2017 ROC News

The ROC Board of Directors continually strive to improve the Rayburn Oilmen’s Classic experience.  This event remains an oil and gas event with deep roots in the industry so we must maintain a certain level of eligibility requirements for our participants.  However, we feel there is room for more.  Now, the door has been opened for you as an oil and gas employee to team up with your trusted fishing partner, your best friend, your co-worker, your spouse, your child or grandchild.  We want to increase participation in the tournament and the amount of the donation to our supported charity, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Please review the Eligibility requirements below, find your partner, get registered, read the rules and join us in October for two days of fishing, being outdoors, great food, door prizes and networking!!

ELIGIBILITY: The Rayburn Oilmen’s Classic fishing tournament is a team tournament.  A “Team” is comprised of a Captain and a Co-Angler.  ELIGIBLE CAPTAIN: Any person whose annual income is derived from being employed in the upstream, midstream, downstream or service sectors of the oil and gas industry.  Any person now retired or laid off who was actively engaged in the upstream, midstream, downstream or service sectors of the oil and gas industry is eligible to be a CAPTAIN. ELIGIBLE CO-ANGLER: Any person chosen by the CAPTAIN, irrespective of that person’s profession, source of income, relation or age. Both CAPTAIN and CO-ANGLER must follow Texas Parks and Wildlife safe boating practices. Anyone who has paid $500 or more in individual tournament entry fees in the 12 months prior to the tournament date is not eligible to compete.  Anyone who has served as a professional guide on Sam Rayburn in the 12 months prior to the tournament date is not eligible to compete.  Participants must have a valid Texas fishing license. All entries will be reviewed by the President and/or Tournament Director and eligibility will be determined at that time. Their ruling will be final.

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I feel truly blessed to be associated with such a great group of people and in an industry that allows us to participate in events like this. Again, your generosity and participation absolutely leaves me speechless. I was hoping for at least 120 teams this year but as you know, we had a 172 and I give all the glory to the LORD for making it the success it was again this year.

I want to thank all our sponsors for their generosity and dedication to the ROC this year. I know times are hard for these companies and that makes it all the more special, because without them, we wouldn’t have a tournament.

KAT EXCAVATION AND CONSTRUCTION for supplying and cooking our special meal for Thursday’s registration. Kerry, Belinda and their crew did another outstanding job this year. They not only furnished the great meal (Frog Legs, Boudain and Sausage) they also stepped up with door prizes and ditty bags items we so desperately needed this year. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!
PHOENIX BOATS, GARY CLOUSE AND THE ENTIRE TEAM AT PHOENIX. Once again Gary came through with another beautiful boat for our Grand Prize. Its companies like this and people like this that make our tournament special. They have a quality product and they stand behind their product 100%. I know because I own one and I wouldn’t run anything else but a Phoenix Boat. I am completely serious when I say that I don’t think you will find a better quality boat or a better group of people than the folks at Phoenix Boats.
JASPER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE JASPER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT as a major sponsor again this year. We sincerely appreciate what they do for us!
NEW TECH GLOBAL (NTG) for their tremendous support again this year for the ROC. They once again sponsored the Big Bass pot by selling chances and they also raffled off another 65 Qt. Yeti cooler and both items raised a lot of money for our event. Thanks goes out to the management of NTG and a personal thanks to Craig Gary, his co-workers and to Clark Rheem for all their hard work a sacrifice. Clark once again worked his tail off on our weigh in and we couldn’t thank him enough. He’s a special young man, one heck of a Pro Bass Angler and a super guide, so please keep Clark in mind the next time you need a guide on any local lake.
CONTINENTAL PRODUCTION SERVICES, INC., for furnishing our big tent and for the golf carts used for transporting our fishermen up the hill with all those fish. Thank you Craig Corbell and Harry Dearing for your support again this year.
TRI-LAKES TACKLE out of Lufkin, TX for sponsoring the caps this year.  An outstanding job and a special thank you to Hunter Johnson for your support.
TANMAR COMMUNICATIONS for furnishing our satellite system, internet, along with the projectors and screens for our sponsor display. THANK YOU!!!
OILSTATES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION for cooking Friday night. Wendell LeBlanc and his crew did an outstanding job cooking and serving all this food. They cooked and served over 300 pounds of chicken and beef fajitas with all the trimmings. It was tremendous and by all the positive feedback I received, the best meal that’s been served at any oilfield fishing tournament. Please folks, help us get these people back next year.
SUPERIOR TROLLLING MOTOR SALES AND REPAIR. Thank you again Keith for your support and for keeping our guys fishing. Also a special shout out to Arthur Harrington who helps Keith while he is at the tournaments. Thank you for your support Arthur.
CHESTER AND GALE HUVAL, SUZZETTE AND RONNIE DOMINGUE AND HUEY BOUDLOUCHE for their continued support to our tournament. These folks work behind the scenes to make this tournament the success it is today. They all have a special place in my heart!
There are so many people I need to recognize for their dedication and support that it would take me month to thank them all. To name just a few and please don’t feel slighted because I may have left you out. It is certainly not my intention to overlook anyone. All my friends from the Black Forest area of Sam Rayburn. Joe, Lonnie, Mary Katherine, Lester, Gary…the list goes on. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND HARD WORK!
Trina Hinote, Sonya Parks, and Myra Stansill for working the sales tables and for greeting our teams.
Thanks again to the 2016 Board of Directors for your dedication and hard work. We just couldn’t do it without you.

Congratulations to our 2016 tournament winners:
1st Place Team – Donnie Bates & Jason Garner          46.76 lbs
2nd Place Team – Michael Soliz & Jason Burt              46.26 lbs
3rd Place Team – Gary Moore & George Herr              43.92 lbs
Big Bass Winner – James Sweeten                                9.28 lbs

Boat Winner – Jason Burt with Unit Petroleum
Fully rigged Phoenix 618 with 150 HP Mercury, Two Lowrance HDS 5 Sonar Units and a Minn Kota Trolling Motor.
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Dates for the 2017 ROC

The dates have been set for the 2017 Rayburn Oilmen’s Classic.

Registration:  Thursday October 12th – Noon to 7 pm
Tournament Day 1:  Friday October 13th
Tournament Day 2:  Saturday October 14th

Championship Rings

How would these look in your trophy case?  Championship rings will go to the winning team at the 2016 ROC!  Sponsored by Charlie & Sonya Parks.roc-rings-2016

Bass Buster Inn Drops the 4-Day Minimum

Charlie Parks confirmed that Bass Buster Inn, now Rayburn Inn, has dropped the 4 day minimum stay requirement.  You will only be charged for the nights you stay there.  Rayburn Inn’s new management is also in the process of renovating all the rooms.  Half of them should be completed by ROC tournament time.

2017 Board of Directors
Belinda & Kerry Trest, Glenda Alexander, Joseph Buckner, Donnie Moore, Mike Roper, Huey Boudloche, Craig Gary, Teresa Biscamp, Glenn Smith, Suzette Domingue, Cody Sirmons, Katie Sirmons, Brent Stafford, Chester Huval, Trina Hinote, Charlie Parks, and Sonya Parks