SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The Coastal Conservation Association of Mississippi's summer long STAR Tournament is ready to kickoff.
The event, geared toward promoting conservation and awareness of the resources, begins Saturday and runs through the Labor Day Weekend.
The first two registered anglers catching one of the 25 specially tagged redfish, will win a Polaris 570 Ranger. Each of the tagged fish were released in Mississippi waters, but all anglers must be a member of CCA and pay as $30 entry fee.
"The STAR Tournament has grown to be the largest tournament in Texas and Louisiana because of the tagged redfish division," CCA Mississippi Executive Director Johnny Marquez said.
"The great thing about the tagged redfish division is that anyone who is fishing inshore waters along the coast or around the barrier islands has a chance to win, regardless of whether they are a serious tournament angler or a weekend warrior.
"Every trip and every cast brings that opportunity to haul in a redfish that could land you in the driver seat of Polaris 570 Ranger worth more than $12,000. It really adds some extra excitement knowing that those 25 tagged reds designated for the Mississippi division have been released in some of the most popular fishing spots along the coast and around the barrier islands."
The Star Tournament also includes an inshore and offshore division and kids fish for free.
"We have many anglers on the coast that enjoy tournament fishing, but the goal of the STAR Tournament is to generate membership and expose the fishing public to the great things that CCA does for recreational anglers," Marquez said. "It is important for all recreational anglers to get involved in protecting our resources, not only the serious tournament anglers. We hope that the tagged redfish division will increase participation."