The Yellowfin Elite Redfish Series Classic Kickoff pros shared Sabine Lake tips at the January Houston International Boat Show, NRG Center in Houston. The series continues as a new edition to the 25th Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas.
Port Arthur Yacht Club members also spread the word on Pleasure Island Marina, and why you may want one these recently-improved slips with floating docks. There’s a 626-foot floating concrete break wall to cut wave action, Jimmy Dike, Pleasure Island Commission director, said.
Boat “captains” from all around Texas and beyond have long docked on the island, just a few moments from the rich fishing zones of Sabine Lake and a few minutes from the excitement of the Gulf of Mexico.
“It’s about 7 miles from the marina to the open waters of the Gulf,” Dike said.
At Mardi Gras, catch live weigh ins with host Pat Malone on a professional stage from within festival grounds and be sure to catch the lead professional anglers and their decorated wrapped boats jazzing up the Saturday Majestic Krewe of Aurora Grand Parade.
This is a first as Mardi Gras celebrates “25 Years of Enchantment” in downtown Port Arthur. The tournament will be Feb. 24-26 with energy-charged weigh ins inside Mardi Gras grounds.
The Elite series draws professional anglers to Sabine Lake to catch the best of the lake’s famed redfish. Elite weigh-ins will be filmed to air on Destination America TV.
Malone brought the Elite Series to Pleasure Island in Port Arthur in April for #ChallengeontheCoast2016, when Charlie Barton of Port Lavaca earned a $50,000 prize package. The community was invited to the staging and filming area to watch anglers vie for top place and show off those huge redfish. Nashville recording artist Kevin Sport performed and sponsors set up amenity tents.
“What a great event and a fantastic time in Port Arthur. The community support for the event was phenomenal as the north east Texas coast is quickly becoming a tour and angler favorite,” Malone reported on the Elite website.
The series returned in October and then chose Port Arthur for a first-ever Elite Kayak Series Open centered at Mid-County Ram.
The Elite Series and their inclusion in the parade are some of many new attractions at this year’s 25th Anniversary Celebration.
Malone said he encourages the community to show up for weigh-ins to all Elite events with their families to keep fishing a family activity.
For more information about the Elite Series or to learn how to become an Elite angler, visit theredfishseries.com.