Fishing for a Cause in Grand Isle, Louisiana

Big shout-out to Seal Sports employee Cole Landry who ‘fished for a cause’ last weekend at the Casting for Kids tournament in Fourchon / Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Cole Landry Cole Landry

Cole took 4th place in the tournament and helped raise funds for the Sunshine Program at Clarity Hospice. Cole shares his report from this weekend below:

My friend Tyler Walther and I both love kayaking and fishing, and together we have formed a team called UP21 fishing. UP21 Foundation is a nonprofit organization started by Tyler's mom, Cassie Walther, and two other mothers that have children with Down syndrome. UP21’s mission is to provide support, resources and education to families of individuals with Down Syndrome, and the community, to foster an environment in which individuals with Down Syndrome achieve their full potential in their community. You can learn more about UP21 at their website By establishing the UP21 fishing team, we get to fish for a cause and make a difference in young children's lives, two things we really enjoy.

The Casting for Kids tournament was held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 in Leeville, Louisiana at Bobby Lynn’s marina off Hwy 1. We made a quick pit stop at Frank’s grocery store in Cut-off before getting into Grand isle. It took Tyler and I a while to decide where we wanted to fish for this tournament. Of course, like all fisherman, we have out honey holes and secret spots. We just couldn’t decide which one to go to that would produce a heavy stringer of fish.

For this tournament you could enter in a redfish, speckled trout, flounder and leopard redfish (a redfish with more than 2 spots). After a while of looking at maps we made the decision to go fish in Fourchon, Louisiana in a little spot we call “The Barge”. This spot has produced heavy reds in number and also some quality trout. So, needless to say, we knew our odds were pretty good going into Saturday.

Tyler Walther of UP21 Fishing Team Tyler Walther

We woke up at around 4:00 a.m. and were on the water by 4:45a.m. The tournament rules were that lines couldn’t be in the water until 5:00 a.m., so by the time we arrived in our honey hole it was time to get fishing. The early morning produced a few good sized reds and some trout.

Around 9:00 a.m. the bite slacked off and it took us a little while to find the fish again. By 11:00 we had bagged our reds to be entered as well as our three spotted leopard reds. The trout were not running at The Barge, so headed over to fish the beach in Grand Isle. Within 5 minutes of being in the water Tyler had pulled in a solid 14” speckled trout and I had released a couple of 11” specks. We could only be in the water for about 45 minutes because we had to be at weigh-ins by 3:00 p.m.

We were feeling pretty good going into weigh-ins with some solid reds, a trout, and our leopard reds. Once we got to the scales, we realized our reds and trout didn’t make the leader board. On the plus side, we were sitting pretty in 2nd and 3rd place without leopard reds. Unfortunately, someone had knocked off Tyler with a red with six spots and bumped me into 3rd place. With 5 minutes left, a good friend of mine weighted in a red with 5 spots and knocked me into 4th place, taking me off the board. All in all, we had a great weekend fishing the Casting for Kids tournament. All our fish were caught using live minnows and soft plastics. It was a good day for catching fish made better by knowing that we were helping some children and families.

Kayak fishing near Grand Isle - Seal SportsBio: Cole Landry, a recent graduate of St. Paul High School, is an enthusiastic kayaker and fisherman who resides in Mandeville, Louisiana. Cole fishes for a kayak fishing team called Up21 kayak fishing team which represents the Up21 Foundation. Cole will be attending LSU in the fall and plans to compete on LSU’S kayak fishing team. An employee of Seal Sports Dive and Paddle Shop, Cole welcomes everyone to stop by and learn more about kayak fishing in our area, and check out the great line of Malibu and Kajun Customs Kayaks available at Seal Sports.