For Episode 11 myself and Kevin Wartberg discuss the Louisiana Saltwater Series, a redfish tournament held in Louisiana.
NOTE: This series was canceled by former LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon. In response, LASS anglers stepped up and replaced the Louisiana Saltwater Series with Tito’s Handmade Vodka Redfish Series.
Louisiana Saltwater Series is a catch-and-release redfish series created by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote the conservation of our inshore fisheries.
Anybody can enter, but they have to register and pay a registration fee. All of this information can be found at the Louisiana Saltwater Series website. The registration fees goes towards a payout for the winning teams. You can also see their payout matrix on their homepage to get an idea as to how much you can possibly win.
In a nutshell, it is the goal of every competing team to fish for and weigh in the two heaviest redfish they can catch that are under 27 inches. On the face of it the challenge seems easy and readily accepted, but fact of the matter is that you are looking for and fishing two very specific kind of redfish.
Good weights are anywhere from 7.5 to 9.5 pounds per fish, depending on the area and conditions. Louisiana boasts some of the heaviest redfish weights due to the structure and nature of her inshore waters, namely her freshwater sources that bleed into saltwater marshes.
Fish that are weighed in are tagged and released. Teams can score additional points by bringing more reds in to be tagged and released.
Listen in and hear me and Kevin discuss this tournament series, why we are going to fish it and some of our fishing strategy. We have to locate where these very specific kinds of redfish exist. Once we do, we must carefully approach them and present to them a lure we know they will strike.
Thanks for listening, Inshore Nation. Smooth seas and tight lines!
Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.
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