as shared by Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
Babes on the Bay Returns to Fulton Harbor
Largest Women Anglers tournament in the U.S.
Rockport-Fulton, Texas (May 16, 2017) - On Friday and Saturday, May 19- 20, Aransas Bay will be filled with women! They will be arriving for the annual Jim Ehman Memorial “Babes on the Bay” fishing tournament. The tournament, which originally started at Fulton Harbor, but later moved to Rockport, has returned to its original starting point (Fulton Harbor) for 2017. The tournament has been going strong since the year 2000. The tournament is the largest one day unrestricted fishing tournament in the United States, bring in around 1,300 ladies, of all ages as participants. The ladies who fish the tournament range from elementary school students to great-grandmothers. If the fishing tournament itself is not unique enough, the team names certainly are: Nauti-Tails, Reel Ladies, Bayboy Bunnies, Outa Line, Playing Hookies, and Anglers without Danglers…just to name a few.
Along with the fishing tournament, the event also features a Food Vendors Court and a Babes Shopping Mall where vendors sell everything from fishing rods to jewelry.
The kick-off for Babes on the Bay will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Fulton Harbor Park with a mandatory Captains Meeting at 8pm. The fishing tournament officially begins at sunrise on Saturday, May 20. Weigh-in for the event will be from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Fulton Park grounds. 1st - 5th place prizes will be given for five divisions. The divisions are as follows: Team with a professional guide (any bait); Team with a Professional Guide (artificial only); team with Non-Professional Guide (any bait); Team with Non-Professional Guide (artificial only); and Babe-ette Division (ages 16 and under). 1st -5th places will be awarded for the first four divisions with additional prizes for Babe-ette Division. Additional prizes given for heaviest fish in 4 categories. Awards will be presented at approximately 6 p.m., following the weigh-in on Saturday.