By Trent Friedel, exclusive to the Times
The Natchitoches chapter of the Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association held their annual banquet and fundraiser Wednesday, April 25 at the Natchitoches country club. Better known as CCA, the organization is the premier wetlands and fishing advocacy group for the State and the coastal States of our nation. The organization has chapters in all areas of the State and the Gulf of Mexico region.
Their main focus is fisheries maintenance and sustainability for years to come while protecting habitat. They also serve as advisors to the State and federal government on topics such as creel limits and season lengths for different species. The banquet featured a buffet meal, a live auction and silent auction as well as raffles for many items related to fishing and the outdoors. In addition to a one year membership in the organization, attendees receive the opportunity to sign up to be part of the annual CCA STAR tournament. This annual State wide tournament has tremendous prizes available to members who catch a tagged redfish.
The first participant to catch a tagged redfish receives a Chevrolet pickup truck. Other prizes, mainly boats, are awarded for the heaviest speckled trout East and West of the Mississippi and divisions are held for flounder, red snapper, a youth category and many others. Sign up and hit the water to be part of this tournament that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.