BIG TROUT OPEN
BIG TROUT HARDWARE
BIG RED OPEN
BIG RED HARDWARE
BIG STRINGER OPEN
BIG STRINGER HARDWARE
TROUT WITH MOST SPOTS
Sieven Taylor (8 spots)
A big THANK YOU to our wonderful sponsors who made TroutBlast 2016 possible! We managed to raise over $33,000 for the PVF Roundtable Scholarship Fund. That pays for more than ONE YEAR at several of the colleges we provide scholarships for! We had an awesome turnout of over 310 fisherman, 28 sponsors, and 16 volunteers. THANK YOU!
Official Tournament Rules
1. This is a six fish stringer tournament. Each boat is allowed one stringer of three Speckled Trout, two Red Fish, and one Flounder to be weighed in for overall placing. There will be separate awards for big Trout and big Red Fish.
2. You may fish live bait Open Division or artificial bait Hardware Division.
3. Official tournament hours are from Official Sunrise to 3:00pm on tournament date.
4. Weigh in hours are 2:00pm until 3:00pm.
Permitted Fishing Areas
1. East and West Matagorda Bays to Pass Cavallo, and all adjoining waters North, East, and West.
1. Trout Blast is an invitational tournament, entry is by INVITATION ONLY. Guide entry is optional.
2. All State and Federal Penal Code laws shall apply at all times.
3. All State, Coast Guard, and Federal Fish & Wildlife Regulations shall apply at all times.
4. Contestants must have a valid fishing license on their person unless Exempt.
5. Each person in boat must abide by all tournament rules and regulations.
6. Any contestant found to be in violation of any tournament rules will be subject to disqualification from tournament and any future tournament.
7. Tournament officials have the right to refuse any entry.
8. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a guardian with written parental permission.
1. All decisions of tournament director are final.
2. All protests must be registered in writing with the tournament Director within fifteen minutes of the designated weigh in.
Weigh in, Sportsmanship and Conservation
1. Weigh in is at Matagorda harbor.
2. All fish to be entered into the tournament must be caught during official tournament hours the day of the event. (Official Sunrise 3:00pm)
3. All fish submitted for weigh in will be monitored for freshness.
4. Minimum length of fish will be per TPW Regulations. Maximum length of Red Fish will be twenty-eight inches. No tagged Red Fish!
5. Sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation are expected from all contestants.
6. All game laws of the State of Texas must be followed, any violations will be cause for immediate disqualification and any and all awards will be forfeited.
Tackle and Equipment
1. All fish must be caught by casting. Contestants may use only one rod and reel at any one time. Other rods may be in possession for substitute purposes.
No Refunds, No Exceptions! Transfers or substitutions of entry fees will be allowed.
To our 2016 Don Caffee Memorial Golf Tournament Sponsors, a big THANK YOU! With your help, we have raised over $46,000 for the PVF Roundtable Endowment Scholarship Fund!
Despite the rainy weather, we had a great turnout for this year's Don Caffee Memorial Golf Tournament.
Congratulations to all of our participants. Your contributions have made a huge impact on this year's scholarship funds!
To see pictures from this year's tournament, please click here.
The Winners for this year are as follows:
1st Place Gross Score
Bobby “Captain” Mauldin – Lockwood International
Cory “Co-Captain” Miller – Lockwood International
Ben “Ball Go Far” Sheppard – Cannon Industrial Services
Mike “The Caddy” Autrey – Lockwood International
1st Place Net Score Pecan Course
Robert Rebollar - Installoy
Blake Volmer - Installoy
Fernando Olson - HMC
Kent Taylor - Allied Industrial Sales
1st Place Net Score Cypress Course
Bernie Webber -Texas Pipe & Supply
Curtis Shelor - Dodson Global Inc.
Mike Donovan - Kurt Orban Partners
Rex Inman - Kurt Orban Partners
THE PVF ROUNDTABLE - A FABULOUS 30-YEAR HISTORY
While much has lately been written about the PVF Roundtable, with the recognized PVF Hall of Fame providing its latest addition to this proud combination of manufacturers, distributors, end users, contractors, and specifiers, etc., the amazing 30 year growth of this acknowledged networking focus is truly legendary.
Founded in 1986 by beloved, long-time industry veteran, Sid Westbrook, co-founder of Westbrook Manufacturing Company, to provide focused identity to the often overlooked pipe-valve-fittings sector, it has since become the organizational apex of those associated with this multi-billion dollar, energy-oriented industry segment.
With Sid Westbrook’s farsighted vision and drive to personalize this concept through educational sessions in Houston, Westbrook’s home base, as well as Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Chicago, Westbrook soon realized that a central location in Houston, the world’s acknowledged energy capital, would give this small, original focus the attention necessary for growth. With such success in mind, Sid generously provided the startup financial and executive leadership to get regular educational group sessions off the ground.
