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TPWD News Release — May 5, 2011

Brownsville Angles for Guinness World Record of Fishing

ATHENS—Las Huellas Fishing Kids and the City of Brownsville will attempt to set a record for the world’s biggest fishing tournament on Saturday, May 21.

Event organizer David Mendez hopes at least 1,000 kids will show up to fish for catfish in the resaca adjacent to the Brownsville Event Center at 1 Event Center Blvd.

The first 800 youths to register will receive a free rod-and-reel combo and a T-shirt. Food, door prizes and goodie bags will be given out as long as the supply lasts. Registration will take place from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., and fishing will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m.

Trophies will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners in age groups 6 and under, 7 to 11 and 12 to 16. Additional prizes will be awarded to those catching the first five tagged fish.

Major sponsors of the event include Las Huellas, City of Brownsville, Brownsville City Manager’s Youth Fund, Brownsville Public Utilities Board, Sombrero Festival and Brownsville Herald. The event is free to all participants.

"Las Huellas is Spanish for ’The Tracks’—wildlife tracks,” says David Mendez, event organizer. “The Las Huellas organization serves as an advocate for the benefit of South Texas wildlife and for the rights of South Texas wildlife managers, landowners and sportsmen in educational and wildlife habitat-related arenas.”

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff will assist with the event.

For more information about Las Huellas, visit http://www.lashuellas.org/.

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