Unregistered Anglers in State’s Largest Fishing Competition Lose Chance to Win New Boat, Motor and Trailer Prize Package Valued up to $80,000

No winners named after eight, signature tagged redfish caught since competition start on July 1

Orlando, Fla. – July 31, 2020 –  CCA Florida, the state’s leading organization dedicated to marine fisheries conservation, education and advocacy, announced eight, signature division tagged redfish have been caught since the start of its statewide fishing competition, CCA Florida STAR presented by Yamaha, but no winner has been named, as the anglers who caught these coveted fish overlooked the rules or were unregistered for STAR.

The eight iHeart Radio Tagged Redfish caught have been from Pinellas, Sarasota, Walton (2), Escambia, Hernando and Citrus counties, and all coastal counties in Florida have, on average, four, tagged redfish. The iHeart Radio Tagged Redfish division is STAR’s signature division offering registered anglers the opportunity to win his or her choice of a boat, motor and trailer package from Contender Boats, Pathfinder Boats, Hewes, Carolina Skiff, Yamaha Outboards and Rolls Axle Trailer. Prizes are valued up to $80,000 and anglers must be a CCA Florida member and registered in the competition to win.

“We are ready to award a new boat to a registered STAR angler who catches an iHeart Radio Tagged Redfish,” CCA Florida STAR Director Leiza Fitzgerald said. “This year, we released over 160 tagged redfish along Florida’s coastal waters and every tagged redfish gives someone the opportunity to win a new boat, motor and trailer package – the only catch is, you must be registered for STAR!”

In its sixth year, CCA Florida STAR presented by Yamaha, is the largest, family-friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida. The nearly 100-day competition invites anglers of all ages and skill levels to participate because unlike traditional fishing tournaments, STAR focuses on conservation and offers almost $500,000 in prizes and scholarships just for catching fish.  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.

STAR has a total of 17 divisions, including the Youth Scholarship Division presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, giving kids (ages 6 to 17) the chance to win scholarships, with a total of $100,000 available each year. Additional divisions include open, ladies, kayak, guides and many more.  Most division winners are determined by a random drawing, not by biggest fish, giving anglers of all skill levels a shot at winning.

STAR’s technology-based format encourages participants of all ages to protect and conserve Florida’s fisheries for today and future generations.

To register for STAR 2020 or receive additional information on divisions, prizes and more, visit ccaflstar.com or Facebook.

Contact: Mary Hillyer Peelen| 407.617.0604 | mhpeelen@ccaflorida.org

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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 ccaflorida.org.

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