Jerry Valentine, Corpus Fisherman and Legendary USA Casting Champion

 Jerry ValentineJerry started fishing off Bob Hall Pier and then moved to the Houston area in the early 70’s. It was here that he became one of the legendary Texas casters that dominated Sportcast USA during the 80’s and 90’s and became a USA National Casting Champion.

When you mentioned the name Jerry Valentine around any casting group during an event he was attending, everyone would be waiting for that great Texas “Yeeeeeeeeeha,” as Jerry would unload one of his tournament-winning casts. The “Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeha” would only ever come at the end of a cast where Jerry had given his all and would be an indication that the rest of the field could be in trouble.

Jerry Valentine has been a wonderful ambassador for USA Casting, traveling the world and demonstrating the unity and friendship that has made this sport so very important to him. Jerry, with the support of his family and lovely wife Debbie, has been in a major battle with cancer for the last two years. I would like all the fishing community and casters to get behind them with a show of support.

Whatever the conclusion of the battle Jerry, know that we all love and care for you, and we wait for the inevitable “Yeeeeeeeeeeeha.” We hope this support will give you comfort.

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Respectfully Nick Meyer aka. Nickaway

Raffle Prizes and Winners

  • Bill Smith – Ryan White Haters Jack $500 gift certificate towards custom rod of choice.
  • Skipper Kruger – Jack Fish Painting by Nick Meyer
  • Jeffrey P Walker – Complete set of Spoon’r Lures, one of each
  • Clyde Reams – Peter Thain Powertex 12″8′ Blank
  • Don Schunk – Steve Austin Florida Surfcasters AFAW Estuary Blank
  • Dan – Tommy Farmer Carolina Cast Pro Cast Pro 12″ spinning rod
  • Y A GUN – Charles Portalupi Executive Foriign Cars Zziplex Hi Flex M427
  • Charles Portalupi – Claus Raetzer donated Ultra Mag 3 with Benfield Conversion
  • Colt & Rodney Davis – Tom Burnes Dublin Zziplex Profile Rod

I have done a painting that we are raffling off to help support the Valentine family.

David Webb of Spoon’R Lures has donated one of each Spoon’R models as prizes, Spoon’r Fat Mama, Spoon’r Surface Mama, and Spoon’r Outcast. Spoon’r lures are available at most coastal tackle shops and we have the full range in stock. Soon David will have his own website.

Peter Thain (, UK and World Record holder in casting, has wonderfully donated a Powertex 12’8 Bass Blank for the Jerry Valentine raffle. The blank has a list price of $316 or £200. Peter will arrange delivery with the winner.

Steve Austin of Any Fish Any Where USA and the Florida Surcasters Club, will be donating an 11′ AFAW Estuary Blank and will also pay the shipping to winner’s address.

Tommy Farmer of Carolina Cast Pro has donated a Cast Pro Series 12′, 3 – 7oz spinning or casting rod. We will ship directly to raffle winner.

Charles Portaluppi from Executive Foreign Cars in Woodbridge, VA. has donated a Zziplex Hi Flex M427 new blank in the bag and will also cover the shipping to the winner of this fine prize.

Claus Raetzer has donated a Ultra Mag 2 fully converted casting reel in the original box. This is a fine example of this reel in very good condition. The reel has a Benfield Conversion and is in the original box.

Tom Burnes from Dublin Ireland has donated this wonderful Zziplex Profile rod towards the Jerry Valentine raffle.

Ryan White of Hatteras Jacks North Carolina one of the premier rod builders in the USA has offered to support the Jerry Valentine Support Raffle with a donation of a $500.00 gift certificate towards a custom rod of your choice.

Shore Fishing and Casting Club (SFCCI), the Texas based casting club has come forward with a wonderful donation towards the Jerry Valentine Support Group of $1135.00.

This is a wonderful donation and on behalf of Jerry and Debbie I would like to thank you. Your the best and I am very pleased to consider you friends and fellow casters.



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