It was a case of good luck and bad luck for a local lady angler fishing off Bay St. Louis.
The angler caught the first tagged redfish for the CCA STAR Tournament that opened during the Memorial Day Weekend and runs through Labor Day Weekend.
But the angler was not a member of the Coastal Conservation Association Mississippi and was not registered in the tournament. That means there are now 24 of the 25 specially tagged redfish left in Mississippi waters for registered anglers to catch in hopes of winning one of two Polaris Ranger 570s.
"This is the first year we have the Tagged Redfish Division for STAR in Mississippi waters and it didn't take long to have one caught," Johnny Marquez, Executive Director of CCA Mississippi said. "Don't let this happen to you, there are some great prizes up for grabs."
Anglers can register and pay the $30 entry fee by calling (877) (422-2782) or visit ccastar.com or cca.ms. Other places to register include Mary Walker Marina in Gauthier, Gorenflo's Tackle in Biloxi, The Tackle Box in Gulfport, Bay Marina in Bay St. Louis and Academy Sports.
"The (first) redfish was caught on May 28th, less than a week into the tournament," Marquez said. "It was caught in Bay St. Louis and 25 fish have been released across the entire Mississippi Coast from Bay St. Louis to Pascagoula in popular fishing spots, bays and barrier islands and another 50 have been released throughout Louisiana.
"The angler was not registered, but she is a CCA member now and is signed up for the tournament and back in action."
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