Fishing Tournaments

From the Associated Press of Baton Rouge, LA:

Louisiana is getting ready to begin a new series of tag-and-release saltwater fishing tournaments.

It's for two-person teams in boats that are at least 15 feet long and have live wells; redfish and other species caught will be tagged by people from the Aquarium of the Americas.

Five tournaments between March 6 and Sept. 11 - at Lafitte, Dularge, Delacroix (DEL-uh-crow), Empire (ahm-PEER) and Slidell - will have $200 entry fees.

Teams that participate or pay entry fees for at least three of those events will qualify for the championship, which has a money prize - a percentage of all earlier entry fees.

Randy Pausina, assistant secretary of Wildlife and Fisheries, says it will help collect critical data for state and university biologists.