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2019 photo gallery

Open Division

Any registered angler 18 years old and older (as of May 25, 2019) who is a current CCA member in good standing at the time of entering the tournament and uses rod, reel, hook, and line to catch their tournament entry of Snook, Spotted Seatrout, non-tagged redfish, Grouper, Dolphin (Mahi, Mahi), Kingfish and Tarpon.

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Snook Spotted Seatrout Non-Tagged Redfish Grouper Dolphin (Mahi, Mahi)
Kingfish Tarpon

 

Salt Marsh Skiff by Ankona Boats Open Inshore Divisions

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Stumpknocker Boats Spotted Trout Division stumpknocker
   

Engel Coolers Open Offshore Divisions
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Grouper Division  
Tigress Outriggers & Gear Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Division Tigress Logo white on blue
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Humminbird Tarpon Division

Tarpon

hummingbirdThe Tarpon Division allows any angler 18 years old and older as of May 25, 2019 who is a current CCA member and registered in the competition to enter a qualifying catch of a tarpon.

One prize winner from all eligible Tarpon entries will be determined by drawing.

To be eligible, each eligible Tarpon entry caught for STAR must follow the strictest handling requirements. The Tarpon must be digitally photographed with the West Marine official STAR 2019 competition measurement device in full view with the fish, and electronically submitted consistent with the provisions in Rule 12.

Regardless of size, all tarpon pictures must be taken with the fish still in the water with the West Marine official STAR measurement device next to it. It is not necessary for the device to be opened next to the fish, and it is not necessary to measure the full length of the fish. Anglers are allowed to grab the tarpon by the lip for the photograph with their hand only. If any type of lip-attachment device is used to hold the Tarpon, the entry will be disqualified. Tarpon entries will also be disqualified if an angler reaches through the fish’s gills at any time, or brings the Tarpon over the gunwale of the boat.

Each Tarpon entry must also demonstrate the fish was legitimately caught. Leader releases of Tarpon are encouraged, provided all other aspects of the Tarpon Division rules are strictly followed.

The STAR competition strongly suggests all anglers land Tarpon as quickly as possible and STAR rules require Tarpon resuscitation before release. Photographic entries of a Tarpon jumping away from the boat will be disqualified.

Youth Scholarship Division Presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors

academyThe Youth Scholarship Division presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors pertains to any registered angler 6 through 17 years of age (as of May 25, 2019) who is a current CCA New Tide member in good standing at the time of entering the competition, and uses rod, reel, hook, and line to catch their competition entry. If a New Tide member turns 18 years of age during official competition dates, they are still only eligible for the Youth Scholarship Division, Tagged redfish division as a youth angler plus the Trash and Lionfish Division.


STAR participants, ages 6 thru 17, who enter a spotted trout, snook, non-tagged redfish, tarpon, sheepshead, grouper, dolphin, kingfish, ladyfish or jack crevalle in the Youth Scholarship Division will be eligible for the drawing of the different scholarships in this division.*

*Youth anglers will have the ability to participate in the tagged redfish division. Prizes for Two (2) tagged redfish youth winners will be a Carolina Skiff with 40hp Yamaha and Road king trailer.  Youth may only win in one division (youth or tagged redfish) in addition to the Trash and Lionfish Division.

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Ladies Division

Any registered female angler 18 years old and older (as of May 25, 2019) who is a current CCA member in good standing at the time of entering the competition, and uses rod, reel, hook, and line to catch their competition entry. Eligible species are Spotted Trout, Snook, Non-tagged Redfish, Tarpon, Dolphin, Kingfish and Grouper.

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Fly Division

Any registered angler 18 years old and older (as of May 25, 2019) who is a current CCA member in good standing at the time of entering the competition and uses a traditional, onehanded fly rod and reel, loaded with fly-line and backing, leader, and shock tippet material to catch their competition entry. The tippet shall be a minimum of 15 inches long with a maximum breaking strength of 20 pound test. Eligible species are Spotted Trout, Snook, Non-tagged Redfish, Tarpon, Dolphin, Kingfish and Grouper.

