CCA Florida STAR Tournament Winner's Choice Drawing
During the 101 days of the 2016 STAR Tournament presented by Yamaha, 20 of the 157 tagged redfish released in STAR were recaptured by anglers that were not properly registered for the tournament or did not follow the rules. This year to increase the excitement for our registered anglers STAR chose to offer a special Winner’s Choice drawing; any registered adult angler who submitted an eligible species (spotted seatrout, sheepshead, snook, cobia, kingfish, dolphin or lionfish), in any division excluding the conservation and guide divisions would be placed into a WINNER’S CHOICE drawing for one of the remaining STAR Tagged Redfish prizes. The randomly chosen winner would have their choice of the GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab pickup truck donated by Conley Buick GMC of Bradenton or one of the donated boat, motor & trailer packages either the Contender 22 Sport, Pathfinder 2200 TRS, Hells Bay Waterman or the Sea Hunt 235 Escape all powered by Yamaha.
The angler drawn using random.org is Scott Emmerman. Scott is not a new participant to STAR, in 2015 he caught a STAR tagged redfish, unfortunately he did not win, he had registered for STAR but he was not a CCA member. In 2016 he did all the right things, became a CCA member, registered for STAR and entered in the other divisions as well as fished for a 2016 tagged redfish. Congratulations!
Participation, promotional value and $500,000 in prizes made Coastal Conservation Association Florida STAR presented by Yamaha the largest and most exciting family friendly fishing competition in the state of Florida for summer 2016. Recreational anglers and industry manufactures throughout Florida are talking about STAR. The docks, boat ramps, tackle shops, marinas and Social media are a buzz regarding STAR. 2017 will be even bigger and better.
The climax for CCA Florida STAR will be the Awards Banquet and Ceremony presented by The City of Haines City. The banquet will be held on October 15, 2016 from 5pm to 10pm at Lake Eva Event Center in Haines City. This event will be a spectacular night with the tournament sponsors and fishing celebrities awarding nearly $500,000 in prizes which could include a GMC truck or boat, motor & trailer packages from Contender, Pathfinder, Hells Bay and Sea Hunt, Bad Boy Off Road vehicles, Yamaha motors, $100,000 in college scholarships and more.
The banquet will feature entertainment by Nashville artist Brandon Lay (Rolling Stone named Lay as one of the Top 30 must see Country Music Award artists), steak dinner, cocktails (open bar), silent & live auction and an expected 600 guests that are recreational anglers, sponsor executives and their families. The 2015 STAR Awards Banquet in Crystal River, Florida was sold out at 400 guests and this year’s tickets are going fast. Tickets to the event are available to all STAR participants, CCA members and the general public.
The ceremony will be held on a Saturday and lends itself to making a weekend stay around the event. The Shergill Grand Hotel is the official host hotel for the CCA Florida STAR Awards Banquet presented by the City of Haines City. The resort offers a welcoming experience with unsurpassed surroundings, magnificent lakes, and neighborhood charm. Plus it's just 20 minutes from the Lake Eva Event Center.
Whether your plans are for just one night or you're making the experience a two night family get away, The City of Haines City is centrally located with lots to do and you'll want a hotel that's clean and convenient.
Register now to attend the CCA Florida STAR Awards Banquet and enjoy a fabulous night with good friends, great food, unlimited libations, a must see performance and lots of happy winners.