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Jul 3, 2014 1:53 PM by Dave Fields

Wildlife & Fisheries hosting final Family Fish Fest for 2014 in Grand Isle

Aspiring Louisiana fishermen of all ages are invited to participate in Family Fish Fest--a fun, educational fishing event on Saturday, July 12 at Elmer's Island in Grand Isle.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, is holding this final saltwater event of 2014 as an opportunity to join anglers of all experience levels for a day of education and fun. Family members are able to learn fishing basics and participate in activities that will increase your fishing knowledge and skill.

Competitive categories are available for nearly every legal species, and every participant is eligible for a myriad of raffle prizes compliments of event sponsors. Divisions include Little Angler (ages 10 and under), Junior Angler (ages 11-16) and Team (adult and youth). A list of categories for each division can be viewed on the event website www.wlf.la.gov/familyfishfest. Participants are asked to bring their own equipment, bait and live fish transport containers. Live redfish and speckled trout will be tagged and released by LDWF biologists in conjunction with the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program.

The event will include a mobile touch tank and fish identification activities, as well as tutorials on knot tying, casting, and cast netting. Fish aging, fish tagging, seining, minnow races, arts and crafts will be part of the educational experience. Robbie the Redfish, LDWF's newest mascot, will be onsite for photo opportunities and to greet guests.

Entry for the event is $10 and includes a t-shirt and lunch. The first 50 youth registrants will receive a complimentary rod and reel, courtesy of Pure Fishing, and the first 100 youth registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag. Every registrant will automatically be entered into numerous prize drawings. Pre-registration is available online at www.wlf.la.gov/familyfishfest.

The event is made possible with sponsorship by CCA Louisiana, Coca Cola Bottling Company Baton Rouge, Pure Fishing, New Orleans Zephyrs, Coon Neck Wildlife and Art Gallery, Dufrene Building Materials, Faux Pas Prints, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Grand Isle Development Community Team, Frank's Supermarket, Marsh and Bayou Outfitters, Friends of Grand Isle and Emprint Moran Printing.

This LDWF event is aimed at fulfilling the department's mission to manage and protect Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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