Summer-Long, Statewide Fishing Competition Launches Memorial Day Weekend

Summer-Long, Statewide Fishing Competition Launches Memorial Day Weekend

CCA Florida STAR presented by Yamaha offers Floridians of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to win nearly $500,000 in prizes and scholarships during the 101-day fishing competition

Orlando, Fla. – May 26, 2021 – CCA Florida, the state’s leading organization dedicated to marine fisheries conservation, education and advocacy, will launch the seventh annual CCA Florida STAR competition on May 29. The summer-long event invites anglers and non-anglers to participate and win their share of prizes valued at almost $500,000, including boats, motors, scholarships and more.

Launched in 2015, STAR focuses on conservation with its technology-based, catch-photo-release format. STAR’s dedicated smartphone app promotes the proper handling of species and allows participants to upload competition photos, eliminating the requirement to harvest or capture and transport fish. CCA Florida also uses data collected from the app to educate the public on the importance of protecting Florida’s marine resources. This important data is also available to other conservation organizations and universities for use in their studies on conservation, habitat and stock assessments.

“In the past six years, it’s been amazing to see STAR participants support conservation by embracing the catch Photo format and picking up garbage during the annual competition” CCA Florida STAR Director Leiza Fitzgerald said. “Even more exciting, is awarding more than $1.2 million in prizes, with $600,000 specifically awarded in youth scholarships, to the thousands of statewide STAR registrants.”

The 2021 STAR competition is comprised of 17 divisions targeting 12 inshore and offshore species plus the cleanup of trash. STAR’s signature West Marine Tagged Redfish Division offers winners the choice of a Contender Boats 22 Sport, Pathfinder Boats 2200 TRS or Spyder Boats Vapor 19FX all powered by Yamaha Outboards. For the first two, youth anglers who win this division, prizes include two Salt Marsh Skiff 1656 tiller boats powered with Yamaha Outboards, trailers, Minn Kota trolling motors and Humminbird electronics. The best opportunity to catch this year’s tagged redfish will be in Brevard, Citrus and Charlotte Counties, STAR’s 2021 Destination Counties which each have 8 tagged redfish in their coastal waters.

One of the newest divisions, the Tigress Outriggers and Gear Tagged Dolphin Division offers one winner a $10,000 cash prize. The first STAR registrant and CCA Florida member who catches one of the tagged dolphin, tagged and released in the coastal waters of Florida for STAR by the Dolphin Research program implemented by the Beyond Our Shores foundation, will win.

STAR is a family-friendly competition, and CCA Florida youth members (ages 6 to 17) can participate for free. Kids are encouraged to submit entries in the Youth Scholarship Division presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors for an opportunity to win one of twelve scholarships totaling $100,000.

Other divisions include ladies, kayak, conservation, guides and many more. Since most division winners are determined by a random drawing, it is not about catching the biggest fish, any size fish can win.

Registration is open and ends September 6. To register for STAR 2021 or receive additional information on divisions, prizes and more, visit or Facebook.

Contact: Mary Hillyer Peelen| 407.617.0604 |


About CCA Florida

The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) was founded in 1977 after drastic commercial overfishing along the Texas coast decimated redfish and speckled trout populations.  One of 19 state chapters, CCA Florida became the fifth state chapter in 1985.  A 501(c)3 non-profit, the purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources.  Through habitat restoration projects, water quality initiatives and fisheries advocacy, CCA Florida works with its over 18,000 members including recreational anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to conserve and enhance marine resources and coastal environments.  Join the conversation on Facebook or learn more at

Florida's largest family-friendly fishing competition
May 27 to September 4, 2023!

Fish one day, some days or every day - win awesome prizes with a single catch!



including tagged, non-tagged, inshore and offshore, Ladies and Youth with species like - Redfish, Trout, Snook, Tarpon, Grouper, Kingfish and Mahi-Mahi.


in Prizes

Boats, motor and trailer packages, cash, marine electronics, Yamaha motors, tackle, scholarships, Gift certificates and much more


Days of Fishing

family friendly angling competition - for anglers of all ages and experience levels - most winning places and are determined by a random drawing.


Register Now for STAR 2023
$40 for current CCA Florida Members | $80 for 18+
(includes one-year CCA Florida membership)


FREE for current, youth CCA Florida Members | $10 for youth, ages 6 to 17
(includes New Tide Membership)


[Registration process involves creation of a profile at CCA National and registering for STAR]