By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Female anglers from across the Rio Grande Valley have made their way to the Laguna Madre this week for a chance at snagging a prize-winning fish at the 35th Annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament (LKT).
Like the Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) which occurred last weekend, LKT anglers compete in two divisions: Bay and Offshore.
Bay division competitors will vie for trophy redfish, trout and flounder while Offshore division competitors hope to lure kingfish, bonita, blackfin tuna and dolphin fish, according to the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the event.
And while the tournament tends to draw anglers who come back to participate year after year, this year’s LKT might just be a little more special thanks to one returnee in particular.
Brownsville native Lenny Cavazos will be fishing with her friend Laura Liza Paz aboard the boat Fyrkat. What makes Cavazos’ story different is that she won the very first LKT in 1982.
According to an article that ran in PRESS in May of that year, Cavazos won with an “18 pound plus kingfish.”
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