Although the idea of a distinct pipe-valve-fittings educational center received Westbrook's full attention, the addition of industry veteran, Don Caffee, who specialized in industry personnel placement, gave it a strong push forward by the end of the Roundtable’s first decade.
Caffee subsequently interested his former Lunkenheimer Valve boss Morris Beschloss, who had become an industry advisor and publicist, along with Gary Cartright, head of Piping & Equipment, and Sheryl Michalak who, along with her father, had founded Welding Outlets, Inc. in the late 1990's. Working together, they spread the word of this new PVF sector centrum and began to hold monthly informational sessions at Houston's Hess Club.
But with the untimely death of Don Caffee, the astute Sheryl and Piping & Equipment's Gary Cartright persuaded Beschloss to become actively involved in spreading the word throughout the industry here and abroad through his many contacts.
In fact, Sheryl, the only PVF Hall of Fame female manufacturing CEO in this growing industry, provided most of the personnel power, as well as much of her time to move the Roundtable's identity forward. This, in turn, attracted other significant industry executives to lend time, effort, and energy to make up a governing board of directors.
With founding father, Sid Westbrook's health preventing his previously intense involvement, Fluor executive, Ron Merrick, was named President, and was subsequently succeeded by Sid's son, Danny Westbrook.
But with the growing impact of the global industry's stupendous energy development of the past decade, despite the most recent "glut" setbacks, the past five years have witnessed a "Roundtable recognition" rarely duplicated by other aspects of America's diverse manufacturing sectors.
From an average monthly attendance of 60 a short 10 years ago at the Hess Club, the Roundtable has grown to four massive quarterly meetings attended by an average of 500. By networking and attracting such outstanding speakers as Jack Gerard, head of the American Petroleum Institute, John Hofmeister, former CEO of Shell Oil, and now head of Citizens for Energy, in addition to industry titan Don McNeeley, these quarter annual meetings have become the gathering place for industry activists at all levels, both from the U.S. and abroad. Not to be forgotten should be Professor Michael Economides, a published international energy economy expert, the ultimate Stanford Phd, who appeared before the assembled “Roundtable” membership several times.
In addition to awarding substantial scholarships to worthy students heading for such universities as Texas A&M, which provide industry-related programs, an annual "Don Caffee" golf outing and a "fishing soiree" in October on the part of those interested, have become regular supplemental activities.
A board of directors comprised of industry leaders, together with a new President, Joe Pro, CEO of Pennsylvania Machinery, elected by the Board, are now well organized to take this legendary organization to ever greater industry heights, keeping pace with the ever expanding global energy industry's growth.
The PVF Roundtable relies heavily on volunteers to accomplish our Mission of providing Networking events and Scholarships to promote educational opportunities in our industry. Without the many volunteers we could not attract over 400 attendees every quarter to our Networking meetings. In addition, these volunteers help us host the enormously successful Don Caffee Scholarship Golf Outing which attracts 288 golfers and the popular Trout Blast Scholarship Fishing Tournament that attracts over 300 fishers.
We need more of you to jump in and volunteer. This is a great way to meet more people from your industry. It is a rewarding experience to help the PVF Roundtable grow and succeed.
The greatest misconception we have is that you must be on the Board of Directors to volunteer. This is absolutely not the case. Feel free to contact any of our volunteers or Committee Chairs to help out. Whether you have one extra hour or a hundred hours we can use your help.
So look any of the Board Members or Volunteers at our next event or e-mail us and let us know what events you would like to help with.
Network Banquet Committee – Sheryl Michalak
Golf Tournament Committee – Bob Hunter
Trout Blast Fishing Tournament Committee – Sara Alford
Membership Committee – Ginger Restovic
Scholarship Committee – Harold Armstrong
Joseph M Pro Jr
President PVF Roundtable
We can't say thank you enough to our 2015 TroutBlast Tournament Sponsors!
With your help we have raised over $28,000 for our PVF Roundtable Endowment Scholarship Fund!
Joe Pro and Harold Armstrong were invited to the Texas A&M Donors and Scholarship Recipients Banquet last week. Shane Decker, Kyle Regitz, and Eric Santana were the 2015 recipients of the PVF Roundtable Endowment Fund Scholarships.
Joe says "These are all incredible young men that each of us would add to our staffs without hesitation. Harold and I are sure as they move forward in their careers they will never forget that the PVF Roundtable members played a role in their education. They are appreciative of the award and understand their responsibilities as recipients to make the most of their educations."
Ginger Restovic participated in a recent board meeting at Lee College, which awarded another recipient a PVF Roundtable Endowment Fund Scholarship.
These scholarships would not be possible without the continued support of our PVF Roundtable members. Your contributions are helping the next generation succeed while working to ensure a bright future for the PVF industry.