Ride The Bull cancels 2020 tournament due to COVID-19

GRAND ISLE, La. (WAFB) – Organizers with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), the non-profit organization that operates Ride The Bull (RTB), announced Wednesday, July 15, 2020, have canceled the 2020 edition of the tournament due to the spread of  COVID-19 in Louisiana. 

The eleventh edition of the world’s largest kayak fishing tournament was originally scheduled for Aug. 29 at Bridgeside Marina in Grand Isle, La.

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The news of Ride The Bull 11’s cancelation came one day after organizers of the oldest fishing tournament in the U.S., the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, announced that tournament would be postponed due to concerns over COVID-19. Organizers said Tuesday they were working to determine a rescheduled date for the Tarpon Rodeo.  

A note from Rad Trascher, RTB Tournament Director:

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Rad Trascher, the tournament director for Ride The Bull, said in a statement that the organization’s decision to cancel the 2020 edition of the tournament was in an effort to protect the health and safety of everyone involved. 

“After an incredible amount of conversations with the tournament committee, sponsors, Bridgeside Marina and some participants, we have unfortunately decided to cancel RTB for this year. Throughout these discussions, safety and the ability to deliver the true experience of RTB was the main focus. Collectively, we do not believe we can offer the same outstanding tournament and festive atmosphere that anglers have come to expect from the world’s largest kayak tournament, RTB, while keeping everyone safe,” Trascher said. 

In the weeks leading up to the cancelation of the tournament, organizers said they had received a lot of new applicants indicating that the tournament would be a welcomed distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Organizers said the decision to cancel the world’s largest kayak fishing tournament was not made lightly. 

“RTB has become a staple in the kayaking community, a fixture in the Grand Isle tournament season and an event that is enjoyed by people from all over the world. I still encourage you to go visit my favorite barrier island, Grand Isle, and enjoy all things that it has to offer,” Trascher added. 

Trascher told WAFB about 200 people had registered to compete before the decision was made to cancel the event. He said will be contacting each person who registered by email. 

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“The hope is that all of you will join us in 2021,” Trascher said. 

Nearly 700 anglers competed in Ride The Bull 10 in 2019. 

Kevin Schexnaider, of Erath, La. won the 2019 edition of the tournament by catching a 26.8-pound bull red nine minutes after the tournament started.

CCA’s socially distant STAR Tournament is still going on through Sept. 7 for anglers who are still looking for competition during the pandemic.