While Mother Nature was less than hospitable Saturday morning, she
failed to dampen the enthusiasm and participation in the 7^th annual
Chenier Wounded Warrior Tournament.A total of 82 entrants including 25
Wounded Warriors took their chances with the iffy weather and pulled off
yet another very successful event.

The Wounded Warriors that fished the tournament did more than just
compete as six of them cashed checks by placing in the twenty-one paid
out places.Several others cashed $50 checks for finishing the highest of
any Warrior not finishing in the top three in each category.

Not surprisingly, only three trout were weighed in, but that didn’t slow
down the show.Steve Simmons reported that a large number of area anglers
were on hand to provide boats and fishing gear for every Wounded Warrior
that wanted to fish.As a matter of fact, seven of the nine entries in
the Kayak division were Wounded Warriors!

Once again the redfish division proved the toughest to win with Mike
Garner nudging out 13 year old Anthony Trahan by .04 ounces to win first
place.Trahan, however, took both second and third place honors.

Corey Badon won both the trout and sheepshead divisions, Ernest Ramirez
won the flounder division, Andrew Steel took home the check for heaviest
croaker and Josh Tischaefer won the Kayak division.Simmons was very
pleased with the turnout and added that once again they raised a lot of
money in support of the Wounded Warriors organization.

My bad, but good news for folks bemoaning the thought that they had to
miss the S.A.L.T. Club’s Kid’s tournament.You are in luck.I had my dates
wrong and it will take place as scheduled, this Saturday. No entry fee,
weigh-in at 11:00, hot dogs and drinks provided and one of the lucky
youngsters will win a Lifetime Fishing License in a random drawing.

The winners will take home cash and rod and reels in three different age
divisions.You don’t need a boat and you can fish anywhere you wish as
long as you are back at the weigh-in by 11:00. For more information you
can call Outcast Tackle at 409-960-6686.

There may well be no other benefit event more important for area
residents than the 1^st Annual “Gear for Game Wardens” Dinner and
Auction to be held at Courville’s in Beaumont at 6:00 p.m. October 17^th
. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25.

Monies raised via the dinner and auction will be donated exclusively to
improve the rescue capabilities of Game Wardens in this region.While
they are better known for their efforts in enforcing game laws and
promoting conservation, they also are equally quick to answer the call
when natural disasters occur.

While their numbers and demands are stretched to the limit, easily their
number one need to make them even more efficient in life saving
situations is additional upgraded and state of the art high tech
equipment. Life-saving gear ranging from search and rescue drones to
diving gear and better communication systems are sorely needed.

You don’t have to be an outdoorsman to benefit from the tasks they
address on a daily basis.It may very well be a Game Warden that rescues
you or a loved when no one else can!

Thus the reason every resident in the area is encouraged to show up and
support their efforts.The food at Courvilles is always good and the
auction will be loaded with some super items.

Courville’s is located on the corner of 1744 Rose Ln. and hwy. 90 just
west of Beaumont.For more information you can call Rich Courville at
860-9811.

Extremely high tides did little to help local anglers fishing Sabine
Lake or the river last weekend.The water was already high in area
marshes with more pouring in from the Gulf.

Redfish provided most of the action, but the flounder bite continues to
slowly improve.Not only have the numbers been better, but the size as
well.Johnny Gregory caught two flatfish over five pounds Sunday
afternoon on a half-ounce Rat-L-Trap.

“I was trying to catch redfish,” said Gregory and I thought I had hung
up when both fish hit.”That’s not my first choice of lures when fishing
for flounder, but I’m not catching five pound fish either!