The 78th Annual Texas International Fishing Tournament

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - If you are looking for some fishing competition or just want to see some beautiful boats and fascinating marine species, then the Texas International Fishing Tournament is the place to be. Richard Moore will be the weighmaster.

The largest single event saltwater fishing tournament in the state of Texas begins on South Padre Island and Port Isabel.
 
As many as 1,500 anglers are expected to participate in the 78th annual Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) which runs August 2nd through August 6th.
 
Much has changed since J.A. “Doc” Hockaday founded the tournament 78 years ago. Originally billed as the Rio Grande Valley Fishing Rodeo, the tournament was designed to promote the areas phenomenal fishing and focused primarily on the abundant tarpon.
 
While styles have changed and boats modernized, fishing has continued to be productive in the bay and gulf. This in part to conservation measures implemented by the tournament to limit anglers to one fish per species per day.
 
One of the most exciting changes in recent years is the TIFT Cares program, which provides a $10,000 scholarship to the first five anglers who catch a tagged redfish.
 
Anyone who is entered in TIFT can win, and the scholarship is transferable to any student entered in the tournament. The contest runs from August 4th, the opening day of the tournament, thru May 31, 2018.
 
Captain Charlie Buchen has been busy tagging reds for the contest and thinks the odds are good for catching a winning fish.
 
"We have 30 to 40 out here already so you have a very good chance to get one."
 
Even if you don't sign up to fish in the 78th Texas International Fishing Tournament, come on down to the weigh station at South Point Marina in Port Isabel on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and you will see plenty of beautiful boats and an amazing variety of fascinating fish.

 


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