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June 7-10, 2017

Swollfest Fishing Rodeo has raised are over  $1,200,000 since becoming a non profit organization. Donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to various charities, organizations, and research institutions.

“Swollfest has become a journey that I never know where it will bring me or who I will meet through it’s connections.  But what I have learned is the people that  i have met and that have become a part of Swollfest are amongst the best humanity has to offer.  I wake up each day grateful and with purpose to create change for a positive outcome.  Swollfest may be just a fishing rodeo to the outside, but those that are integrally associated, know how it moves people to unite for issues bigger than themselves.”
Nick Rauber – Swollfest Founder/Director

Quick links for Swollfest Fishing Rodeo

Click here to register for Swollfest Click here for a list of place to stay on Grand Isle Click here for your Geaux Pass Click here for Wildlife and Fisheries Click here for your LA

March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Where to stay for Swollfest 2017?

Swollfest will be here in just a few short months.  Its time to start securing your place to stay for the big event.   20th Annual Swollfest Fishing Rodeo is June 7- 10, 2017 CLICK

January 11th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Merry Christmas from Swollfest Fishing Rodeo

We are thankful for everyone that contributes, helps, volunteers, sponsors, and participates in Swollfest Fishing Rodeo, allowing Swollfest to be so successful each year.  From our family to yours, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and

December 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

20th Annual Swollfest Save the Date

  2oth Annual Swollfest Fishing Rodeo  June 7-10, 2017 Sand Dollar Marina - Grand Isle, LA visit for all the details  2017 Signature artist - Tami Curtis  2017 Awards Art designer - Benjamin Bullins  

October 31st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Recordbuck Ranch, Swollfest’s Outdoor Wish Host Ranch

Over the years, the relationships we have built through Recordbuck Ranch in Utopia, TX, have been of the utmost success to Swollfest Fishing Rodeo.  Starting as a small idea to bring disabled Armed Service veterans

October 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wade’s Taxidermy gives Support to Swollfest’s Outdoor Wish Foundation

Wade Wolkart is one of the most creative taxidermist I've met that is not scared to mount anything.  The only thing  I see him turn down nowadays is a skunk, which he tried two of

October 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments


The annual Swollfest Fishing Rodeo captures the heart and soul of South Louisiana, combining love of the outdoors, Gulf Coast fishing, compassion for those in need, and laissez les bons temps rouler, all for the sake of charity. Since 1997, this nonprofit organization holds its annual fishing tournament in Grand Isle, Louisiana, and raises funds to benefit charities serving children and veterans. Swollfest is a 100% volunteer-run event, with 100% of proceeds donated to various charities and scholarships. Founded and run by Baton Rouge dentist Nick Rauber, the event relies on student volunteers, volunteer board members, and approximately 100 sponsors with room for more. Visit for more information.
Swollfest at Swollfest.Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 at 2:24pm
This. Is. Swollfest.
SwollfestThursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 3:17pm
A little #TBT for y'all! Taking it back to 2014 for a feel good film about what Swollfest is all about. We hope you will all come out and experience it firsthand, June 7 - 10, 2017!

#swollfest2017 #ololchildrenshospital #letsbuildamazing #greatcausegreatpeople #goodtimesgoodpeople #doingitforthekidsyall
Swollfest Fishing Rodeo Trailer
This is the first step of our 3-year documentary with Swollfest. We will keep you updated on all the aspects and stories that surround this charitable event.
SwollfestWednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 2:17pm
Online registration is now open! Please see the link below. We hope to see you June 7 - 10, 2017 for our 20th Annual event.

Our major beneficiary is Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. This is an 'Amazing' partnership and we're so excited to work with them for such a worthy cause. #swollfest2017
SwollfestSunday, February 12th, 2017 at 12:02am
Congrats to our Swollfest sponsor, Capt. Rene Luminais with Paradise Outfitters on an awesome day! #swollfest2017
SwollfestWednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 2:35pm
We are so excited to announce our new partnership with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital!

A large portion of the proceeds from Swollfest will be donated to go toward the building of the freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital! We are ecstatic to be a part of such an Amazing CATCH, the biggest change in children’s healthcare in 40 years.

Save the Date - June 7 - 10, 2017 in Grand Isle. #swollfest2017
Swollfest added 2 new photos.Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 11:13am
Long-time Swollfest sponsor and owner of Southside Cafe' in Slidell has pending State Record Amberjack! Congrats to Christian Legrand! See below for more information. For more information on Swollfest Fishing Rodeo, visit #swollfest2017

Pending State Record Amberjack Hits the Scales in Venice.
by Chris Tiblier, Marsh & Bayou Magazine

While yesterday was just another Tuesday for most, it most certainly was not for local angler Chris Legrand of Slidell, LA. After spending the morning targeting tuna and grouper, Legrand, along with Capt. Dan DeBlanc, Captain's Eric and Moe Newman of Journey South Outfitters, David Whelan and Jamie Sbisa made their way to the popular
Horseshoe Rigs aboard DeBlanc’s “Bushwacker” a 34’ Freeman.
Chumming with "red meat" and pogies, Legrand's bait found its mark, the line ripped off his Shimano Tiagra and the fight was on! After an intense 30 minute battle the massive amberjack was in the boat and needless to say high-fives could be heard from miles around. Unaware they had a potential state record, the crew fished a while longer before calling it a day. Once back at Cypress Cove, half the crew hit Google to check the current state record while the others struggled to weigh the enormous fish. As the scale’s red digital numbers climbed, the Googlers’ stared in amazement.
The current record held by Bill Weldon since May 2009 is 139 lbs. The final reading of Cypress Coves certified scale read 140 lbs.
That’s right, one pound. Apparently, just days after the blackfin tuna record is being
challenged so is the amberjack record… needless to say the fishing out of Venice is on fire right now. Quit your job and go fishing!
(Just kidding, don’t do that.)

Congratulations to Chris Legrand, Capt. Dan DeBlanc and the entire
“Bushwacker” crew!
Photo credit Monique Savoy Newman
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 1:54pm
RT @RodnBarrel: It must be big #dolphin week in #SouthFlorida my FB & text msg are blowing up w photos I'll get out there Tuesday to spearf… Swollfest photo
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 1:51pm
RT @akkingon: E's king was substantially larger than mine, even holding it out at arm's length, mine paled in comparison😩… Swollfest photo
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 1:50pm
RT @jeffery_alford: Had to fight the water snake for em but picked up some good catfish bait coming out of spillway on one of the ponds. ht… Swollfest photo
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 1:49pm
RT @_Darcizzle_: RT for NEW VIDEO: You guys seem to LOVE these fillet vids, so here ya go again! lol #fishing #loveFL CLICK IT: https://t.c… Swollfest photo