Hooked For Life reels in big crowd

Special to the PRESS

By nature, anglers are usually a fairly secretive bunch, carefully guarding their favorite fishing spots, techniques, and bait preferences. But not 3rd grader Marc Anthony of Mission, who was one of the many children who turned out for the 4th Annual Hooked for Life Kid’s Fishing Classic on Saturday, April 9.

“My secret weapon is the unicorn shrimp,” he explained. “They have the biggest horn and two spikes on their tail. They’re the best, because then you get the tough fish. Last time I used one of these guys, I got a big speckled trout. This time, I’m hoping for a tarpon or a striped bass,” he said to the amusement of his family.  Proudly holding up one of his secret weapons, he wondered aloud, “If only this guy was alive, he would tell me what the shrimp world was like,” drawing laughs from everyone around.

Marc was one of almost 200 youth who cast their lines in this year’s fishing competition, with kids of all ages reeling in a variety of fish, hoping for a chance at one of the winning trophies. Held at Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier in Port Isabel, the first 200 participants received a free rod and reel and a t-shirt.  There were three age categories, with trophies being awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each division, as well as an overall Grand Champion winner. Each winner also received two free tickets to Schlitterbahn Water Park. Immediately following the tournament, Schlitterbahn offered free admission to their indoor water park for any child wearing a shirt from the tournament.
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