The CCA Louisiana Statewide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo (STAR) begins its 19th year of competition on Saturday, May 25. One of the largest, and richest saltwater fishing tournaments in the country, offering over $500,000 in prizes, STAR spans the entire Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast and is open to anglers of every age.It lasts for 101 days as the tournament runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013.

In the signature Tagged Redfish Division, the first 10 tagged redfish turned in by registered STAR anglers will win some incredible prizes, the first of which is a brand new Chevy Silverado pickup truck worth approximately $30,000. Any additional tagged redfish caught by STAR anglers will win a boat, motor and trailer package.

“We gave away a truck last year to one lucky angler,” said Rad Trascher, STAR Director. “All it takes is one cast that could change your life.”

“And it is so easy to enter STAR before going on the water,” Trascher said.

Sign up for STAR by dialing 1-877-4CCASTAR (1-877-422-2782), anytime from anywhere. Whether it happens on the way down to the coast, on the dock or days in advance of a fishing trip, operators are standing by to take your call. All must enter before fishing.

The Nautic Star Speckled Trout Division offers STAR anglers four chances to win in four zones: east, southeast, southwest and west. The heaviest trout in each of these divisions will win a Nautic Star, Mercury and trailer package. The Mississippi Division returns for its second year, awarding a boat, motor and trailer package to the heaviest speckled trout caught.

Boat packages will also be awarded in heaviest fish divisions for speckled trout, flounder and kayak divisions. The heaviest flounder weighed will win a 16’ Weldbilt with a 40-horse Mercury and the heaviest trout caught in each of the four Kayak divisions (east, southeast, southwest and west) will win a brand new Hobie Outback.

This year’s STAR will see its offshore boundaries extended to now include the entire coast of Mississippi to the Alabama state line. $5,000 tackle packages are offered in the Mangrove Snapper (sponsored by Otto Candies LLC), Dorado (sponsored by K2 Coolers), Lemonfish and Red Snapper (sponsored by Whitney Bank) divisions.

Image courtesy CCA Lousiana

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