Seasoned Louisiana Saltwater Series tournament angler Kristian Robert and his partner Ford Thomas took home this weekend’s top prize at the fall speckled trout tournament. What you don’t know about this pair is something that may shock you. Thomas is proof that it doesn’t matter whether you’re 4 or 44, a world-class fishermen can come at any age.
“My regular tournament partner had to sit this one out, so it was just Ford and I, a 6-year-old kid from Batesville, MS,” explained Robert. “I told him it was just the two of us, and he smiled and assured me we could still win.”
With a two-fish stringer weighing in at 6.91 pounds, the team took home first place and a cash prize of $740. Robert explained their prize winning tactics, “I figured we had to beat a spot near SeaBrook to death. We fished the spot for four hours, and only had 15 bites, hooked 10 fish and boated three. I have always been told never leave fish to go find fish. When you’re fishing a tournament, you’re not looking for 100 fish, you’re just looking for the right two fish to bite.”
The top finishing teams, all taking home cash prizes, include: 2nd place, Nick Ward and Mitchell Chevalier; 3rd place, Kevin Hall and Bill Waterman.
Thomas also took home first place in the tournament’s youth division.
“I look forward to the 2013 season. I hear big things are coming,” said an enthusiastic Robert. “The prizes alone should have people lining up, and the data the Department is collecting is going to prove very valuable for Louisiana in the future.”
The Louisiana Saltwater Series plans to continue to grow and create awareness for the Department’s tagging program into 2013. Additionally, LDWF, in conjunction with Louisiana State University, will soon launch a long-term acoustic telemetry study of spotted seatrout in Lake Pontchartrain. Two hundred fish will be tagged, and 90 acoustic receivers will be deployed and maintained throughout the lake to record trout movement.
For complete event results, including photos, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com. Be on the lookout for our 2013 schedule, which will soon be available.
“If you’re not fishing the Louisiana Saltwater Series, what are you waiting for?” said Robert. “It’s the best tournament going for the money, and you get a chance to meet fishermen from all different walks of life.”
Image courtesy Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries