2016 FISH OF THE YEAR WINNERS

Three well-deserving Louisiana anglers were presented with the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association’s (LOWA) prestigious Fish of the Year Awards for the year 2016 at the LOWA annual conference in Natchitoches on August 11-12, 2017.

Every year LOWA honors the anglers voted by the LOWA Fish Records Committee to have had the most significant catch in the previous year in both Rod & Reel and Fly Fishing Divisions.

Winners for the 2016 LOWA Fish of Year are:

Two anglers were recognized in the Rod & Reel Division; Timothy Delaney of Dry Prong, Louisiana, received the 2016 Fish of the Year award in the Rod & Reel Division. Delaney’s 1.83 bluegill caught in Iatt Lake is a new state record. Kyle Boyd of Magnolia, Texas, received an Honorable Mention award for his 239.00 Yellowfin tuna caught out of Grand Isle. Delaney attended the Awards Banquet and told the story of his award-winning catch.

In the Fly Fishing Division, Pete Cooper Jr. of Broussard, Louisiana, was awarded for his feat of landing a 3.79 Flounder caught at Rockefeller Refuge. Cooper, a former member of LOWA and active fly fisherman unfortunately passed away earlier this year. His plaque was sent to his family.

Anyone desiring further information about the winners can contact LOWA Fish Records Chairman, Lyle Johnson at fishrecords@yahoo.com.

THE LOUISIANA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN THE CURATOR OF THE LOUISIANA STATE FISH RECORDS SINCE 1940.

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association is a non-profit organization comprised of active outdoor communicators including newspaper and magazine writers, columnists, editors, photographers, cartoonists, radio and television broadcast journalists, book authors, lecturers and public relations specialists.

Tim Delaney receives his Fish of the Year Award from Fish Records Committee Member, Don Dubuc.

Delaney and Don