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About Star

$500,000 in prizes, 5,149 anglers, 15,815 catch entries and 157 tagged redfish released throughout the coastal waters of Florida made Coastal Conservation Association Florida STAR presented by Yamaha the largest and most exciting family friendly fishing competition in the state for the summer of 2017. The numbers speak for themselves, recreational anglers and sponsors love STAR.



STAR Florida, a Catch & Photo tournament, is designed to educate the general public about the importance of conservation of  Florida’s marine resources and to engage more families and youth in the sport of fishing. Many of the STAR anglers and their families shared that their 2017 summer plans will revolve around fishing and making entries in STAR. 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 simply enter a photo of their fish on the 2017 official measuring device via the app or website. It is not be the biggest  fish that wins. All division winners are determined by a drawing from the verified entries in each division except for tagged redfish, guides, conservation, trash and the Lionfish division. STAR provides anglers of every skill level the opportunity to win.

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


Leiza Fitzgerald

STAR Tournament 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:

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