Get ready to spend the next three months or so fishing for a truck and boat. The 29th annual Coastal Conservation Association State of Texas Anglers Rodeo Tournament will get started this Saturday at sunrise.

The tournament will run through 5 p.m. Sept. 3 with many awards handed out to anglers from 6 years old to adults.

This week tournament officials will release 60 tagged redfish form 20 1/2 to 25 1/2 inches throughout the 600 miles of Texas coastal waters from Sabine Lake to South Padre Island.

Catchers of the first five tagged redfish will win a 2018 Ford F150 Texas Edition XLT Super Cab along with a Haynie 23 Bigfoot with a Mercury 150 L Pro XS Optimax and Coastline Trailer.

For the next five tagged redfish caught, winners will each claim a 23-foot Haynie BigFoot boat with a Mercury 150L Pro XS OptiMax motor and Coastline trailer.

The STAR tournament drew more than 50,000 participants in 2017, making it one of the world’s largest saltwater fishing tournaments.

Last year, 19 tagged redfish were caught, but only nine anglers claimed prizes.

Unfortunately, the others were not registered for the CCA Texas STAR.

Other prizes include the largest speckled trout in the north, central and southern regions of the Texas Coast as each will take home the Mowdy 22- foot V, powered with an Evinrude E-TEC G2 motor and Coastline trailer.

Anglers who land the heaviest kingfish, dorado and ling (cobia) in the Offshore Division will each win the Polaris Ranger Crew 570 EPS UVs in Polaris Pursuit Camo each with a Big Tex 35sa Trailer.

In the Inshore Division, the Shoalwater 19-foot Cat boat, Mercury 115 ELPT 4S motor and McClain trailer will go to those netting the biggest flounder, gafftop and sheepshead.

For youth anglers, there will be 10 college scholarships in $25,000 and $50,000 increments. STAR participants, ages 6 to 10 years old, who catch the largest flounder, sheepshead or gafftop will each be awarded a $50,000 college scholarship.

Participants, 11 to 17 years of age, who catch the largest flounder, sheepshead or gafftop, as well as, the largest speckled trout in each of the three Texas Coast regions (upper, middle and lower) will each be awarded a $25,000 college scholarship.

In addition to the nine scholarship offerings, participants ages 6 to 17 years old in 2018 are eligible for a bonus drawing that will net one lucky youth a $25,000 college scholarship even if the participant never wets a line or enters a single fish during the entire tournament.

Anglers, young and older can register at www.ccamembership.org.

Joel Luna is sports editor for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0160 or at joel.luna@thefacts.com

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