If it’s a weekend, it’s summer and if you’re in Port Aransas, there’s likely to be a fishing tournament happening.
Some of these tournaments benefit worthy causes.
Three long-time tournaments will not be held this summer. The Take-a-Kid Fishing Tournament sponsored by the CCA (Coastal Conservation Association) lost its home when Woody’s Sports Center was sold late last year, but it’s due to a lack of volunteers that the tournament has been put on hold for this year, according to John Blaha of CCA.
The Fire Auxiliary’s Outboard Fishing Tournament may be history. The 45th annual tournament was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, and last year it was not held for lack of volunteers. This year, long-time organizer Kim Hill said the same lack of volunteers likely has spelled the end of the tournament for good.
The 24th Hope Devlin Kids Fishing Tournament is on hold until next year, also due to a shortage of volunteers this summer.
Other tournaments, however, are on the calendar. Some dates are tentative, and some have not been set.
Following are the tournaments scheduled for this season, all of which homeport in Port Aransas. All are subject to change due to weather conditions, so call for confirmation, and keep an eye on the weekly editions of the South Jetty for details and updates. So, get out your calendars and make your list.
Anglers on Wheels is a free fishing trip on the Island Queen for people with disabilities, their friends and family members on Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21. This year’s tournament already is booked.
• The 39th annual Woody’s Powder Puff Fishing Tournament, for women anglers only, is set for June 17-18. Since its former home at Woody’s Sports Center has sold, registration now will be held at Bernie’s Beach House on Friday, June 18, according to organizer Samantha Martin. Weigh-in will be under the Fred Rhodes Pavilion at Roberts Point Park. Contact Martin at (361) 445-5533 for registration information.
• The Port Aransas Police Foundation Fishing Tournament is slated for June 24 and 25, with registration on June 24 and fishing on June 25. Go to www.portapf.org for more information.
• The 86th Deep Sea Roundup, benefiting scholarships and other youth programs, will be July 7-10. The Roundup will return to its home at Roberts Point Park for weigh-in and the Civic Center for meals, a silent auction and raffle drawings. The oldest tournament on the Texas Gulf coast includes offshore and bay-surf divisions for both adult and junior anglers as well as a bay fly-fishing division. Call the Port Aransas Boatmen, Inc., which sponsors the tournament, at 749-6339 for details, or go online to www.deepsearoundup.com.
• The Deep Sea Roundup Piggy Perch Contest entertains the younger set on July 8 and 9. The fishing competition is over two days, and both days’ catches count. Kids from 0 to 5 fish from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and kids from 6 to 12 fish from 9:30-ish a.m. to about 10 a.m. Bring a bucket to put fish – that will be released after weigh-in – and a towel. Cane poles and bait are provided. Contestants may not use their own poles or bait. For more information, watch the weekly editions of the South Jetty in the weeks prior to the event as well as the South Jetty’s Deep Sea Roundup Guide that will be on newsstands and out of town editions the week before the tournament and on newsstands and in local editions of the South Jetty the week of the tournament.
• The Billfish Pachanga, an offshore boat and a piggy perch tournament is on the calendar for July 13-16, headquartered at Virginia’s on the Bay. The tournament is limited to 40 boats. Go to https:// www.billfishpachanga.com/ tournament/ for details.
• The 2022 Texas Legends Billfish Tournament is scheduled for Aug. 10-14. Headquarters are at Fisherman’s Wharf and after a blessing of the fleet, boats may leave at the sound of the cannon signal release. The weigh-in, submission of videotapes of releases and dinner party will be held at Fisherman’s Wharf and Grumbles. Visit www.txlegends.com for additional information.
• The Majek Boat Owners Tournament is set for Aug. 12-13, with team and family divisions. Rules and registration forms can be found online at www.majekownerstournament.com.
• The Texas Women Angler’s Tournament, benefiting the Women’s Shelter, is on the calendar for Aug. 26-28. This is a tag and release tournament, and each catch must be documented according to tournament rules. The tournament also offers tuna, wahoo and dolphin divisions. To register or find out additional information, check out the tournament’s website at www.gofishtx.com.