Catching the Swollest Fish

Swollfest Fishing Rodeo pic
Swollfest Fishing Rodeo
Image: swollfest.com

Nicholas “Nick” Rauber, DDS, is a partner at Aesthetic Dentistry Group and an active community contributor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. When he was just 17 years old, Dr. Nick Rauber started a small, eight-person festival called Swollfest that has grown to an annual event with over 600 participants and is now recognized as one of the biggest donors to the American Diabetes Association in the area.

Swollfest is a fishing competition, or rodeo, that started with a group of high school boys competing to catch the “swollest” fish, which is a word that comes from slang for a person who gets “swoll” or “swollen” from working out at the gym. Today, thousands of people come down for the event, which raises funds for several organizations including Cancer Services and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Several awards can be won at the event for individuals and teams fishing offshore, inshore, or in a kayak. The award for the biggest fish is called, of course, “Overall Swollest Fish.”

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