FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2019
For more information call Dylan Sassman, Assistant Tournament Director (713) 626-4222
**Tagged Redfish Alert**
As of this morning, we have our FIRST CONFIRMED WINNER of the year! Dom Lopez, 19, of Corpus Christi takes the first Ford F-150, 23′ Haynie Bigfoot, Mercury outboard, and Coastline trailer combo of the summer. Four more truck/boat combos and five more boats are left up for grabs in this division.
Hear the story of the catch in his own words:
When I was 8 years old my father caught a tagged redfish while wade fishing with a friend, sadly my dad was not a member and we were not able to receive the truck and boat package. Ever since that day we both have been members of CCA, we have always talk about getting a boat so that we could go out wade different areas and just enjoy being on the water. Well on June 7, 2019 my luck will change for the best , I had asked everyone that I knew if they wanted to go fish, but all were busy so I decided to take my grandpa out on a little wade fishing trip. My grandpa hadn’t fished in 2yrs so I figured why not take him. While we are fishing I see a good friend of mine that is also fishing. My first cast and I hook up on a nice red, I bring him up to the net and looked to see if he was “the one “ but no he didn’t have anything. I look over to my grandpa and he is hooked up on a nice redfish that was about 26 inches. Two casts later I hook up on a nice redfish. As I’m fighting the redfish I see the tag, and when I saw that tag my whole body just went numb and I slowly netted the fish. It was a feeling I will never forget as I walk over to my grandpa I said to him “we have to go home “he said “why we just got here” and I showed him the fish he shouted and gave me a big hug. My friend Colton was there fishing by us as well and I shouted over to him that u caught a tagged redfish and he couldn’t believe it. It was an accomplishment of a lifetime my father and I have talked about it for years and finally I did it.
You can experience this same pure joy this summer! We still have four trucks, seventeen boats, three UTV’s and $325,000 in scholarships up for grabs this summer in a variety of categories. So get entered today and catch your fish of a lifetime!
There are still four Ford truck and Haynie boat combos and another five Haynie boats waiting to be claimed by lucky anglers who catch one of over sixty remaining tagged redfish! Along with the redfish, there are still tons empty spots, and beatable fish on the leaderboard just waiting for you! So get registered, get out, and win yourself a new boat or your child a life changing size scholarship!
Major sponsors for the 30th Annual CCA Texas STAR Tournament include Texas Ford Dealers, Tilson Home Corporation, Capital Farm Credit, Mercury Marine, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Evinrude, Whataburger, KTRK-abc13, Haynie Boats, Mowdy Boats, Shoalwater Boats, Hoffpauir Polaris, Dargel Boats, Texas Fish & Game Magazine, Coastline Trailers, McClain Trailers, Chris’s Marine, Shiner Beer, Costa and MustangCAT.
Visit www.startournament.org or any Academy store 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, you can also go to www.startournament.org
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