Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure
24 Pound Stinger Wins Top Prize at 22nd Annual Dr. Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure
With a bass weighing 9.4 pounds, Randall Ward won the big bass prize in Saturday’s 22nd Annual Dr. Bill Shelton Fishing Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure on Lake Sam Rayburn.
The first place team prize, with a five-fish stringer weighing 24.20, went to Randy Turner and Justin Morton.
More than 85 teams participated in the tournament, which raises funds to help indigent cancer patients at the Arthur Temple Regional Cancer Center. Cash prizes were awarded for the top three largest single bass and the top 10 teams based on a five-fish, total stringer weight.
Second place big bass went to James Harrison with a 9.06-pound fish and third place went to Johnny Ward with a single bass weighing in at 8.61 pounds.
Ward and his teammate, David Blum, took second place team with a five-fish stringer weighing 22.81 pounds, and the team of John Maddox and Jeff Wise placed third with a five-fish stringer weighing 21.85
The remaining seven winning teams:
• Fourth place: 21.21 pounds: Danny Cross and N. Dee Williams
• Fifth place: 20.09 pounds: Tommy Hill and Bubba Frazier
• Sixth place: 17.96 pounds: James Slack and Pablo Torres
• Seventh place: 17.20 pounds: Johnny Ward and Alan Anderson
• Eighth place: 16.97 pounds: Patrick Gammill and Stephanie Gammill
• Ninth place: 16.62 pounds: James Harrison and Bill Crozier
• Tenth place: 16.29 pounds: Greg Fenn and Doyle Tibbits
Cash prizes were awarded to the top 10 teams and the top three big bass winners. Also, all fishermen who entered the tournament were registered for great prizes, including a Gucci watch valued at $1000 donated by Beard Fine Jewelers, 2-$500 gift cards donated by Brookshire Brothers and more.
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.
The fishing tournament began in 1993 by the late Dr. Bill Shelton, a former Lufkin Radiation Oncologist at Memorial Health System of East Texas. While caring for patients at the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center, Dr. Shelton saw a need to help indigent cancer patients who did not have the resources to purchase medications or to even travel to the center for treatment. Over the years, the fishing tournament has raised thousands of dollars to help these patients.