2022 Texas Star Tournament opens Saturday; sign up now

Gulf coast anglers are invited to enter the 2022 Coastal Conservation Association of Texas (CCA) State of Texas Anglers Rodeo (STAR) Tournament, which will open on Saturday, May 28.

The annual tournament with more than $1 million in prizes and scholarships up for grabs is part of the CCA’s annual membership drive. The tournament will run through Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day.

A release from CCA said that the tournament spans the entire Texas Gulf Coast.

Fishing categories include two catch-and-release tagged redfish divisions. winners in these divisions can win boats, complete truck and boat combinations, and scholarships for kids ages 6 to 17.

According to the release, the Texas Ford Dealers Tagged Redfish Division has always been the favorite division of most anglers, with 120 of the specially tagged fish released in two divisions across the coast.

The first five anglers who catch a redfish with a red tag can win a 2022 Ford F150 “Texas Edition” XLT Super Cab truck, a Haynie 23 Bigfoot with Mercury motor and Coastline trailer package. The next five red tagged redfish will win the anglers Haynie boat packages.

A blue tagged redfish division will offer the anglers who catch the first three blue-tagged redfish a 2022 Mowdy 22 V Boat, Mercury motor and Coastline trailer package. The next two blue-tagged redfish caught will win the anglers a $2,000 Academy Sports and Outdoors gift card. Anglers who catch the last five blue-tagged redfish caught will win $750 Academy Sports and Outdoors gift cards.

The tournament offers other opportunities to win in inshore, offshore, fishing guides, STAR teens and STAR kids divisions. In addition to prizes for the tagged redfish, other fish catches may bring big rewards in the tournament.

Register at www.startournament.org/, at any weigh station (the map of weigh stations for the tournament can be found on the website.)

A STAR Tournament weigh station is located in Port Aransas at Fisherman’s Wharf, 900 Tarpon St.

“Be sure to register for the STAR before you go out fishing,” the release said. “Those who catch a tagged redfish or fish in another division and are not registered cannot win any of the prizes.”

Anglers may fish from boats, piers, banks, jetties or wading in shallow water.

“If you are fishing for them like we hide them you’re doing it all wrong, “the release said about the tagged redfish. “They are right under your nose. Redfish tend to not travel far from the release locations. We put them in some of the most obvious and popular fishing spots.”

For more information and to register for the tournament, go to the website previously listed.

CCA Texas is a nonprofit organization of sportfishing enthusiasts and conservationists working to save the natural resources of Texas coastal waters. For more information about CCA, go to https:// ccatexas.org.

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