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CCA FLORIDA ANNOUNCES FIRST 2017 WINNER IN SIGNATURE STAR STATEWIDE EVENT

Two STAR tagged redfish caught in north Florida – one registered angler takes a prize.

Orlando, FL – June 5, 2017 – CCA Florida, the state’s leading organization dedicated to marine fisheries conservation, education and advocacy, today shared details on the first winner in the nonprofit’s signature event - CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha.  While two of the event’s tagged redfish were caught, only one angler was registered to win, and will walk away with a $55k+ prize package from Maverick Boat Group and Yamaha Outboards.

Monticello resident Benjamin Gavins caught a 19” STAR tagged redfish (tag FL637) on June 1 near Lanark Village in Franklin County.  A CCA Florida member since 2013, Gavins was shocked to see the tag on his catch, and immediately notified the organization, per event regulations.  “Frankly, I was stunned when I saw the green tag on that beautiful little red,” stated Gavins.  “This is my third year fishing the STAR event and it continues to be the most enjoyable fishing competition I have ever entered, and it’s all to support the conservation of our precious marine resources.  I call that a win-win.”  Of the event’s major prizes, Gavins chose the 2017 Pathfinder 2200 TRS bay boat.

A second STAR tagged redfish, tag FL704, was also caught on June 1, but in Sisters Creek near Jacksonville.  At the time of his catch, the angler was neither a CCA Florida member or registered for the STAR event, and is ineligible for any prize package.

CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha, is the largest family-friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida and kicked-off on Saturday, May 27.  Unlike traditional fishing tournaments, STAR focuses on conservation and offers up to $500,000 in prizes and scholarships.  CCA Florida 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.  “Our state’s natural resources and fisheries are here for our enjoyment, and we understand that smart fishing will preserve these resources for the future,” said Brian Gorski, CCA Florida Executive Director.

Prizes in the event’s STAR Signature Division include a new GMC Sierra Pickup or one of several Yamaha-powered boat packages including a Contender 22 Sport, Pathfinder 2200 TRS, 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.

The STAR Youth Scholarship Division presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors offers the opportunity to win one of twelve scholarships totaling $100,000.  Other divisions include Conservation and Costa Kick Plastic, which encourage trash and debris collection, 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.

A New STAR Rises

Get ready for the inaugural CCA Florida STAR Tournament

Florida-STAR-TIDE-ArticleThe CCA Statewide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo (STAR) has been a summertime staple for anglers in Texas and Louisiana for many years, and on May 23, anglers in Florida will finally have an opportunity to get in on the action with CCA Florida’s inaugural STAR Tournament.

Thanks to the successful STAR blueprint developed by CCA Texas and CCA Louisiana, Florida has a proven formula, but as Florida’s STAR Tournament Director Leiza Fitzgerald states, Florida is putting its own spin on the tournament.

Like the other STAR tournaments, the CCA Florida STAR will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day, allowing for 108 days of competition. By catching one of 80 tagged redfish, anglers could win a pick-up truck, Contender 22 Sport, Pathfinder 2200TRS, Hell’s Bay Waterman and many other great prizes. Other division prizes in the CCA Florida STAR will include college scholarships, Power Pole shallow water anchors, Shimano fishing tackle, Raymarine electronics, Costa Sunglasses, gift cards – nearly $500,000 worth of prizes in all. And perhaps most exciting of all, youth anglers are eligible to win a share of $100,000 in scholarships. The Youth Division includes kids ages 6 to 17 and will award at least 12 college scholarships. Youth Division species include cobia, speckled trout, snook, sheepshead, jack crevalle and ladyfish, giving even the youngest anglers the opportunity to compete for scholarships.

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Media Coverage for STAR 2016

Print & Digital

http://www.naturalnorthflorida.com/cca-floridas-star-tournament-begins-may-28-2016/

http://coastalanglermag.com/cca-star-tourney-expands-statewide-2016/

http://www.fishstock.com/cca-star-east-coast

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecfyr3jyc29e4ba4&llr=a84vyonab

http://www.saltwateranglersguide.com/?p=5973

http://www.thefishingwire.com/story/368763

STAR is mentioned in the 7th Paragraph about prize won for participating:
http://www.gainesville.com/sports/20160915/fishing-report-remembering-cookie-watson-friend-to-all-anglers

4th Topic on the page:
http://www.tallahassee.com/story/sports/outdoors/2016/06/30/outdoors-trout-tips/86563208/

Ed Ellett with his winnings from STAR Begins on Page 3, Continues Page 7-8:
http://www.gofc.us/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Fall-2016-HiRez.pdf

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cca-florida-star-tournament/id985805482?mt=8

