FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2019
For more information call Dylan Sassman, Assistant Director (713) 626-4222
Thirty Years of Winning Conservation
Sixty STAR quality redfish soon to be released
Texas Gulf Coast — Sixty specially tagged redfish are being prepped as the STAR-ring attraction in the CCA Texas State of Texas Anglers’ Rodeo (STAR) sponsored by the Texas Ford Dealers, Tilson Home Corporation and Capital Farm Credit. These tagged redfish will be released throughout 600 miles of Texas coastal waters, from Sabine Lake to South Padre Island. This year’s tagged redfish are even more special than normal. These redfish will represent thirty years of dedication from CCA volunteers, all with the same goal of recruiting young anglers and adults alike to join their ranks in support of conservation. After two consecutive years of over 50,000 total anglers and 9,000 youth anglers, we believe it is safe to say that these countless volunteers have been winning conservation for thirty years!
From the onset, the State of Texas Anglers’ Rodeo was envisioned by CCA founder Walter Fondren III and a few others, as a fun family friendly summer event with hopes of creating a reason for parents to get kids out on the water in hopes of them winning a scholarship, or the adult a driveway sized prize. As STAR tournament director Bill Kinney often says, “We want to get kids off of X-boxes, and into tackle boxes.” All the while, these participants are learning more and more about conservation through CCA materials. Through thirty years of hard work by countless volunteers and CCA staff, STAR has come a long way. When STAR first kicked off, it was relatively small compared to today at only 3,400 anglers statewide. In 2017, STAR shattered participation records, with 50,000+ anglers competing for over $1,000,000 in prizes for the first time ever. Another milestone was recently reached by STAR after the 2018 tournament, $6.5 million in college scholarships have now been awarded to Texas youth, with another $325,000 waiting for this year’s winners. Little did Walter, Bill and others realize what their idea would morph into thirty years later.
- 30 years of STAR
- $6.5 million in scholarships given to date
- People win every year fishing all types of ways
- Walk in
- Over 25% of tagged redfish released have been caught recently- compared to TPWD tagging program that has 3-5% returns
- Less than half of those caught are by registered anglers
- Most people knew about it but always thought they would never catch one so they didn’t enter
- Nobody wants to eat a $90,000 redfish instead of taking home a $90,000 prize package
- Enter anytime throughout the tournament
- Chances to win a boat or even a scholarship without even picking up a rod
- Redfish tend to not travel far from release locations throughout summer and we put them in some of the most obvious and popular fishing spots
- If you’re fishing for them like we hide them you’re doing it all wrong. They’re right under your nose
- Most people ignore less glamourous inshore species like the gafftop, sheepshead and flounder division. Even though they could win a 19’ Shoalwater CAT, Mercury motor, and McClain trailer package. Stack your chances by targeting these fish
- Award $325,000 in scholarships every single year.