Before Gordon “Bubba” Dove, Jr. lost his life in an accident seven years ago, those close to him knew him as an avid fisherman and kind person.

Before Gordon “Bubba” Dove, Jr. lost his life in an accident seven years ago, those close to him knew him as an avid fisherman and kind person.

“He was the nicest person, a blast to be around,” Jackie Dove Broussard said about her brother. “He always had a smile on his face.”

So in honor of Bubba’s life, his friends and family started the Gordon “Bubba” Dove, Jr. Foundation in 2009 as a way to raise money for causes that were important to him _ including restoration of the Gulf Coast and promotion of education to those less fortunate.

In an effort to raise funds for those such causes, the non-profit organization sponsors an annual rodeo on the Falgout Canal Marina.

The rodeo starts Friday and will wrap up on Sunday. Throughout the weekend, fishing times will run from midnight to 2 p.m. Scale times will take place from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Fishing categories for adults will include the Bull Red category that pays $1,000, $200 and $300 for first, second and third place winners.

There is a bonus $1,000 for the biggest fish caught in the tournament.

Other adult categories will pay $500, $200 and $100 to first through third place winners who make inshore catches like speckled trout, red fish under 27 inches, drum and bass. Offshore catches include snapper, cobia, grouper, dolphin, tuna and wahoo.

First through third place medals will be given to children ages seven and under. There will also be a category for ages 8 through 12.

 

Children are required to catch red fish under 27 inches, speckled trout and biggest “other” fish.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Broussard & Dove Attorneys at Law, 7605 Park Ave., Houma, Copelands, 1534 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Houma, Civic Stop, 3040 Barrow St, Houma, Falgout Canal Marina and 1868 Dr Beatrous Rd., Theriot.

Ticket price includes a rodeo entry fee, a drawing for $1,000 among other door prize items, a rodeo t-shirt and food and soft drinks.

On Saturday, hot dogs and soft drinks will be served while boiled shrimp will be served on Sunday.

At least five scholarships will be awarded over the weekend as well.

Since the organization’s inception, over $150,000 have been awarded to charities and students in the form of scholarships.

Bubba himself struggled in school.

“He was dyslexic and school wasn’t really his cup of tea,” Broussard said. “So we often give scholarships to students who wouldn’t get them otherwise. People who have the drive.”