The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau has partnered with The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) as a destination sponsor to host the 4th Annual CCA Florida Statewide Tournament Anglers Rodeo (STAR). This 101-day fishing tournament, which lasts from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is an exciting and engaging event for all offering over $500,000 in prizes and scholarships for qualified participants.


The CCA is the state’s leading organization dedicated to marine fishery conservation, education and advocacy. The STAR Florida Tournament is a Catch & Photo event, designed to educate the public on the importance of conserving Florida’s marine resources. CCA’s yearly tournament is expected to attract over 7,500 excited anglers hoping for a chance to win one of the Grand Prizes. For the tagged redfish division of the tournament, the first 8 qualified winners will choose one of the Grand Prizes, which includes boat, motor and trailer packages, all-terrain vehicles, scholarships and more. For more details on the different divisions, rules, prizes, etc. please visit


Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach sits on the mouth of Charlotte Harbor, the second-largest marine estuary in the State of Florida and an ideal habitat for redfish due to the harbor’s preserved shorelines. As a destination sponsor of the STAR Tournament, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach had 8 tagged redfish released into their waters providing a significantly greater opportunity for anglers to win big; and with plenty of inshore aquatic areas in the destination to hook one of the elusive redfish, the area is the best place to drop a line and secure one of the tournaments outstanding prizes. In conjunction with the event, the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau has secured preferred rates at several area hotels for participating anglers. For more information on the special rates, please visit Anglers are encouraged to make summer vacation plans in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach and experience the wonder of fishing one of the best aquatic playgrounds in the United States.


Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda /Englewood Beach is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014, Port Charlotte was named the top “U.S. Best Value Destination” by Trivago (the world’s largest online hotel search site), and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). For more information on visiting Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach visit or call1-800-652-6090.