By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
On the heels of one of the Laguna Madre’s biggest events, TIFT, comes a fishing event all its own: the Ladies Kingfish Tournament. Hosted by the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce and entering its 34th year, the all-women’s bay and offshore fishing tourney is expected to draw record participation.
“Our pre-registered numbers are up from last year and we’re expecting a great weekend,” said Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Dianna Harvill.
“It has become now a family tradition. We have grandmothers, mothers and granddaughters that are fishing in the tournament now,” Harvill said, adding that LKT, as the tournament is known, was the first all-women’s tournament in Texas. “There was a group of women that came down here with their husbands who fished, and they decided to start a tournament. And it was actually originally called the Yellow Rose Tournament,” she said.
Teams of lady anglers will vie for various trophies in the tournament’s two divisions. In the Bay Division, trophies will be awarded for the largest catches of redfish, trout and flounder, according to the LKT website. The Offshore Division consists of kingfish, bonito, blackfin tuna and dolphin fish categories.
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