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The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce welcomed anglers, captains and their families to the 36th Annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament beginning on Friday, August 11th for registration.  Early Saturday morning anglers hit the waterways returning to the docks before 7:00 p.m. to weigh in their catch.  For the second year in a row there were concerns early in the week regarding high seas, but once again, "Chamber weather" prevailed and everyone had a great time!  

The Awards Ceremony on Sunday brought anglers and their families together to recognize those who took top prizes.  30 anglers received framed original artwork by Dinah Bowman specific to the species they won.  Trophies done by Bowman were also awarded for Grand Champion Bay Division and Grand Champion Offshore Division.  A new trophy was added to the tournament this year; the "Angler Annie Award" was created by Vicky Lambert in memory of her mother Ann Wells, who fished LKT for 35 years prior to her death earlier this year.  The first Angler Annie Award was presented to Maria Pinkerton. 

This year’s bay champion was Jessica Tyler from Harlingen, TX.  Jessica brought in all three species for a total weight of 14.55 pounds.  She was fishing with Hector Lopez on the boat Team Lopez.  Lori Smith from Austin, TX walked away with the Offshore Championship when she brought in all four species for a total weight of 53 pounds.  Lori was fishing on the boat Cat Daddy with Taylor Schuster.  Congratulations to these anglers and all the winners of this year’s tournament.

Mark your calendar for next year's tournament scheduled for August 10-12, 2018!  #fishLKT

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