Jan 01

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Elite Pros Return to Crawfish Festival

The Elite Redfish Series Classic Kick Off in St. Bernard Parish

The Elite Redfish Series returns to the Louisiana Crawfish Festival. This year it’s the Classic Kick Off and the first ever head to head,feat match play format. Day’s 1 the 20 qualifying anglers (10 from the west and 10 from the east) from the 2017 season will be paired to compete in 10 matches. Regardless of their total weight, the pros will just have to win their match against 1 other pro to move on.

10 match winners and the 2 wild card anglers (match losing angler with the heaviest weight from the east and match losing angler with the heaviest weight from the west) from day 1 will be re paired on day 2 to make up the 6 matches. Finally, on day 3, the 3 day 2 match winners from the east division and the 3 day 2 match winners from the west division will take part in Sunday’s 1 day 6 angler shootout for all the marbles.

Big fish (5 big Louisiana redfish per day, per angler), big $65,000.00 grand prize (Skeeter’s SX 2250 with a Yamaha SHO 250 outboard and a McClain custom tandem axle trailer) and big crowds await the anglers that make it through the match rounds and finish on top on day 3.

  • Weigh in Friday and Saturday at 4:00 PM at Marina Motel 5353 Paris Rd, Chalmette, LA 70043
  • Weigh in Sunday at 4:00 PM at Louisiana Crawfish Festival grounds on 8245 West Judge Perez Dr. – Chalmette, LA. – 70043

The Louisiana Crawfish festival is known for big crowds, great food, terrific bands and a lot more. However, what many may not know is this festival and the organizers (spearheaded by Cisco Gonzales Sr.) raises thousands and thousands of dollars for many local charities. Last year that number topped $105,000.00 and is the driving force behind everyone that works so hard to make the Louisiana Crawfish Festival happen.

From 2011 to 2015 the Elite Redfish Series began each season at the Louisiana Crawfish Festival and after a brief time off the Elite pros returned in 2017 to start the season and are now chomping at the bit to get back to the festival, super big fish of the area and those huge crowds that attend the festival and cheer the anglers on when they hit the stage.

Plan to join us and the fine folks from a great community as the Elite Redfish Series kicks off the 2018 season with the no entry fee, #EliteRedfishClassic2018 event.

For more information about becoming a Marshal for this event or a competitor in the 2018 series, drop us an email at info@htseries.com and/or join over 12,000 other Elite Nation fans on the Elite Facebook fan page.

Click to view fully produced TV episodes from 2017 on the Elite Redfish Series here.



About St. Bernard Parish: SBP contains a large community of Spanish descent. Sometimes referred to informally as “Spanish Cajuns”, the Isleños are descended from Canary Islanders.

This linguistically isolated group eventually developed its own dialect. This settlement was first called La Concepcion and Nueva Galvez by Spanish officials, but was later renamed Terre aux Boeufs and Tierra de Bueyes for “land of cattle”, because nearby areas were used for cattle grazing.

Saint Bernard, the patron saint of colonial governor Bernardo de Galvez, was used in documents to identify the area.

The chief historical attraction in St. Bernard Parish is the Chalmette National Historical Park (or Chalmette Battlefield), at which the Battle of New Orleans took place on January 8, 1815, during the War of 1812.

Many street names near the battlefield bear the names of the chief participants, or take a pirate theme, since the pirate Jean Lafitte was considered to be a hero in the battle.

A high school, later elementary and now a middle school, was named in honor of Andrew Jackson, who was the commanding officer in charge of defending New Orleans against the British invasion.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln mentioned St. Bernard Parish in the Emancipation Proclamation as an area not in rebellion against the Union during the Civil War.

From 1919 to 1969, the parish was effectively ruled as part of the fiefdom of Leander Perez, a local Democratic official in neighboring Plaquemines Parish.

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