Still Plenty of Time to Register for CCA STAR!

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Still Plenty of Time to Register for CCA STAR!
Joe Contreras with his loaded 2015 Ford F-150 Texas Edition - XLT SuperCab, pulling a 23' Haynie Big Foot rigged with a Mercury 150L Pro XS OptiMax and Coastline trailer prize package.

As we enter the final month of the 2016 CCA Texas STAR Tournament, coastal anglers are reminded that there is still plenty of time to register. Just ask last year's fifth tagged redfish winner, Joe Contreras.

With less than seventy-two hours remaining before the close of the 2015 event, Corpus Christi resident Joe Contreras made plans to go fishing after work with a friend the Friday before Labor Day. After several hours waiting for his friend to get off work, the friend decided not to go after all. Contreras was about to go back home, but then decided to check out the tide for bait. The finger mullet were abundant along the shoreline so Joe caught some and went wade fishing. Two hours of catching only ladyfish, he was down to his last bait. He was experiencing leg pain and decided this would be his last cast.

"I'm going to count to 300 fish or no fish I'm going home," he said to himself.

Between the leg pain and trying to count, Contreras wasn't paying attention and suddenly realized his cork was gone. After a short fight he landed a nice red. The fish was covered with grass, but when he cleaned it off one piece remained. Taking a closer look he realized it wasn't grass at alla CCA STAR tag covered in moss! "I couldn't believe my eyes!"

Contreras phoned his brother-in-law with the story and asked where he should take it to be checked-in. At his brother-in-law's advice Contreras proceeded to Roy's Bait and Tackle, official STAR weigh station on SPID in Corpus. A few days later Joe passed his polygraph exam and became 2015's fifth winner of a loaded Ford F-150 Texas Edition XLT SuperCab, pulling a 23' Haynie Big Foot rigged with a Mercury 150L Pro XS OptiMax and Coastline trailer prize package.

"Glad I went fishing that day!" Contreras says with a big smile.

There have been a few tagged redfish caught so far this year, but only one confirmed winner. At least 50 STAR-tagged redfish are still swimming and four truck/boat/motor/trailer prize packages are still available. The Texas Ford Dealers Redfish Division and STAR Tournament continues until Labor Day, September 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Still plenty of time to register for STAR Don't go fishing without it!