Special to the PRESS
Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico, Port Isabel and South Padre Island play host to Texas’ largest saltwater fishing tournament—the Texas International Fishing Tournament.
Founded by Doc J.A. Hockaday in 1933, the tournament was designed to tell the story of phenomenal fishing in the Rio Grande Valley to anglers from around the world.
Now entering its 74th event, TIFT offers the best of bay and offshore fishing to enthusiasts of all ages. Scheduled to be held July 31 to Aug. 4, TIFT is expected to attract as many as 1,500 anglers and more than 500 boats during its two days of fishing activities.Fisherman young and old will compete in one of three divisions: Bay, Tarpon and Offshore.
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