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Texas Legends Billfish Tournament
This fishing tournament was created from a previous tournament called the Bob Byrd Memorial Marlin Tournament, which was originally held in Galveston and Freeport, Texas. Bob Byrd Sr. was an innovator and was one of the first Texas fishermen to try trolling artificial lures for billfish instead of traditional natural bait. He also pioneered using Hawaiian-style live baiting techniques around the offshore oil platforms and buoys with great success. “Live baiting” for blue marlin at the rigs is very popular now and has been responsible for many tournament wins. Bob promoted good sportsmanship and the releasing of non-tournament billfish. The memorial tournament was originally founded by his son Bobby Byrd and Capt. John Cochrane in 1999. They had a concept for a big-money tournament that promotes releasing billfish, verifying the release by video camera.
Weigh Station—Virginia’s Dock PORT ARANSAS, Texas