West Marine Sponsors CCA Florida Statewide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo (STAR)

Florida stores will serve as preferred distribution locations for the event’s official measuring devices.

Watsonville, CA, May 23, 2017 - West Marine, the world’s premier Waterlife Outfitter, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 3rd Annual CCA STAR Tournament in Florida. This tournament has been available to anglers in Louisiana and Texas for years, and now fishing enthusiasts in Florida have the opportunity to compete in the highly regarded event as well.

The contest runs from May 27 to Sept. 4 and features 101 days of competition. With Florida’s 1,300 miles of coastline and 1.2 million licensed saltwater anglers, CCA Florida hopes to reach thousands of new anglers every year through the tourney.

“This tournament represents the most exciting opportunity in our history to educate the public about Florida’s marine resources and how we can best preserve the future for our children,” says CCA Florida Chairman Bill Camp.

160 STAR tagged redfish were released throughout the coastal waters of Florida and catching one of the first 8 prize winning fish means participants could earn their choice of a GMC pick-up truck, Contender 22 Sport, Carolina Skiff Sport & Fish, Pathfinder 2200TRS, Sea Hunt Ultra or Maverick 17 HPX-S. There are 15 other division in the CCA Florida STAR competition with prizes that include college scholarships, fishing tackle, Power Poles, Costa sunglasses and more – nearly $500,000 worth of prizes in all.

West Marine stores in Florida will serve as the preferred distribution locations for the tournament’s official measuring devices. To see a full list of participating locations, visit https://www.westmarine.com/store-finder and select Florida.

Per the tournament’s rules, each photo entry must include the entire fish on the official measuring device for length (consistent with STAR and FWC measurement guidelines for each tournament species) however it is not the biggest fish that wins; the only exceptions are the Lionfish Division and certain species within the Conservation Division.

The official measuring device may be picked up from any distribution location at no cost. All Florida West Marine stores will have the devices, and a complete listing of distribution locations is available in the “STAR Distribution Location” section of the STAR website.

“West Marine is thrilled to be a part of this competition designed to engage seasoned and first-time anglers in conservation while rewarding them for their efforts,” says Laura Barry, senior manager for West Marine regional marketing and West Marine Pro. “It’s a great opportunity to support the CCA as well as devoted anglers in the region. Our store teams are excited to play a role in the event.”

To learn more about the tournament, visit www.CCAFLSTAR.com.

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