2013 CCA Louisiana STAR had record-setting year
This year turned out to be an unprecedented record-setting year for the 2013 Tagged Redfish Division of the CCA Louisiana Statewide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo.
Opening weekend of STAR at the end of May found the first tagged redfish caught down in the Fourchon area and weighed at Gail’s Bait Shop by long-time CCA member Kenneth Guidry. Guidry, who prides himself on being a trophy trout fisherman and fishes most of the tournaments in the Grand Isle/Fourchon area, has always wanted to win the STAR trout division. In fact, he placed third in the tournament last year. Normally, the first STAR registered angler to bring in a tagged redfish wins a Chevrolet Silverado donated by the Super Chevy Dealers.But Guidry donated the Chevy Silverado back to the tournament in hopes of landing a prize-winning trout.
About a month later while fishing the rock jetties in Chef Pass on a typical Wednesday evening, Delta Chapter member Hieu Doan brought in the next tagged redfish, winning him the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado. Doan, of Venetian Isles, weighed in his 21” tagged redfish at Rigolets Bait and Seafood.
Calcasieu Lake Surrenders Fifth Tagged Redfish to STAR Early Entrant!
The fifth tagged redfish of the 2013 CCA Louisiana STAR has been caught making another entrant a lucky winner.
Anthony “Tee” Manuel of Kinder caught his prize-winning tagged redfish on Calcasieu Lake Saturday and is the third prize winner in this year’s STAR tournament.
“I entered the tournament early this spring hoping to win an early bird drawing” said Manuel, “but I never even dreamed of this!”
After returning late Friday night from a business trip in Austin, TX, Manuel was told by his friend and Lake Charles native, Daryl Kingery about a reliable trout bite. In pursuit of their trophy trout, Manuel pulled in more than he expected.
Jaevon Riley of Moss Point, MS wins the Red Snapper Division
With the closure of the federal season at the end of June, the STAR Red Snapper Division, sponsored by Whitney Bank, announced Jaevon Riley as the winner. Riley, of Moss Point, Mississippi, claims the $5,000 tackle package by catching a 26.35 lb. Red Snapper.
“I’m so happy that CCA extended its offshore boundary to include Mississippi anglers this year,” said Riley. “I’ve been telling everyone to sign up but I am sure glad no one beat me.”
In 2013, the CCA Louisiana STAR extended its offshore boundaries to the Mississippi/Alabama line for its four divisions; Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Dorado and Lemonfish after tremendous success with the Mississippi youth and adult trout divisions.
STAR closes its 19th year on Labor Day.
Unregistered Angler Catches Fourth Tagged Redfish
Dr. David Nelson, of Rockwell, Texas, caught a 2013 STAR tagged redfish on Lake Pontchartrain, but unfortunately the New Orleans native was not registered for the tournament.
Nelson was immediately told about the tag by his captain and previous winner of the tagged redfish division, Capt. Kenny Kreeger. Kreeger caught a tagged redfish in 1999 which provide him a new boat and a way to start his charter business. They then brought the fish to Rigolets Bait and Seafood. That fish would have won him a brand new 21ft. Nautic Star boat with a 150 hp Four-Stroke Mercury and a Mike Gerald’s Trailer.
“What are the chances of seeing two tagged redfish coming on your boat in a lifetime, well it happened to me” said Capt. Kenny Kreeger, “not to mention it would have been the second winner this year to bring the fish to Rigolets Marina but CCA assures me that there are plenty left in our area.”
Third Tagged Redfish Caught, Another STAR Winner!
It has been quite an opening month for the largest saltwater fishing tournament in Louisiana! Now a third registered angler has caught a tagged redfish, one of fifty released across the state, winning the angler a brand new 2110 Sport Nautic Star, Mercury 150 hp 4-stroke and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot trailer package.
Thomas Carl Vidrine of Baton Rouge, pulled in the third tagged redfish of the CCA Louisiana STAR Tournament while fishing the jetties in Caminada Pass near Bridgeside Marina in Grand Isle during the Catholic High Rodeo.
The first tagged redfish of this year’s tournament was caught opening weekend in Fourchon by Baton Rouge’s Kenneth Guidry who donated the truck back to CCA Louisiana in hopes that someone else would win the coveted prize. Hieu Doan of New Orleans caught the second fish winning the Chevy Silverado in Chef Pass near Lake Ponchartrain. All anglers mentioned are still subject to further verification and polygraph examination.
Vidrine, an avid angler in Grand Isle, caught the fish free lining shrimp at the jetties in Caminada Pass. “Earlier in the day I lost a rod overboard and actually found it while I continued to fish, then I caught the redfish, it was just my lucky day!” said Vidrine.
Second STAR angler lands truck winning tagged redfish
A typical evening of fishing turned into a truck-winning trip for one New Orleans angler on Wednesday.
Hieu Doan, of Venetian Isles, pulled in the second tagged redfish of the STAR Tournament while fishing the jetties in Chef Pass. Doan’s catch lands him the 2013 Chevy Silverado.
The first tagged redfish of this year’s tournament was caught opening weekend in Fourchon by Baton Rouge’s Kenneth Guidry who donated the truck back to CCA Louisiana in hopes that someone else would win the coveted prize.
Doan, a member of the Delta Chapter since 2012, weighed in his 21” tagged redfish at Rigolets Bait and Seafood.
“Hieu Doan said he and his family look forward to Memorial Day each year just for this reason and we are excited about having a tagged redfish division winner from the east side of the state,” said STAR Director Rad Trascher. “Thanks again to the Super Chevy Dealers for donating this great prize.”
CCA STAR Tagged Redfish Caught; Chevy Silverado still up for grabs
Long-time CCA member donates STAR prize back to the tournament
Opening weekend of STAR proved to be lucky for angler Kenneth Guidry as he pulled in the first tagged redfish of the tournament.
Guidry, a long-time member of CCA, usually fishes Timbalier, but on Saturday morning the seas were rough and he decided to stop and fish at the Belle Pass rock jetties. There he caught a little bit of everything. What he didn’t know was that one of the redfish he had thrown in the box was actually a STAR winning fish.When he went to clean his catch that night, he noticed the special red tag.
“With all the weigh stations closed for the evening, I decided to be the first customer of the day at Gail’s Bait Shop in Leeville,” Guidry said. “I have known Gail for years and I knew she would be open the earliest of all the weigh stations. I also knew she would be as excited as I was.”
Guidry, who prides himself on being a trophy trout fisherman and fishes most of the tournaments in the Grand Isle/Fourchon area, has always wanted to win the STAR Trout Division. In fact, last year he placed third in the tournament. In order to be able to continue to pursue that goal, and in the true spirit of conservation, he is donating the Chevy Silverado back to the tournament.
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- Jaevon Riley of Moss Point, MS wins the Red Snapper Division
- Unregistered Angler Catches Fourth Tagged Redfish
- Third Tagged Redfish Caught, Another STAR Winner!
- Second STAR angler lands truck winning tagged redfish
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