2019 CCA STAR cranks up Memorial Day weekend

STAR winner collects $10,000 Louisiana Sportsman subscriber bonus. Gary Kinler left the Star banquet last year with more than a brand new 21-foot NauticStar. The Luling angler was the first Louisiana Sportsman magazine subscriber also registered for the STAR to reel in a tagged redfish — and he collected a cool $10,000 for his efforts. His wife Stacey actually caught a tagged red on Grand Isle four years ago and was in line to win a new Chevy truck that year — but wasn’t registered for the STAR.
Gary Kinler left the Star banquet last year with more than a brand new 21-foot NauticStar. The Luling angler was the first Louisiana Sportsman magazine subscriber also registered for the STAR to reel in a tagged redfish — and he collected a cool $10,000 Louisiana Sportsman subscriber bonus for his efforts. His wife Stacey actually caught a tagged red on Grand Isle four years ago and was in line to win a new Chevy truck that year — but wasn’t registered for the STAR.

$10,000 Louisiana Sportsman bonus prize is back!

The 2019 Coastal Conservation Association’s Louisiana STAR Tournament — which once again features 100 tagged redfish and more than $500,000 in prizes — is slated to begin on Saturday, May 25.

The first 10 STAR-registered anglers who catch one of those tagged reds will have some great prize options, including a 2019 Chevy Silverado pickup, a 35-foot travel trailer from Bent’s RV, 21-foot NauticStar boats with Mercury outboards and Gator-Tail boats, motor and trailer packages.

“This is our 25th year of competition and thanks to some new great new sponsors, we are giving away even bigger and better prizes,” said tournament director Rad Trascher. “We had four tagged redfish winners last year and a total of 8 fish caught. This could be your year, so get registered now!”

“We want more people to go home with some great prizes.”

And once again this year, Louisiana Sportsman is sweetening the pot in the Tagged Redfish Division, offering a $10,000 bonus prize to the first STAR-registered angler who catches a tagged red and is also a current subscriber to the magazine. Family members and spouses must also be subscribers. (Anglers must have subscribed to Louisiana Sportsman at least 24 hours prior to catching any eligible tagged redfish to claim the bonus, so don’t put it off. Subscribe now at louisianasportsman.com/subscribe/.

Licensed Louisiana charter fishermen can sign up for the tournament at no cost — and if one of their clients wins, they do, too.

“If one of their clients ends up as a winner on the final leaderboard, that captain will get a $1,500 tackle package, plus be featured in a full-page ad in Tide magazine,” he said.

Interested captains should contact Trascher via email at rad@ccalouisiana.com.

Entering the tournament costs $35, and you must be a current member of CCA to enter, which also costs $35. Spouses can also enter the STAR for $35, but their CCA membership only costs $15. Youth memberships for those 17 and under cost $10, but their tournament entry is free.

The event concludes on Labor Day, Sept. 2.

For details and a complete look at 2019’s updated rules, visit the STAR website at  www.ccastar.com.

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