David Torregrossa made a $30,000-plus decision when he registered just last week for CCA Louisiana’s STAR Tournament.
The 57-year-old Baton Rouge angler promptly made his registration count early Saturday morning when he reeled in a tagged redfish in the Southwest Canal in Leeville, and — pending verification — will win a 21-foot Nautic Star bay boat, a Mercury 150 4-stroke outboard and a Mike Gerald’s McClain trailer.
“He caught it on a live cocahoe minnow in his Hobie kayak,” Rad Trascher, CCA STAR Tournament Director, said. “He weighed it at Gail’s Bait Shop, and was fishing the Casting for Kids Tournament.”
Torregrossa is the second Baton Rouge kayaker to win it big in the 2015 STAR: On May 30, Jonathan Craft was the first registered angler to land a tagged redfish while fishing from a kayak in Grand Isle and won a $40,000 Chevy Silverado pickup truck.
Torregrossa’s catch means 48 tagged redfish are still swimming in Louisiana waters heading into one of the biggest fishing weekends in the state next week.
“One of the things I always remind people for next weekend is if you’re fishing Faux Pas or the Tarpon Rodeo in Grand Isle, Venice Marina and Sand Dollar are both STAR weigh stations,” Trascher said. “Weigh your fish for us first before you go to the scales of those tournaments, because they’re going to keep your fish in those situations, and we don’t.”
Up to eight more Nautic Star boats, motors and trailer packages could be awarded before the tournament ends at 5 p.m. on Sept. 7, Trascher said.
You must be registered before catching and entering a fish.