TIFT: Texas’ largest saltwater fishing tournament right here
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – It’s the big one … the 79th annual Texas International Fishing
Tournament is set for this weekend and is expected to attract as many as 1,500
participants and 500 boats.
The family-oriented event includes two days of competitive fishing and an array of activities for family members of all ages.
Founded by Doc J.A. Hockaday in 1933, the tournament was created to tell the story to anglers of phenomenal fishing in the Rio Grande Valley.
Fishermen, young and old, will compete in one of three divisions – bay, tarpon and offshore.
Dockside, more than 10,000 spectators are expected to turn out to view the catches of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish brought in by the big boats offshore.
Bay anglers will be weighing in speckled trout, redfish and flounder during the two days of fishing this weekend.
The history runs deep with this event If some members of the family want to fish, and others don’t, there is plenty to do on the island – making it a true family vacation opportunity.
TIFT’s mission statement is to provide a quality family-oriented fishing tournament for anglers of all ages and is a pledge the tournament’s executive board takes seriously. Planning for the event begins immediately after the awards ceremony.
TIFT’s economic impact on the South Padre Island area is considerable, with an estimated $1.5 million spent by tournament participants in 2016.
TIFT also grants scholarships to eligible undergraduates each year, and has awarded
over $100,000 in scholarships since the program’s inception.