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ed27n8zdd4ff2005&oseq=&c=&ch=

http://www.palmbayflorida.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/5593/19

http://www.theoutdoorwire.com/story/14648482757amaf8knctj

https://outdoors360.com/anglers-catch-once-in-a-lifetime-redfish-but-miss-out-on-25000-scholarship-and-yamaha-engine/

http://www.jaxkayakfishing.com/phpBB/topic40972.html

http://staugnews.com/first-time-boat-owner-wins-carolina-skiff-from-conservation-tournament/

http://www.floridasportsman.com/2016/05/25/first-cca-star-tagged-redfish-caught/

http://www.floridasportsman.com/2016/05/27/second-star-tagged-redfish-caught/

http://www.floridasportsman.com/2016/05/31/day-2-star-ne-florida-angler-wins-gmc/

http://www.floridasportsman.com/2016/03/24/cca-florida-star-redfish-roundup/

http://www.floridasportsman.com/2015/08/10/30-days-left-win-boat/

http://www.floridasportsman.com/2016/08/09/cca-star-tournament-rules-changing/

6th topic  mentioned in the newsletter on the page:
http://www.floridasportsman.com/2016/08/09/cca-star-tournament-rules-changing/

2nd topic of the pag:
http://www.floridasportsman.com/2016/08/09/cca-star-tournament-rules-changing/

http://www.boatnation.com/0/posts/5/146/4764-Catch-a-STAR-tagged-redfish-amp-Win-a-boat-.html

5th topic on page:
http://66.39.22.143/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=9&Itemid=101


 

Radio

Trophy Takers - WDAE 620 AM and 102.5 BONE
Tournament Director can be heard every Saturday, 5:40 -6:20 am starting April 11, 2016.  Bi weekly call-ins starting June 21, 2016 to September 12, 2016.

Reel Saltwater Outdoors Radio Show - WENG 107.5 and 1530 AM
Tournament Director was in studio on Friday, March 20, April 10, May 8, June 26, 2016.

Reel Animal Radio with Mike Mahoney & Capt. Billy Nobles
Tampa Expo Saturday morning live 3 minute STAR segment February 28th, June 13.
Call in every Saturday from June 13 to September 24, 2016.

Florida Fishing Radio 740AM The Game Florida’s Largest Sports Show, WFLF 94.5FM Panama City
Tournament Director live on air every Sat at 7 am from April – September 24, 2016.

Catch a Memory with Capt. Jim Ross
Tournament director live on air 3 minute call in every Saturday morning, April 2 to September 24.

US  102.3 FM- The Crossroads of Country and Rock
Provided 30 and 60 second commercials to all listeners about the STAR Tournament throughout the day from June 2016- September 5, 2016.



TV

Drop Box Link for STAR 60 Second Commercial

Captain Mike Anderson - Reel Animals Fishing Show
Completed show with him, will air May & June with re-runs throughout tournament
View on YouTube

30 second proprietary commercial for Reel Animals show

Captain C.A. Richardson- Flats Class
Completed show, will air June with re-runs throughout tournament

https://vimeo.com/167211588

Captain Rick Murphy- Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report

http://chevyfloridainsiderfishingreport.com/

Starting April 2 CFIFR show aired on Thursdays at 5:00 pm and 10:30 pm on Sun Sports/FOX Sports Florida. If you miss a Thursday broadcast, the show runs again on Friday at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm and again on Saturday at 9:30 am. Each week a west coast captain mentioned STAR in their report.

Interview With STAR Tournament Director

Winner Choice Drawing Reveal with Rick Murphy from CFIFR for STAR

Redfish Release with Captain Joe Gonzalez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eOFPu2z0rw



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Destin Fishing - Destin Fishing Forum - DestinFishingForums.com

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Florida Keys Fishing Information

Florida Fishing Forum & Message Board

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Media Coverage for STAR 2015

Print & Digital

http://travel.naturalnorthflorida.com/2015/01/coming-soon-to-floridas-gulf-waters-cca-floridas-2015-star-tournament/

http://www.pathfinderboats.com/news/cca-florida-star-tournament/

http://www.floridasportsman.com/2015/01/16/cca-star-tournament/

http://ro-bro.com/papas-pilar-rum-sponsors-the-inaugural-florida-statewide-tournament-and-anglers-rodeo/

http://www.theledger.com/article/20150130/columnists0603/150139990

http://www.naplesnews.com/.../outdoors-notes_96947104

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/outdoors/article8088945.html

http://ccastar.constonline.in/tournament/printrules/300

http://www.thefishingwire.com/story/338093

http://coastalanglermag.com/cca-to-unleash-star-tournament-on-florida/

http://www.fishtrack.com/fishwire/florida-cca-star-tournament-soon-underway_121996

http://www.saltwateranglersguide.com/?p=5748

WOODS N WATER February 2015 edition. STAR is featured on Page 19: http://digital.npcprinting.com/publication/?i=244586&p=&l=&m=&ver=&pp

