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May 25, 2013

Chester Moore column: STAR tournament kicks off summer season

PORT ARTHUR —  The state’s largest (and longest) tournament, the State of Texas Angler’s Rodeo (STAR) runs May 25-Sept. 2 and offers anglers a chance at some huge prizes.

   STAR is the annual membership recruitment drive for the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Texas

    “The tournament spans the entire Texas Gulf Coast and offers current CCA Texas members the chance to win over $1,000,000 in prizes and scholarships. Fishing categories include speckled trout, flounder, sheepshead, gafftop, dorado, king Mackerel and ling (cobia).”

    “There is also a special tagged redfish division in which winners receive complete boat and truck combos. In order to ensure a fair and impartial outcome, the tournament is professionally directed. It is also zero-budgeted, which means that the money raised is put back into the event in the form of media, prizes and more scholarships.”

    The first five tagged redfish weighed in win a 2013 Ford F150 “Texas Edition” connected to a Haynie 23 Bigfoot with a Mercury 150 L Pro XS Optimax and Coastline Trailer

    The next five tagged redfish weighed in win a Haynie 23 Bigfoot with a Mercury 150 L Pro XS OptiMax and Coastline Trailer.

    The largest trout in each division (Upper, Middle, Lower Coast) will win a 22’ Shoalwater Legend with Mercury 150 L Pro XS OptiMax and McClain Trailer

    The largest gafftop will take home a Bluewave 180 V-Bay with Mercury 115 L OptiMax and McClain Trailer. Ditto for the flounder and sheepshead divisions.

    The largest kingfish, dorado and ling will earn an Explorer by Dargel 216 Blue Water Series with Mercury 200 XL OptiMax and McClain Trailer.

    The most exciting thing for many parents is the youth division where hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships can be earned.

    One $50,000 college scholarship will be awarded for catching the largest flounder in this division (ages 6-10). One $50,000 college scholarship will be awarded for catching the largest gafftop in this division (ages 6-10).

    One $50,000 college scholarship will be awarded for catching the largest sheepshead in this division (ages 6-10).

    Three $20,000 college scholarships will be awarded for catching the largest speckled trout (6 lb. minimum) in each of the Upper, Middle and Lower Coasts for kids 11-17.

    Three $20,000 college scholarships will be awarded for catching the largest flounder (18″ minimum), gafftop or sheepshead in this division for kids 11-17.

    Our area is blessed to have several weigh stations including Peggy’s on the Bayou in Bridge City, SGS Causeway on Pleasure Island and Sportman’s Supply in Sabine Pass.

    This will be a truly interesting year for the tournament as flounder populations are on the rise and so is the size of fish. I predict it will take a nine-pounder to win this year.

    Also look for Sabine Lake to be a real factor in the Upper Coast trout division. That usually goes to the Galveston Area or a little south of there but we have been red hot for big trout.

    As unique catches are posted we will post them on these pages where you continue to get the most comprehensive outdoors coverage found anywhere.

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    Anglers wanting to get an idea on what is going on in the local fishing scene should drop by the Saltwater Angler's League of Texas (SALT) Clubhouse on Pleasure Island this afternoon.The cut-off for weigh-in is 3 p.m.

(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com. You can watch his Web series online at www.Godsoutdoors.com.)

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