CCA Star kicks off May 29

It’s that time of the year again. The 27th annual CCA Louisiana STAR (Statewide Tournament and Anglers Rodeo) will begin on Saturday, May 29. The tournament will span the summer, ending on Labor Day, Sept. 6.

STAR is Louisiana’s largest saltwater fishing tournament, boasting over 13,000 participants who compete for more than $500,000 in prizes.

The tournament has a little something for every Louisiana saltwater angler.

Its signature division is the Tagged Redfish Division. CCA releases 100 tagged redfish each year, if you are in the tournament and catch one of the first 10, you win.

STAR also has many inshore and offshore divisions with great prizes up for grabs. Whether you are male or female, young or old, fish inshore or offshore, STAR has a division for you.

New for 2021: Early Bird Prize

New to the STAR Tournament this year is an incredible early bird contest. Participants who enter before May 1 are eligible for a special drawing. The winner of the drawing will receive a 195 XTS NauticStar boat equipped with a 155 horsepower Mercury, 4-stroke outboard.

“All you have to do is be entered by May 1, and you can win that boat without ever wetting a line,” said Tournament Director, Rad Trascher.

Only members of the Coastal Conservation Association or its youth organization, the New Tide, can participate in Louisiana STAR. If you are not already a member, the standard membership is only $35.

In addition to active membership, participants must pay a registration fee of $35 to compete in the 2021 tournament. Go to ccastar.com to become a member of CCA or register for STAR 2021.

All kids 17 and younger participate for free courtesy of Academy Sports. All they need is a current CCA membership and to register for the tournament.

Divisions and prizes

Tagged Redfish

  • First tagged redfish caught wins: Chevy Silverado
  • 2nd tagged redfish caught wins: 33.9’ Keystone Passport RV
  • 3rd tagged redfish caught win: 195XTS NauticStar with 115hp Mercury four-stroke wrapped by Michelob Ultra
  • 4th-5th tagged redfish caught win: 195XTS NauticStar with 115hp Mercury four-stroke
  • 6th-10th tagged redfish caught win: 1754 GatorTail Extreme Series with 40hp EFI motor

Sponsored by: Super Chevy Dealers of Baton Rouge, Acadiana and New Orleans and Bent RV

Speckled Trout (Three winners in each division)

  • Heaviest overall speckled trout wins: 2140 Sport NauticStar with 150 hp Mercury four-stroke
  • Next three heaviest fish, one per division, win: 195XTS NauticStar with 115 hp Mercury four-stroke
  • Each division second place wins: $5,000 tackle package
  • Each division third place wins: $2,500 tackle package

Sponsored by: NauticStar Boats

Mangrove Snapper

  • Heaviest mangrove snapper wins: $5,000 Offshore Tackle Package

Sponsored by: Otto Candies, LLC

Cobia

  • Heaviest cobia wins: $5,000 Offshore Tackle Package

Sponsored by: K2 Coolers

Dorado

  • Heaviest dorado wins: $5,000 Offshore Tackle Package

Sponsored by: Hancock Whitney Bank

Red Snapper

  • Heaviest red snapper wins: $5,000 Offshore Tackle Package

Sponsored by: Hancock Whitney Bank

Fly Fishing

  • Heaviest speckled trout in Eastern Region wins: $1,500 Academy Sports + Outdoors Gift Card
  • Heaviest speckled trout in Western Region wins: $1,500 Academy Sports + Outdoors Gift Card

Sponsored by: Academy Sports + Outdoors

Flounder

  • Heaviest flounder wins: 16’ Weldbilt with 40 hp Mercury four-stroke

Kayak Division

  • Heaviest Speckled Trout in each division wins: Hobie Mirage Compass

Sponsored by: Hobie Fishing

Ladies Only

  • Heaviest speckled trout in Eastern Region wins: $2,500 Travel Voucher
  • Heaviest speckled trout in Western Region wins: $2,500 Travel Voucher

Sponsored by: Atchafalaya Crawfish Processing

Bank Fishing

  • Heaviest speckled trout wins: 16’ Weldbilt with 40 hp Mercury four-stroke

Sponsored by: Flambeau Outdoors

Speckled trout or Flounder (Entries to be included in a random drawing to win)

  • One of four (4) 14’ aluminum boats with a 15 hp Mercury and McClain Trailers

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