Anglers from around the country are prepping up for the big tournament Friday on South Padre Island. There are two divisions bay fishing and offshore.
"We have at least 1,200-1,500 hundred anglers."
We caught up with Petey Boos and his crew on their 70 foot fishing boat. They are from Port Aransas and compete in all the Texas fishing tournaments. They came down to South Padre on Tuesday and say they there looking for a good day Friday in the offshore competition.
"We are going to leave Friday at midnight and get cranked up at 7 in the morning first try to get on some tuna, some bill fish,h and some blue marlin hopefully anything else that will come up, that we can put up and weight it."
The TIFT president Chuck Fultz says this tournament brings in some big bucks for the local economy with fisherman spending money on hotels and restaurants.
"TIFT tournament last time we did an economic study it's a multimillion dollar week for south padre island and the port Isabel area."
Everyone says they are excited to get out there and fish.
"Hope we win, good luck to everyone out there."
"It's been a great tournament for many many years we sponsored it when I used to work there and a lot of good people involved with it good clean fun and good for the economy as well."
The tournament starts Friday morning with weight ins in the evening Friday and Saturday in Port Isabel.