Mason Maurer of Port Allen, earned the title of Best All Around Angler/Shoreline Division award at the 2017 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo July 27-30.
“Winning the best all around angler for the shoreline came as a surprise, honestly,” Maurer said. “We had actually left the pavilion after we got the three trophies that I knew I was receiving.”
Mason, who attended Holy Family School in Port Allen and is now a Catholic High senior, placed first in crevelle jack, second in barracuda, and third in spadefish.
“I actually found out about receiving the best on shore angler award from my dad texting me with a picture of the trophy saying, ‘You forgot an award! One of the last awards!’ It totally caught me off guard and receiving this trophy gave me a great feeling.”
Maurer fished with his team aboard The R & R, the boat of his uncle, Randall Loup. It is Loup from whom Maurer has gained his love of fishing.
Along with Mason in the Loup team, was Randall Loup (Brusly, uncle), David Maurer (Port Allen, father), Maxwell Maurer (Port Allen, brother), Brock Miller (Baton Rouge, Catholic High Senior friend of Mason’s), Jeff Hernandez (Brusly), Clayton Hurdle (Erwinville) and Adrian Landry (Baton Rouge, formerly of Brusly).
The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is held every year during the last weekend in July that includes the Sunday and is the oldest fishing tournament in the United States. The first tournament was held in August of 1928.
At first just a tournament for fishing tarpon, fish species eligible for competition had been expanded to include the Atlantic goliath grouper, tripletail, cobia, bonito, jackfish, sheepshead, dolphin, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, redfish and speckled trout.
“This years’ rodeo was a totally awesome competition and challenging experience, and I couldn’t have come out as successful without the help of my girlfriend, Catherine Bonaventure, along with the rest of my family and friends who attended.”