It’s not too late to register and participate in the State of Texas Angler’s Rodeo (STAR) Tournament. The tournament started on May 29 and ends on Sept. 6, and there are some killer prizes. As the annual recruitment drive for CCA Texas, you need to be a member of the Coastal Conservation Association to join. Then you can hit the water and try to win a piece of the $1,000,000 in prizes and scholarships. Get the details, grab a membership, and register for the tournament. Then you can show off your skills while you angle for one of the prizes.
Before registering, find out more about the tournament. Then you’ll understand why this is the most popular fishing tournament in Texas.
This year’s Texas STAR tournament is a bit different from years past. Because of the impact of the winter storms, the CCA has done away with the Gafftop, Sheepshead, Flounder, and Speckled Trout Divisions. Don’t worry, though, because there are still lots of fish to catch in the tournament.
This year, the tournament features four Tagged Redfish Divisions. You can compete to win boats, truck and boat combos, scholarships, gift cards, and prizes. The prizes are awarded based on the colors of the tags. With $325,000 of scholarship money, this is a great time to get your kids out on the water. They can show off their fishing skills and get some much-needed money for college. The scholarships are only awarded to junior anglers aged 6-17, so you won’t have to worry about taking a prize meant for one of the kiddos.
Then there’s the Offshore Division, where you’ll go for Red Snapper, Kingfish, Ling, and Dorado. The prize for the Offshore Division is a Polaris UTV.
The tournament has multiple prizes in each category, so there will be numerous winners. Many of the prizes have yet to be claimed, so now’s a great time to join.
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The Tournament So Far
Anglers have been enjoying lots of success during the tournament so far. The leaderboard is filling up with people claiming prizes, and people are having an absolute blast.
The tournament awarded the first truck/boat/trailer package on June 9. The lucky angler was out on a 1980 14-foot Alumacraft, and his award-winning catch happened in a flash. He says he only cast a couple of times before hauling in the prize-winning fish.
Another angler reeled in two tagged redfish from his kayak within two days during the tournament. His two prize-winning fish secured him a gift card and a boat. That’s not a bad way to spend some time on the water.
These are just two of the winners that have claimed prizes during the tournament. There are still many tagged fish in the water, so grab your gear and test your luck. You could end up with a truck, boat, and more in prizes. That’s quite a reward for doing something that you love.