Chick-fil-A of Lake Charles will host the inaugural Big Trout Bonanza fishing tournament Saturday, June 21, at Calcasieu Point Landing.
Proceeds from this tournament, directed by Ron Castille, will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Owner/Operator David Griffin was searching for a positive event that would mirror the respect and admiration he holds for America's Service Members.
"The chance to offer our region's Wounded Warriors a day on the water and the opportunity to raise funds to continue the critical work the Wounded Warrior Project conducts throughout our country were too good to pass up,"Griffin said. "It is my desire to make this an annual event that highlights the service and sacrifice of our brave military men and women and assists in their on-going rehabilitation and support."
The bonanza is an open fishing tournament and each person in a boat must be a paid contestant. Each contestant is responsible for his own catch, and the fish must be caught in public waterways in the Calcasieu River System between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. on June 21.
Legal permitted fishing areas are from the Saltwater Barrier south to the Cameron Jetties. Contestants may fish up to but not beyond 100 yards on the outside of the Cameron Jetties. Contestants may navigate through the Intercostal Waterway to travel north and south but may not travel to the east or west in the Intercostal Waterway.
Cash prizes will be awarded, with payouts ranging from $100 to $1,000. Hourly weigh-ins begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. at Calcasieu Point Landing at 3955 Henry Pugh Road.
Registration is $150 and will be available until June 19 at Cajun Tackle, 2640 Country Club Road. Late registration is $165 and will be at Calcasieu Point Landing on the day before and the day of the event. Contestants must have a valid Louisiana fishing license. Participants 16 years or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and pay a registration fee of $10.
For those businesses or individuals who would like to sponsor a boat and/or fish with a Wounded Warrior, please contact the Chick-fil-A Marketing Director, Irene Vandever, at 337-244-0637 as soon as possible. For additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or like the event on Facebook.
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