Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. You must be a current member of CCA, throughout the tournament, in order to be eligible to fish the tournament.

It can take up to 6 weeks to receive your card due to the overwhelming response in a short time frame. If you register online, you can now print your membership card at home until your card comes in from the national office. 
NOTE:  You do not have to have your card to fish, weigh-in or win the tournament.

At all Weigh Stations or register online at

All youth participants are eligible to win any division of STAR.

Yes, all entrants must be caught on conventional hook and tackle (no electric reels) by the angler entering the fish.

The intention of the division is to give anglers without access to any type of watercraft, the ability to win. Fish caught from a publicly accessible road, dock, pier or beach that was accessed by foot or automobile only are eligible. Private piers as well as areas only accessible to private landowners are ineligible. You cannot take any type of watercraft or plane to access fishing locations.

Fly division participants, mostly follow the guidelines set forth for fly fishing by IGFA. See tournament rules for description and link to IGFA rules.

The Red Snapper Division of the STAR tournament will remain open during the tournament as long as the federal for-hire season and the season set for private anglers by Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries is open. This season is subject to close before the end of the tournament. All fish entered in this division must be caught while abiding by the regulations set forth by the Gulf Council and the State of Louisiana where applicable and based on time and location of catch. 

THE 2024 LOUISIANA RED SNAPPER SEASON: The 2024 private recreational Red Snapper season will begin on Monday, April 15, 2024, in both state and federal waters. The season will run seven days a week with a daily bag limit of four fish per person and a 16-inch total minimum length limit. The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 934,587 pounds. *Season dates and bag limits are subject to change during the year. For more information, click here.

Your fish cannot be frozen, spoiled, gutted, altered or mutilated.

The Tagged Redfish Division is now Catch. Photo. Clip. Release. Anglers will Catch the fish. Take a Photo or video of it and send it to us. Clip the tag. And finally, Release it. Head for the nearest weigh station to turn the clipped tag in and fill out a weigh-in form. Call the number listed on the tag or Sam Hopper at (318) 267-2288, immediately to report your catch.

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.

You can weigh in a fish at any of our 26 official weigh stations along the entire coast of Louisiana. Your fish, however, will be categorized in the appropriate division based upon where it is caught, not the weigh station location.

Yes. We require that you follow all rules and regulations of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

No. Guides are excluded from participating in the tournament, but their families and clients are encouraged to participate. There is a captain’s division where you can win along with your clients.

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.

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.


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.

Yes. If you are entered into the 2024 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 at 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.

The 2024 STAR Tournament begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2024, and lasts until 5 p.m. on Monday, September 2, 2024.