FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2016
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FIRST TAGGED REDFISH WINNER CONFIRMED!
When the alarm went off at 4:15am Friday morning, June 10, Jeff Myers was almost too tired to go fishing, but he knew his girlfriend, Karin, would be very disappointed if they didn’t go. The Houston resident, reluctantly, got out of bed anyway to get ready. After picking up a quart of shrimp, the couple headed to the Texas City Dike to launch the boat. To further add to Myers’ crankiness, when they got to the fishing spot, he noticed the quart of shrimp just purchased only had a few that were good enough size to fish with. Little did Myers know, his eager to go fishing girlfriend and those few good size shrimp were about to change his whole outlook on the morning.
Myers saw some good movement in the water and within a few casts he had a bite. As Myers reeled in the fish, he could actually see a tag protruding from the fish! Myers mood immediately turned into excitement as he told his girlfriend, “There’s a tag on it!” Then his excitement turned into worry as the thought crossed his mind, the tag might be from last year. His hands were shaking with excitement as he tried to read the little, tiny numbers on the tag and about ten minutes later he determined it was definitely a 2016 CCA Texas STAR Tag! Myers and Karin rushed over to official STAR weigh station, Pelican Rest Marina, and weighed in Tag #TA816. “It’s hard to comprehend that you would catch one of those fish out of so many,” said Myers. “I have entered the tournament for 8 to 10 years and have never caught one to even enter for size or weight… thank you CCA STAR!”
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST TAGGED REDFISH WINNER! Fortunately for Jeff Myers, he was registered and is now the lucky winner of a 2016 loaded Ford F-150 “Texas Edition” XLT SuperCab, pulling a brand new 23’ Haynie BigFoot boat rigged with a Mercury 150L Pro XS OptiMax motor and Coastline trailer prize package, which will be awarded to him at the STAR Awards Ceremony in October.
There are over fifty tagged redfish still out there swimming and four truck/boat/motor/trailer prize packages, plus five boat/motor/trailer prize packages still available to win in the Texas Ford Dealers Redfish Division and STAR Tournament doesn’t end until Labor Day, September 5 at 5p.m.
Keeper-sized prizes can be claimed by STAR anglers who bring in the first 10 tagged redfish. The first five winners will drive home in a 2016 loaded Ford F-150 “Texas Edition” XLT SuperCab, pulling a brand new 23’ Haynie BigFoot boat rigged with a Mercury 150L Pro XS OptiMax motor and Coastline trailer. The next five tagged redfish winners will each claim a 23’ Haynie BigFoot boat with a Mercury 150L Pro XS OptiMax motor and Coastline trailers.
Last year ten tagged redfish were caught, but only five anglers claimed prizes. The others, unfortunately, were not registered for the CCA Texas STAR.
Other fish can net big rewards in the tournament. STAR contestants who catch the largest speckled trout in the north, central and southern regions of the Texas Coast will each take home the legendary Mowdy 22 V, powered with a Suzuki DF150 4S motor and Coastline trailer. STAR blue water anglers who land the heaviest kingfish, dorado and ling (cobia) in the Offshore Division will each win the awesome Polaris Ranger Crew 570 EPS UVs in Polaris Pursuit Camo each with a Big Tex 35sa Trailer. In the Inshore Division the Shoalwater 19’ Cat boat, Mercury 115 ELPT 4S motor and McClain trailer will also be given to the anglers for netting the biggest flounder, gafftop and sheepshead.
In hopes of luring more youth to the sport of fishing, the STAR Scholarship Divisions offer a total of ten college scholarships in $25,000 and $50,000 increments. STAR participants, ages 6-10, who catch the largest flounder, sheepshead or gafftop will each be awarded a $50,000 college scholarship. Participants, 11-17 years of age, who catch the largest flounder, sheepshead or gafftop, as well as, the largest speckled trout in each of the three Texas Coast regions (north, central and south) will each be awarded a $25,000 college scholarship. In addition to these nine scholarship offerings participants, ages 6-17 years old in 2016, are eligible for a bonus drawing that will net one lucky youth a $25,000 college scholarship even if the participant never wets a line or enters a single fish during the entire tournament!
Major sponsors for the 27th Annual CCA Texas/STAR Tournament include Texas Ford Dealers, Tilson Home Corporation, Capital Farm Credit, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Whataburger, LP Building Products, Rio Ammunition, KTRK-abc13, Houston Community Newspapers & Media Group, Mercury Marine, Haynie Boats, Mowdy Boats, Dargel Boats, Shoalwater Boats, Hoffpauir Polaris, Texas Fish & Game Magazine, Texas Oilman’s Charity Fishing Tournament, Coastline Trailers, McClain Trailers, Chris’s Marine and Mt. Houston Marine.
Visit www.ccamembership.org to get signed up today. For more information, including a list of weigh-in stations, instant-entry registration locations in your area and weekly leader board updates, go to http://www.startournament.org.
CCA Texas is a nonprofit organization of sportfishing enthusiasts and conservationist working to save the natural resources of Texas coastal waters. CCA Texas’ Web page can be found at http://www.ccatexas.org.