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CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha, kicks off Saturday, May 26, and offers $500,000 in prizes.

On Saturday, May 26 at posted sunrise, the 4thAnnual CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha, kicks off in Florida and encourages thousands of anglers of all ages to fish, photograph and release their catch for their share of $500,000 in prizes.  CCA Florida, the state’s leading organization dedicated to marine fisheries conservation,education and advocacy, organizes the 101-day fishing event, which targets 11 species in 17 divisions, with most division winners determined by a random drawing, a format that encourages participants to protect and conserve Florida’s fisheries for future generations.  

As the largest family-friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida, the event runs through Labor Day and boasts amazing prizes from CCA Florida partners for anglers of all ages and skill levels.

The first eight registered anglers who catch a tagged redfish will be eligible for prizes including a new truck or boat, motor and trailer package. Adult anglers will be eligible for their choice of confirmed prizes in the signature Tagged Redfish Division including a Contender 22 Sport, a GMC Sierra truck, a Pathfinder 2200 TRS, a Hewes Redfisher 16, a Carolina Skiff 21 Ultra and a Cottonmouth Aluminum Bay/Flats boat, all powered by Yamaha.  Prizes for the first two youth anglers in this division include a Carolina Skiff 16JVX CC boat, powered with a Yamaha 40 HP motor and trailer. The first registered angler catching a tagged dolphin is eligible for $10,000 cash or scholarship. 

In addition to the Tagged Redfish and Tagged Dolphin Divisions, other divisions include:

Saltmarsh Skiff by Ankona Boats Open Inshore Division, featuring:
-Non-tagged Redfish, presented by Atlas Heavy Duty Jack Plate
-Snook Division, presented by Bossman Boats
-Spotted Seatrout Division, presented by Stumpknocker Boats
-Tarpon Division, presented by Humminbird


Textron Off Road Offshore Division, featuring:
-Kingfish Division, presented by Cannon
-Grouper Division
-Non-tagged Dolphin

Other Divisions, including:
-Youth Scholarship Division, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors
-Ladies Division
-Fly Division
-Kayak Division
-Professional Guides Division, presented by Yamaha
-Conservation Division, presented by Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchor
-Costa Kick Plastic Trash Division, presented by Sunsect
-Lionfish Division

Registration is $40 for current CCA Florida members, or $75 for non-members, which includes CCA Florida membership. Kids ages 6-17 can register for free with their current ($10) CCA Florida youth membership. 

All entries must be photographed with the official 2018 CCA Florida Measuring Device, which is now available free of charge at various locations throughout the state, including all Florida West Marine stores, our preferred distribution location.  For more information and a full listing of measuring device locations, visit

Florida anglers, and the economy, to benefit from an increased season beginning in June.

Orlando, FL – April 17, 2018 – CCA Florida, the state’s leading organization dedicated to marine fisheries conservation, education and advocacy, today shared that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will implement a 40-day red snapper season in State and Federal waters off the coast of Florida beginning June 11, 2018.

Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved an exempted fishing permit filed by the FWC that will provide more flexibility in the management of the Gulf red snapper fishery. CCA is pleased that the FWC will implement a 40-day red snapper season in State and Federal waters off the coast of Florida as a result of the approved EFP.

“We have been involved in the red snapper fishery for years and we’re encouraged by this forward-thinking by the FWC,” stated Executive Director Brian Gorski.  “We are big proponents of state management and would like to see full state management for all reef fish in the future.”

As the federal season in Florida has dwindled annually, from a year-round fishery to a proposed three-day season last year, the red snapper stock continues to grow. CCA sees a great advantage of having the State fully manage reef fish, as they were able to implement a 43-day season last year and a 40-day season this year.

The EFP will provide FWC the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to effectively manage the recreational red snapper fishery by using current data collection methods and incorporating new reporting tools such as iSnapper. However, the FWC is still limited by NOAA and cannot fully manage these fisheries, as NOAA dictates the total allowable recreational catch that is given to the State.

CCA Florida commends the FWC for their willingness to work with recreational anglers and believes that a longer red snapper season will be beneficial for Florida’s economy while providing opportunities for families to enjoy the fishery.

The South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council is also looking at limited season for Red Snapper. CCA is in favor of a season in the South Atlantic and we encourage commenting to NOAA online.

Contact: Teresa Donaldson | 407.923.3530 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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