Calhoun County bolsters several fishing tournaments throughout the year, but a weekly tournament is something new to the large fishing community.
DB Coastal Outfitters led by Captain Doug Berry hosts the weekly Friday Evening Fishing Tournament in Port O’Connor.
Berry comes from a team roping background, where weekly jackpots are a mainstay and although the activity is different, the concept is the same.
“It is a friendly competition among a group with the same passion,” DB Coastal Outfitters Marketing and Social Media Manager/Tournament partner Kim Goulden said.
According to Goulden, Berry has wanted to put a weekly tournament together since he began fish guiding in Port O’Connor four years ago.
The tournament began the first Friday of May and will end the last Friday of July. This is the first year of the event, and DB Coastal Outfitters plans on making the tournament an annual event.
At 5 p.m. on Friday, the two-man team or individual competitor depart from Clark’s Bait Camp in Port O’Connor and must return and be in line to weigh in at 8:30 p.m.
Goulden said the first two Fridays of the tournament there were storms and wind present, but that did not stop the nine teams from competing.
“The interest has significantly increased this last week through social media and word of mouth, and we are expecting the turnout to grow,” Goulden said.
Anglers compete for prize money each week, as well as points earned throughout the summer that goes towards series-end prizes.
To get in on the action, the entry office opens at 3 p.m at Clark’s Bait Camp, and anglers are released by draw number in 15-second intervals.
There are no restrictions on what bait to use or method of fishing, but anglers must depart from Clark’s Bait Camp and are restricted to one rod fished per angler at one time.