With the shortest federal recreational season in history already wrapped up, it didn’t take long to name a winner for this year’s STAR red snapper division, according to the Coastal Conservation Association Louisiana.
John Langlois, of Baton Rouge, won the $5,000 tackle package sponsored by Whitney Bank after catching a 26.14-pound snapper during the Swollfest Rodeo last weekend on Grand Isle.
Rad Trascher, director of the STAR tournament, said Langlois was surprised by his victory.
“John laughed when I told him that he won the STAR red snapper division because he didn’t even win the division in Swollfest,” Trascher said. “The angler with Swollfest’s winning red snapper wasn’t even registered for STAR.”
In other STAR news, the first tagged redfish was caught in Timbalier by an unregistered New Iberia angler, so the new Chevy Silverado is still up for grabs.
Dr. Luke St. Pierre caught a 6.84-pound trout to win the Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo and currently sits in 1st place in the southeast trout division.
Chris Harris leads in the east division after weighing in a 6.7-pound speck at Venice Marina, and Scotty O. Broussard leads in the southwest after catching a 5.46-pound speck and weighing it in at Dago's in Lydia.
Carl Giles leads the western division speckled trout competition with a hefty 7.47-pounder he weighed at Cajun Fast Mart.
Todd Black of Baton Rouge weighed in a 15.14-pound mangrove snapper at Boudreaux’s Marina in Cocodrie, and is currently leading that division.
To see the entire current STAR leaderboard, click here.
Prizes valued at more than $500,000 will be awarded in more than 20 additional divisions. To register for the tournament, click here.
STAR, which started on May 24 and spans the entire Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coasts, is open to anglers of all ages.
The tournament ends on Labor Day, Sept. 1.