Annual “Texas Slam” Saltwater Fishing Tournament

Annual “Texas Slam” Saltwater Fishing Tournament

AM Club 4The local Texas A&M Club has been putting on its annual fishing tournament for 17 years now, watching it grow into the large event it is today. The event is a fundraiser of the local Texas A&M Club. According to Tom Natho , the founder and organizer, this year’s tournament had over 55 teams. The Texas Slam Tournament and was founded to generate scholarships for A&M students.  IMG_0154 (2) (Small)The annual event garners a lot of enthusiasm because it is large enough to be relevant for amateurs, yet small enough not to attract the pros. The winners of the Texas Slam this year for the $350 prize was Michael Sommers and Mike Feso with a total of 12.38 lbs. of Trout, Redfish and Flounder. The biggest Redfish at 7.22 lbs. for the $250 prize went to Steven Leverett. The biggest Speckled Trout at 5.73 lbs. for a $250 prize went to Bubba Daniels. Last but not least, the biggest Flounder at 2.70 lbs. for the $250 prize was John Darling. The rest of the winning anglers can be seen at the end of this blog.

The tournament is held at the Pleasure Island S.A.L.T. Clubhouse. The contest is made up of 2 person teams, with a registration cost of $50 a person. There are also plenty of cash prizes given by sponsors for the largest trout, largest redfish and largest flounder. No offshore fish is allowed in the tournament. Anglers weigh in AM Club Prizes (Small)between 12:30-2:30, at the clubhouse. There are also rewards for catching a tagged fish. A new prize this year, honoring the traditional Aggies 12th man, was available for the angler who catches a redfish with exactly 12 spots on it. Neck Prewitt actually won the $150 prize for catching the Redfish with the most spots on it this year.

This tournaments successful proceeds are combined with the club’s golf tournament toAM Club 5 (Small) pave the way for aspiring Texas A&M students. The whole community is invited to help, whether an A&M alum or not. This last spring the club was able to contribute $30,000 towards scholarships. They are very proud to now be able to offer annual $2500 scholarships for 4-year students. Next year’s tournament will be the 3rd Saturday in August so mark it on your calendars.

AM Club 3 (Small) The Team Trophies went to Steven Leverett and Dwayne Leverett for 27.40 lbs. of Redfish. Also, Michael Feso and Mike Sommers for 58.73 lbs. of Speckled Trout and Justin Frederick and Wayne Chadwick for 11.06 lbs. of Flounder. The winner of the Ladies team was Rose Barrnet and Phillis Sommers with 58.15 lbs. The winner of the most Crabs with 5.60 lbs. was Whitney Radley and Hannah Radley.