register for starLast year’s CCA Florida STAR tournament on the Gulf coast was so successful that the tournament is including all of Florida for 2016. CCA Florida will release over 150 specially tagged redfish, making them the STAR attraction in the CCA Florida State-wide Tournament and Anglers Rodeo (STAR). This year’s kick-off is at sunrise on Saturday, May 28, Memorial Day weekend and ends at sunset, Labor Day, September 5 offering participants a total of 101 fishing days!

A chance to win nearly $500,000 in prizes & scholarships makes CCA Florida STAR the largest family friendly saltwater fishing competition in the state. Catch one of the first tagged redfish and you could win a new GMC Pick-up truck, boat, motor and trailer package worth over $40,000 or a college scholarship worth up to $25,000.  Enter a photo of any of the other eligible species you catch in the additional divisions for the opportunity to win more terrific prizes.

STAR Florida is a Catch & Photo tournament designed to educate the general public about the importance of conservation of Florida’s marine resources. CCA’s state-of-the-art smart phone app eliminates the need for anglers to bring their entry to a weigh-in. To enter their catch anglers will enter a photo of their fish on the official measuring device via the app right from the boat, dock, or boat ramp. This format encourages sportsmen and sportswomen of all ages to protect and conserve Florida’s fishery  for future generations.

The signature division will have CCA Florida officials releasing STAR tagged redfish throughout hundreds of miles of Florida’s coastal waters and bays, from Pensacola to the Everglades National Park and along the east coast of Florida from the Georgia border to Homestead and the Keys.

STAR will also feature an Open, Ladies, Fly, Kayak, Lionfish and Professional Guides division. Eligible species are Spotted Seatrout, Snook, Sheepshead, Cobia, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) & Kingfish. The STAR Youth Division offers New Tide member’s free entry into STAR and the opportunity to win scholarships valued at $100,000.

Another fun division for STAR anglers, unique to Florida is the Conservation Division. This division is designed to reward anglers that provide the most catch data on all fish caught and released while fishing the tournament, no matter what species or size. The three STAR anglers with the most eligible catch entries in this division win.

The newest additions to Florida STAR are Open Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Open Kingfish and Lionfish. CCA will reward the top three participants who harvest the most Lionfish during the 101 days of STAR. Plus this year youth anglers will be eligible to participate in the tagged redfish division with their prizes being scholarships.

Take your friends and family fishing this summer and make it more fun by registering for STAR and joining Coastal Conservation Association. You just may win a new boat, motor and trailer package, a valuable scholarship or one of the many other great prizes.