Texas Deer Association members and friends took a break from tending to deer and deer habitat and went fishing on June 8 at the Brush to Bay Tournament, held out of Bluff’s Landing in Corpus Christi.
The ceremonies and Calcutta began — and were interrupted — on Friday night when a brief thunderstorm sent the registrants running for cover. Conditions improved for Saturday’s fishing, though, except for some teams that ran far south and found some fish but also some more storms.
The fishing prizes were excellent — the anticipated prize was a new Majek boat, motor and trailer given as a prize to one lucky entrant. After a stressful elimination process to get to the final five, the winner was announced — the team including Capt. Tom Perilloux and Clint Kacal of El Campo.
“We won the Guided Redfish Division, too,” Perilloux said. “It was a good day.”
Mike Wood’s team didn’t win the boat, and they missed the weigh-in by eight minutes.
“We got a speeding ticket on the drive from where we launched to the weigh-in,” he said.
Jimmy Burns, owner of Waterloo Rods, had a big day, placing in three categories, winning the Unguided Trout Stringer, finishing second in the Unguided Redfish Stringer, and he caught the biggest Oversized Trout.
“We fished at the Land Cut,” Burns said. “A few storms came through but it wasn’t too bad.”
Burns’ trout weighed 8 pounds and was 30 1/8-inches in length.
“And the Calcutta was real good,” he said.
Guided — Trout Stringer
1st – Eddie Aguilar
2nd– Laren Tipps
3rd– Dwain Bankston
Unguided — Trout Stringer
1st – James Burns
2nd– Stacy Wyatt
3rd– Leo Martinez
Guided — Red Stringer
1st – Clint Kacal
Unguided — Red Stringer
1st -Paul Swoyer
3rd– Kevin Dziuk
Oversized Trout-James Burns
Oversized Red-Lauren Tipps
Black Drum-Jason Skinner