As the largest family-friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida, CCA Florida STAR runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day and boasts amazing prizes for anglers of all ages and skill levels.
A unique combination of conservation, data collection and education, plus prizes and scholarships valued at nearly $500,000, makes CCA Florida STAR the states can’t-miss summer-long fishing competition. No other fishing tournament in Florida has the ability to engage anglers of all ages and experience levels, including non-anglers who can participate and win simply by collecting trash and debris.
Developed by CCA Texas and CCA Louisiana, the STAR competition launched in Florida in 2015 with a focus on technology and conservation. STAR uses the social media-based event to educate the public on the importance of protecting Florida’s marine resources. 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 and constantly promotes the proper handling of all species in the competition.
The 101-day, family friendly angling competition offers over $500,000 in prizes in 17 divisions including tagged, non-tagged, inshore and offshore. Anglers have their shot at prizes from brand new boat, motor and trailer packages, cash, marine electronics, Yamaha motors, all-terrain vehicles, scholarships and much more.
The 2019 STAR competition includes:
- Continued free registration for current New Tide Members (CCA members) ages 6 – 17
- Confirmed prizes in the signature Tagged Redfish Division include a Contender Boats 22 Sport, a GMC Sierra pickup truck, a Pathfinder Boats 2200 TRS, a Hewes Redfisher 16, a 21’ Carolina Skiff and Relentless Boats Aluminum Bay/Flats boat, all powered by Yamaha Outboards. Prizes for the first two youth anglers in this division include two Carolina Skiff boats, powered with Yamaha 40 HP motors and trailers, Minn Kota trolling motor and Hummingbird electronics.
- Tagged Dolphin Division (Mahi Mahi) – 20 tagged dolphin will be released in the coastal waters of Florida, with the first STAR registered CCA member who catches one eligible to win $10,000
- Divisions include:
- T H Marine Non-tagged Redfish Division – 1st place prize of a Salt Marsh Skiff 1656 with Atlas jack Plate, Yamaha 40HP, trailer and five additional prizes.
- Stumpnocker Spotted Trout Division – 1st place prize of a Stumpnocker 17 tiller powered by a 40HP Yamaha with Continental trailer and five additional prizes.
- Snook Division offers a 1st place prize valued at over $8,000 and five additional prizes.
- Tigress Outriggers Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Division offers XD top mount outrigger as part of the first place prize and five additional prizes.
- Cannon Kingfish Division - 1st Place prize valued at $8,000 with Cannon Unitrol STX-TS and five additional prizes.
- Grouper Division (Black, Gag, Red and Scamp) – 1st place prize valued at $8,000 and five additional prizes.
- Humminbird Tarpon Division – one winner of a $10,000 prize package which includes Humminbird Solix 10 and Minn Kota Terrova. Winner will be determined by a random drawing of all catch photos entered. Eligibility requirements include proper handling of the catch.
- Yamaha Guides Division for guides to compete in the Tagged Redfish and Tagged Dolphin Divisions with the first registered captain winning a Yamaha 150HP motor and 2nd & 3rd place prizes.
- Youth Scholarship Division presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors offers the opportunity to win one of 12 scholarships totaling $100,000 with eligible species including non-tagged redfish, spotted seatrout, snook, tarpon, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), grouper, kingfish plus ladyfish, jack crevalle and sheepshead.
- Power Pole Conservation Division encourages additional data collection of all species of fish caught during STAR with three prizes awarded.
- Costa Kick Plastic Trash Division encourages trash and debris collection with three prizes awarded.
- Lionfish Division helps with the removal of an invasive species and awards three prizes.
- Additional divisions include Ladies, Fly and Kayak all with six prizes awarded with eligible species including non-tagged redfish, spotted seatrout, snook, tarpon, dolphin (Mahi Mahi), grouper and kingfish.
Most division winners are determined by a random drawing, not the biggest fish, a format that encourages participants of all ages to protect and conserve Florida’s fisheries for future generations.
For more information on STAR, or to register, visit our Facebook page or ccaflstar.com.
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 19,000 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.