Three winners, to be identified at a later date, already have collected a total of $6,000 in the two-month-long event sponsored by the Louisiana Charter Boat Association and BP.
Since July 2, three tagged trout have been caught in the free Geaux Fish tournament. Two of the fish were worth $500, while one landed the lucky angler $5,000.
That leaves 47 tagged fish, including the grand prize winner, swimming in the waters along the Louisiana coast. The grand-prize fish will catch any angler lucky enough to land it up to $275,000.
Fishing with a licensed Louisiana charter boat captain will increase the cash winnings by 10 percent.
"We have seen anglers hit the water this summer with Geaux Fish, and are glad to have three winners so far," said Iris Cross, general manager of external relations for BP's Gulf Coast Restoration Organization in Louisiana. "We want to remind people that it's not too late to win. There's still an opportunity to catch the grant prize-winning fish until the tournament closes on Sept. 5."
Geaux Fish, with the help of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, tagged 50 speckled trout in waters from Lake Calcasieu to Breton Sound.
The grand prize fish is worth up to $275,000. Five other major prizes include a new 2011 Ford F-150 Supercab, a 2011 Blazer Bay 2170 boat and trailer, and two remaining individual cash prizes of $5,000 each. The remaining 42 fish represent cash prizes and other big-ticket items totaling more than $22,000.
Anyone possessing a valid fishing license is eligible and encouraged to participate. Participants must be registered and accept the rules and regulations to be eligible to receive any prizes associated with catching a prize-winning tagged fish.
Find more information and register online at www.GeauxFish2011.com.