NEW DIVISIONS AND PRIZES IN STAR EXPAND REACH AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ANGLERSSTAR, CCA Florida’s signature event, promoting conservation and family experiences is bigger and better.
CCA Florida, the state’s leading organization dedicated to marine fisheries conservation, education and advocacy, has improved their upcoming signature event - CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha. The 101-day fishing event, offering over $500,000 in prizes, has expanded divisions and is offering new ways for anglers of all ages and interests to walk away with prizes from brand new boat, motor and trailer packages to all-terrain vehicles, scholarships and more.
New details for the 2018 event include:
- Continued free registration for current New Tide Members (CCA members) ages 6 – 17
- Confirmed prizes in the signature tagged redfish division including: a Contender 22 Sport, a GMC Sierra truck, a Pathfinder 2200TRS, a Hewes Redfisher 16, a Carolina Skiff 21 Ultra and Cottonmouth Aluminum Bay/Flats boat, all powered by Yamaha. Prizes for the first two youth anglers in this division include two Carolina Skiff 16JVX CC boats, powered with Yamaha 40 HP motors and trailers.
- Guides will be eligible to compete in the Tagged Redfish and Tagged Dolphin Divisions within the Guides Division, with three prizes awarded.
- New divisions include:
- 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 $10,000 in cash or scholarship.
- Non-tagged Redfish Division – replaces the Sheepshead division, and boasts a 1st place and five additional prizes.
- Grouper Division (Black, Gag, Red and Scamp) – replaces the Cobia Division and offers a 1st place and five additional prizes.
- Tarpon Division – one winner of a $10,000 prize package will be determined by a random drawing of all catch photos entered in the drawing. Eligibility requirements include proper handling and resuscitation of the catch
CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha, is the largest family-friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida and runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Unlike traditional fishing tournaments, STAR focuses on conservation and uses 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.