Ladies Kingfish Tournament
41st Annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament
The 41st Annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament is just around the corner! The committee is working hard to produce a tournament packed full of fun, and of course, the Chamber has ordered awesome weather for fishing on Saturday August 13th. Registration is OPEN! Download your registration forms via the link below and get a copy of the rules too! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @LadiesKingfishTournament.
Everyone loved the changes to the tournament last year, so we are going to do it again. Come hungry because you do not want to miss out on the BBQ and all the trimmings, and of course just an all-around FUN evening, including live music and door prizes for anglers that register during early registration! Not to worry, we will still have a Continental Breakfast on Sunday prior to the Awards Ceremony, and of course full service cash bars at both events.
The other change, or addition actually, last year was the addition of the Youth Division. The committee continues to be committed to educating our future lady anglers about the joy of fishing and about conversation. One change this year to the Youth Division is a change in age. All young ladies age 10 (was 12 last year) on August 13th (fishing day) or younger, will enter in the Youth Division. Anglers in the Youth Division can fish in the Bay Division for Redfish, Trout or Flounder, or in the Offshore Division for Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna, Bonito or Dolphin. First place trophies will be awarded for each species. Fish in the Youth Division will not count toward Grand Champion or the Challenge.
One other change this year is the committee decided to move the Kingfish back into the overall offshore division. The adult ladies tournament continues to be divided into two divisions, Bay and Offshore. Anglers fishing in the Bay Division will vie for trophies in the categories of Redfish, Trout and Flounder, while anglers in the Offshore Division complete in the categories of Kingfish, Bonito, Blackfin Tuna and Dolphin. Trophies will be awarded to the first three places in each category and Grand Champion Bay and Grand Champion Offshore winners will also receive trophies.
The tournament kicks off Friday, August 12th with check-in and on-site registration from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the SPI Convention Centre. The bars, food, and vendors will be available until 8:00 p.m. again this year to give everyone a little more time to visit and shop. On Saturday, fishing begins at 6:30 a.m. and Sea Ranch Marina II at SouthPoint is where all the action will be with Bay division weigh-in from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Offshore weigh-in from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sea Ranch Marina II at SouthPoint provides a large viewing and parking area for family and friends, and anyone else that would like to see who brings in the biggest fish. The Sunday Awards Ceremony and Continental Breakfast will be held at SPI Convention Centre beginning at 11:00 a.m. All participants are invited to attend.
Early registration fees are $100.00 per angler, and includes an event bag, Friday night BBQ and Continental Breakfast at the Sunday Awards Ceremony. Registration fee for captains/boat operators/deck hands/guests is $30.00 and includes, Friday night BBQ and Continental Breakfast at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday. All anglers and all captains/boat operators/deckhands/guests on the boat must be paid registrants of the tournament, and have completed release forms on file with the SPI Chamber of Commerce. Tickets may also be purchased at the Merchandise Booth for the Friday night BBQ for $30 and Sunday for $15.00 per person for those not registered on a boat. Food will be available only with a ticket.
Join us for the 41st Anniversary Ladies Kingfish Tournament, bring your daughter, granddaughter, niece, neighbor or friend, and start your own Island tradition.
If you would like additional information about the tournament please contact the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce at 956.761.4412 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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