By CRAIG ALANIZ
South Padre Parade
Hooked for Life, Kids Gone Fish’n organization will be presenting Mayor Joe E. Vega’s Kids Fishing Classic, a free fishing tournament for kids, in Port Isabel on April 13.
Hooked for Life, Kids Gone Fish’n is a non-profit organization in which its purpose is to introduce children to the sport and joy of fishing; to provide a quality fishing experience for children who otherwise may not have the opportunity to fish and to preserve traditional family values.
Event organizer David Mendez said this is the first event to be held outside of Brownsville. He said the past three years the event has been held in Brownsville in the Resaca where they stocked catfish for the event, this year they opted for the Laguna Madre Bay and their natural salt fish selection.
Mendez said that both children and parents enjoy our natural resources through the outdoor experiences.
The event will have three age brackets, 6 years or younger, 7-11 year-olds and 12-16 year olds. First through third place trophies will be awarded in each of the age groups and will be determined by the length of eligible fish during the allotted time, an overall trophy will be awarded for the longest fish of the tournament.
Eligible fish include redfish, speckled trout, flounder, sheepshead, sand trout, whiting and black drum.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. and lasts until 8 a.m.; fishing begins at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The first 200 kids that are registered will receive a rod-and-reel combo and t-shirt. Hot dogs and door prizes will be provided during award presentations.