Luke Landry and Nash Roberts made it to the scales with a two-fish total of 15.82 pounds in the Louisiana Saltwater Series (LASS) redfish tournament this past Saturday in Lafitte to beat out a fleet of anglers from across the Gulf.
“We left Lafitte and ran about 30 miles south of Empire. We sight-fished all day with nice conditions and caught roughly 50 fish using Berkley Gulp Shrimp and Mud Minnow,” said Landry. “There was plenty of grass which helped clean the water. We probably caught 40 fish over 27 inches.”
The 53 participating teams brought in a total of 148 redfish that were tagged and released. To date, over 400 redfish have been tagged and released through the 2012 series, nearly doubling last year’s effort.
The top finishing teams, taking home more than $10,000 in cash and prizes, included second place finishers Barnie White and Steve White, Gary Wilson and Gus Wilson in third, Paul Dufrene and Nicky Savoie in fourth, Joe Barcelona and John Barcelona in fifith, Stephen Sierra and Scott Benoit in sixth, Bucky Boone and Brian Wiggins in seventh, Adam Albarado and Rebecca Albarado in eighth, Sean O’Connell and Joshua Roming in ninth and Brandon Treadaway and Chris Bush in tenth. The team of Ben Saucier and Adam Shields brought in the lightest stringer, weighing 3.26 pounds, earning them a $300 prize.
Thomas Bush, Jr. took home first place in the tournament’s youth division.
For redfish tournaments, teams may consist of one, two, three or four members. For teams consisting of three or more members, only two of the members may be 16 or older. There is a $200 entry fee per team for each event. There is a 90 percent payout for the first six events with 10 percent retained for the championship. Payout is determined separately for each event based upon the total number of boats entered.
For complete information, including rules, regulations and registration go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com.
The LASS is hosting a youth tournament this Saturday at Myrtle Grove Marina kicking off at 7 a.m. Participants can fish from the shore or a boat, and there will be lots of additional activities available for kids including fish tagging, fish identification, and knot tying, among many others. Onsite registration will be available Saturday morning, prior to the event. For more information, contact Danica Williams at 504-28-7282.
For more information on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov.