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07/02/05

Records Fall During Day Two Of Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

Size matters at the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo.

The size of the fisherman however does not. Day two of the four day rodeo features the juniors, but every day of the 57th annual competition features a wide range of activies guaranteed to amaze.

"Mr. Foumier came in with a rodeo record beating his wife's record from 3 years ago," says Assistant Weight Master Bryce Gex. "It's a black drum, weighing 61 pounds."

And there are activities to entertain.

"We got the children's rodeo going on, and we got a couple of shoot outs going on," says Fishing Rodeo President Chuck Dedeaux. "We've got the rides and the bands. Sunday night the fireworks will be going off and then Monday will be the last day of the rodeo."

A spectacle Dedeaux says attracts anglers and interested fishing fans from a wide area.

"We love this atmosphere and the big rodeo they have going on down here," says Wilson Landry of Lafayette LA. "We hope to get it down in Louisiana one day."

And of course there's always the local rodeo regulars.

"We never miss it," says Horst Wetzel of Pass Christian. "We've been coming 16 years."

A cast of thousands that Dedeaux says make a big impact on this unique tourist attraction.

"It does put a major impact on the Gulf Coast with your fuel, your bait shops, hotel rooms, restaurants, says Deadeaux. "It does a major impact."

A well organized championship sporting and tourism event that, with a little luck, will continue getting bigger every year.

By Don Culpepper

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