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2022 TIFTThe 82nd annual Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) is scheduled for Aug. 3-7, 2022, and is expected to attract as many as 1,500 participants. The family-oriented event includes two days of competitive fishing and an array of activities for all ages.

On-site registration takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 3-8 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at the South Padre Island Convention Center.

"We're honored to host Texas' largest saltwater fishing tournament year after year and invite fishing enthusiasts to join us and compete in one of two divisions – bay and offshore – to experience a fun, family-friendly tournament like no other," said Blake Henry, Executive Director of the South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The event kicks off with Play Day, sponsored by Driscoll Children’s Hospital, on Thursday, Aug. 4, featuring activities and games for the entire family. The fishing contests, both bay and offshore divisions, will be held all day on Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6. The event concludes on Sunday, Aug. 7, at the South Padre Island Convention Center with the awards presentation.

TIFT generates a considerable economic impact on our destination through visitor spending. TIFT also grants scholarships to eligible undergraduates yearly and has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships since the program's inception. For more information on TIFT, visit www.tift.org or call (956) 943-8438.

Lastly, looking beyond early August, fishing enthusiasts can look forward to two other major fishing tournaments on South Padre Island, including the Ladies Kingfish Tournament, Aug. 12-14, 2022, and the SPI Wahoo Classic, Sept. 16-18, 2022.