8 prize winning tagged redfish for 2018
STAR’s signature division is the Tagged Redfish Division.
The first six adult confirmed tagged redfish winners will have their choice of any of the following prizes that are still available at the time of their win:
|GMC Sierra 1500 Pick-up truck|
|Contender 22 Sport with trailer powered by Yamaha|
|Pathfinder 2200TRS with trailer powered by Yamaha|
|Hewes Redfisher with trailer powered by Yamaha|
|Boat Pacakge with trailer powered by Yamaha|
|Carolina Skiff 21 Ultr with trailer powered by Yamaha|
|The first two Youth angler winners will be awarded:
Carolina Skiff 16 JVX CC with 40hp Yamaha and Road King Trailer
CCA membership & registration in STAR prior to landing a tagged redfish, time and date of catch, verification of tagged redfish and results of a polygraph will determine the prize winners in the Tagged Redfish Division.
Only the eight (8) STAR Tagged redfish recaptured by registered STAR anglers who are CCA members during 2017 Tournament dates and certified by the STAR Committee will be eligible for prizes.
In partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in advance of the tournament’s starting date, CCA Florida will release over 150 tagged redfish in state waters from Pensacola to the southern border of the Everglades National Park and from the Georgia/Florida border to Homestead and the Keys.
Where and how many tagged redfish released in an area along the coast of Florida will be determined according to documented demographics provided by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
This year’s STAR tag is Pink. Printed on the tag is the year and a special number beginning with FL followed by CCA Florida STAR and the phone number 844-387-STAR (7827).
Winners will be determined by time of catch. To be eligible to win, each STAR-tagged redfish, with the tag still attached to the fish, must be digitally photographed on the official tournament measurement 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 tournament entries must also include the tournament 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 must be called into the Tournament Director within (2) hours after landing the fish.
During the call the Tournament Director will instruct angler to clip the STAR-tag nearest to the fish as possible, allowing angler to keep the lime green portion of the tag. Participant will be instructed to release the fish. Angler may choose to harvest the fish if it meets FWC requirements. 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 Tournament Director or an official representative of the tournament committee. This must occur within 72 hours of catching the tagged redfish or the tagged fish will be disqualified.
The Tagged Redfish Division does NOT require a STAR-tagged redfish to be harvested unless deemed necessary by the tournament director. Some STAR tagged redfish may not be within the 18 to 27 inch slot.
After the tag and or tagged redfish 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.
- All coastal counties of Florida have on average 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 and Citrus Counties.
- Florida’s Visit Space Coast is the East Coast Destination Partner for CCA Florida’s 2018 STAR competition! There are a total of 9 fish 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 and all of the Banana. 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 the West Coast Destination Partner for CCA Florida’s 2018 STAR competition! Citrus County encompasses the waters from Chazawitzka to just south of Yankeetown and includes Homosassa, Ozello and Crystal River. Citrus County has 8 tagged redfish released in their waters, more than any other west coast county. 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/