It's time for the Dr. Bill Shelton Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure!

Posted by Paige Stewart - email

LUFKIN, TEXAS (February 3, 2010)…Start practicing your cast, it's time for the 17th Annual Dr. Bill Shelton's Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure on Lake Sam Rayburn.  This year's tournament will be held Saturday, May 1 at Cassels-Boykin Park.  All tournament proceeds benefit indigent cancer patients at the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center.

Fishermen and women can start looking for registration forms in March.  Registration forms will be available online at www.memorialhealth.org as well as at Memorial Health System of East Texas, the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center or by calling Lindsey Mott at 936-639-7613.  Fishermen also can register at Cassels-Boykin from Noon to 8 p.m., Friday, April 30, and 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. the morning of the tournament.  The entry fee is $200 per team, one or two-person teams.  There is a three-fish limit with culling allowed.  Weigh in for all fishermen will start at Noon and end promptly at 3 p.m. at Cassels-Boykin Park, Saturday, May 1.

The fishing tournament began in 1993 by the late Dr. Bill Shelton, a former Lufkin Radiation Oncologist.  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.

In addition to the tournament, children are invited to participate in Dr. Bill Shelton's Totally Awesome Kid Fish.  This fishing adventure will take place off the bank at Cassels-Boykin Park.  There are two age categories, 5-9 years of age and 10-12 years of age.  Entry fee for the Kid Fish is $10 per person and all children can register Saturday, May 1.  The kids in each division are eligible to place in one of three categories:  biggest fish, biggest stringer, and most fish caught.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and they must wear a life jacket at all times.


For a list of rules and regulations, visit the Memorial Health System of East Texas website at www.memorialhealth.org.  For any questions or concerns, please call Lindsey Mott at (936) 639-7613.

Cutline:  The 17th Annual Dr. Bill Shelton's Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure will be held Saturday, May 1 at Cassels-Boykin Park on Lake Sam Rayburn.  Registration forms will soon be available online at www.memorialhealth.org or by calling Lindsey Mott at 936-639-7613.  All tournament proceeds benefit indigent cancer patients at the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center.  Pictured Brad Stringer proudly displays his winning catch at the 2009 Dr. Bill Shelton's Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure.