TIFT CARES: The Scholarship That Got Away

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 in Blog, News

TAGGED FISHPort Isabel, Texas June 30, 2015 -  Sunday, June 28, Joe Infante of Port Isabel decided to go fishing.  His 11-year-old son, P.J., opted to stay home and go swimming instead of going fishing with Dad. In a story similar to “the fish that got away,” Joe caught a redfish while fishing in the mosquito flats area and took the fish home to show his son.

It turns out that Joe caught a TIFT CARES tagged redfish, tag # 40 measuring in at 21” long,  If P.J. had registered for TIFT in 2014, had gone fishing with Dad Sunday, and had caught this fish, he and Joe could have been celebrating a “$10,000 dinner” that evening.

According to Joe, he and P.J. will definitely register for TIFT this year.  He’s hopeful that their next fish tale will be about P.J. winning a TIFT CARES college scholarship.

The Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) will launch its 3rd Annual TIFT Catch a Redfish Educational Scholarship (CARES) at our 76th annual event being held July 29 – August 2.

The 10-month TIFT CARES program is open to all junior anglers registered in TIFT who are 16 years of age or younger.  Tagged redfish are released in the Laguna Madre Bay, and the first five junior anglers who catch one of the tagged fish receive a $10,000 college scholarship.  Fishing for these tagged redfish will be open from August 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016.  Any junior angler registered in the 76th TIFT is automatically registered in TIFT CARES.

“This program was designed as an investment in the future of TIFT,” said TIFT President Brent Baldree.   “We feel this is a wonderful complement to our existing annual scholarship program and encourages the family fishing experiences that have kept our tournament growing.”

The 2015-2016 TIFT CARES Tournament is sponsored by Dargel Boats, Genco Energy Services, Mitch & Clarise Heidenheimer, Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar/Laguna Bob and Will Lett, Gone South Charters.

If you’re a junior angler, be sure to register for the 2015 TIFT and “Catch a Redfish; Win a Scholarship.”  For more information or to get involved, call 956-943-TIFT or visit www.tift.org.