The Tournament

  1. Can I fish without my current membership card?
    Yes. If you are entered into the current year’s tournament and your CCA membership is current, you are eligible to fish the tournament and do not have to show your card to weigh in a fish.  We are happy to verify your eligibility in the STAR office.  No weigh station will require proof of your entry at the time of weigh in. It is your responsibility to join/renew and enter.
  2. Is my STAR entry valid by just entering the tournament?
    No. You must join CCA Texas or be a current member of CCA Texas to fish the tournament.  It is the entrant’s responsibility to make sure that their membership is current throughout the tournament.
  3. Can I win in more than one category?
    No.  When you fill out the weigh-in form, you must declare what category (Star Kid, Star-Teen or Regular) you are entering.  In the case of the Speckled Trout Division, there are 3 categories:  Upper Coast, Middle Coast & Lower Coast. You must declare the area of your catch.
  4. What is the age eligible to fish the tournament?
    The only age requirement is that a STAR Kid must be at least 6 years old sometime during the year of the tournament.  And if a teen is 17 when they Enter, they are eligible even if they turn 18 during the tournament.
  5. Can I help my younger children?
    Yes. You can bait and cast, but the child alone must hook & reel in the catch. The adult can then help net the fish at the boat or shore.
  6. If someone in my immediate family has won previously, can I enter the tournament?
    Any winner and immediate family that live at the same address at the time of the winning catch cannot enter/win the tournament for 3 tournament years or 6 tournament years if participant has won once before.
  7. If I have received money for guiding can I enter the tournament?
    Yes. There is a new Guides Division with a web page explaining the rules.
  8. Can I fish with a guide?
    Yes, you can. We have a CCA Texas Guides Division in STAR. Eligible guides will be putting their best efforts forward to help put YOU on the best fish that they possibly can, not only for you to win in STAR, but so they can have their chance to win a Mowdy 26’ CAT,  outboard motor, and custom Coastline trailer. When you win, they win! Talk about giving your guide a great tip…
  9. Can my child win more than one scholarship in their lifetime?
    No. We want to share the opportunity with as many kids as possible, but if they catch a fish that would be eligible in the regular divisions they may enter it there. (All weight limits must be met for the Regular Divisions)
  10. Do I need a Texas Fishing License?
    Yes. We require that you follow all rules and regulations of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The number is required on the weigh in form.  NOTE:  If you are 17 or older, you must have a fishing license to be in compliance with Texas Parks and Wildlife Rules and Regulations.
  11. Do I have to have my Texas Fishing License with me?
    TPWD requires that you have a recreational fishing license to fish in Texas waters if you are 17 or older. We do recommend that you have it, but you can call 800-626-4222 within 3 days to complete your weigh-in form information.
  12. Where do I weigh in my fish?
    You can weigh in within 24 hours at any of our official stations along the entire coast of Texas.
  13. Is there a time limit to weigh in the fish?
    Yes. Your fish must be weighed in within 24 hours of the catch. This is noted on your official weigh-in form and is verified by polygraph. Also, you have three (3) days to provide any additional info as required on the official Weigh-in form.
  14. What do I do if I catch a tagged redfish?
    Make sure that you do not remove the tag.  Only a tagged redfish can be turned in gutted, but the tag must remain attached.  Head for the nearest weigh station to turn it in and fill out a weigh-in form.  The weigh station will retain the fish.  Call the CCA STAR office 713-626-4222 and arrangements will be made for a polygraph.
  15. What condition of my fish is acceptable for weigh-in?
    Your fish cannot be frozen, spoiled, gutted, altered or mutilated, (only tagged redfish can be gutted).
  16. What is the rule of thumb for keeping trout?

    After going back serveral years & researching ALL trout (upper, middle, lower coasts) entered for STAR that weighed between 8 & 9 lbs. for the Trout Division & 6 to 7 lbs. for the STARTeens Trout Division, we have come up with the following average lengths:
    Trout Division – 29-1/2″ STAR Teens Trout Division 27-5/8″
    According to Texas Parks & Wildlife’s experience, in the last 10 yrs. covering thousands of fish from year-round sampling efforts, a trout weighing an even 8 lbs. averaged 28-1/3″. By the same data, a trout weighing 6 lbs. even averaged 25-7/8″ long.
    Since many folks have a tough time “eye-balling” or judging weight, we figure most have a length measurement on their rod. Those who are unsure about whether a trout they caught is large enought to qualify, consider this “EASY RULE OF THUMB.” If you catch a trout that measures under 27″, chances are it won’t make the 8 lb. minimum weight for the Trout Division, & a trout measuring under 25″ probably won’t meet the 6 lb. minimum weight requirement for the STAR Teens Trout Division.
    For trout too small for the leaderboard, we ask that you release her to re-seed Texas bays with more big Trout!
  17. What if my child catches a tagged red?
    All ages (6 and up) are eligible to win in this division, but if they are  under driving age at the time of the awards they will receive a $25,000 scholarship in lieu of the truck, along with the boat package.
  18. If I work for a STAR Tournament sponsor am I eligible to fish?
    Yes. Only salaried employees of CCA are ineligible to fish.
  19. What is the deadline for the Early Bird Prize?
    You must be a current member and entered into the STAR Tournament by midnight on April 30, 2021.
  20. When is the Early Bird Prize Drawing held?
    It will be held after the tournament ends and the winners will be notified by phone,email or mail.  The winner of the boat package will be notified and asked to pick up their prize at the October CCA Texas STAR Awards Banquet.
  21. Who can win the Early Bird Drawing top prize?
    Anyone who is a current member and entered the tournament by midnight on Friday, April 30, 2021.
  22. What is the Early Bird Drawing?
    We encourage members to enter the tournament early and offer a chance for a top prize of a boat/motor/trailer package to all who do so by midnight, April 30, 2021.  There are also runner up prizes and everyone entered is eligible to win.
  23. What is the Member Bonus Drawing?
    All Eligible Entrants into the tournament who did not win a top prize are put in a drawing for a boat/motor/trailer package. The winner will be notified by phone,email or mail.  The winner of the boat package will be notified and asked to pick up their prize at the October CCA Texas STAR Awards Banquet.
  24. What is the Youth Scholarship Drawing?
    This drawing is for eligible STAR youth members who have not won a top prize. The prize is a $25,000 scholarship for the winner of the drawing.


  1. Where can I sign up?
    Online or at any Ticket Stations & Weigh Stations (locations available in our brochure, at www.startournament.org or Weigh Station Page
  2. Will I receive a receipt?
    Your receipt is your Instant Entry Registration (yellow copy) from Weigh/Ticket Stations. If you sign up online you will receive confirmation by e-mail.  If you enter through the mail or on the phone there is no receipt.
  3. What is the fastest way to enter?
    Our website is the most convenient and fastest way to join/renew/enter the tournament. If you enter by mail, it could be a couple of weeks before your entry has been processed and entered into the database. Your official entry date into the tournament will be the day it is received in our office.
  4. What if I don’t receive an email confirmation from an online entry?
    Perhaps your SPAM blocker has put your e-mail into the junk or bulk mail folder of your provider. If you do not find it there, you can call 713-626-4234 and ask to speak to someone in Membership.
  5. When will I receive my membership card?
    It can take up to 6 weeks to receive your card due to slow non-profit mail delivery. NOTE:  You do not need your card to fish, weigh-in or win the tournament.
  6. Do I have to be a member of CCA to fish the tournament?
    Yes. You must be a current CCA  member, throughout the tournament, in order to be eligible to fish the tournament.