Anthony "Tee" Manuel caught the redfish Saturday, and is the third prize winner in this year's STAR tournament, the CCA said.
"I entered the tournament early this spring hoping to win an early bird drawing" said Manuel, "but I never even dreamed of this."
Manuel will receive STAR's second 2110 Sport Nautic Star — complete with a Mercury 150-horsepower four-stroke and Mike Gerald's Trailer Depot trailer.
After returning late Friday night from a business trip in Austin, Texas, Manuel was told by Lake Charles native Daryl Kingery about a reliable trout bite.
Manuel, his father and Kingery launched at Prien Lake, and quickly realized there was a problem. While "making bait" near L'Auberge du Lac casino on the Ship Channel, they realized they hadn't put the plug in the boat.
After resolving that problem Manuel made his first cast and hooked up on a redfish, which the angler quickly put in the boat.
When the fish was thrown in the ice chest, Manuel realized there was a tag hanging from the fish.
The men continued fishing until Manuel's father, Kermit, just couldn't take it anymore and urged his son to bring the fish to Calcasieu Point Landing to claim his bounty.
STAR officials were glad to have a winner come from the Lake Charles area, especially since all the action to date has been on the other end of the state.
"Since we have already had tagged redfish division winners in Lake Pontchartrain and in Grand Isle, we are excited to be giving another tagged redfish prize away on the west side of the state now," said STAR Committee Member Bryan Williams. "Congratulations to Tee and his entire family."
There are still seven more Nautic Star and Mercury boat packages to be given away just in the Tagged Redfish Division alone, and many other prizes still up for grabs.
Click here or call 877-422-2782 to sign up for the CCA Louisiana STAR and ensure you don't lose out on the prizes like one angler already has this year.