The Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries opened April 2, 2011, in Lafitte, La.
The program promotes catch-and-release saltwater angling through a series of agency-sponsored fishing tournaments. A key aspect of the series is its focus on redfish, one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish.
The grassroots-based tournament provides anglers with the opportunity to give back to the resource. Contestants vie for cash prizes and test their skill while enjoying the thrill of the competitive sport.
Each series includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event. For teams consisting of three members, only two of the members may be 16 or older. The tournament is a 100 percent payout series.
This year, a youth division was established to introduce young anglers to the sport of fishing, and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation. Participants under 16 years of age will compete against one another in a separate category for trophy catch; all youth anglers will be recognized.
The 2011 series is comprised of six fishing events and a championship. Tournament locations are scheduled across the coast.
For complete information, including rules, regulations and entry forms go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com