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2019 STAR Tournament

As the largest family-friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida, CCA Florida STAR presented by Yamaha, runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day and boasts amazing prizes for anglers of all ages and skill levels.

A unique combination of conservation, data collection and education, plus prizes and scholarships valued at over $500,000, makes CCA Florida STAR the states can’t-miss summer-long fishing competition. No other fishing tournament in Florida has the ability to engage anglers of all ages and experience levels, including non-anglers who can participate and win simply by collecting trash and debris.

Developed by CCA Texas and CCA Louisiana, the STAR competition launched in Florida in 2015 with a focus on technology and conservation. STAR uses the social media-based event to educate the public on the importance of protecting Florida’s marine resources. Recognized as a ‘catch, photo and release’ competition, STAR’s smart phone app eliminates the requirement for anglers to harvest or capture and transport fish and constantly promotes the proper handling of all species in the competition.

The 101-day, family friendly angling competition offers over $500,000 in prizes in 17 divisions including tagged, non-tagged, inshore and offshore. Anglers have their shot at prizes from brand new boat, motor and trailer packages, cash, marine electronics, Yamaha motors, all-terrain vehicles, scholarships and much more.

The 2019 STAR competition includes:
  • 2019 registered anglers winning a $1,000 prize package for catching a tagged fish from 2015-18
  • Continued free registration for current New Tide Members (CCA members) ages 6 – 17
  • Confirmed prizes in the signature Tagged Redfish Division include a Contender Boats 22 Sport, a GMC Sierra pickup truck, a Pathfinder Boats 2200 TRS, a Hewes Redfisher 16, a 21’ Carolina Skiff and Relentless Boats Aluminum Bay/Flats boat, all powered by Yamaha Outboards. Prizes for the first two youth anglers in this division include two Carolina Skiff boats, powered with Yamaha 40 HP motors and trailers, Minn Kota trolling motor and Hummingbird electronics.
  • Tagged Dolphin Division (Mahi Mahi) – 20 tagged dolphin will be released in the coastal waters of Florida, with the first STAR registered CCA member who catches one eligible to win $10,00
  • Divisions include:
    • T H Marine Non-tagged Redfish Division – 1st place prize of a Salt Marsh Skiff 1656 with Atlas jack Plate, Yamaha 40HP, trailer and five additional prizes.
    • Stumpnocker Spotted Trout Division – 1st place prize of a Stumpnocker 17 tiller powered by a 40HP Yamaha with Continental trailer and five additional prizes.
    • Piranha Boatworks Snook Division - 1st place prize of a Piranha RASO P140 with trailer & 15HP Yamaha and five additional prizes.
    • Tigress Outriggers & Gear Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Division - XD Top Mount and XD Carbon Fiber Outrigger package and 115Yamaha motor as the first place prize and five additional prizes.
    • Cannon Kingfish Division - 1st Place prize of a Salt Marsh Savanna with trailer & 9HP Yamaha with Cannon Unitrol STX-TS and five additional prizes.
    • Grouper Division (Black, Gag, Red and Scamp) – 1st place 115HP Yamaha & 240 quart Engel Coller plus five additional prizes.
    • Humminbird Tarpon Division – one winner of a $10,000 prize package which includes Humminbird Solix 10 and Minn Kota Terrova. Winner will be determined by a random drawing of all catch photos entered. Eligibility requirements include proper handling of the catch.
    • Old Town Kayak Division - 1st place prize of an Old Town Predator PDL Angler with pedal floor console and 5 additional prizes.
    • Ladies Division gives women their own prizes to compete for with first place prize being a Body Glove Inflatable Kayak and 5 other prizes or they may compete in any of the other divisions.
    • Fly Division - 1st place prize of a LIVE Watersports L2 Fish paddleboard and five additional prizes
    • Yamaha Guides Division for guides to compete in the Tagged Redfish and Tagged Dolphin Divisions with the first registered captain winning a Yamaha 150HP motor and 2nd & 3rd place prizes.
    • Youth Scholarship Division presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors offers the opportunity to win one of 12 scholarships totaling $100,000 with eligible species including non-tagged redfish, spotted seatrout, snook, tarpon, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), grouper, kingfish plus ladyfish, jack crevalle and sheepshead.
    • Power Pole Conservation Division encourages additional data collection of all species of fish caught during STAR with three prizes awarded.
    • Costa Kick Plastic Trash Division encourages trash and debris collection with three prizes awarded.
    • Lionfish Division helps with the removal of an invasive species and awards three prizes.

