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Last Modified: Thursday, July 04, 2013 6:29 PM
This weekend’s Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is being reeled in for two weeks.
Tournament director Louis Vallee made the announcement Wednesday, citing a forecast of bad weather over the weekend.
Vallee said the 75th annual event will be postponed for two weeks, moving to the weekend of July 19-21.
Vallee said it was a tough call for him, but one he felt he had to make.
“You want to be safe not sorry,” he said. “What we don’t want is for somebody to go out there and try and win an award and end up getting struck by lighting or having big waves tip over their boat. We want to make sure this event is fun for all and safe for all.
“That is most important.”
Several of the teams entered in the tournament began to consider pulling out when they saw the forecast, Vallee said.
“It is disappointing we have to do this,” he said. “A lot of people go through a lot of trouble to pull this tournament off every year. They are excited to be a part of it and it is great to have it over the Fourth of July weekend.
“However, it is not worth the risk to try it this weekend. We have to make sure the safety of all come first.”
While he knows the tournament won’t be the same without the Fourth celebration surrounding it, Vallee still thinks he will have a good event.
“People will come out and fish and that is the important thing,” he said. “We hope that everybody comes back and that we have a good three days of weather to get out on the Gulf and have fun.”