What better way is there to make a huge paycheck than fishing? String up your lures or live bait, jump in a boat and cast your way to $250,000 in cash. That’s the first prize in the Geaux Fish contest sponsored by the Louisiana Charter Boat Association and BP's Gulf Coast Restoration Organization.
The contest runs from Saturday, July 2, to Sept. 5, but you must register online at www.GeauxFish2011.com, and have a valid fishing license to be eligible for prizes. All you have to do is catch one of the 50 speckled trout the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has tagged and released in waters from Lake Calcasieu to Breton Sound, including one tagged as the grand prize winner. A fisher who catches that first-prize trout while fishing with a registered Louisiana charter boat captain can increase those winnings by up to 10 percent — making the Cynoscion nebulosus worth as much as $275,000.
There are five other specially tagged trout in the Geaux Fish contest that yield prizes including a 2011 Ford F-150 Supercab pickup truck, a 2011 Blazer Bay 2170 boat and trailer, and three cash prizes of $5,000 each. The remaining 44 tagged fish bring cash and other prizes worth a total of more than $22,000.
You can find a list of licensed and insured charter boat captains here.