During her fishing trip yesterday, angler and long-time CCA supporter, made a catch that she won't soon forget. Stacey Kinler landed the second confirmed tagged redfish of the 2014 CCA Louisiana STAR Tournament. It would have made a great story, EXCEPT, she forgot to register for STAR.
While fishing Elmer's Island with her husband, the excitement grew as she reeled in the redfish only to realize once it was in the boat that it had the red STAR tag. Her husband quickly asked if she had registered for STAR. Kinler's response was, "no, I forgot!" That forgetfulness cost her a brand new Chevy Silverado courtesy of the Acadiana, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles dealers.
After pulling the fish in and verifying the tag, they quickly tried to release the fish back into the water, but unfortunately, the fish did not make it.
The redfish Stacey caught had not traveled far since its release during the second week of May. According to STAR Tournament Director Rad Trascher, he released the fish where the beach and the road on Elmer's Island meet. Kinler said she caught it a very short distance from there.
"It is amazing how many boats and wade fishermen have fished there since I released it and no one caught it until now," said Trascher, "but there are plenty more even in that area.
"It is a shame that Stacey lost out on the truck. I have known her and her husband for years, but it happens all the time," Trascher continued. "People get busy in their lives and forget about the simple stuff like registering for the tournament, and this time it really cost her."
So by tournament calculations there are 48 tagged redfish still out there waiting to be caught! The first registered angler will win a brand new Chevy Silverado and the next nine will win 21' Nautic Star and Mercury boat packages.
Get registered today by visiting CCASTAR.com, calling 877-422-2782 or by going by any Academy Sports + Outdoors locations in Louisiana or Mississippi or any of the weight stations across the coast.
Entering its 31st year, CCA Louisiana is the largest marine resource conservation group of its kind in the state. With more than 30,000 members and volunteers in 26 local chapters, CCA has been active in state, national and international fisheries management issues since 1977. Visit www.CCALouisiana.com
for more information.
Contact: Rad Trascher