Youth fishing tournament set for Grand Isle

To coincide with the state’s Free Fishing Days coming Saturday and Sunday is Saturday’s Youth Fishing Tournament set to run from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Grand Isle State Park.

Wildlife and Fisheries’ Louisiana Saltwater Series is the sponsor and has placed a $5 fee on youngsters 15 and younger for the tournament, which adds things like casting lessons, cast netting, fish prints, fish aging and fish tagging demonstrations to the fish-catching that goes with any rodeo on the Louisiana coast.

LSS tournament director Mandy Tumlin said there will be live-catch and dead-fish categories for young anglers, and that all fish must be caught from the shoreline or from the pier. She said all live fish will be tagged and released in the LDWF’s Cooperative Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program.

The LDWF announcement indicated the first 50 to register will receive a rod and reel provided by CCA Louisiana, and that online registration is available via the website: Saturday’s registration runs from 7:30-11 a.m.

For more kids

Bowie Outfitters unique Kid’s Day runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Perkins Road store and the Natchez, Miss., branch. Archery, BB gun shooting, a casting pond and wildlife identification stations will be set up, and youngsters completing the circuit will receive prizes and a chance to earn a free gift to present to their dads on Father’s Day. For more info, call Bowie’s (225) 766-1200.

Piece of heaven

What’s in the water down at Belle River?

The answer is something more than fish, because in the span of two days next-door neighbors Larry Giamanco, Jeff McMorris and Vernon Silver won bass tournaments.

Giamanco, fishing in the Des Allemands area, won the Bassmaster Weekend Series out of Bayou Segnette State Park. Silver teamed with Stewart Wallace to win the Fishers of Men event out of the Belle River Public Launch — they ran to Bayou Teche for their winning stringer — then partnered with Beau Fitch to make the run from Doiron’s to Henderson Lake to win the South Louisiana Team Tournament on the Media Bass circuit.

“The health of the fish (bass) in Henderson shocked us,” McMorris said. “We found the fish by finding the shad around the grass on the North and South flats.”

McMorris said they fished topwaters and buzzbaits.

“We were surprised how good the fishing was after the last two storms,” McMorris said. “We caught 14 or 15 keepers (14 inches or longer) and we had only one short fish.”

Snapper change

A federal judge’s ruling has brought a change to the recreational red snapper season.

Late Wednesday, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved a Gulfwide 28-day season, a move that gives Louisiana offshore anglers four extra days from the 24-day season federal managers announced last week.

Texas and Florida also received more days to their federal season, while Alabama and Mississippi had six days cut.