CCA Florida Wraps Annual 101-Day Statewide Family-Friendly Fishing Competition and Announces Winners

Adult and youth anglers to be awarded over $320,000 in prizes and scholarships at upcoming banquet.

A big Florida Panhandle bull redDoug Olander / Sport Fishing

CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha, officially wrapped on Monday, September 3rd and the organization has announced over 85 winners in the 101-day, family-friendly fishing competition. CCA Florida, the state's leading organization dedicated to marine fisheries conservation, education and advocacy, launched STAR in 2015 and has since awarded over $650,000 in prizes and scholarships to adult and youth anglers from Florida and beyond in the catch-and-photo competition.

As the organization’s largest STAR to date, with over 6,200 registered anglers, the 2018 event will officially conclude with CCA Florida and partners awarding over $320,000 in prizes and scholarships to anglers from across the state at the upcoming awards banquet, presented by Visit Citrus, on Saturday, October 20th at the Rock Crusher Canyon Pavilion and Amphitheater in Crystal River, Florida.

“The 2018 STAR was our largest competition to date, and we’re thrilled with the participation from anglers of all ages, including so many youth anglers,” stated Leiza Fitzgerald, STAR Director. “We’ll be awarding $100,000 in scholarships to these youth anglers, in addition to so many other prizes, and we can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Divisions included the STAR Signature Tagged Redfish Division, which offered a GMC truck from Conley Buick GMC in Bradenton and boat packages from Contender Boats, Hewes Boats, Pathfinder Boats, Carolina Skiff Boats, and Cottonmouth Boats, all outfitted with Yamaha Outboards. CCA will award two anglers with new boats from Contender and Pathfinder, both powered by Yamaha, and 84 other anglers with amazing prizes in the 16 other divisions focusing on inshore and offshore species, trash, conservation and more.

Information on the banquet can be found online. Members of the media are encouraged to attend. For more information on STAR, visit our Facebook page or