February 11, 2018
Dear Fishermen and Ladies,
It’s with serious regret that I am no longer running the Rayburn Oilmen’s Classic. I, along with some of the board members have discussed this and have come to this conclusion. We are shutting it down, permanently. We have striven over the years to put on a great tournament and I feel we have been successful in doing so. I know this may come as a surprise to some who may not be familiar with how we put these events on. We are one industry, “Oilfield”, be it an Operator or a Service company, as such, we are all struggling to get the sponsorship money it requires to put on a quality event. For the past several years the ROC has had a very hard time raising money to put on the tournament. It’s completely understandable giving the state of our industry these past few years simply because there is a limited amount of money available for sponsorship’s for oilfield tournaments throughout the year. Entry fees alone are not enough to sustain a tournament of this magnitude given the expenditures associated with it.
For all those who have been so faithful in fishing and supporting the tournament, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I sincerely hope you will continue to participate in the other oilfield events as they do so much for many charities and I know they appreciate your support.
Please get the word out to anyone you know who may be contemplating fishing this year and for all those who had the carryover funds from our cancelled event last year, you will be refunded all your entry fee as well as any assessment made through our website.
Out of respect for those in our industry impacted by hurricane Harvey, we have elected to cancel the Rayburn Oilmen’s Classic for 2017.
Refunds are available for those who have already paid entry fees and sponsorships. Processing fees will be forfeited. If you would like us to carry your payment forward to the 2018 ROC we will be happy to do that as well.
It is with sincere concern that we offer our best wishes to those affected. We appreciate the support our industry piers have given us in the past and look forward to a better day in 2018.
Board of Directors
Rayburn Oilmen’s Classic
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 a $750 entry fee or more to an individual tournament 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.
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
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
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