Saturday we fished our first redfish tournament with a bang by bringing home the fatties and winning some cash. This was no accident! It’s the result of a carefully executed plan. Listen in to Fish Smarter!
NOTE: The Louisiana Saltwater Series has been discontinued by (former) LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon. However, a new series has been propped up by LASS anglers to continue the mission of recreational fishing and conservation. This new series is Tito’s Handmade Vodka Redfish Series and it’s bigger and better!
It was earlier last year that Kevin Wartberg had mentioned to me he wanted to fish competitively. I was apprehensive about this, not because I was scared of failure or nervous rubbing elbows with bad-to-the-bone anglers, but because I had doubts I could commit to something of that nature. However, fishing under pressure is one of the best ways to become better at angling and Kevin sold me on the idea that it would be great exposure for the Blog. Knowing I would have to say good bye to trout fishing every once in awhile, I decided to make the commitment. I had already been sight fishing for redfish in GnarTooth for awhile and was confident in my ability to find, close with and catch them.
You can recount us discussing the Louisiana Saltwater Series in Episode 11 of our podcast.
The April 9th event at Bridgeside Marina in Grand Isle was our first. I had spent three days scouting the surrounding area in the previous ten in order to explore it, learn safe routes and discover where the fat redfish lived. Sure enough, after a lot of hard work, I found them.
Inshore Nation, listen in to this podcast to get the details! The key to our success wasn’t just finding the right kind of redfish, but also techniques used in our approaches and presentation. Kevin did an excellent job of preparing the boat and gear for the tournament. It was those minute, but important, details that helped us nail these fat redfish. Without his foresight and attention-to-detail fish would have been lost or never caught in the first place.
If you look at the results page you will see that the weight we brought back to the dock was some of the heaviest seen since 2012. This was one hell of a tournament! We ended up bringing back two redfish over 8lbs that combined went for a total of 16.57lbs. Surprisingly, we only took 3rd place out of 34 boats with a weight like that. Mitchell Chevalier and Josh Hall came in with 16.60lbs and Team Gus rolled in with a fat 16.99lbs. The competition was fierce and it is an honor to have fished the marsh alongside those veteran anglers.
This was the Louisiana Fishing Blog’s first tournament event and we absolutely kicked butt by bringing home a great weight. I am ecstatic about this for many reasons but mostly because I feel I can duplicate those results. Those redfish did not happen by accident, we zeroed in on them using information that is located on this website.
These articles include:
Create Your Own Custom GPS Routes
Inshore Nation, anyone can fish the Louisiana Saltwater Series. I found tournament-winning redfish by myself in an old aluminum flatboat. We fished for them in a bay boat that had never been used for sight fishing before and it was our first time doing so on that boat.
This stuff isn’t rocket science and the tournament is a lot of fun.
Registration is easy as you can register online for the Louisiana Saltwater Series at their website.
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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