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Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure

Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure

25th annual and final Dr. Bill Shelton's Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure


Nearly 120 teams tried to reel in the top stringer weight and top big bass at the 2017 Dr. Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure on March 18.  While many fishermen took home cash and great prizes, the real winners are the local patients benefitting from the more than $16,000 raised through the tournament held at the Dr. Bill and Emily Shelton Pavilion at Cassels Boykin Park on Lake Sam Rayburn. 

The top 10 teams -- based on the total weight of the fish brought in – are in order from left to right:  Russell Sparks/Lanton Chumley – 24.58 pounds; Jody Norsworthy/John Scott – 24.22 pounds; Stacy Spriggs/Clint Wade – 22.48 pounds; David Driskell/Mike McCreight – 21.57 pounds; Justin Morton/James Jared – 21.13; Brett Hooks/Perry Hooks – 20.70 pounds; Steve Evans/Jason Burton – 19.78 pounds; Jessie King/Don Warden – 18.88 pounds; Cory Rambo/Paul Woods – 17.58 pounds; and Tracey Yates/William Yates – 17.06 pounds.

Top 3 big bass winners were Perry Hooks and Brett Hooks, 7.70 pounds; Derek Cryer and Shannon Cryer, 7.41 pounds and Clay Phillips and Michael Kingsley, 7.24 pounds.

Many thanks to sponsors including Kwik Kopy Printing, Beard Fine Jewelers, Chick-Fil-A, Brookshire Brothers, Lufkin Jewelry on the Square, Lufkin Coca Cola, Carroway Funeral Home, Consolidated Communications, First Bank & Trust East Texas, GENCO Federal Credit Union, Lockheed Martin, Whataburger, Y100, Hospice in the Pines, Blueberry Bogg, KICKS105, East Texas Eye Associates, Academy and others.

This was the 25th and final tournament sponsored by CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial Lufkin. Proceeds over the past 25 yeras exceed $300,000 -- all benefitting patients at the Temple Cancer Center.

Patients receiving treatment at the Temple Cancer Center are screened for eligibility based on hospital charity guidelines.