CCA Star Scholarship Fund

STATEWIDE FISHING COMPETITION LAUNCHES MAY 23 AND ENGAGES YOUTH ANGLERS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS IN CONSERVATION

CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha, offers a share of $500,000 in prizes and scholarships to Florida Youth

CCA Florida, the state’s leading organization dedicated to marine fisheries conservation, education and advocacy, launches the 6th annual CCA Florida STAR competition on Memorial Day weekend.  The 108-day event, offers over $500,000 in prizes, with $100,000 of this being in Youth Scholarships and invites anglers of all ages and skill levels to walk away with prizes from a brand-new truck or boat, motor and trailer packages to scholarships and more.

The STAR competition launched in Florida in 2015 with a focus on conservation through the use of technology and a catch, photo and release format.  CCA Florida uses the social media-based event to educate the public on the importance of protecting Florida’s marine resources and STAR’s smart phone app eliminates the requirement for anglers to harvest or capture and transport fish, while promoting the proper handling of all species.  In addition, non-anglers can participate and win by collecting trash and debris.

“Since we launched STAR in Florida, we’ve seen anglers catch more, release more, support the recovery of our state’s marine resources and walk away with new boats, scholarships and amazing new gear at the same time,” stated STAR Director Leiza Fitzgerald.  “Since the start of the competition, we’ve awarded anglers with over One million dollars in prizes, including $500,000 in scholarships to youth anglers across the state.”

The 2020 STAR competition includes 17 divisions targeting 11 species. The signature division of STAR is the Tagged Redfish division which the Flagler Sportfishing Club has been instrumental in helping with over the past three years by providing wild caught redfish from their Club’s Spring Fishing Classic held in April.  Anglers from the Club tournament provide their live redfish from the weigh-in to CCA Florida STAR for tagging and release back into the nearby counties for STAR anglers to recapture. Prizes in the signature division of STAR include a GMC Sierra pickup truck, or new boat, motor and trailer packages including a Contender Boats 22 Sport, a Pathfinder Boats 2200 TRS, a Hewes Redfisher 16, a 21’ Carolina Skiff all powered by Yamaha Outboards.

STAR and the Flagler Sportfishing Club are very interested in engaging youth anglers in fishing and conservation and together continue to provide tremendous incentives to get our youth engaged.

For only a $10.00 New Tide Membership, (youth ages 6 – 17) can enjoy free registration in STAR and participate to win boats, scholarships and other great prizes.

The STAR Youth Scholarship Division presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, offers $100,000 in scholarships: two $25,000 scholarships presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors and Realtree Fishing and ten $5,000 scholarships. This year Flagler Sportfishing Club will join Coastal Conservation Association Florida, Beall’s Stores Inc., Talk of The Town Restaurants, Southeast Environmental Solutions, Florida Sports Coast, Tailin Toads Apparel and the Plantation Inn Crystal River as a $5,000 presenter. At the conclusion of the competition winners will be determined by a random drawing of all eligible entries.  The Flagler Sportfishing Club Scholarship winner will be drawn from only Flagler County participating youth entries. In this division youth anglers may submit a photo of their fish on the 2020 West Marine Official STAR measuring device (one photo a day) of any of the following species; ladyfish, jack cravalle, sheepshead, snook, spotted seatrout, redfish, grouper, dolphin(Mahi Mahi) or kingfish. The fish must be of legal minimum size according to FWC regulations.

The Tagged Redfish Division Prizes include two Carolina Skiff boats, powered with Yamaha Outboards, trailers, Minn Kota trolling motors and Humminbird electronics for the first two youth anglers in this division.

The Tagged Dolphin Division offers a $10,000 scholarship if the first dolphin is caught by a New Tide member.

Youth anglers also have another wonderful opportunity, the Costa Kick Plastic Trash Division. Youth participants can pick up garbage during the competition while they are out on the water or from the shoreline. They must submit a photo of the 5 gallon bucket full of collected trash (which they dispose of properly) with the 2020 West Marine Official STAR Measuring Device via the STAR smart phone app for their shot at a $1,500 prize package, Inflatable Standup Paddle Board, Costa sunglasses and other great items from Costa. For every 5 gallon bucket of garbage a STAR Youth participant submits they will also be provided with 30 minutes of community service hours. Youth participants will submit their community service log with a parent’s signature of hours to lfitzgerald@ccaflorida.org STAR will verify the submissions and provide a signature and return to the Youth participant.  The Costa Kick Plastic Trash Division presented by Papa’s Pilar provides a great opportunity for youth to garner their community service hours while practicing conservation and on their own schedule.  What a great way to engage our youth in keeping our water ways clean of garbage.

Other divisions include ladies, kayak, guides, and many more, with most division winners 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 a full list of divisions, visit ccaflstar.com.

For more information on STAR, or to register, visit the Facebook page or ccaflstar.com.

Contact: Leiza Fitzgerald|352-665-4868|lfitzgerald@ccaflorida.org

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About CCA Florida

The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) was founded in 1977 after drastic commercial over-fishing 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 18,000 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.

To support the Flagler Sportfishing Club in funding this scholarship program, you can donate directly below. The Club funds this scholarship through its Annual Sponsors and private donations.

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