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Photo provided by CHAD GALLIANO Chad Galliano hefts the 57-pound, 8-ounce bull dolphin he caught Saturday, the final day of the 66th-annual Golden Meadow-Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo. The Galliano resident broke the rodeo record by six pounds, and was part of a catch of yellowfin and blackfin tuna and mangrove snapper he and his five-man crew caught 40-70 miles off the Louisiana coast. Galliano's catch broke a record established in 1978 when Baton Rouge fisherman Buck Gladden hauled in a 51-8 bull dolphin. The multi-colored species is also known as "mahi mahi."


FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, Morrison Parkway public landing, False River, New Roads. Fee $30/boat. Friday nights through Sept. 15. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402.


75TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA STATE SKEET CHAMPIONSHIPS: Lafayette Skeet Academy, Kaplan. Doubles Friday, 12 & 20 gauges Saturday, 28 gauge & .410 Sunday. Annual awards banquet Saturday, Chef Roy’s, Best Western, Rayne.


FAMILY FISH FEST: 6 a.m.-noon, Elmer’s Island. Fee $10. Fishing & other activities including lunch. Little Angler/10-under, Junior Angler/11-16 & Team/adult & youth anglers. Must bring own tackle & transport bags. Live redfish and trout tagged & released. First 50 to register receive rod and reel. First 100 receive “goodie” bag. Fish ID, cast netting, knot tying, casting instruction, scavenger hunt & raffles. Preregistration website: www.wlf.la.gov/familyfishfest. Call Danica Williams (504) 628-7282. Email: dwilliams@wlf.la.gov.

PALO ALTO CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Head-to-head competition, 3 strings at 600-yard line. Field Precision Rifle, FTR and F-Open categories. Website: www.PaloAltoGunClub.com.

INSECT DAY: 11 a.m., Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte. Displays of live and preserved insects from colleges, state & federal agencies, and guides hikes. Fee $2 top enter Chicot State Park. Call (888) 677-6100.

LOUISIANA WATERFOWL ALLIANCE GENERAL MEETING: 3 p.m., Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge, 420 Richmond Pl., Monroe. No fee for meeting. $20 LWA membership ($10 seniors, no fee for juniors). Call John Seringy (985) 693-4142 or Doug Lyles (318) 387-1114.


RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Greg Brignac (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org.


CANAL BANK BASS TOURNAMENT: 5-8 p.m., Canal Bank Club, Diversion Canal. Wednesdays through Aug. 13th. Membership fee $15/angler. Weekly fee $40/boat. Call Todd Rabalais (225) 413-3634. Email: toddrabalais@kw.com.


JULY 17-19 — Ducks Unlimited State Convention: Renaissance Hotel, Baton Rouge. 6 p.m. July 17; 4 p.m. July 18, past State Chairman’s meeting; 6:30 p.m. July 18, RoadKill Cookoff; 9:30 a.m. July 19, general membership meeting; 5:30 p.m. July 19, banquet. Call Stephen Babcock (225) 344-0911 or Michael Patterson (225) 572-4070.

july 18-19 — EASL 10TH ANNUAL Terry Melancon Saltwater Challenge: Midnight July 18-3 p.m. weigh-in deadline July 19, Cajun Holiday Inn, Grand Isle. Fee $10/angler includes suppers with optional $10 Cajun Slam category. Must be East Ascension Sportsman League member ($15 annual dues). Fishing starts at midnight Friday. Call Keith Saucier (225) 715-9487.

JULY 19 — 4TH ANNUAL CASTING FOR KIDS RODEO: Bobby Lynn’s Marina, Leeville. Fees $40 adults, $20 children. Boater & Kayak divisions. Benefits Palliative Care Foundation of Baton Rouge. Call Janet Rhodus (225) 413-4414. Website: www.palliativecarebr.org.

JULY 23-26 — 16TH ANNUAL FAUX PAX LODGE INVITATIONAL: Venice Marina, Venice. Website: www.fauxpaslodge.com.

JULY 24-26 — GRAND ISLE TARPON RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina weighstation & Rodeo Tent, Grand Isle. Website: www.tarponrodeo.org.


AUG. 9 — ABOUT BOATING SAFETY: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Pass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary-Baton Rouge Flotilla 4-10 class that meets state/federal Safe Boating Course requirements. Fee $25 for course manual/materials. Covers state/federal requirements, navigation rules, boating emergencies, trailering, docking, knots. Call D.C. Jensen (225) 275-8084.


STATEWIDE TOURNAMENT & ANGLERS’ RODEO—S.T.A.R.: Through Sept. 1. Sponsored by CCA-Louisiana. Entry fee/CCA membership required. Call CCA-Louisiana (225) 952-9200.


STATE RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER SEASON: Open in state waters. Daily limit 2 red snapper measuring 16 or more inches long. Anglers required to have fee-free Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Website: www.rolp.wlf.la.gov.

FEDERAL RECREATIONAL Red Snapper Season: Closed in federal waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

SPRING INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON: Closed July 3 in waters from Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island west to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal. All other inshore waters open until further state notice.

RECREATIONAL FISHERIES SEASON: Gag grouper season reopened July 1 in state and federal waters.

RECREATIONAL FISHERIES cLOSURES: Greater amberjack, through July 31; gray triggerfish, through 2014 in state and federal waters.

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