La. to host new saltwater-fishing tournaments

Associated Press - February 18, 2010 10:14 AM ET

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is getting ready to begin a new series of tag & release saltwater fishing tournaments.

It's for two-person teams in boats that are at least 15 feet long and have live wells; redfish 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 3 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.

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