March 11 Redfish Lodge and Moondog Seaside Eatery played host to the Chuck Scates Benefit Tournament. This event was held to raise money for former Redfish Lodge manager and current guide Chuck Scates, who lost his entire 2005 fishing season due to a battle with throat cancer, a battle that he thankfully seems to have won. The event was originally scheduled for last September, but a lady named Rita prompted the rescheduling. It consisted of a fishing tournament, barbecue, raffle, live auction, and silent auction. Lots of people, many of whom were Redfish Lodge guests, helped tremendously by fishing in the tournament, donating items, money, or services, or by volunteering to help out. Thank you to all those who participated. Your generosity was greatly appreciated.
The tournament itself was a big success, despite winds gusting in excess of 40mph. Twenty-three teams hit the water at sunrise on the 11th, 17 of which fished in the guided division and six that were unguided. The goal was to catch and release the most legal size reds and trout, record them on a score sheet, and “weigh in” a total number of inches. Prizes were given to the winners of each division, as well as largest red and largest trout of the tournament. Law Rogers and Wayne Snow of Houston took first place in the guided division with a total of 160.75 inches of released fish. They were guided by Redfish Lodge’s own Cupe Adams. First place in the unguided division went to Bryan and Ronnie LeVrier of San Antonio with 20 inches. Big trout was a 24-incher caught by Bill Lockett of San Antonio with guide Duane Flowers of Redfish Lodge. The winning red was a 28-incher caught by Jimmy Babbitt of Houston while fishing with guide Rhett Price. All winners received rods and guided fishing trips that were donated by local guides. Thanks to all the guides that participated and donated trips.
The auction and raffle were very well attended, with a crowd in excess of 150 people. Among the auction items were beautiful pieces of artwork, guided fishing and hunting trips, gift certificates to local restaurants and hotels, jewelry, fishing tackle, and much more. The big raffle of the night, a Hewes Tailfisher with a Yamaha motor and trailer donated by Maverick Boats and Ronnie’s Marine, was won by Victor Pena of Houston. The generosity of the people in attendance and of all those who participated and donated made the event a big success, and Chuck’s medical expenses are now paid. For a complete list of sponsors, donors, and tournament winners, please visit www.chuckscatesbenefit.com.