On May 19, 2017 316 fishermen left the port of Port Mansfield, Texas to participate in one of the United States largest inshore fishing tournaments, the J.P. Griffon Memorial Fishing Tournament.  Winners of the fishing tournament bring home only “bragging rights and a small trophy.”  All proceeds raised from the tournament go to scholarships for deserving students of Friendswood High School.

The tournament first started in 1988 by the Griffon Family, in memory of J.P. Griffon.  With only close friends and family, 7 boats and 29 anglers fished Port Mansfield, raising $500.  Growing every year, the tournament now raises on average $20,000 annually.

This year, 83 registered teams of 4, woke-up early Friday morning ready to compete in the Texas heat. Each team was allowed to weigh-in 5 speckled trout, 3 red fish, and 2 flounder a day.  Teams can enter 1 of the 3 divisions which includes an open, guided, and hardware.

Saturday night after the tournament fishermen came together for a banquet remembering J.P. and a lifetime member of the tournament, Donald Douglas Ziegelbein “Donny Z”.  At the banquet, fishermen shared their weekend fishing stories while listening to live music and eating fish.

View more about the J.P. Griffon Memorial Fishing Tournament.

Justin J. Lind

November 2017
White Buffalo Outdoors