Eligible species includes non-tagged redfish, spotted seatrout, snook, tarpon, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), grouper and kingfish.

Most division winners are determined by a random drawing of all photo entries which include the official West Marine STAR measuring device, not the biggest fish, a format that encourages participants of all ages to protect and conserve Florida’s fisheries for future generations.

For more information on STAR, or to register, visit our Facebook page or ccaflstar.com.

About CCA Florida
The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) was founded in 1977 after drastic commercial overfishing along the Texas coast decimated redfish and speckled trout populations. One of 19 state chapters, CCA Florida became the fifth state chapter in 1985. A 501(c)3 non-profit, the purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources. Through habitat restoration projects, water quality initiatives and fisheries advocacy, CCA Florida works with its over 19,000 members including recreational anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to conserve and enhance marine resources and coastal environments. Join the conversation on Facebook or learn more at ccaflorida.org.

CCA FLORIDA STAR EVENT FOCUSES ON CONSERVATION AND PUBLIC EDUCATION

Statewide fishing event leverages social media to protect marine resources while providing competition.


Orlando, FL – The largest family-friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida - CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha - will kick-off on Saturday, May 27 and unlike traditional fishing tournaments, focuses on conservation.  With over $500,000 in prizes and scholarships, the organization is using the social media-based, 101-day event to educate the public on the importance of protecting Florida’s marine resources.

Recognized as a ‘catch, photo and release’ competition, STAR’s smart phone app eliminates the requirement for anglers to harvest or capture and transport fish.  Registered anglers submit a photo of their catch on a free official measuring device via the app, directly from the boat, dock, or ramp.  Once photographed, catches may be immediately released back into their natural habitat.

“Our state’s natural resources and fisheries are here for our enjoyment, but we understand that smart fishing will preserve these resources for the future,” said Brian Gorski, CCA Florida Executive Director.  “The STAR event is a fantastic way to provide a fun competition with amazing prizes, protect our fish populations and generate critical data in the process.”

The event’s Conservation Division is designed to reward anglers that provide the most catch data on all fish caught and released, no matter what species or size.  The conservation community and organizations like the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Snook and Game Fish Foundation, University of Florida and others use the data to make science-based decisions on habitat management, stock assessment and other relevant issues.

In STAR’s Signature Division, officials will release an average of four tagged redfish per coastal county throughout Florida.  Registered adult anglers catching the first six tagged redfish, and using the STAR app to record their catch, are eligible for their choice of prizes including a new GMC Sierra Pickup or one of several Yamaha-powered boat packages including a Contender 22 Sport, Pathfinder 2200TRS, Maverick HPX-S, Sea Hunt 225 Ultra or the Carolina Skiff 21 Sport & Fish.  Youth anglers will be eligible to participate in the tagged redfish division with the first two winners taking home a Carolina Skiff 16 JVX CC powered by a 40hp Yamaha and a Road King trailer.

“Yamaha’s sponsorship of Florida STAR further underscores our commitment to the conservation of U.S. coastal waterways and also expands our saltwater tournament support efforts,” said Dale Barnes, Yamaha Marine Group Marketing Division Manager.  “This tournament is unique as it opens the field to all saltwater anglers while simultaneously working to collect scientific data that can help to rewrite the legislation currently governing our coastal waters.”

A new division to the 2017 STAR event, the Costa Kick Plastic Trash Division rewards participants who gather trash and debris from waterways and submit a photo entry with the 2017 free official measuring device.  As with other divisions, participants will be eligible for a random drawing at the end of the 101-days of STAR for a $500 cash prize.

