If it’s a weekend, it’s summer and if you’re in Port Aransas, there will probably be a fishing tournament.
Some of these tournaments benefit worthy causes.
Three long-running tournaments will not take place this summer. The CCA (Coastal Conservation Association) sponsored Take-a-Kid Fishing Tournament lost its home when Woody’s Sports Center was sold late last year, but it was due to a lack of volunteers that the tournament has been suspended for this year, according to CCA’s John Blaha.
The Auxiliary Firefighters Speedboat Fishing Tournament may be history. The 45th annual tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and last year it did not take place due to a lack of volunteers. This year, longtime organizer Kim Hill said the same lack of volunteers likely spelled the end of the tournament for good.
The 24th Hope Devlin Children’s Fishing Tournament is on hold until next year, also due to a shortage of volunteers this summer.
Other tournaments are however on the calendar. Some dates are tentative, others have not been set.
Here are the tournaments scheduled for this season, all of which have their home base in Port Aransas. All are subject to change due to weather conditions, so call for confirmation and keep an eye on the South Pier weekly editions for details and updates. So get out your diaries and make your list.
roller fisherman is a free fishing trip on Île Reine for people with disabilities, their friends and family members on Friday and Saturday May 20 and 21. This year’s tournament is already booked.
• The 39th Annual Woody’s Powder Puff Fishing Tournament, for women only, is scheduled for June 17-18. Since her former home at Woody’s Sports Center was sold, registration will now take place at Bernie’s Beach House on Friday, June 18, according to organizer Samantha Martin. The weigh-in will take place at the Fred Rhodes Pavilion in Roberts Point Park. Contact Martin at (361) 445-5533 for registration information.
• The Port Aransas Police Foundation Fishing Tournament is scheduled for June 24 and 25, with registration on June 24 and fishing on June 25. Visit www.portapf.org for more information.
• The 86th High Seas Gathering, benefiting from scholarships and other youth programs, will take place from July 7 to 10. The Roundup will return home to Roberts Point Park for the weigh-in and to the Civic Center for meals, a silent auction and raffles. The oldest Texas Gulf Coast tournament features offshore and bay-surf divisions for adult and junior anglers, as well as a bay fly-fishing division. Call Port Aransas Boatmen, Inc., sponsor of the tournament, at 749-6339 for details, or go online at www.deepsearoundup.com.
• Gathering on the high seas pig pole competition entertains the youngest on July 8 and 9. The fishing competition lasts two days and the catches of both days count. Children from 0 to 5 years old fish from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and children from 6 to 12 years old fish from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Bring a bucket to put the fish in – which will be released after weighing – and a towel. Rods and bait are provided. Competitors may not use their own rods or bait. For more information, watch the weekly editions of the South Pier in the weeks leading up to the event as well as the Deep Sea Roundup guide to the South Pier which will be on newsstands and out of town the week before the tournament and on newsstands and local editions of the South Jetty the week of the tournament.
• The Pachanga Billfish, an offshore boat tournament and pole vault tournament are scheduled July 13-16, headquartered in Virginia’s on the Bay. The tournament is limited to 40 boats. Visit https://www.billfishpachanga.com/tournament/ for more details.
• The 2022 Texas Legends Swordfish Tournament is scheduled for August 10-14. Headquarters are at Fisherman’s Wharf and after a blessing from the fleet, boats can depart at the sound of the release of the gun signal. Weigh-in, outing video submission and dinner will take place at Fisherman’s Wharf and Grumbles. Visit www.txlegends.com for more information.
• The Majek Boat Owners Tournament is scheduled for August 12 and 13, with team and family divisions. Rules and entry forms are available online at www.majekownerstournament.com.
• The Texas Women’s Tournament, benefiting the Women’s Shelter, is scheduled for August 26-28. This is a tag and release tournament, and every catch must be documented according to tournament rules. The tournament also features tuna, wahoo and dolphin divisions. To register or for additional information, visit the tournament website at www.gofishtx.com.