I pray that I may live to fish
Until my dying day.
And when it comes to my
last cast, I then most
humbly pray: When in the
Lord's great landing net
And peacefully asleep
That in His mercy
I be judged
Big enough to keep.
|There's another memorial tournament for Johnny in Rockport, Texas...a gar tournament. Gar fishing was one of Johnny's favorite things to do...so in 2011 the Tournament
Director, Albert Mills decided to re-name it the John Uhr Memorial Gar Angler Round-Up.
|Capt. John Uhr
|Capt. John Uhr II of Rockport, Texas
passed away Thursday, December 30,
2010. He was born in El Paso, Texas on Jan
2, 1962 and developed a love for the
outdoors the minute he met it.
|He was known to many as "Little John",
"Johnny Bastante", "Johnny Longhorn", "Hot
Johnny" and...well...with countless friends
around the world...there are most likely
more names not listed here.
His humorous personality and love for life
lead him in to the hearts of just about
anybody that ever met him.
|He was just a few days shy of 49 years on
this earth when he passed and often spoke
of what a wonderful life he'd had. He was
happy fishing and hunting, so that's exactly
what he did his entire life.
|He was most well known for his passion
for sportfishing. He began chasing
marlin around the world at a very early
age and competed in countless national
and international tournaments for most
of his life. He was recognized as one of
the top-ranking professional boat
captains in the world throughout the
Among the list of boats he captained are
"La Cosa Real", "Bastante",
"Chupacabra" and most recently,
Along with many tournament wins and
other great fishing accomplishments, he
was also inducted to the Texas Maritime
Museum's Wall of Fame. He could catch
just about anything that swam, whether it
be a speckled trout in the bays of his
hometown of Rockport, Texas or a giant
marlin in seas far and wide.
His very first offshore boat was called
the "Bastante" and friends he grew up
with quickly nicknamed him "Johnny
Bastante"...which is why the John Uhr
Memorial Billfish tournament was
promptly named Bastante.
Bastante is the Spanish word for "a
lot"...or "more than enough"...so we
made sure the Bastante Tournament is
just that...in honor of Capt. Johnny.
|When he wasn't fishing, he was hunting. He grew up spending his
time away from boats at his family ranch in Beeville, Texas and also
traveled the world enjoying as much time in the woods as he could
before returning to the high seas in search of the "big one" year after
year. His wife, Cindy shared the same love and passion for the
outdoors and was often by his side on his many adventures.
|He was considered a "living legend" by some and countless stories shared by family and friends will surely be handed down
through many generations.He was truly"the outdoorsman's outdoorsman"and lived his lifedoing what he loved.
John was preceded in death by mother, Mary Clare, Stepmother, Patricia and brother, Bill. He is survived by his wife,
Cindy and their son, Jackson of Rockport; his father John Uhr (Nelda), brother Mark Uhr (Ann) of Rockport; Nephews
Marshall, Carson, Hunter Uhr and Niece Lauren;
Mother and Father-in-Law Audrey and Bob Brunelle of Windsor, Canada.
|He was definitely "one of a kind" and
will live on in the hearts of so many
who knew and loved him forever.
|Many more photos of Capt. Johnny can be found in
photo albums on Bastante's Facebook Page
|by Robert Arrington