The waters in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana are going to be filled with money this September as the Lamar State College Port Arthur Sabine Showdown Fishing Tournament gets underway.
The tournament, sponsored by Golden Pass LNG and Motiva, will feature $15,000 in payouts in three categories: heaviest redfish stringer, heaviest flounder stringer, and heaviest trout stringer.
"The support for this tournament has been incredible," said Scott Street, LSCPA Director of Athletics and tournament director. "The area petrochemical industry and their partners, especially, have been all-in from the time we announced our plans to host this tournament."
The event will take place September 14 starting at 7 a.m. with weigh-in from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carl Parker Multipurpose Center on the campus of Lamar State College Port Arthur, 1800 Lakeshore Drive, Port Arthur.
Proceeds from the tournament will be used to provide scholarships, purchase and maintain training equipment, and other campus needs at LSCPA.
Anglers can fish in any public waters in teams of one or two people. Entry is open until September 6 at 5 p.m. online at www.lamarpa.edu/fish.
"We're taking an approach to this tournament that allows pretty much anyone who wants to participate the opportunity to do so," Street said. "You can wade fish, fish from the bank, or go out in a boat to catch the winning stringer. And the prize money is really enticing."
Payout for each of the three stringer categories is $1,500 for first place, $1,250 for second, $1,000 for third, $500 for fourth and $250 for fifth place. Adding side pots, the total payout is about $15,000.
Sponsorships for the tournament are still available at varying levels with individual team entries open at $250 each. Each team receives two complimentary tickets to the Friday, September 13, Captain's Dinner, which will also be held at the Carl Parker Center starting at 5:30 p.m. During that time, there will be door prizes, a silent auction, side pot purchases and an open bar.
Other sponsors for the event include Bechtel, Trinity Industries, Valero Energy Foundation, SpawGlass, Flint Hills Resources, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, and Port Arthur LNG.
Sponsorships or individual team entries, as well as additional Captain's Dinner tickets, can be purchased by calling 409-984-6291 or by visiting the tournament website at www.lamarpa.edu/fish. Complete rules are also available at the tournament website.