Orlando, FL – July 5, 2017 – Over $200,000 in prizes has been awarded so far this summer to local anglers from CCA Florida, the state’s leading organization dedicated to marine fisheries conservation, education and advocacy. The nonprofit today shared that three anglers in its signature event - CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha - have won new boats from Sea Hunt, Pathfinder and Contender, all powered with Yamaha Outboards.
Anglers from Jacksonville, Monticello and Bartow are the current winners in CCA Florida STAR, which is the state’s largest family-friendly saltwater fishing competition, running 101 days from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. The event’s most recent winner, Jeff Miller, a long-time CCA Florida member and STAR registered angler from Bartow, caught his winning 23” STAR tagged redfish (tag FL 923) in Citrus County on July 2.
The local tourism bureau in Citrus County, Discover Crystal River Florida, is the West Coast Destination sponsor for the STAR tournament, and as a result, the waters surrounding the area received eight tagged redfish instead of the four most other counties received. "We're so excited to have a winner here in our waters,” stated Adam Thomas, director of Discover Crystal River Florida. “Remember, there are still seven more tagged reds out there in Citrus County and we encourage all anglers to join CCA Florida and register for the STAR Tournament today. If you catch one of these, believe me, you'll be glad you did."
Over seven 2017 STAR tagged redfish have been caught by unregistered anglers who missed their opportunity for a major prize, and CCA Florida is urging everyone who is out on the water to register. “I can’t describe how happy I am that I took the time to register and know the rules,” stated Miller, who chose the Sea Hunt 225 Ultra powered by a 200 horsepower Yamaha Outboard.
Several prizes remain in the event’s STAR Signature Division including a new GMC Sierra Pickup or one of several Yamaha-powered boat packages including a Maverick HPX-S 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.
With over eight weeks remaining in the event and 15 divisions and opportunities to win, there’s a STAR division for every angler. For more information on STAR, or to register, visit our Facebook page or ccaflstar.com.