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Event 2 Skeeter Border Wars June 29-July 1

For pre tournament information, please visit the Elite Redfish Series events page located here.

The Elite Redfish Tournament Series Returns to Port Arthur, TX

Orlando, FL: Today, Headturners3, LLC, producer of the professional one angler per boat redfish tournament series will make it’s return in 2017 to Port Arthur Texas and produce the 2017 Border Wars Elite Redfish Series tournament.  

The dates of this event are June 29-30 and July 1-2 and allow all anglers competing in the series to fish 2 days of head to head competition for a full state allowed creel limit of 3 live redfish per day.

At the conclusion of day 2, the top 5 anglers with the heaviest 2 day total weights will move on to fish day 3. Below are some of the informational facts of the week of events.

Elite Redfish Series Boaters Schedule:

  • Wednesday 5:30 – 7:30 PM Captain’s Dinner and Meeting. Location TBA
  • Thurs, Fri and Saturday 6:00 AM Elite anglers will launch at Ancelets Marina at 7069 Rainbow Ln, Port Arthur, TX 77642.
  • Thurs, Fri and Saturday 3:00 PM Elite anglers will weigh in at the PA Civic Center at 3401 Cultural Center Dr; Port Arthur, Texas 77642. All weigh ins are open and free to the public. 

Nederland High School Bass Fishing Team Schedule:

The Elite Redfish Series is proud to partner with the Nederland High School bass fishing team and will be weighing their fish, presenting their awards and on stage interviews Saturday on the main stage from 1:00-2:00 PM, just prior to the top 5 Elite pros hit the stage at 3:00 PM.

Elite Kayak Series Schedule:

  • Friday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Kayak Pro’s meet at the Elite Series stage.
  • Saturday and Sunday morning July 1-2 anglers meet at 4:45 for releasing of the fleet at 5:00 AM from the Civic Center parking lot.
  • Saturday and Sunday afternoon 4:00 PM Elite Kayak anglers will weigh in at the PA Civic Center at 3401 Cultural Center Dr; Port Arthur, Texas 77642. All weigh ins are open and free to the public.

This location is known for big waters, big redfish, big money and with the continuing growth in popularity we are hoping Port Arthur will turn out to watch the pros weigh in. This event will be filmed for live broadcast on TV and is sure to continue the path of making Port Arthur Texas synonymous with great outdoor fun.

17097716_1440715435999134_4387300285946593354_oComing off of a huge event at Mardi Gras 2017 SE Texas these pros not only know how to fish, but how to entertain as well. The crowds will see big fish and big personalities but they will also enjoy the stories and antics of these pros as they deliver the first hand account of their battle on the bayou when they hit the stage.

The Elite Redfish Series is a single angler per boat series, no teammates or draw partners. However, the Elite Marshal system has been a tremendous success and affords the weekend angler, enthusiast, parish, city or state official or just a fan of the outdoors to ride along with a different pro each day to see the what, when and how’s of what these pros do.

No special qualifications are needed to Marshal as long as one is in good heath, 21 years of age or older and able to handle the excitement of seeing big Louisiana redfish caught while controlling the urge to help.

Plan to join us and the fine folks from a great community June 29-30 and July 1-2 at the Civic Center in Port Arthur Texas.

We are excited to announce this event will have a special feature Saturday afternoon as well, 20 teams from the Nederland High School bass fishing team will hit the stage at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM to weigh in their fish in a separate event from the Elite Redfish Series pros.

We are excited to welcome these freshwater anglers to the Elite Redfish Series stage and hope many will come out to support them as well. 

For more information about becoming a Marshal for this event or a competitor in the series, please click this link, drop us an email at and/or join over 10,000 other Elite Nation fans on the Elite Facebook fan page

Click to view TV episodes from 2016 on the Elite Redfish Series here. 

Click to view a short video snippet of Elite Anglers being driven through Mardi Gras parade at last event.


About Port Arthur:

Aurora was an early settlement attempt near the mouth of Taylor Bayou on Sabine Lake, about 14 miles (23 km) long and 7 miles (11 km) wide. It is a saltwater estuary formed by the confluence of the Neches and Sabine rivers. Through its tidal outlet 5 miles (8 km) long, Sabine Pass, Sabine Lake drains some 50,000 square miles of Texas and Louisiana into the Gulf of Mexico.

The town was conceived in 1837, and in 1840 promoters led by Almanzon Huston were offering town lots for sale. Some were sold, but Huston’s project failed to attract many settlers. The area next was known as Sparks, after John Sparks, who moved his family to the shores of Sabine Lake near the site of Aurora. The Eastern Texas Railroad, completed between Sabine Pass and Beaumont, Texas, passed four miles west of Sparks. However, the American Civil War soon began, and rail lines were removed. In 1886, a destructive hurricane hit the coast, causing the remaining residents to dismantle their homes and move to Beaumont. By 1895, Aurora had become a ghost town.

Arthur Stilwell led the resettling of the area as part of his planned city of Port Arthur. Pleasure Island now separates the city from the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The 18.5-mile man-made island was created between 1899 and 1908 by the Corps of Engineers to support development of the port.

Arthur Stilwell founded the Port Arthur Channel and Dock Company to manage the port facilities. The port officially opened with the arrival of the British steamer Saint Oswald in 1899. (The ship would later sink in 1915, after colliding with the French battleship Suffren during World War I.)

When oil was discovered in the region, Port Arthur developed for a time as the center of the largest oil refinery network in the world.



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