Tx. Intl. Fishing Tournament

Still time to celebrate Summer 2016! First weekend in August…

Fireworks over the Laguna Madre Bay! Memorial Day to Labor Day, Friday nights!

Still time to celebrate Summer 2016! One more trip to the coast, cool refreshments, dinner at your favorite restaurant or shopping or a trip to the lighthouse and museums… AND TIFT is this weekend!

The Texas International Fishing Tournament is one of the oldest and largest saltwater fishing tournaments on the Texas Gulf Coast. From August 3 – 7, over 1,500 anglers will compete for trophies in a wide variety of species in offshore, bay and fly categories during the 77th Annual TIFT. For more information and online registration visit www.tift.org. Location: Port Isabel & South Padre Island Email: info@tift.org Website: www.tift.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FishTIFT/

 

The Texas International Fishing Tournament is one of the oldest and largest saltwater fishing tournaments on the Texas Gulf Coast. From August 3 – 7, over 1,500 anglers will compete for trophies in a wide variety of species in offshore, bay and fly categories during the 77th Annual TIFT. For more information and online registration visit www.tift.org.

Location: Port Isabel & South Padre Island
Email: info@tift.org
Website: www.tift.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FishTIFT/

Port Isabel Accommodations!

Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market. 1st Sunday. 9a-4p. Beulah Lee Park.Sunday, AUGUST 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market. Beulah Lee Park on Highway 100. Dozens of dealers & thousands of deals! March – October: 1st Sunday of the Month. 1st & 3rd* Sunday 9a-4p November – February. FREE ADMISSION! For more information: Gloria Bates 956/455-6798.

 

“ANNIE” movie on Friday! Thursday Fireworks! & TIFT!

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ANNIE at the Lighthouse!

The last show of Season 11 at the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema is this Friday, July 31th at 9:30 p.m., with “ANNIE” (http://on.fb.me/1JPXpwt). Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and make a summertime memory with DSC_4409your family at the Port Isabel Lighthouse! For more information call the Port Isabel Visitors Center at 956/943-0755. 2015 schedule, EVERY Friday in June & July at 9:30 p.m.

The Lighthouse Establishment Cinema is sponsored by: Quik Stop, Texas Pack, Inc., City of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation & Museums of Port Isabel.

This a FREE, family friendly event. Concessions available.

Thursday Night Fireworks Over The Bay!

Thursdays through September 3rd at 9:15 p.m. Lots of viewing areas in Port Isabel! Port Isabel Historic Lighthouse Park, the longest lighted pier in Texas at Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier, the Black Dragon CruisesPelican Station!Sponsored in part by Black Dragon Cruises.

 

tift-logo-20076th Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) starts July 29th and runs through August 2nd. Register and fish from a pier or a beach or a jetski or a boat, just grab a pole and join the fun! For more information visithttp://bit.ly/1HceBdQ.

Proudly sponsored in part by the City of Port Isabel and the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation.

Sunday, August 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market. Beulah Lee Park on Highway 100. Dozens of dealers & thousands of deals! March – October: 1st Sunday of the Month. 1st & 3rd* Sunday 9a-4p November – February. FREE ADMISSION! For more information: Gloria Bates 956/455-6798.

10524698_10152607947564752_8335479101529776853_n76th TIFT Celebrates the Fishing Tradition of the Laguna Madre Area

The Texas International Fishing Tournament dates back to 1934 and introduced anglers across the nation to the outstanding sportfishing opportunities in both bay and offshore waters! It is one of the largest and oldest saltwater tournaments on the Texas Gulf coast and ranked in the world’s top 10 billfish tournaments. Here’s a look at kids at play in TIFT…54 years ago in 1961!

Port Isabel Chamber- Fishing the Laguna Madre Brochure

The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce produces a fishing brochure! See it online here first! To reserve your copy, info@portisabel-texas.com. For more information, call the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 956/943-2262 or 1-800-527-6102.

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LOCATED at the southern end of Texas’ famed Lower Laguna Madre Bay, scant miles above the U.S./Mexico border, Port Isabel has beckoned to generations of saltwater fishermen. Anglers fishing these clear, shallow waters today can easily see why fishermen have flocked here for nearly a century. The diversity of game fish species swimming in the waters surrounding Port Isabel is unlike that found anywhere else along the Texas Gulf Coast. And, with miles of shallow grass flats teeming with fish, anglers have plenty of room to roam and can easily find a secluded spot to fish – a luxury not often afforded on other crowded coastal waters. The combination of moderate year-around weather, dozens of available species and the clearest water on the Texas Gulf Coast make Port Isabel the perfect destination for an angling vacation.

AS IS THE CASE ALONG THE ENTIRE Gulf Coast, redfish are a top draw for anglers in the Lower Laguna Madre. With miles of shallow, clear grass flats, the Lower Laguna is an ideal playground for anyone hoping to tangle with big redfish.

PERHAPS THE MOST OVERLOOKED TARPON fishery in the entire country lies just a few miles from Port Isabel Small Boat Channel. The Brazos Santiago Pass, which connects the Lower Laguna Madre to the Gulf of Mexico is the seasonal home to Silver Kings from April through November. Fish ranging from 20 to 200 pounds can be encountered during the prime tarpon months, which run July through October.

BOASTING THE ONLY fishable snook population in the continental United States outside south Florida, the Lower Laguna Madre is home to lunker linesiders throughout the year. During the summer and fall, snook can consistently be found over the shallow flats of the Lower Laguna. During the winter and spring, they are typically found in the port areas.

THE LOWER LAGUNA MADRE has long been famous for producing high quantities of quality speckled trout. In fact, the current Texas state record and numerous IGFA line class world records have come from these waters.

MORE THAN ANYTHING, anglers can expect a diverse catch when they visit the Lower Laguna Madre. In addition to species such as redfish, speckled trout, snook and tarpon, fishermen routinely encounter flounder, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, mangrove snapper, barracudas, jack crevalle, black drum, sheepshead, shark, ladyfish, lookdowns, grouper and many other types of saltwater fish – many of which aren’t found elsewhere on the Texas coast.
Photos & text credit: Danno Wise.