Story by CCA STAR
Photo by CCA STAR
When the alarm went off at 4:15 a.m. on June 10, Jeff Myers of Houston was almost too tired to go fishing, but he knew his girlfriend, Karin, would be very disappointed if they didn’t go. After picking up a quart of shrimp, the couple headed to the Texas City Dike to launch the boat. When they got to the fishing spot, he noticed the quart of shrimp just purchased only had a few that were big enough to fish with.
His morning improved when he saw his first fish of the morning.
As Myers reeled in the redfish, he could see a tag protruding from the fish. After it was landed, he wondered if the tag was from last year. Trying to read the tiny letters on the tag, he was able to see it was a 2016 CCA Texas STAR Tag.
The pair rushed to Pelican Rest Marina to weigh in the fish with Tag #TA816.
“It’s hard to comprehend that you would catch one of those fish out of so many,” Myers said. “I have entered the tournament for 8 to 10 years and have never caught one to even enter for size or weight.”
Myers is the first winner of a 2016 loaded Ford F-150 “Texas Edition” XLT SuperCab, pulling a brand new 23-foot Haynie BigFoot boat rigged with a Mercury 150L Pro XS OptiMax motor and Coastline trailer prize package, which will be awarded to him at the STAR Awards Ceremony in October.
There are 59 tagged redfish still out there swimming and four truck/boat/motor/trailer prize packages, plus five boat/motor/trailer prize packages still available to win in the Texas Ford Dealers Redfish Division and STAR Tournament. The tournament runs through Labor Day (September 5).
Last year, 10 tagged redfish were caught, but only five anglers claimed prizes. The others were not registered for the CCA Texas STAR.
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