WOODS N WATER April 2015 edition. STAR is featured on Page 66-67: http://digital.npcprinting.com/publication/?i=251685&pre=1#login

http://www.wjhg.com/news/newschannel7today/headlines/CCA-Florida-to-Host-Inaugural-State-wide-Tournament-and-Angler-296044991.html

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150406005520/en/Yamaha-Marine-Group-Supports-CCA%C2%AE-Florida-STAR#.VSKg1thFAaI

http://www.florida-guides.com/florida-guides-association/news/464-a-new-star-rises.html

https://membership.joincca.org/web/iCore/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=FLSTAR2015&WebsiteKey=77c6bf57-1505-456c-a3e9-8473532388ea

http://www.cbsoutfitters.com/

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/yamaha-marine-group-supports-cca-150000668.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CCA-Florida-STAR-Tournament/1536919156584953

http://www.elementalmethods.com/ccaflstar/

STAR article is featured on pages 8-11: http://content.yudu.com/A3ex65/TideMagMarApr2015/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl

04/02/15 email promotion was sent by CFIFR which included following:
CCA Florida STAR Tournament -Have you signed up? 
Nearly $500,000 in prizes, STAR anticipates recruiting over 4,500 participants, who will each have an opportunity to win, making it Florida's largest saltwater fishing tournament.
Kicks off Sunrise on Saturday, May 23, Memorial Day Weekend and ends at 5 p.m, September 7, Labor Day.

Yamaha Press Release sent via the National News Wire (PDF)

http://www.floridasportsman.com/tournaments/

http://www.tampabay.com/photo-gallery/reprints?df_direct_id=AWA-588-TB

http://www.flanews.com/?p=25253

http://www.floridasportsman.com/2015/04/03/reel-time-florida-sportsman-cortez-slam-redfish-trout-snook/

Salt Strong article

Florida Sportsman Articles & Ads


 

Radio

Trophy Takers - WDAE 620 AM and 102.5 BONE Tournament Director did 2 segments over Fort Myers rollout weekend January 31st, and can be heard every Saturday, 5:40 -6:20 am starting April 11, 2015.  Bi weekly call-ins starting June 21, 2015 to September 12, 2015.

Reel Saltwater Outdoors Radio Show - WENG 107.5 and 1530 AM Tournament Director did 2 segments with Chris O’Neill over Fort Myers rollout weekend, January 31. Tournament Director was in studio on Friday, March 20, April 10, May 8, June 26, 2015.

Reel Animal Radio with Mike Mahoney & Capt. Billy Nobles - Tampa Expo Saturday morning live 3 minute STAR segment February 28th, June 13. Call in every Saturday from June 13 to September 12, 2015

ESPN Radio 99.3 FM - Host provided a segment on their radio during Fort Myers Media Launch, January 31 due to receiving press release. June 21, 2015 STAR promotion for Lehr’s Economy Tackle.

Florida Fishing Radio 740AM The Game Florida’s Largest Sports Show, WFLF 94.5FM Panama City - Tournament Director live on air every Sat at 7 am from April 4 – September 7, 2015



TV

Drop Box Link for STAR .60 sec

Captain Mike Anderson - Reel Animals Fishing Show - Completed show with him, will air May & June with re-runs throughout tournament

Segment three

Captain Ray Vanhorn- Gypsy Angler - Completed show, will air June & July with re-runs throughout tournament

https://www.dropbox.com/s/02pcim5pgd5dogf/Lieza%20Fitzgerald%20CCA%20Interviews%20and%20Segment.m4v?oref=e

Captain C.A. Richardson- Flats Class - Completed show, will air June with re-runs throughout tournament

https://vimeo.com/125102108
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBvYIBKr-MU&feature=youtu.be

Reel Time Florida Sportsman Television - Link to show host Capt. George Gozdz promotes STAR. Select run of video. The section featuring host discussion of STAR is at the 12:40 minute section of show:

http://www.floridasportsman.com/2015/04/03/reel-time-florida-sportsman-cortez-slam-redfish-trout-snook/

Captain Rick Murphy- Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report

http://chevyfloridainsiderfishingreport.com/

Starting April 2 CFIFR show airs Thursdays at 5:00 pm and 10:30 pm on Sun Sports/FOX Sports Florida.  If you miss a Thursday broadcast, the show repeats again on Friday at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm and again on Saturday at 9:30 am. Each week one of the west coast captain will mention STAR.  STAR will have a .30sec dedicated segment.

Interview With STAR Tournament Director

Interview With STAR Tournament Director

First winner interview with Rick Murphy from CFIFR for  STAR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYwg6wolP84

http://www.wjhg.com/news/newschannel7today/headlines/CCA-Florida-to-Host-Inaugural-State-wide-Tournament-and-Angler-296044991.html

http://www.wfla.com/story/29112431/daytime-plantation-on-crystal-river-and-the-cca-florida-star-tournament

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/star-tourney-offers-chance-for-a-prized-ride/2230591



Outdoor Media

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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:

(844) 387-7827