STAR’s signature division is the Tagged Redfish Division.
The first three 2022 confirmed tagged redfish winners will have their choice of several boat packages with Yamaha motor and trailer valued at more than $40,000, including:
- Contender 22 Sport with trailer powered by Yamaha
- Pathfinder 2200TRS with trailer powered by Yamaha
- Spyder 19FX Vapor with trailer powered by Yamaha
Catch the Superstar Redfish and Win $50,000 in Cash from the Alta Equipment Company.
The first two Youth angler winners will be awarded a boat, motor, and trailer package!
Tagged Redfish and Dolphin Partners
For the Tagged Redfish Division, West Marine CCA Florida STAR partnered with Duke Energy who generously provided hatchery reared redfish for tagging and release on the west coast and Flagler Sportfishing Club, captains and volunteer who provide wild caught fish for tagging and release on the east coast. Together with the approval from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) CCA staff and volunteers will release over 160 tagged redfish in advance of the competitions starting date on May 28, 2022. Each coastal county from Pensacola to the southern border of the Everglades National Park and from the Georgia/Florida border to Homestead and the Keys will receive on average 4 tagged redfish per county. There are three (3) Destination Counties that each has eight (8) tagged redfish and they are Brevard, Citrus and Charlotte Counties.
For the Tigress Outrigger & Gear Tagged Dolphin/Mahi Mahi Division, West Marine CCA Florida STAR partnered with Beyond Our Shores Foundation to have them tag and release 20 plus Mahi Mahi in the waters of South Florida in advance of the competition.
About This Year’s Tag
This year’s STAR tag is White. Printed on the tag is the year 2022 and a special number beginning with FL followed by CCA Florida STAR and the phone number 844-387-STAR (7827).
Winner Eligibility for the Tagged Redfish and Tigress Outrigger & Gear Tagged Dolphin
Winners will be determined by time of catch. To be eligible to win, each STAR-tagged redfish and the first Tigress STAR-tagged dolphin must be reported to the phone number on the tag within two (2) hours of landing the fish. The fish with the tag still attached to the fish, must be digitally photographed on the 2022 Official STAR measuring device, and electronically submitted. The entire fish must be clearly seen with its nose on the zero line, providing visibility of total length of the fish and STAR tag. Electronic submission of all competition entries must also include the competition division, species, length, time, date, name of angler, and Guide/Captain (if applicable).
Once your photo is entered, please call the phone number on the tag. Any caught STAR-tagged redfish or dolphin must be called to the Director within (2) hours after landing the fish.
During the call the Director will instruct the angler to take the proper photos and then clip the STAR tag nearest to the fish as possible, allowing the angler to keep the white portion of the tag. The participant will be instructed to release the fish. Anglers may choose to harvest the fish if it meets FWC requirements and the season is open. Some tagged redfish may not be within the slot. Verification of the tag and fish may be required and if so the angler will be instructed to take the tag and or fish to the nearest distribution location of the angler’s choice to be authenticated by the Director or an official representative of the competition committee. This must occur within 72 hours of catching the tagged redfish or dolphin or the tagged fish will be disqualified.
The Tagged Redfish and Tigress Tagged Dolphin Divisions do NOT require a STAR-tagged fish to be harvested unless deemed necessary by the Director. Some STAR-tagged redfish may not be within the 18 to 27-inch slot. All tagged dolphins will be a minimum of 20 inches.
After the tag and or tagged fish has been verified the angler will be provided a scheduled time and location within the following 72 hours to take a mandatory polygraph examination.
Each participant shall be eligible to win only one prize for a STAR-tagged redfish or dolphin.
Release Locations for Tagged Redfish:
All coastal counties of Florida have on average four (4) tagged redfish that have been released in areas where anglers are known to catch redfish.
Where can you have the best opportunity to catch one of these prize-winning tagged redfish?
Brevard, Citrus and Charlotte Counties.
About STAR 2022 Destination Counties
Florida’s Visit Space Coast is once again an East Coast Destination Partner for West Marine CCA Florida STAR 2022 competition! There are a total of eight tagged redfish released in Brevard County. As the home to the largest percentage of the Indian River Lagoon, the Space Coast offers more opportunities than most other coastal counties to land that winning tagged Redfish! Brevard County (the Space Coast) encompasses 72 miles of the IRL: the southern portion of Mosquito, the northern portion of the Indian River, and all of the Banana River. With 29 sets of public boat ramps (nearly all are Free!) lining all three bodies of water, anglers have many choices on where to put in. The No-Motor-Zone of the Banana River can only be fished from kayaks, canoes, or boats without a propeller. Mosquito Lagoon has two “pole and troll zones” where internal combustion engines must be off and boats drafting more than 12 inches at rest may not enter; electric trolling motors are allowed. You have to put in a little work paddling or poling to reach them, so there is less pressure on the fish in those areas.http://www.visitspacecoast.com/.
Discover Crystal River is once again a West Coast Destination Partner for the West Marine CCA Florida STAR 2022 competition the host of the 2022 STAR. Citrus County encompasses the waters from Chazawitzka (2020 STAR Tagged Redfish Youth winner caught his fish in Chazawitzka) to just south of Yankeetown, Ozello, Crystal River and Homosassa where one of the 2017 winning STAR tagged redfish was caught. Citrus County has 8 tagged redfish released in their waters. Compare this to the four tagged fish in other counties and it only makes sense to fish Citrus county this summer. Having more tagged fish and the ability to land all the inshore and offshore species in the Open Divisions presents anglers with a greater opportunity to win their share of prizes and scholarships. http://www.discovercrystalriverfl.com/
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, once again is a West Coast Destination Partner of West Marine CCA Florida STAR 2022 competition. Charlotte Harbor, the central asset of their destination, is the 2nd largest estuary in the State of Florida formed by the convergence of the Peace and Myakka Rivers. The majority of the harbor’s shoreline is natural preserve bordered by miles of mangroves, offering an ideal habitat for redfish along with many other species of fish and marine life. While Charlotte Harbor is expansive, due to its shallow nature, there are no large commercial vessels utilizing the inshore waters of the area, which includes Lemon Bay, Gasparilla Sound, Coral Creek and Turtle Bay. Over the years, various professional redfish tournaments have utilized the harbor as its base of operations recognizing the health, beauty and pristine nature of the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast. As a Destination Partner, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach will have 8 tagged redfish released in their waters providing a significantly greater opportunity to catch a tagged redfish. In 2019 two winning tagged redfish were caught in Charlotte County waters. This makes Charlotte County a super fishing destination for catching a STAR tagged Redfish or for landing other species to win one of the outstanding prizes, make your summer vacation plans to experience the wonder of fishing one of the best aquatic playgrounds in the United States. www.pureflorida.com