STAR Frequently Asked Questions
Can I fish without my current membership card?
Yes. If you are entered into the 2013 tournament and your membership is current, you are eligible to fish the tournament and do not have to show your card to weigh in a fish. We are happy to verify your eligibility in the CCA office. No weigh station will require proof of your entry at the time of weigh in, just a proof of identification such as a valid drivers license or ID.
Is my STAR entry valid by just entering the tournament?
No. You must join CCA or be a current member of CCA to fish the tournament. It is the entrant’s responsibility to make sure that their membership is current throughout the tournament.
Can I win in more than one category?
No. When you fill out the weigh-in form, you must declare what category you are entering. In the case of the Speckled Trout Division, there are 4 categories: West, Southwest, Southeast and East. You must declare the area of your catch. If you happen to lead two divisions, you will have to choose one prize.
Can I help my younger children?
Yes. You can bait and cast, but the child must hook & reel in the catch. The adult can then help net the fish at the boat or shore.
If I have received money for guiding can I enter the tournament?
No. Only members who are not guides or commercial fin-fisherman according to the 2013 STAR Tournament rules are eligible to fish the tournament.
Do I have to have a State Fishing License?
Yes. We require that you follow all rules and regulations of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries or Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, where applicable.
Where do I weigh in my fish?
You can weigh in a fish at any of our 35 official weigh stations along the entire coast of Louisiana and Mississippi. Mississippi Division fish are to be weighed only at Mississippi weigh station locations. Mississippi weigh stations can only weigh fish for Mississippi Adult and Youth Divisions.
Is there a time limit to weigh in the fish?
Yes. Your fish must be weighed in within 24 hours of the catch. Offshore species are allotted 72 hours. This is noted on your official weigh-in form and is verified by polygraph.
What do I do if I catch a tagged redfish?
Make sure that you do not remove the tag. Head for the nearest weigh station to turn it in and fill out a weigh-in form. The weigh station will retain the fish. Call the number listed on the tag or Rad Trascher at (225) 939-3764, immediately to report your catch and arrangements will be made.
What condition of my fish is acceptable for weigh-in?
Your fish cannot be frozen, spoiled, gutted, altered or mutilated.
What regulations do I follow for Red Snapper?
All participants of the CCA Louisiana STAR must follow Federal Regulations that apply to Louisiana anglers set forth by NOAA and the Gulf Council. All participants will have the same time of fishing.
What is considered a fly for the fly fishing division?
Fly division participants most follow the guidelines set forth for fly fishing by IGFA. See tournament rules for description and link to IGFA rules.
What if my child catches a tagged red?
All youth participants are eligible to win any division of STAR
If I work for a STAR Tournament sponsor am I eligible to fish?
Where can I sign up?
At all Academy locations, Weigh Stations, call 1-877-422-2782 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or register online at CCASTAR.com.
When will I receive my membership card?
It can take up to 6 weeks to receive your card due to the overwhelming response in a short time frame. NOTE: You do not have to have your card to fish, weigh-in or win the tournament.
Do I have to be a member of CCA to fish the tournament?
Yes. You must be a current member of CCA, throughout the tournament, in order to be eligible to fish the tournament.