Other divisions include Open, Ladies, Fly, Kayak, Lionfish and Professional Guides.  Eligible species are spotted seatrout, snook, sheepshead, non-tagged redfish, cobia, dolphin (mahi mahi) and kingfish.  Division winners are determined by a random drawing, a format that encourages participants of all ages to protect and conserve Florida’s fisheries for future generations.  The STAR Youth Scholarship Division offers the opportunity to win one of twelve scholarships totaling $100,000.  The event officially runs from May 27 (Memorial Day) to September 4 (Labor Day) at 5 p.m.

In 2016, over 5,000 anglers registered for STAR.  More than 150 tagged redfish were released throughout the state’s coastal waters, with more than 20 caught and submitted via the app.  For more information on STAR, or to register, visit our Facebook page or ccaflstar.com.

STAR is expanding to the east coast!

Last year’s CCA Florida STAR tournament on the Gulf coast was so successful that the tournament is including all of Florida for 2016. CCA Florida will release over 150 specially tagged redfish, making them the STAR attraction in the CCA Florida State-wide Tournament and Anglers Rodeo (STAR). This year’s kick-off is at sunrise on Saturday, May 28, Memorial Day weekend and ends at sunset, Labor Day, September 5 offering participants a total of 101 fishing days!

A chance to win nearly $500,000 in prizes & scholarships makes CCA Florida STAR the largest family friendly saltwater fishing competition in the state. Catch one of the first tagged redfish and you could win a new GMC Pick-up truck, boat, motor and trailer package worth over $40,000 or a college scholarship worth up to $25,000.  Enter a photo of any of the other eligible species you catch in the additional divisions for the opportunity to win more terrific prizes.

STAR Florida is a Catch & Photo tournament designed to educate the general public about the importance of conservation of Florida’s marine resources. CCA’s state-of-the-art smart phone app eliminates the need for anglers to bring their entry to a weigh-in. To enter their catch anglers will enter a photo of their fish on the official measuring device via the app right from the boat, dock, or boat ramp. This format encourages sportsmen and sportswomen of all ages to protect and conserve Florida’s fishery  for future generations.

The signature division will have CCA Florida officials releasing STAR tagged redfish throughout hundreds of miles of Florida’s coastal waters and bays, from Pensacola to the Everglades National Park and along the east coast of Florida from the Georgia border to Homestead and the Keys.

STAR will also feature an Open, Ladies, Fly, Kayak, Lionfish and Professional Guides division. Eligible species are Spotted Seatrout, Snook, Sheepshead, Cobia, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) & Kingfish. The STAR Youth Division offers New Tide member’s free entry into STAR and the opportunity to win scholarships valued at $100,000.

Another fun division for STAR anglers, unique to Florida is the Conservation Division. This division is designed to reward anglers that provide the most catch data on all fish caught and released while fishing the tournament, no matter what species or size. The three STAR anglers with the most eligible catch entries in this division win.

The newest additions to Florida STAR are Open Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Open Kingfish and Lionfish. CCA will reward the top three participants who harvest the most Lionfish during the 101 days of STAR. Plus this year youth anglers will be eligible to participate in the tagged redfish division with their prizes being scholarships.

Take your friends and family fishing this summer and make it more fun by registering for STAR and joining Coastal Conservation Association. You just may win a new boat, motor and trailer package, a valuable scholarship or one of the many other great prizes.

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You can enter your catch using our Mobile App. Register in the tournament and become a CCA member. Take pictures, record coordinates, get weather reports for your area, view the gallery of fish caught and be an active part of conserving and protecting Florida’s coastal habitat and fisheries.
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Contact STAR

Andrea Gillespie

STAR Assistant Director
Coastal Conservation Association Florida
P.O. Box 568886
Orlando, FL 32856
Tel: (352) 949-6890
Email: agillespie@ccaflorida.org


Leiza Fitzgerald

STAR Director
Coastal Conservation Association Florida
P.O. Box 568886
Orlando, FL 32856
Tel: (352) 665-4868
Email: lfitzgerald@ccaflorida.org

For any issues with registration, membership or STAR app call:

(844) 387-7827

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