Fishing tournament to raise funds for memorial


Published September 10, 2009

On the fishing tournament scene, we have a new twist being added to the popular fundraising events.

In Dickinson, Eagle Scout candidate Abraham Kluksdahl is organizing a fishing tournament to help raise funds for his Eagle project of building a War Memorial in Dickinson. This tournament is scheduled for Sept. 19 at the Dickinson Bayou Public Boat Ramp on state Highway 3 South at Dickinson Bayou.

The community really is getting behind this event, as lots of prizes including guided fishing and duck hunting trips along with an assortment of fishing tackle are being donated by local businesses. A silent auction and a barbecue dinner are all part of the activities.

The tournament categories are for first through third place for heaviest trout, slot red, flounder and heaviest stringer.

The entry fee is $25 per person and weigh-in is from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. 

The West End Anglers Fishing Club has posted a video describing the tournament, and it can be found on the group’s Web site,

Derek Herring can be contacted for information regarding the tournament at derek.a.herring(at) 

My hat is off to Kluksdahl for taking on such an ambitious project.

On the fishing scene, the outstanding conditions continue to be with us, although thunderstorms most of Wednesday kept anglers off of the water. J.J. Cuellar did report a hook-up and release of a large sea turtle in the surf Wednesday. The clear green water continues to draw all sorts of fish close in.

Speaking of ideal conditions, Capt. Mike Williams, Tarpon Express Guide Service, called in to say conditions in Tarpon Alley do not get any better than they are now.

Williams feels now is the time to go after Moby Dick.

With the outstanding conditions prevailing during one of the best months for tarpon, the larger fish should be moving in. 

William’s definition of Moby Dick is a tarpon measuring more than 85 inches, which, according to the current regulations, can be retained with a limit of one per angler. The purpose for allowing the retention is to provide an opportunity for a new state record.

Good news comes from the beach front as Galveston Fishing Pier announced plans to rebuild.

For months, I have been trying to make contact with the new owners of the popular fishing spot, and last Monday, Jimmy McClure sent a note thanking the Reel Report for recent comments on his pier. 

I contacted McClure and asked for an update on his plans, and here is the latest.

Engineering plans are awaiting approval by the Texas General Land Office.

If approval is granted, it is hoped that construction would begin this year. The proposed plans will create a pier with roughly twice the load.

McClure owned the Gulf Coast Fishing Pier for only four months before Hurricane Ike struck.

I will be checking on the progress of the 61st Street Fishing Pier and report back when I get an update.

To get your catch in the Reel Report, phone Capt. Joe Kent at 409-683-5273, or send an e-mail to There’s no charge for this service.


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