Fishing tournament weighmaster certification course offered

February 11, 2013

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — A limited number of seats remain for the Fishing Tournament Weighmaster Training and Certification course being offered at Isla Blanca Park on Saturday, May 18.

The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) Coastal Studies Laboratory, 100 Marine Lab Drive in South Padre Island. The course is limited to 30 people. Registration is $35 per person and may be paid by cash or check made out to the Tournament Directors Foundation of Texas (or TDFT). 
Participants will learn the key points to running a fishing tournament and how to identify fish species, recognize altered fish, determine fish freshness, and accurately measure and weigh fish. Certified weighmasters play an important role in tournaments by spotting fraudulent catches and by ensuring that all entries are correctly weighed and measured, said Tony Reisinger, Cameron County Coastal and Marine Resources Agent.

“Fishing tournament organizers are not required to use certified weighmasters, but having one is crucial for ensuring an efficiently run and successful event,” said Reisinger, who is also a course instructor.

To register, or for more information, call the UTPA Coastal Studies Laboratory at 956-761-2644.

The course is sponsored by TDFT, the Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University, UTPA Coastal Studies Laboratory, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Cameron County.

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.