RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas — Imagine catching a redfish that could win you a boat motor and trailer or landing a flounder garnering a college scholarship worth $50,000. These are just some of the prizes in the CCA STAR Tournament.
The biggest and richest fishing tournament on the Texas coast is underway, and some 50,000 anglers are expected to participate in this year’s CCA Texas Star Tournament.
The 30th annual Coastal Conservation Association State of Texas Anglers Rodeo runs from May 25th thru September 2nd, and more than a million dollars in prizes and scholarships are being offered.
If you are lucky enough to catch one of the first five of 60 tagged redfish released along the Texas coast, then you could win a brand-new truck, boat, motor and trailer. Nine of those prized reds were just released right here in the Lower Laguna Madre.
Dylan Sassman, Assistant tournament Director, “We are releasing 60 coast wide, and we are doing nine out of this port stretching from the Land Cut all the way down to South Padre.”
In addition to having a chance at catching a redfish worth a boat, motor and trailer package valued at $90,000, there are also $325,000 in scholarships just waiting to be won by young anglers who catch the heaviest Flounder, Gafftop, Trout or other species.
Dillon Peltier, who now works with CCA, was one of those lucky young anglers who over the past 30 years have garnered $6.5 million in scholarships.
Dillon Peltier, Scholarship Winner, “In 1999 I was seven years old and me and my dad were grinding. He pretty much took me out there every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and caught me a Gafftop put me thru A&M… $50,000 scholarship.”
Just be sure you are entered to be eligible, as it would be a very unhappy feeling to reel in a tagged redfish this summer and not be registered in STAR.
To enter this year’s tournament visit any Academy store or go to www.startournament.org.