Catch a fish, fight cancer at Texas Trio Classic
June 2, 2010 at 1:02 a.m.
Travis Elliott loves fishing and he hates cancer.
You're probably wondering what one has to do with the other.
I wondered too, but it makes perfect sense.
Elliott and I have very little in common when it comes to fishing.
A great fisherman I'm not. The next fish I catch will be the first.
My most successful fishing experience is going to PJ's and ordering fried catfish.
My son loves to fish. He says it relaxes him. He caught a shark on a fishing trip to Port Aransas with his grandfather.
I have friends who would do nothing but fish if they could, so I understand the passion Elliott has for fishing.
When it comes to our views about cancer, Elliott and I couldn't be more alike.
I've seen cancer close up. My mother and father battled the disease and it's struck quite a few of my friends.
Elliott, Dirk Griffith and Shane Hahn grew up in Bay City and spent a lot of time fishing with their grandparents.
Nothing unusual about that. But all three of them lost a grandparent to cancer and they decided to do something about it.
They enlisted the help of Bay City fishing buddies Cliff Roberts, Rick Reed and Eric Snyder and founded the Texas Trio Classic - Fishin' for a Cure.
Elliott and his friends figured there were people like themselves who would jump at the opportunity to do something they love and support a good cause in the process.
Elliott said the tournament's name comes from Texas' three most prominent fish - the redfish, speckled trout and flounder.
The tournament is in its third year and has grown each year.
The first year attracted 19 teams and last year's tournament had 27 entires.
Elliott is hoping 35 to 40 teams take part in this year's tournament, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, in Matagorda Bay.
Boats will take off from Russell's Bait & Tackle in Matagorda.
Fishing will only be part of the activities. Along with the usual raffle and barbecue, country musician Rich O'Toole will be performing at the weigh-in.
Proceeds from the past tournaments have gone to St. Jude's Hospital in Houston for cancer research.
Elliott hopes to direct some of the proceeds from this year's tournament to cancer-fighting efforts in Bay City.
"We're doing this out of respect for our grandparents," Elliott said. "We grew up fishing many times with our grandparents. We really wanted to raise money for cancer research."
Elliott and his friends are doing their part to fight cancer and they're having a good time in the process.
If you love to fish, you're welcome to join them.
Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on this column at www.VictoriaAdvocate.com.