South Padre Island KOA Holiday Events
Local Area Events
Come for the beach, sun, water activities, music, parties, and more! While the majority of the students come during Texas Week (when many Texas schools are out for spring break), students from other states are on the island throughout the month enjoying the beach and the island clubs.
Make South Padre KOA Holiday your spring break base camp. Book a cabin today.
Annual TIFT (Texas International Fishing Tournament)
Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico, Port Isabel and South Padre Island play host to Texas' largest saltwater fishing tournament—the Texas International Fishing Tournament.Fisherman young and old will compete in one of three divisions: bay, tarpon and offshore. Dockside, more than 10,000 spectators will turn out to view impressive catches of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish brought in by the big boats offshore. Bay anglers will be weighing in mouthwatering catches of speckled trout, redfish and flounder during the two days of fishing. One of the most rewarding sights at the weigh docks are the junior anglers weighing in their stringers of catches that range from a single small piggy perch to impressive catches that adult anglers will envy. Every child registered in the tournament is awarded a trophy for their effort.The tournament starts with late registration on Wednesday and Thursday with a special Playday for junior anglers on Thursday. Fishing gets underway early Friday morning with bay boats required to return to their berths each night and offshore boats being allowed to stay out overnight while still adhering to tournament start and stop fishing times. For more information on offshore rules changes, see the related link on our home page. The tournament wraps up with a lunch and awards ceremony on Sunday.
Make South Padre KOA your base camp for the tournament. Reserve your site today.