Five New Boat Winners in 2014 CCA Louisiana STAR as Youth Division Winners are Announced
The CCA Louisiana Statewide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo held the random drawing for the Youth Division prize winners, making five new youth anglers, new boat owners.
The Youth Division, sponsored by Academy Sports + Outdoors, has four regional winners in Louisiana and one in Mississippi. All youth winners will receive a 14’ aluminum boat package complete with a 15hp Mercury and McClain Trailer, donated by Cajun Outboards.
The Louisiana winners are: East: Matthew Verges; Southeast: Stephen Schwartz; Southwest: Isaac Wiggins II; West: Liam Dunn and the Mississippi Youth Division winner is Mason Page.
Verges, a 10-year-old angler fishing with his dad, caught his speckled trout on July 4th in Hopedale. He measured his fish, took a picture of it and submitted it to STAR tournament director Rad Trascher in hopes of being picked in the drawing.
“This is one of the best parts of the tournament for me,” Trascher said. “Calling all of these youngsters and parents to tell them about winning a new boat is a great experience. Thanks to Academy Sports + Outdoors, Cajun Outboards, Mercury and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot for continuing to support these great divisions.”
Wiggins and Dunn also submitted their catches via email, a practice that has been a part of STAR since 2011.
When the drawings concluded and the phone calls to parents were made is when the real excitement started.
“I can’t wait to tell my son that he won,” Matthew Verges’ dad, Michael said. “He will be so excited.”
Cutoff angler Jake Duet wins Chevy Truck as STAR Tagged Redfish Continue to be Caught
Things certainly have heated up in the CCA Louisiana STAR tournament in the past 24 hours, as tagged redfish have been appearing on the end of fishing lines from Timbalier to Lafitte.
Late Sunday evening, 19-year-old Jake Duet from Cutoff caught a tagged redfish at the East Timbalier rocks. Lucky for him, he had just signed up for the STAR tournament at Port Fourchon Marina on Thursday ahead of the Fourchon Oilman’s Fishing Tournament. Weighing his fish first thing Monday morning at Bridgeside Marina, Duet was thrilled with his catch.
“After catching the fish I realized all the weigh stations would be closed on Sunday night, so I had to wait until today to bring it in.” said Duet, “I didn’t sleep at all that night.”
Duet’s tagged redfish lands him a 2014 Chevy Silverado courtesy of the Super Chevy Dealers of Baton Rouge, Acadiana and Lake Charles.
“I know CCA and the Super Chevy Dealers couldn’t be happier to give this great young man a truck,” said Rad Trascher, STAR Tournament Director. “Duet’s winning fish was released at the Fourchon Bridge and made its way all the way out to Timbalier. That fish was on the move.”
Second Confirmed Tagged Redfish Caught by Unregistered Angler
During her fishing trip yesterday, angler and long-time CCA supporter, made a catch that she won’t soon forget. Stacey Kinler landed the second confirmed tagged redfish of the 2014 CCA Louisiana STAR Tournament. It would have made a great story, EXCEPT, she forgot to register for STAR.
While fishing Elmer’s Island with her husband, the excitement grew as she reeled in the redfish only to realize once it was in the boat that it had the red STAR tag. Her husband quickly asked if she had registered for STAR. Kinler’s response was, “no, I forgot!” That forgetfulness cost her a brand new Chevy Silverado courtesy of the Acadiana, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles dealers.
After pulling the fish in and verifying the tag, they quickly tried to release the fish back into the water, but unfortunately, the fish did not make it.
John Langlois named winner of STAR Red Snapper Division sponsored by Whitney Bank
The shortest Federal Red Snapper Season in history came to a quick close this past weekend, yielding Baton Rouge’s John Langlois as the 2014 CCA STAR Red Snapper Division Winner, sponsored by Whitney Bank.
Langlois, the winner of the $5,000 tackle package, weighed in his 26.14lb Red Snapper at Sand Dollar Marina in Grand Isle while participating in the Swollfest Rodeo.
“John laughed when I told him that he won the STAR Red Snapper Division because he didn’t even win the division in Swollfest,” STAR Director Rad Trascher said. “The angler with Swollfest’s winning red snapper wasn’t even registered for STAR.”
That’s one division down and over 20 more to go in this year’s tournament. STAR ends on Labor Day, September 1st. Don’t miss out….get registered and get fishing!
STAR Update/Highlights May 29
Exciting first weekend
Well the tournament has begun and the excitement started very quickly!
Saturday morning saw the first tagged redfish was caught in Timbalier by an unregistered angler from New Iberia. So the new Chevy Silverado is still up for grabs!
Later in the day we found out that Dr. Luke St. Pierre, a longtime friend of CCA and past Acadiana Chapter President, caught a 6.84lb. trout to win the Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo and take control of first place in the Southeast Trout Division of STAR.
And then on a submitted weigh form from Todd Black of Baton Rouge, he weighed in a 15.14lb. Mangrove Snapper at Boudreaux’s Marina in Cocodrie. This fish is not only leading the STAR Mangrove Division but is also in the process of being certified as a new state record!
Just goes to show you that everyone should enter STAR because you never know what will happen and who will catch the next prize winning or state record fish!
Get registered and get on the water!
STAR Early Bird Winners
20th Annual STAR starts Saturday
The CCA Louisiana Statewide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo (STAR) begins its 20th year of competition on Saturday, May 24. One of the largest and richest saltwater fishing tournaments in the country, offering over $500,000 in prizes, STAR spans the entire Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast and is open to anglers of every age.It lasts for 101 days as the tournament runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014.
In the signature Tagged Redfish Division, the first 10 tagged redfish turned in by registered STAR anglers will win some incredible prizes, the first of which is a brand new Chevy Silverado.Any additional tagged redfish caught by STAR anglers will win a 2110 Nautic Star boat, 150hp four-stroke Mercury and Mike Gerald trailer package.
- Five New Boat Winners in 2014 CCA Louisiana STAR as Youth Division Winners are Announced
- Cutoff angler Jake Duet wins Chevy Truck as STAR Tagged Redfish Continue to be Caught
- Second Confirmed Tagged Redfish Caught by Unregistered Angler
- John Langlois named winner of STAR Red Snapper Division sponsored by Whitney Bank
- STAR Update/Highlights May 29
- STAR Early Bird Winners
- 20th Annual STAR starts Saturday
- 2014 STAR Rules, Release and Indemnity Agreement
- 2014 Early Bird Prizes
- 2014 STAR Sponsors