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Giving feels reel good at Poco Bueno

By the Advocate Editorial Board
July 11, 2017 at 6:06 p.m.
Updated July 10, 2017 at 8 p.m.

While others debate the merits of giving a man a fish versus teaching a man to fish, the good people of Port O'Connor ask themselves: Why not do both?

It's that time of year again - time for the Poco Bueno fishing tournament in Port O'Connor. The fishing boats that sail in for the competition each year are a familiar sight - the fishers hauling in the massive marlins fit for a wall mount. But these fish are more than just impressive to look at. That's because the fish caught during Poco Bueno are donated through Fisherman's Chapel to needy people. The catch of the day is a welcome meal for those who have trouble putting food on the table.

While this modern-day multiplication of the fish may not be apparent to a landlubber, fishing is more than just a fun sport, and it's not that unusual for tournaments like Poco Bueno to be used as giving opportunities. It certainly makes us proud to see how fishers, both locals and out-of-towners, can turn a friendly competition into a massive giving opportunity. The people who organize and participate in Poco Bueno and other local charitable tournaments are people who saw a chance to fill a need while doing something they love and thought: Why not?

That's certainly a giving spirit we should all admire and seek to imitate.

These fishing tournaments are a true example of giving with a bit of local flavor. Some people like to head out into the Gulf seeking marlins and other awe-inspiring marine specimens. Some of us may do no more than cast a line or two with friends and family on a warm summer day. All of us, however, have something to give. The Poco Bueno fishers show us that even when we play, we can find ways to lend a hand to those in need.

And that is muy bueno.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.


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