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Fishing tournament to benefit LSCPA set for Sept. 14

Lamar State College Port Arthur is holding a fundraiser that carries a purse of about $15,000.

The Sabine Showdown Fishing Tournament will be held Sept. 14 and offers anglers the opportunity to compete in three categories — heaviest redfish stringer, heaviest flounder stringer and heaviest trout stringer.

“We’re taking an approach to this tournament that allows pretty much anyone who wants to participate the opportunity to do so,” Lamar State athletic director and tournament director Scott 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.”

The payout for each category is $1,500 for first place, $1,250 for second, $1,000 for third, $500 for fourth and $250 for fifth. The purse includes side pots.

Anglers can fish in any public waters either alone or with a teammate. The tournament will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude with weigh-in from 6-8 p.m. at the Carl Parker Center.

The fee for each entry (one or two people) is $250. Each team receives two complimentary tickets to the Captain’s Dinner at the Carl Parker Center, which is at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13. The dinner includes door prizes, silent auction, side pot purchases and an open bar.

Proceeds help provide scholarships, purchase and maintain training equipment and meet other campus needs. Sponsorships and entry fees may be purchased by calling 984-6291 or by visiting lamarpa.edu/fish. Complete rules may be found at the website.

Golden Pass LNG and Motiva are sponsoring the tournament, as well as Bechtel, Trinity Industries, Valero Energy Foundation, SpawGlass, FlintHills Resources, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. and Port Arthur LNG.

“The support for this tournament has been incredible,” Street said. “The area petrochemical industry and their partners, especially, have been all-in from the time we announced our plans to host this tournament.”

I.C. Murrell: 721-2435. Twitter: @ICMurrellPANews

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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