LDWF Family Fish Fest Heads to South Louisiana This Saturday

Release Date: 05/21/2014

(May 21, 2014) - With the success of last weekend’s Family Fest in north Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host yet another event this Saturday, May 24 in south Louisiana at Campo’s Marina on Shell Beach.
 
Fishing season is in full swing, and the Department strives to provide as many opportunities as possible to educate young anglers about the popular statewide sport.  Outside of the main fishing event, the Department will provide numerous outdoor activities for the entire family including mobile touch tank, fish identification, knot tying lessons, fish ageing, cast net lessons, minnow races, arts and crafts and casting tutorials.  Robbie the Redfish, LDWF’s newest mascot, will also be onsite for photo opportunities and to greet guests.
 
Divisions include Little Angler (10 and under), Junior Angler (11-16) and Team (adult and youth), with categories for both boat and shore anglers.  (See guidelines on the event website for additional categories).  Participants are asked to bring their own equipment, bait and live fish transport containers.  Live redfish and speckled trout will be tagged and released by LDWF biologists in conjunction with the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program.
 
Entry for the event is $10 per participant and includes a t-shirt and lunch.  The first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary rod and reel, courtesy of Pure Fishing, and the first 100 registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag.  Pre-registration is available online at http://www.wlf.la.gov/familyfishfest
 
Last weekend’s event in partnership with the Ronald McDonald House in Monroe was a huge success, and event winners took home a slue of prizes compliments of Pure Fishing, CCA Louisiana, Ronald McDonald House, Toledo Tackle, T.P. Outdoors and P&M Hardware.
 
Winners include Little Angler (bream) first place, Mary Ward; second place, Kimberly Morehead; third place, Jacob Morehead; other, Justice Sittner.  Junior Angler (largemouth bass) first place, Cody Edmiston; second place, Hayden Adams; third place, Spencer Daniel.  Junior Angler (bream) first place, Alexander Brown; second place, Destiny Morehead; third place, Logan Trimm.  Junior Angler (other) first place, Makayla Ward; second place, Walter Brown.
 
The LDWF Family Fish Fest is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF 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.
 
Saturday’s sponsors include CCA Louisiana, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Pure Fishing, New Orleans Zephyrs, Coon Neck Wildlife and Art Gallery, Dufrene Building Materials, Faux Pas Prints, Marsh and Bayou Outfitters and Emprint Moran Printing.
 
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.