For 20 years, anglers have been vying for the top spot at the Dr. Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure. This year’s tournament will be held Saturday, May 4 at Cassels-Boykin Park on Lake Sam Rayburn. Proceeds from the tournament benefit indigent cancer patients at the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center.
The late Bill Shelton, a local radiation oncologist, started this tournament as a way to raise funds to help patients he treated on a daily basis. He had a patient tell him a story of how he collected cans to have money to pay for gas to get to the Cancer Center for his treatments. With Dr. Shelton’s love of fishing, the idea for the Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure was born.
Fishermen and women can start looking for registration forms soon so they can join this 20 year tradition. Registration forms will be available online at https://www.memorialhealth.org as well as at Memorial Health System of East Texas and area tackle shops. Those interested in participating can contact Lindsey Mott at 936-639-7613 to receive a registration form. Registration will also take place at Cassels-Boykin from Noon – 8 p.m., Friday, May 3, and 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. the morning of the tournament. The entry fee is $200 per team, one or two-person teams. There is a five-fish limit with culling allowed. Weigh-in for all fishermen will start at 1 p.m. and end promptly at 3 p.m. at Cassels-Boykin Park, Saturday, May 4.
For a list of rules and regulations, visit the Memorial Health System of East Texas website at https://www.memorialhealth.us/news/fishing-adventure. For any questions or concerns, please contact Lindsey Mott at 936-639-7613.