Texas International Fishing Tournament origins

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Anyone who has ever landed a speckled trout or bull redfish knows the process is exciting, but it took Texans a long time to realize that fishing could hook tourists as well as dinner.
Well into the 20th century, coastal Texans fished primarily for food, either for themselves or to sell. Finally, it sunk in that promoting fishing as a form of recreation could add to an area’s economy by luring tourists and the “railroad dollars” they carried in their pockets.
In 1906, two years after rail passenger service reached


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