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10th annual Salty Aggies fishing tournament kicks off July 30

Port Aransas event helps local students
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Posted at 5:22 AM, Jul 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-19 11:22:24-04

PORT ARANSAS, Texas — e 10th annual Salty Aggies fishing tournament will happen at Fisherman's Wharf in Port Aransas starting July 30-July 31.

The event is sponsored by the Nueces County A&M Club, an alumni organization of former students of Texas A&M University living in Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas in Nueces County.

The club sponsors activities where local Aggies can network and meet new friends. The fishing tournament starts at 6 a.m. on Saturday July 31. The event provides scholarships for future Aggies from the Corpus Christi area.

Ashleigh Thomas, vice president of activities for the club, said the cost to watch the fishing tournament is $30 at the door. That gets you food, drinks and entrance to the entertainment area.

“We are having our captains party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and that is open to the public whether you are fishing (in) our tournament or not," Thomas said. "We are going to have a great silent auction and raffle items and great entertainment from Corpus Christi’s very own Venus Lily,” said Thomas.

The scholarship will award at least one student who graduates from Nueces County high schools $500 in the fall and the spring for four years.

The application for this scholarship does not open until April 2022, but Thomas said it is very important for high school seniors to start applying early for scholarships now.

Hannah Hooper, a Texas A&M University student, was one of the scholarship winners this year. She suggests that as high school seniors start thinking about where they want to attend college, it is best to apply for as many scholarships as possible.

“I just think it’s a really cool scholarship because the funding comes from the A&M club," Hooper said. "Having things like the fishing tournament and the golf tournament and it's Aggies helping future Aggies."

Click here for the Nueces County A&M club has a Facebook page and here to sign up for the fishing tournament.