More than 85 teams braved the rain for the top stringer weight and top big bass recently at the 2015 Dr. Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure. While many fishermen took home cash and great prizes, the real winners are the patients benefitting from the more than $15,500 raised through participants and sponsorships. The tournament was held at the Dr. Bill and Emily Shelton Pavilion at Cassels Boykin Park on Lake Sam Rayburn. All proceeds from the tournament benefit those in need at the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center.
The top 10 teams with the heaviest stringer weights were: 1st place- Randy Turner and Justin Morton with a weight of 24.20; 2nd place – Randall Ward and David Blum with a weight of 22.81; 3rd place – John Maddox and Jeff Wise with a weight of 21.85; 4th place – Danny Cross and N. Dee Williams with a weight of 21.21; 5th place – Tommy Hill and Bubba Frazier with a weight of 20.09; 6th place – James Slack and Pablo Torres with a weight of 17.96; 7th place – Johnny Ward and Alan Anderson with a weight of 17.20; 8th place Patrick and Stephanie Gammill with a weight of 16.97; 9th place - James Harrison and Bill Crozier; and 10th place – Greg Fenn and Doyle Tibbits with a weight of 16.29.
The top three Big Bass winners were: 1st place- Randall Ward weighing in a bass at 9.40 lb; 2nd place –James Harrison weighing in a bass at 9.06 lb; and 3rd place – Johnny Ward weighing in a bass at 8.61 lb.
Many thanks to sponsors including Kwik Kopy Printing, Beard Fine Jewelers, Chick-Fil-A, Brookshire Brothers, Lufkin Coca Cola, Carroway Funeral Home, Consolidated Communications, First Bank & Trust East Texas, GENCO Federal Credit Union, Lockheed Martin, Chance Law Office, Whataburger, Y100, The City of Lufkin/KLTX, Hospice in the Pines, Blueberry Bogg, KICKS105, KTRE, Dr. Tom Duncan of East Texas Eye Associates, Academy and more, for their support.
Patients receiving treatment at the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center are screened for eligibility through the Social Worker based on hospital charity guidelines.