual Red Stick Day, the month is loaded with family activities.
Check it out: The annual Kiwanis Open bass tournament comes up March 18 on False River with a $2,500 check awaiting the winners. That same weekend, March 15-18, the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales opens for the 39th annual Louisiana Sportsman Show.
The next week, New Orleans area Ducks Unlimited will honor the memory of Harry Lee with a March 21 gala at the Landmark Hotel in Metairie. Then, the following Saturday, March 24, comes the 71st annual City Park Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival.
For now, the Emerge Center and hosts “Moonie” and Angela Bergeron and Keith Thibodeaux are working on Saturday’s bass tournament. Except for cooler morning temperatures, conditions should be exceptional.
Last year’s procession of giant bass to the scales should be enough to draw a crowd to Cabela’s in Gonzales for the 3 p.m. weigh-in. AAA’s day begins with the predawn launch from Doiron’s in Stephensville. There’s still time to get the $205 entry fee. Thursday's 6:30 p.m. pre-tournament gathering is set for Cabela’s.
And there’s more: the Wild Game and Seafood Cook-Off attracts area teams to the weigh-in site, and, for $10, patrons can, beginning at 11 a.m., get a taste of any and all the dishes prepared for this contest. There’s also a raffle for a $2,000 Cabela's shopping spree, and for youngsters, a “fun” house, face painting and a caricature artist.
The Baton Rouge-based Red Stick Fly Fishers’ biggest day of the year comes with the 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Red Stick Day at BREC’s Perkins Community Park, 7122 Perkins Rd.
The schedule is filled with casting instruction, fly-tying demos, rods, reels, food and raffle items. Best of all there is no charge, except for a noontime plate of jambalaya.
Feature seminars include Kayak Fishing Pointe-aux-Chenes by Eddie Mullen, Bass on the Fly by Bill Laminack, Trout Fishing North Georgia from Ben Roussel, Redfish Techniques by guide Tristian Daire, and 9 a.m. casting lessons by RSFF’s certified instructor Roger del Rio.
For a complete schedule, go to the RSFF’s website, rsff.org.