Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Competition brings in more than big fish
By By the Advocate Editorial Board
July 29, 2013 at 2:29 a.m.
Every summer, the little community of Port O'Connor hosts a weekend fishing tournament that draws competitors from across the nation.
This year, the 44th annual Poco Bueno fishing tournament drew 115 offshore boats to take part in the competition to catch the biggest blue marlin, as well as 105 inshore boats and 20 fly-fishing teams. Six marlins were caught, five of which met the minimum length requirement of 101 inches, and the winning fish - a 584-pound, 118-inch marlin - was caught by Bryan Richter on the boat Let It Ride after a 2-hour fight.
We are always glad to see the Poco Bueno tournament return to Port O'Connor. This event draws in thousands of spectators every year, which not only creates a fun, celebratory atmosphere for the incoming boats but also promotes tourism in the community and the Crossroads in general. As competitors and their friends and family make their way to Port O'Connor, they pass through other area communities, where they stop to eat, spend the night or even do a bit of shopping.
But more than just encouraging tourism, Poco Bueno helps feed the hungry every year. As the fish comes in and is weighed, it is also packaged to be taken to a charity to help feed the hungry by Erny McDonough, pastor of Fisherman's Chapel, a Port O'Connor interdenominational church.
This year, the fish was donated to Christian Temple Church in southeast Houston to help with the church's huge feeding program. In addition, about 1/5 to 1/4 of the bay fish are donated to the Fisherman's Chapel, where it is distributed to area families in need, along with leftovers from the meals prepared during the tournament.
We applaud McDonough, the Fisherman's Chapel and everyone else involved with Poco Bueno for taking this opportunity to reach out to the poor. This tournament is a huge, entertaining event, and we are pleased to see participants and others in the community taking advantage of this competition and making sure the fish brought in by competitors is not wasted. We applaud everyone who is involved in this yearly act of charity.
The Poco Bueno fishing tournament is a yearly event that brings plenty of visitors and tourists to our area, but the good that comes from this event goes deeper than that. We are proud to see a Crossroads community hosting an event that promotes both tourism and charity. Poco Bueno is about more than good fishing. It also promotes good deeds, and we look forward to seeing this trend continue for years to come.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.