Jack Lawton Jr., the Lake Charles civic leader, the founding chairman of the Center for Sportfishing Policy, recreational fishing and conservation activist and former LSU football player, was feted earlier this month with the inaugural presentation of an award named in his honor.

During the CSP dinner in Washington, Lawton received an antique compass symbolizing the Jack Lawton Jr. Conservation Award, an honor the CSP plans to award annually “to a trailblazer for marine conservation and angler access.”

“Thanks to the leadership of Jack Lawton Jr., recreational anglers and boaters are seeing the benefits of effective advocacy through one, united voice on Capitol Hill,” CSP executive director Jeff Angers said. “We will continue to push forward with our mission while remembering what got us this far. There are exciting times ahead for the recreational fishing and boating community.”

The Center for Sportfishing Policy (SportfishingPolicy.com) is a national advocate for saltwater recreational anglers.

ChildSafe awareness

Project ChildSafe, a years-long program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, kicked off a month-long campaign to raise awareness of safe handling and storage of firearms in and outside of the home.

NSSF has partnered with Winchester Safes, Vypin and Identilock for four weekly sweepstakes in its effort to get the word out on the project’s resources and gun-safety tips.

Go to website: Projectchildsafe.org/sweepstakes for details on how to enter for drawings for this week’s prize, a Vypin SafeTstrap.

In the next weeks, winners will be drawn for two Winchester RFiD Hand Gun Safe and a Bandit 9 Gun Safe, then a grand prize of an Identilock.

Come on guys

State Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men, Floyd Talley of Marrero, Adam Talley of Lafitte and Carl Delery Jr. of Kenner, for alleged redfish violations when agents found them with 35 redfish including 28 undersized reds. Adam Talley also was cited for failure to produce basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

The citation was based on the five-per-angler daily limit of redfish with a minimum size of 16 inches for “keeper” reds.

The report indicated agents were on Jefferson Parish waters doing boating safety and creel checks when they stopped the three men, and that  agents seized the fish and donated them to a local charity.

The men face fines ranging from $400-$900 and up to 120 days in jail for over-the-limit violations, fines of $100-$350 and up to 60 days in jail for having undersized fish and civil restitution fines of $926.