When TIFT was based out of the Yacht Hotel, spectators would group up at the marina and watch young men reel in, not fish, but girls. Young ladies and gentlemen from around the area would register for this competition of what guy could reel in the fastest, and what girl would be reeled in the slowest. Wells reminisces, “The girls would put on a harness with a line attached to them and swim out into the water, while the guys would sit on the dock and try with all of their might to reel them in. It was a blast watching those guys trying to land those girls.”
The 80th Texas International Fishing Tournament takes place July 31 - Aug 4, 2019 on South Padre Island and Port Isabel, Texas. Visit tift.org for details.