a list of club members and guests that have won some of the club's annual friendly competitions and club members that have been recognised for their fishing skills or contributions to the club
The club sponsors a number of friendly competitions during the year. Here is the background to a couple of the competitions:
The Inaugural Redfish Rodeo was the brain child of twelve local fly fishers. It was held in 1986 in Port O'Connor, Texas. The prize was only for the longest redfish, but it is understood that there might have been a side bet or two. Being catch and release, there had to be some honesty check and that's what brought about the two person team concept. The partners were not true partners. Each fished to win the prize and could not help the other. The next year it was held in Rockport.
In 1988, the Gulf Coast Conservation Association started a fly fishing tournament in Port O'Connor. Since all twelve founders of the Redfish Rodeo were GCCA members, they opted to drop their tournament and support the GCCA. All the GCCA tournaments were held in Port O'Connor, which continued until 1995. In 1995, the Texas Fly Fishers ran the tournament for GCCA, using their name. The next year GCCA informed TFF they could not use the GCCA name, but could use it as a benefactor.
So in beginning in 1996, the Texas Fly Fishers renamed the tournament after the original Redfish Rodeo. The event is moved back and forth between Port O'Connor and Rockport. Our format is simple. Charge enough to cover the meals, rent, and door prizes, and hold a raffle to generate a donation to the CCA. Our primary purpose is to educate the public about catch and release.
In April of 2009 the Sunfish Spectacular was renamed the John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular to recognise John's efforts to make the Spectacular one of the clubs most attended fishing events. John took the opportunity to provide some background to the event. This is what he said:
The Sunfish Spectacular was copied from the Austin Angler's Perch Off. The Perch Off was the brainchild of Robert McCurdy, owner of the Austin Angler, and as many will remember he was a tough cookie. He won the first annual Perch Off and any others that he wanted to win. He wouldn't allow anyone in the room when he weighed the fish and didn't mind fishing right through an area that others were working. In 1985 John decided that the Texas FlyFishers should have a similar opportunity for lots of gamesmanship and maybe,or better still, a little plain old cheating.
John ran the event for the club for many years and tried a number of things to make it more sporting. One year he decided not to announce the location. You had to ask someone who knew where it was going to be held. As John was the only one that knew, a few of the more clever club members actually asked him and the word got around. A few "slow witted" members never asked and complained that they were denied an opportunity to compete that year.
One year John announced that as bass were sunfish participants should make sure they had the right kind of files for catching bass. A surprising number of members took the bait and showed up with bass flies only. Of course, in keeping with the spirit of the gamesmanship, John announced on the day of the event that bass would not be considered legal entries. Members weren't very happy with John for the switch at the last minute but really gave him a hard time when he announced that, once again, he was the winner.
According to John there was only one call for his removal as Weighmaster. That came when John declared the Sunfish Spectacular officially over about two hours early to protect his grandson Bobby's lead. John Beck who caught a larger fish 3 minutes after the contrived end never forgave John.
John's coaching for future weighmasters was that a great weighmaster who is not happy with the outcome of the event can add some intellectual questions as a condition of winning. One good question that John posed for future weighmaster use was "who tied the first Rat Faced McDougal fly".