The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce welcomed anglers, captains and their families to the 38th Annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament beginning on Friday, August 9th for registration. Early Saturday morning anglers hit the waterways returning to the docks before 7:00 p.m. to weigh in their catch.
The Awards Ceremony on Sunday brought anglers and their families together to recognize those who took top prizes. 23 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.
This year’s bay grand champion was Ruth Ramos from Mission, TX. Ruth brought in all three species (Redfish, Trout and Flounder) for a total weight of 12.85 pounds and a total of 66 5/8 inches. She was fishing with George Davis on the boat Reel Deal. Kyra Hudson from Laguna Vista, TX walked away with the Offshore Championship when she brought in all three species (Bonito, Dorado and Blackfin Tuna) for a total weight of 29.55 pounds. Kyra was fishing on the boat Bamm Bamm with Chad Kinney.
This year’s tournament planning committee decided to add some excitement to this tournament, and the big question for several months has been Who will be “Queen of the Kings”? The tournament continues to be divided into two divisions, Bay and Offshore, but the Kingfish, which in the past was only sought after by anglers in the offshore division, was removed from the offshore division, and BOTH offshore and bay were eligible to fish for the Kingfish, and vie for the coveted title of Queen of the Kings. A Kingfish weighing 38.35 pounds and 58 inches long captured the Queen of the Kings title for this year’s offshore division grand champion Kyra Hudson. First Runner-up went to Vicki Hinojosa from McAllen, TX fishing on the Reel Obsession with Stwart Richardson. Second Runner-up was Patti Locks from Meza, AZ fishing with Captain Bryan Ray on the Pipe Layer.
The LKT Legacy Award, created in memory of Ann Wells by her daughter Vicki Lambert and granddaughter Jordan Luera, was awarded to Kelsey Wells Garcia. Ann Wells fished LKT for 35 years prior to her death in 2017. The award was started in 2017 as the “Angler Annie Award”, and was presented to Maria Pinkerton. In 2018 the name was changed to the LKT Legacy Award and was presented to Sandra Veale.
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