Pescado Grande

Johnny Todd, of Port Lavaca, measures a fish during the 2019 Pescado Fishing Tournament at the Port O’Connor Community Center. (Jared Van Epps/Wave photo)

The Harbor Children’s Alliance and Victim Center hosted the 29th annual Pescado Grande Fishing Tournament Saturday, June 29, at the Port O’Connor Community Center.

Twenty-six teams participated in this year’s tournament, with 20 in the bay and six offshore, according to Maria Walton, the executive director of The Harbor.

The money that The Harbor received from the event will go toward operational expenses, according to Walton.

“There are things the grants don’t pay for, and so the money that we get here goes toward that,” Walton said.

Walton added it is used for hair follicle testing, getting new clothes and tennis shoes for children for school, school supplies, and anything that is not covered by the grant.

Max Garner, of Pearland and his teammates, Doro Villegas and Michael Flores, of Team H and H, took home $1000 for the biggest redfish stringer and won second place for their redfish.

Garner said it was a good tournament and a good payout, and he added The Harbor hosting the tournament is for a great cause.

According to Garner’s teammate, Michael Flores, of Port Lavaca, he and his teammates have donated a lot of money, and the fish that his team caught went to The Harbor.

After the teams made it back from the tournament and weighed-in their fish, the catch was cooked for dinner by The Harbor.

Michael Camacho, of Tivoli, said all the fish that his team, Neck Down, caught is going to a good cause to help feed people in need.

“We’re very appreciative of what The Harbor does, and we have fished the tournament for a few years now, and we hope they continue to do the tournament so we can help out,” Camacho said.

According to Walton, 75% of the fish caught by the teams were donated to The Harbor.

Final results of the tournament:

Bay results:

Team Neck Down won the biggest redfish and the biggest redfish speckled trout.

Team H and H won the biggest redfish stringer

Second place was Team Benji and the Bachelors.

Third place was Team Momentum.

Offshore Results:

Team Double Down won the Offshore division with the biggest red snapper, kingfish and biggest fish.