Tommy & Pam Busbee
4716 Tamarack Dr
May, Texas 76857
325-647-4116 or 325-217-8522
Please share this with your couples so they too can benefit from our trip. I know this is a little early and I will do a Championship Packet after the tournaments are finished, and we know who qualified.
Tommy and I made a trip to The Red River, Bossier City and we want to share some of the things we looked at and info we collected. It was fairly easy to get there; if we can do it ANYONE CAN DO IT!! I-20 to Exit 20C take Hwy 71 to the right and the marina turn off is about 10 miles down Hwy 71.There are all of your business needs up and down on Hwy 71—Brookshires, Kroger for groceries. Chicken E Zaxby’s Chicken, Taco Bell, Sam’s Seafood diner. Sonic, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut. CVS pharmacy for medical needs. Taste of China and African Hair Braiding if you feel the need for a NEW DO???
The Red River South Marina is all booked for the week and weekend of Oct 2, 3, and 4, 2015. Barbara will call if something comes open and we can let our couples know. They have public restrooms next to the pavilion and a public laundry next to the restrooms if you should need them. There is a $3.00 ramp fee and at the banquet she will offer a 2-day fee of $5.00and she will collect that at the banquet. They open at 6am but Sat/Sun they will open at 5am.
These are the Director Rooms that I know about: these directors will be helping with to make this Championship one of the best ever so be sure and Thank them when you see them.
Tommy/Pam Busbee Cabin 17 Red River Marina South
Tommie/Candra Deese Cabin 13 RRMS
Dalton/Carrie Cooley Cabin 16 RRMS
Jimmy/Chris Erwin Cabin 20 RRMS
Travis/Pat McCollough Cabin 21 RRMS
Butch/Cindy Scheppler Trailer 3 RRMS
The Banquet will be at the Red River South Marina under a large tent, with sidewalls for some protection, but it may be cool—rainy—or windy, in the parking lot, so be prepared. This is somewhat different from our normal banquet but the Sports Commission and Kelly Wells are really very good at what they do and express their belief that we will be more than satisfied with the set-up.
Launch and weigh in will be at The Red River Marina and they have a very large parking lot and will be able to hold every one there. We will call boat numbers from one of the walkways and live well checks will be at the ramp before you launch. We will have someone at the top of the road to direct you to the side you will launch from ( 4 lanes available). We have also decided to have a 12” minimum for the tournament. Be sure to pass this along to the couples.
There is a Louisiana Fishing License required and the marina suggests that you get the daily $5.00 permit before you get to the marina. Louisiana Wal-Mart’s, Academy and online is suggested to get them. The Relax Inn is 8 miles from marina at 3206 Hwy 71, the owner said you can park on the grass and stay hooked up to your boat if you want to. They are very accommodating and if you don’t have reservations yet, you better call. 318-746-0885 with room rates at $55.
Barksdale Air Force Base is on Hwy 71 also if you have any contacts to stay there. The base is 6 miles from marina on Hwy 71.
The Travel Lodge is off Hwy 71 at the Diamond Jacks Casino exit, about 13 miles from marina. Just after the red light on your right is the Hotel. Room rates are $68.99 plus tax per night. I do have some other names and phone numbers of different hotel motel sites, but most have limited parking and not boat friendly.
We found a great place for the RV couples. It is at Diamond Jacks Casino, just before you get to the covered parking turn left and it goes into the RV sites. $25 Sunday thru Thursday and $30 Friday and Saturday. Very safe and secure. I have a map of the 31 RV sites if you need it call me?? The RV Park number is 318-678-7661. They only had a few in the park when we were there, but I would not wait too long to make a reservation.
Yhe Red River Marina is on Hwy 71, and at the corner where you turn into the road leading to the marina is a Handi Mart. They have gas, liquor, etc. also a good place to eat called Murrell’s. We ate there several times and they seem to be excited for us to come.
We visited 3 of the 6 Casino’s, no we did not win!! Boomtown, Diamond Jack’s is at the same turnoff and Bass Pro Shops and Margaretville is just down to the next exit. We hope this helps getting you some info. We had a great time and the folks are very accommodating and friendly. Directors please encourage your couples to make arrangements to go to the Championship we will have a time of our lives.
Thanks for all of the support,
Tommy & Pam Busbee
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