LDWF Hopes to Lure Young Anglers This Weekend

Release Date: 06/03/2013

Louisiana Saltwater Series Hosts Youth Tournament in Grand Isle

(June 3, 2013) – Don’t know where to take your kids to fish during the Department’s  annual Free Fishing Weekend?  LDWF will host its second annual Louisiana Saltwater Series Youth Tournament, on Saturday, June 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 1p.m. at Grand Isle State Park, coinciding with the state’s annual weekend event. 

For two days each spring, the Department invites people to fish Sportsman’s  Paradise without having to purchase a license.  This year’s free days will be June 8 and 9.  

Load up the car with friends, family and fishing poles and enjoy the family-oriented event which will also include fish tagging demonstrations, casting lessons, fish ageing demonstrations, cast netting, fish prints and loads of prizes. 

“It is important to introduce kids to fishing at a young age, and these educational opportunities are a great way to get kids acquainted with fishing,” said LASS Tournament Director Mandy Tumlin.  “We want to ensure that this pastime continues as an important family tradition for our children and grandchildren.”

Youth age 15 and under can participate in the tournament for a $5 entry free.  Online registration at www.lasaltwaterseries.com is encouraged, but not required.  Day-of registration will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the first 50 registrants will be owners of brand new fishing rods and reels, courtesy of CCA of Louisiana.

Prizes will be awarded for both live and dead categories, and all fish must be caught from the shore/pier.  Each live fish brought in will be weighed, tagged and released as part of the Department’s Louisiana Cooperative Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program. 

Fishing equipment is not provided at this event, so please remember to bring your own gear and bait. 

The entry fee also includes a hot dog lunch, compliments of local sponsors including Friends of Grand Isle and the Grand Isle Community Development Team.  Tournament sponsors also include Shimano, PowerPro, Daybrook Fisheries, Plaquemines Parish, Mercury Marine, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Standard Mapping, Faux Pas Prints, Marsh & Bayou, Swamp Swatter, Frabill, Stick It Anchor Pins and YETI Coolers. 

For more information or to register, please visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

The Louisiana Saltwater Series is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana's wildlife and fish resources.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-2396.