Cast Away Thursday, Anglers
Fishing is always a thing on Canyon Lake, but it’s a huge deal Thursday nights through July, when anglers turn out for one of the largest weeknight tournament series in the country.
The weekly bass tournament is open to anyone with a valid Texas fishing license. Teenagers 17 and under do not need a license. Registration fee is $40. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.
Angler of the Year
Upwards of 120 anglers show up weekly for the event, which pays out as much as $4,500 on a weeknight. Tournaments end the last Thursday in July with a championship that pays out $5,000 in guaranteed money and names an angler of the year.
The limit is five largemouth, smallmouth, spotted or Guadalupe bass, and anglers must abide by all state and local laws.
One-hundred percent of all money collected is paid back to participants, and prizes provided by sponsors are awarded each week.
“We’re professionally run,” says tournament founder and New Braunfels resident Shaun Tamez. “We do everything that you would see in the largest tournament in the country.
“It’s a pretty cool little deal and we’ve got sponsors backing it.”
The tournament provides a chance for “like-minded individuals with similar interests to gather once a week to share knowledge, build friendships, but mainly to enjoy themselves as many anglers will hang around long after weigh-in.”
Tamez says anglers drive in from all over Central Texas for the fishing tournament, now in its fifth year. Thursday Nighters used to alternate between Canyon Lake and Lake Dunlap — until it grew too big for the latter.