Wounded War Heroes Grand Isle Offshore Rodeo 2018
The offshore fishing rodeo is for veterans sponsored by WWH and our many supporters held at Bridge Side Marina in Grand Isle, LA. Fifty injured veterans will arrive Thursday, June 28th to meet their captains and camp owners. Twenty-five boat captains and many camp owners come together to make this event possible for our veterans. They will be fishing Friday and Saturday, June 29th and 30th respectfully, to compete in 8 fish categories. Only the veterans are allowed to enter fish into the rodeo. All the fish caught will be cleaned and each veteran will leave with an ice chest of cleaned fish.
This is a 2-day fishing rodeo meaning that some of the bigger boats can and will stay offshore overnight. For most of our members, that’s a trip beyond their means. For some, it’s a trip of a lifetime.
Each night everyone including veterans, captains, camp owners and sponsors will come to together for a meal donated by even more Wounded War Heroes supporters. So, as you can see, without the support of the community, WWH couldn’t pull off this event. We thank you for your support.
Bridge Side Marina
Grand Isle LA, 70358
On Friday, June 29th, Jamie Pistole, a double amputee was fishing on Robert Guillory’s “Safari” near Ensco 75, a rig about 35 miles off the coast of Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico, as part of the Wounded War Heroes Grand Isle Offshore Rodeo. Jamie’s prosthetic arm broke while they were fishing. Robert’s son, Wade, called a friend of his who works for the company that rents Ensco 75. That young man made a phone call to the rig. They had the supply boat that was off loading move away from the rig so the “Safari” could get in the right place for them to send the basket down. They put Jamie’s prosthetic in the basket. The rig pulled it up, welded it and sent it back down to the boat. And the fishing resumed. Isn’t that amazing! But this story gets even better... I just found out the young man from Houston is Michael Boudreaux. I taught Michael. I’m so proud of him! A huge thank you to Wade, Michael and the crew of Ensco 75. Your efforts turned a ruined fishing trip into a great story. Random acts of kindness make this a wonderful world. Thank y’all!
Collette “Cootz” Foret
Wounded War Heroes, Event Coordinator