So I joined the Florida Coastal Conservation Association recently and learned about their annual "Star tourney" that started on May 26th and runs until Labor Day. They release tagged redfish in every coastal county and the first one caught gets a choice of a new GMC truck or different boat packages, and the next one caught gets a choice of what's left and so on. There's the truck and 5 boat packages for adults and 2 Carolina Skiff boat packages for youth. I've been following it closely and hoping there's still some big prizes left when I get back down on the 9th. So far 2 tagged redfish have been caught but neither fisherman had entered the contest! It's $40 to enter so there's no way I'm going fishing where I could catch one of these tagged fish and not enter! The first fisherman that caught a tagged fish had actually been following the tourney but just hadn't entered...I can't imagine! I'd be sick the rest of my life. Lol. That guy actually ate his catch. The next guy was on a charter but if he would have entered it would have counted. He released his catch. Unless something drastic happens this week I'll be entering, I just need to pay the entry fee and then pick up the official ruler at one of the many tackle shops that are participating. There's also a bunch of other divisions like sea trout, snook, and untagged redfish that you can enter and then they have a drawing for prizes from those entries.
Just curious...what happens if you catch a fish that was tagged a few years ago and not necessarily one of this years taggings?
I wondered that too but haven't seen anything in the rules about it. I know they were doing a thing where if you signed up early this year and caught a 2018 fish before the 2019 tournament started you got $1000.
There's been 2 big prize winners in Florida so far this summer. The first one took the GMC(which is surprising considering the value of the boats) and the 2nd winner took the Pathfinder boat valued at $70,000...the one I wanted!
The 2nd guy entered "just in case" like I do.
Goodson has been registered for STAR every year since the competition's inception. He was fishing on July 19th and caught a 2019 iHeart Radio STAR tagged redfish (tag FL661) near Don Pedro Island in Charlotte County. He immediately contacted CCA Florida and completed the verification process on July 22, 2019. "I never thought I would catch a STAR tagged redfish but I registered every year just in case. This trip I asked my buddy, does this little red have a tag and he said YES. I was in disbelief, I am so happy, because this was my just in case moment. I still can't believe I have won a new fully loaded Pathfinder."