Women Come From All Over for Galveston Tournament at Pelican Rest Marina
By Sunnie Byerly
Ladies from as far as Canada, New Jersey, but mostly from Texas, representing 38 teams, came together Sept. 27-28, to compete in the Redfish Rodeo fishing tournament. Except this time, the Bay Area gets to reap the benefits as the rodeo has relocated from the coast of South Padre Island to Galveston.
This year it docked at Pelican Rest Marina, at 7819 Broadway in Galveston. The operating marina includes fuel docks, private pool, individual storage bodegas, private condos, an upscale steakhouse all paired with an island ambience of palm trees, oleanders and other tropical plants and so much more. Director Gina Nesloney, who calls it her baby, is behind this twice-a-year event and has been since she started it in 1995.
This year the Redfish Rodeo directors and committee members decided for the second year in a row that local charity and non-profit organizations should reap the benefits once again. First, second and third place winners get to select a charity of choice for a donation from Lloyd Hebert with Hebert Financial Services (3417 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 936-441-3011). Lloyd Hebert is the Presenting Title Sponsor this year as he was last year. This year he is donating $3,000 to first place, $2,000 to second place and $1,000 to third place. Each winning team gets to choose which charitable organization Lloyd will make the donations to.
After two full days of fishing, these ladies reeled ‘em in: Julia Braun with The Reel Squealers Team 13, brought home the largest red fish of the tournament weighing in at 10.02 lbs. Third place winners, The Reelin’ and Chillin’ WYOTEX Anglers Team 34, Terry Thomas, Brandi McCubbin, Barbara Young and Lucinda Gayle, selected Goliad Educational Foundation for their charity.
Second place winners, Fishn’ Chicks Team 27, Lisa Morton, Danielle Bourgeois, Ruth Mallon and Martha Ceballos, had a total weigh in at 43.19 lbs. Their charitable donation went to Women of Wisdom and Strength.
First place winners were Team 15, Team Pucker, Georgianna Fox, Denee Ludeke, Natalie Flory, Vanessa Flory and fishing guide, Ralph Frazier, won with a total weigh in at 44.25 lbs., and chose the SPCA for their charity.
For more information about the Redfish Rodeo fishing tournament, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website, www.rrtournaments.com. For more information about Hebert Financial Services, Lloyd Hebert can be reached at 936-441-3011 or visit the website, www.HebertFinancial.com.
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