Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program
Saltwater anglers with an eye toward improving coastal fisheries should know about the upcoming Coastal Fisheries Bay Team Tournaments to catch spotted sea trout.
We’ve got two tournaments coming up down south, over in the Rio Grande Valley area. One of them is going to be on April the fifth over on South Padre island, and will be taking place at Sea Ranch Marina. And then we have the second one on April the twelfth in Port Mansfield and that will be off the north boat ramp.
Robert Adami coordinates the free tournaments in which sixty total anglers catch fish and vie for prizes.
The tournament is absolutely free, but all participants must be 21 and up, because it’s sponsored by Anheuser Busch. At each of the tournaments, we’ll start registration at 6 a.m. We’ll start collecting fish from that point on; we’ll stop at 12-noon, and shortly after lunchtime I’ll be handing out the prizes.
Participating anglers donate their catch to a breeding program, where fisheries biologist will “mix up” the genetics.
You don’t want to have the same parents along with the same siblings year after year. The fish are going to be going back into the bay system that they came from, but you also want to be mixing up the genetics in the bay system as you go along. And that’s just a good practice for any hatchery.
Find information about the tournaments and prizes at passporttotexas.org.
That’s our show…with support from the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration program…supporting genetics research at Texas hatcheries…For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.