Views of the Neighborhood – Deep Sea Tournament

Deep Sea Roundup


Last week the 82nd Port Aransas Boatman Deep Sea Fishing Tournament took place. There are three divisions, Bay/Surf, Deep Sea, and fly fishing. Anglers competed for two days, and winners were announced on Sunday.

The Deep Sea Roundup began in 1932 as the Tarpon Roundup and has grown from a handful of Port Aransas fishing and hunting guides pitting their skills against one another to the largest family fishing tournament on the Texas Gulf Coast.  The Roundup attracts fisherpersons of all ages and skill levels.  Deep Sea Roundup draws over 800 contestants annually. Here are few pictures to give you an idea of the activities.

Deep Sea Roundup

This is the central pavilion where fisherman can take a break.

A family posing for a picture as they dock

A nice Wahoo

The news team from Corpus were there.

Here the news team interviews the guy with the Wahoo

One boat’s catch

A shot of the tote board will give you an idea of the number of fish groups.

The game warden team were there as well.

A volunteer helps with a tuna.

This is the official length measure spot.

This boat is powered by 1050 horsepower.

The volunteers pose for a photo.

A boat with a couple nice Red Snappers. The volunteer takes the name of the angler and the boat. The fish are then taken to weigh- in. In the right foreground, you can see the elbow of a volunteer and tail of a fish on the way to weigh -in and measure.

Wind sock champ

This is a shot of the winner of the wind sock division.

Hope you enjoyed the Tournament.


  1. Good pictures, John. It looks like a lot of people will be having fish dinners. 🙂 — Suzanne

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    It looks like everyone had a lot of fun! I have always wondered how fish are measured at these events, and your photo captured the answer for me. Enjoy the day — warm though it might be. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Gwen. Yes they have an official “plank.” No way to get an advantage. Enjoy your day as well. 🙂

    1. Thank you for the reblog.

  3. Very cool. Did someone really catch a dolphin like it says on the board?

    1. Dolphin in this case is the fish not the mammal. It is also called Dorado or Mahi-Mahi.

      1. Got it. Was rather confused by that one. We really shouldn’t name two animals the same thing.

      2. I wonder who did that?

      3. A very drunk sailor?

      4. And forgot to write it down so the other guy who named the mammal would know that name was already taken.

      5. Which came first? The Dolphin or the dolphin?

      6. I’m thinking Daphnie

      7. I was playing of the “D” words. I’m not sure which came first.

  4. Oh, sweet summer days! The best place to be is with fish under the sea! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Maria. I agree. (notice what I did there.)

    1. Thank you for the reblog. 🙂

  5. Wonderful! Thx for sharing! This is lifestyle we love. 😉 Michael

    1. Thank you, Michael. 🙂

  6. Thanks for sharing the day with us, John. It looks like the weather was great and everyone enjoyed themselves…except the fish, of course. Happy Sunday!

    1. Yes the fish did not have a good day. Thanks, Jill. 🙂

    1. Ha ha ha. Yours is formidable for sure. 😀

      1. If it’s good enough for Forrest Gump, it’s good enough for me.

  7. Yeah, but what do the fish think about all of this?

    1. I interviewed a 1000 pound Marlin and he said he didn’t particularly care for human fishing tournaments. He said he could put up with bear fishing but the humans were a little too crafty. The sail fish was release after promising not to jump after anything shiny. I think he was a Millennial so who knows how long the promise will be kept.

  8. Looks like great fun to me. Now you need a community fish fry event.

    1. That took place on Sunday at noon. (I didn’t go.)

      1. Bummer. You probably have access to a lot of great fish though.

      2. I do. So a so called community fish fry doesn’t hold mush attraction.

  9. Great photos, John. Looks like there was plenty of excitement!

    1. I think there was.

  10. More great views of “island life!”

    1. Thank you, Jan. 🙂

  11. John, I love these documentary pieces you do. Such a great slice of life. Thanks for sharing! P.S. Was anyone kind enough to cook one of them fishies up and share?

    1. No one cooked anything near me. I would have asked for a sample.

  12. Bright, clear photos, John. It looks like a good time was had by all. Here’s to a new week. Mega hugs.

    1. Happy Sunday, Teagan.

  13. Looks like everybody had fun (except maybe the fish!). Thanks for another look at your part of the world, John!

    1. Thank you, Debbie.

  14. That table is pretty long. I’d like to see somebody lay Moby up there for a measure. 1,050hp ?? That’s s lot of boat.

    1. And when you figure $100 per horse a lot of money.

  15. So, John, were you among the fisherman? I don’t think I’ve ever had wahoo.

    1. Nope just a camera jockey

  16. I went deep sea fishing once, and that was enough for me – looks like everyone had fun!

    1. I guess you didn’t like it. They all had fun

      1. I kept wanting to throw the fish back into the water.

      2. I do the same thing.

  17. Great pictures! I never knew Mahi Mahi was a dolphin fish. Interesting.

  18. Good day not to be a fish in your bay! 🙂 Looks like a lot of fun, and I hope friendly competition was had by all.

    1. Yes, they all seemed to enjoy it. Thanks, Deborah 🙂

  19. Did you find out what the biggest fish of the day was, John? And I wonder just how big it was? I’ve eaten red snapper but never seen one before it has been cooked before. Those fish look mighty big.

    1. Yes, it was a 1000 pound Blue Marlin caught by a 100 pound woman.

      1. That sounds a perfect match. Well done to her. Do you know what she won?

      2. A ribbon and some cash. Her name on a board.

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