17th Annual River’s End Volunteer Fire Dept. Fishing Tournament / Fund Raiser Set

River’s End Volunteer Fire Dept. will host the 17th annual fishing tournament and fund raiser on the first full weekend of October (Oct. 4 – 6). The tournament begins at 12:01 a.m., Friday, October 4, and runs through 2 p.m., Sunday, October 6th when final weights will be tallied and prizes awarded. Fish can be caught anywhere in public waters, but must be weighed in at the River’s End Volunteer Fire Dept. Station at 12070 F.M. 2918. Weigh in hours will be from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 4 and 5), and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 6).

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of River’s End VFD and all proceeds from this tournament go toward obtaining a tanker truck.

The Adult Division of the tournament ($35.00 entry fee) consists of 4 categories: Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Croaker. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded for each category. First place for all categories will be $100.00 and a plaque. Second place winners will $50.00 and a plaque, and third place winners will receive $25.00 and a plaque. There will also be a $100.00 prize and plaque for the Redfish with the most spots and the heaviest stringer. This stringer must contain at least one each of Speckled Trout, Redfish and Flounder, but cannot have more than 5 fish total. Note: Only Redfish between 20” and 27” will be accepted in any category – Adult or 16 and Under.

The 16 and Under Division ($20.00 registration fee) is designed to encourage more youngsters to fish. This division also consists of 4 main categories: Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder and Croaker. First place winners in all the above categories will take home a $50.00 gift certificate and a plaque; second place takes home a $25.00 gift certificate and a plaque; and third place takes home a $10.00 gift certificate and a plaque. In addition to those 12 prize winning places, there are 4 more “fun” categories for our youth. Plaques will be awarded for the following “fun” categories: Redfish with the Most Spots, Largest Hardhead, Largest Blue Crab, and Largest Sand / Gulf Trout. Again, this year, there will be a Youth Heaviest Stringer award with a $50.00 gift card and plaque for the prize. This year, however, only for the 16 and Under division, the rule on the heavy stringer is changed. This year, the prize will be awarded to the heaviest stringer of any inshore fish (up to 5 legally) caught (per TP&W regulations) fish.

Again this year are daily mini-tournaments which earn winning anglers bragging rights and a plaque for each daily winning fish. Dates, eligible fish and weigh-in times for the mini-tournaments are as follows:

Eligible Fish
Weigh-in times
Friday, October 4, 2013
Speckled Trout
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
8 a.m. – noon
Please note the weigh-in times differ from the main tournament weigh-in hours.

Again this year, R.E.V.F.D. fishing tournament will be strictly enforcing HB 1806 concerning the legal consequences of cheating in a fishing tournament. For further information please review: http://tx.opengovernment.org/sessions/82/bills/hb-1806

If you don’t fish, but you would still like to support the fire department, you can come for the Saturday, October 5 or Sunday, October 6 events. A Moonwalk will be available for the children’s enjoyment Saturday, October 5 all day, weather permitting. Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday until 7 p.m., October 5, Luckenbach Sausage on a stick, Coney Islands or Frito Pies will be available for a $5.00 donation. The annual live auction begins at 5 p.m. (which includes a custom rod and reel donated by Billy Huett, a rolling party cooler and a custom hunting knife made by Spencer Aplin and donated by Kenzie and Co.). In addition to the live auction, a silent auction has been added from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

On Sunday, October 6, awards will be presented to the tournament winners starting around 2:30 p.m. Raffle drawings will also be held for a 20’ tapered aluminum flag pole with a 3’ x 5’ flag (donated by 2 J’s Café and Marina), a custom silver jig head with amethyst eyes (donated by Kinzie & Co.), a custom made rod and reel (donated by Billy Huett), and a $400.00 Walmart Gift Certificate. Raffle tickets are available for $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. Winners need not be present to win. For the fifth year, the Tim Austin Memorial Hard Luck Tale prize ($49.97 and a box of Kleenex) will also be awarded to the angler with the worst hard luck story of the tournament.

You may pick up tournament applications and purchase t-shirts, raffle and meal tickets at Bernard Grocery on F.M. 2611 at the Churchill Bridge the weekends of September 20-21, and 27 – 28 or Stewart’s Grocery (in Brazoria) Saturday, September 28 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or at Walmart in Lake Jackson, Sunday September 29 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. A free t-shirt will be given to each paid entrant. You may also register and pay online with PayPal at www.revfd.com .

Tournament applications are available upon request by contacting Roy Edwards at 979-964-4332, or Tracy Woodall at 979-482-4626, or by downloading them from www.revfd.com . You may also register and pay online. Please note you must be a paid entrant before you start fishing for the tournament.

In case of a severe storm, the tournament will take place 2 weeks later (the weekend of October 18 – 20). Please contact Roy Edwards or Tracy Woodall at the above phone numbers if changes to these plans become necessary. We’ll see you at the end of the river.

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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  1. Roger Glover says:

    Hope it will be as exciting as last year or even better. I have been a regular in this tournament not necessarily to participate but to enjoy watching and relax as the event goes on.

  2. MikeH says:

    I hope so, also. Won’t be able to attend this year, but I hope everyone has a great time, and it is certainly for a good cause!

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