(May 10, 2011) -The Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), heads to popular fishing destination Venice, La., on May 14, 2011, at the Venice Marina. The series is dedicated to catch-and-release saltwater angling through a series of agency-sponsored fishing tournaments.
The series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources and targets one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.
The grassroots-based tournament provides anglers with the opportunity to give back to the resource. Contestants vie for cash prizes and test their skill while enjoying the thrill of the competitive sport.
Thus far, the competition has attracted over 175 local anglers and more than 180 fish have been tagged.
Each series includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event. For teams consisting of three members, only two of the members may be 16 or older. The tournament is a 100 percent payout series.
This year, a youth division was established to introduce young anglers to the sport of fishing, and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation. Participants under 16 years of age will compete against one another in a separate category for trophy catch; all youth anglers will be recognized.
The 2011 series is comprised of six fishing events and a championship. Tournament locations are scheduled across the coast. The 2011 tournament schedule is as follows:
- April 2 Lafitte, Seaway Marina;
- April 30 Lake Calcasieu, Calcasieu Point Landing;
- May 14 Venice, Venice Marina;
- June 18 Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina;
- July 23 Slidell, Dockside Bait and Tackle/The Dock;
- August 20 Port Fourchon, Moran’s Marina; and
- Championship October 7 and 8 Empire, The Delta Marina.
Online registration for the tournament will close on Thursday, May 12 at noon, but those interested in participating can register at Venice Marina from 5 to 6 a.m., the morning of the event. Only cash or checks will be accepted for payment of registration fees the morning of the event.
Venice Marina will provide food during weigh-in for all registered participants.
For complete information, including rules, regulations and entry forms go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com .
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 email@example.com (225) 765-5113.