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Snook Spotted Seatrout Non-tagged Redfish Tarpon Grouper Dolphin (Mahi, Mahi)
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Old Town Kayak Division

Old TownAny registered angler 18 years old and older (as of May 25, 2019) who is a current CCA member in good standing at the time of entering the competition and who fishes from a non-motorized Kayak, canoe, or any other qualifying self-propelled vessel, and uses rod, reel, hook and line to catch their competition entry. Eligible species are Spotted Trout, Snook, Non-tagged Redfish, Tarpon, Dolphin, Kingfish and Grouper.

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Snook Spotted Seatrout Non-tagged Redfish Tarpon Grouper Dolphin (Mahi, Mahi)
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Yamaha Guides Division

yamahaGuides and captains will be able to participate only in the guides division.
They must be fishing on their own time and cannot have a charter for hire.
This division allows captain or guide to enter either a tagged redfish or tagged dolphin.

Three prizes are available to captain or guide who is a CCA member and registered for STAR and catches either a tagged redfish or dolphin.

  1. First tagged fish caught by a captain or guide wins a 150hp Yamaha
  2. Second tagged fish caught by a captain or guide wins $5,000 prize package
  3. Third tagged fish caught by a captain or guide wins $2,500 prize package

Power Pole Conservation Division

powerpoleThe Conservation Division is an important aspect of STAR. This Division plays a vital role in helping FWC and other fisheries management groups gather recreational catch data.


All species of fish caught by STAR entrants including under slot non-tagged redfish are eligible for entry in the Conservation Division.


All fish entries in the Conservation Division are required to be photographed on or with the West Marine official STAR measuring device to accurately indicate the length of the catch if possible.

The winners of the Conservation Division will be determined by a random drawing of all entries in the division.

The STAR Committee emphasizes the importance of following all FWC regulations regarding the handling of all species.


The Conservation, Trash and the Lionfish Division are the only STAR Divisions in which a registered competition angler may submit more than one entry per competition day.

Costa Kick Plastic Trash Division Presented by Sunsect

COSTAEligibility: Any registered angler who is a current CCA member in good standing at the time of entering the competition is eligible to participate in the Trash Division. To be eligible registered STAR anglers must submit a minimum 5 gallon bucket full of garbage. This garbage must have been gathered while fishing on the water. The photo submission must include the West Marine official STAR measuring device and anglers may gather more than one bucket per day. Please note that for large debris participants should place the West Marine official STAR measuring device on or near the debris and submit with the latitude and longitude. CCA will provide this data and have the items removed.

1st Prize Drawing: $1500 cash provided by Waxhead Sun Defense plus Costa Sunglasses Gift Card waxhead stacked logo
2nd Prize Drawing: Body Glove Mariner XL Fishing Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard body glove
3rd Prize Drawing: $125 Academy Sports+ Outdoors Gift Card & Costa Sunglasses Gift Card academy

TOMO Lionfish Division

Jessica-Cecil-LionfishAny registered angler who is a current member in good standing at the time of entering the competition. Eligible species in this special division is Lionfish of any size. They can be caught on hook and line, snagged, gigged, or speared. Any type of spearfishing gear is allowed in this division (manual “Hawaiian Slings”, spear guns, etc.). There is no limit to the number of lionfish entries daily. Lionfish entries can be made in addition to any other STAR division entries, consistent with the rules for each division. Each lionfish must be harvested and photographed, but they are not required to be photographed individually and are not required to be photographed on the West Marine Official STAR measuring device but the official device must be included in the photo entry. Winners will be determined by the highest number of lionfish entries for the entire competition. STAR participants are eligible to win only one Lionfish Division prize in addition to one other STAR prize.

1st Prize Drawing: TOMO Double Barrel spear gun from TOMO Spear guns  
2nd Prize Drawing: Prize package with an estimated value of $500  
3rd Prize Drawing: Prize package with an estimated value of $400  



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Contact STAR

Andrea Gillespie

STAR Assistant Director
Coastal Conservation Association Florida
P.O. Box 568886
Orlando, FL 32856
Tel: (352) 949-6890
Email: agillespie@ccaflorida.org


Leiza Fitzgerald

STAR Director
Coastal Conservation Association Florida
P.O. Box 568886
Orlando, FL 32856
Tel: (352) 665-4868
Email: lfitzgerald@ccaflorida.org

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(844) 387-7827

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