2012 Fish of the Year Winners

Each year the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association’s Fish Records Committee selects anglers and fish from the submitted records from the previous year to be nominated for the Fish of the Year. Nominees are then closely reviewed and a vote is taken. Awards are presented in both Rod & Reel and Fly Fishing divisions depending on entries.

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) announced the winners of their annual Fish of the Year award at their 68th Annual Conference on August 10, 2013 in LAfayette.   One of the winners for 2012 is Elliot Sale of New Iberia, La. His 251 lb Yellowfin Tuna earned him Fish of the Year award in the rod & reel division. Sale’s tuna eclipsed the previous record by 9.81 lbs and was caught at West Delta Block 122 in October of 2012.

The winner in the fly rod category for 2012 is Chip Metz of Morgan City, La. Metz landed a 4.09 lb flounder that is currently ranked in 3rd place. His fish was caught in Four League Bay in August of 2012. Mr. Metz will be presented his award at the LOWA annual convention awards banquet, Aug 10 in Lafayette at the Holiday Inn.

LOWA has been the curator for the state fish records since the 1940’s. For further information concerning the records you email the fish records chairman at the above listed email address. You can also view the current records and download applications (Rod and Reel as well as Fly Fishing) on the Fish Records Tab of this website.