Long-time CCA member donates STAR prize back to the tournament
Opening weekend of STAR proved to be lucky for angler Kenneth Guidry as he pulled in the first tagged redfish of the tournament.
Guidry, a long-time member of CCA, usually fishes Timbalier, but on Saturday morning the seas were rough and he decided to stop and fish at the Belle Pass rock jetties. There he caught a little bit of everything. What he didn’t know was that one of the redfish he had thrown in the box was actually a STAR winning fish. When he went to clean his catch that night, he noticed the special red tag.
“With all the weigh stations closed for the evening, I decided to be the first customer of the day at Gail’s Bait Shop in Leeville,” Guidry said. “I have known Gail for years and I knew she would be open the earliest of all the weigh stations. I also knew she would be as excited as I was.”
Guidry, who prides himself on being a trophy trout fisherman and fishes most of the tournaments in the Grand Isle/Fourchon area, has always wanted to win the STAR Trout Division. In fact, last year he placed third in the tournament. In order to be able to continue to pursue that goal, and in the true spirit of conservation, he is donating the Chevy Silverado back to the tournament.
“It is not about the prize to me; it is all about the competition and challenging yourself. So for the good of CCA, I am giving it back and hopefully an angler that needs it more than me will get lucky and catch the next tagged redfish,” said Guidry. “And this way, I can still compete for the Trout Division which has been my goal for a long time.”
Due to Guidry’s generosity, the brand new 2013 Chevy Silverado courtesy of the Super Chevy Dealers is still the prize for the next tagged redfish turned in. The following nine tagged redfish caught by registered anglers will win Nautic Star and Mercury boat packages.
“I want to commend Mr. Guidry for an incredibly generous gesture. It just shows you how great our members truly are. We can’t thank him enough and there is no doubt that he will make the next angler who catches a tagged redfish very happy,” said Rad Trascher, STAR Tournament Director of CCA Louisiana.
There are 49 tagged redfish still swimming across the state and a 2013 Chevy Silverado still up for grabs. So it’s not too late to get registered.
STAR lasts all summer and ends on Labor Day, Sept. 2nd.
Image courtesy CCA Lousiana