On this week's episode of Addictive Fishing, I'm fishing with Capt. Leiza Fitzgerald, CCAFL STAR Tournament Director, and we're fishing for a reason. We tell you all about what great work Capt. Leiza and the CCA of Florida are doing in this week's episode (plus you get to watch Capt. Leiza kick my butt catching redfish on the Space Coast).
Let me tell you a little about the largest family-friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida - the CCA Florida STAR tournament. The STAR event is a 101-day fishing event that kicked-off on Saturday, May 27, and focuses on conservation ... a bit out of the ordinary for a fishing tournament I know. Recognized as a ‘catch, photo and release’ competition,
STAR’s smart phone app eliminates the requirement for anglers to harvest or capture and transport fish. In this event, registered anglers submit a photo of their catch on a free official measuring device via an app, directly from the boat, dock, or ramp. Once photographed, catches may be immediately released back into their natural habitat.
“Our state’s natural resources and fisheries are here for our enjoyment, and we understand that smart fishing will preserve these resources for the future,” said Brian Gorski, CCA Florida Executive Director. “The STAR event is a fantastic way to provide a fun competition with amazing prizes, protect our fish populations and generate critical data for research in the process.”
The event’s Conservation Division is designed to reward anglers that provide the most catch data on all fish caught and released, no matter what species or size. The conservation community and organizations like the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Snook and Game Fish Foundation, University of Florida, and others use the data to make science-based decisions on habitat management, stock assessment and other relevant issues.
In STAR’s Signature Division, officials will release an average of four tagged redfish per coastal county throughout Florida. Registered adult anglers catching the first six tagged redfish, and using the STAR app to record their catch, are eligible for their choice of prizes including; a new GMC Sierra Pickup or one of several Yamaha-powered boat packages. There are many more divisions with lots of opportunities to win prizes, boat packages, scholarship dollars and more . . . but the real winner (and reason for all of this) is the conservation of our Florida fisheries for future generations.
Make sure you get registered, you don't want to lose out on major prizes just because you weren't registered. Register now:
Register on CCAFL Facebook Page
Register on CCAFL Website
The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) was founded in 1977 after drastic commercial overfishing along the Texas coast decimated redfish and speckled trout populations. One of 19 state chapters, CCA Florida became the fifth state chapter in 1985. A 501(c)3 non-profit, the purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources. Through habitat restoration projects, water quality initiatives and fisheries advocacy, CCA Florida works with its over 17,000 members including recreational anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to conserve and enhance marine resources and coastal environments. Join the conversation on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CCAFL/) or learn more at ccaflorida.org.