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2016 STAR Tournament

$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 2016.  The numbers speak for themselves, recreational anglers and sponsors loved 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 2016 summer plans revolved around fishing and making entries in STAR.  CCA’s state-of-the-art smart phone app eliminated the need for anglers to bring their entry to a weigh-in. To enter their catch, anglers simply entered a photo of their fish on the 2016 official measuring device via the app or website. It was not be the biggest fish that won. All division winners were determined by a drawing from the verified entries in each division except for tagged redfish, guides, conservation and the Lionfish division.  STAR provided anglers of every skill level the opportunity to win.

STAR ended Labor Day, September 5 without a tagged redfish winner. During the 101 days of the competition, 20 of the 157 tagged redfish released in STAR were recaptured by anglers that were not properly registered for the tournament or did not follow the rules. In order to create more excitement and because there was no STAR tagged redfish winner STAR chose to offer a special winner’s Choice drawing; any registered adult angler who submitted an eligible species (spotted seatrout, sheepshead, snook, cobia, kingfish, dolphin or lionfish), in any division excluding the conservation and guide divisions would be placed into a winner's CHOICE drawing for one of the remaining STAR Tagged Redfish prizes.  The randomly chosen winner would have their choice of the GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab pickup truck donated by Conley Buick GMC of Bradenton or one of the donated boat, motor & trailer packages either the Contender 22 Sport, Pathfinder 2200 TRS, Hells Bay Waterman or the Sea Hunt 235 Escape all powered by Yamaha. The tackle shops, docks, boat ramps, marinas and social media all were a buzz regarding the amazing prizes in the tagged redfish division, the 13 other division prizes and the special Winner’s Choice drawing.

The climax for CCA Florida STAR, was The Awards Banquet and Ceremony presented by The City of Haines City which took place on October 15, 2016 from 5pm to 10pm at the Lake Eva Event Center in Haines City. It was a spectacular night with CCA staff, sponsors and fishing celebrities awarding 72 anglers nearly $275,000 in prizes.


Overview of 2016 Caught Tagged Redfish

May 23 FL627 Saint Lucie Spoil Island front of Harbor Branch NONE H
May 25 FL474 Sarasota North of Phillipe Creek NONE R
May 28 FL838 Santa Rosa Navarre Area/Magnolia Bch NONE R
May 29 FL333 St Johns Guana River mouth NONE R
June 2 FL753 Okaloosa Ft Walton /Destin Area NONE R
June 9 FL396 St. Lucie S. Power Plant Ft Pierce NONE H
June 12 FL531 Brevard S. Merritt Island NONE H
June 13 FL513 Hillsborough mMouth Little Manatee River NONE H
June 19 FL317 Duval Jetties Mayport NONE H
June 19 FL868 Citrus Shell Island/Power Plant NONE H
July 3 NA Hernando North Hernando County NONE R
July 10 FL289 Brevard Mosquito Lagoon NONE R
July 11 FL508 Pinellas 4th street/towards Weedon Island NONE H
July 11 FL765 Escambia Pensacola Pass NONE H
July 31 FL 933 Franklin Alligator Point NONE R
Aug 2 FL771 Franklin Niceville NONE R
Aug 4 FL771 Franklin Niceville NONE H
Aug 22 FL491 Manatee Alaphia River Mouth NONE R
Aug 27 Fl995 Dixie Stienhatchee NONE R
Aug 28 FL967 Wakulla Ocklocknee Bay NONE H
Aug 5 FL 520 Flagler Flagler Bridge NONE H
Sept 8 FL430 Manatee Terra Cia Bay NONE H
Sept 11 FL503 Levy Cedar Key by Airport NONE H
Sept 17 FL??? Pasco Manor Bch New Port Richie NONE R
Sept 17 FL875 Citrus St. Martins River NONE H
Sept 28 FL486 Collier Naples Harbor Yacht Club NONE H
Oct 10 FL456 Manatee Emerson Point NONE H
Nov 6 FL229 Bay St Andrews Bay NONE R
Nov 13 NA Pinellas Pinellas Point NONE R
Dec 31 FL751 Taylor Steinhatchee/Sea Hag NONE H
Jan 12, 2017 FL512 Hillsborough Little Cockroach Bay NONE R
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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

Leiza Fitzgerald

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

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

(844) 387-7827

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