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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Laguna Madre Bay Fish Beware of Tournament Anglers

Two major fishing tournaments bring flocks of tourists to South Padre Island every summer.

The 70th Annual Texas International Fishing Tournament starts Wednesday, July 29 and ends Sunday, Aug. 2. It is open to anglers of all ages and is the largest saltwater fishing tournament in Texas. Fishing divisions include bay, offshore and tarpon. Approximately 1,500 competitors and 500 boats are anticipated this year.

The Ladies Kingfish Tournament starts Friday, Aug. 7 and ends Sunday, Aug. 9. It offers two divisions: offshore (kingfish, dolphin, bonito and blackfin tuna) and bay (red drum, speckled trout, flounder and snook).

Although I'm not an angler, I'm looking forward to seeing all the boats and joining in the excitement. I'll be cheering everyone to record-breaking catches.

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