Poco Bueno is a family-run fishing tournament held every summer in Port O’Connor, Texas. It was founded in 1969 by Walter W. Fondren III and some of his close friends who all fished out of Port O’Connor. Walter believed that Blue Marlin fishing would be a fun way to draw attention to the incredible resources that Port O’Connor had to offer the recreational fisherman.
The name Poco Bueno came about when Walter remembered a slang term in Spanish (poco bueno) that roughly translates to “it’s ok.”
Thirteen boats registered for that first year. In 1985, an Inshore Division was added in order to accommodate the overwhelming desire of Redfish and Trout anglers to participate. With the growing popularity of fly fishing on the Texas coast, a Fly Fishing Division was added in 2009.
In the years since, Poco Bueno has included as many as 115 offshore boats and 120 inshore teams. Through the years, it has kept its original spirit – a group of friends gathering to promote the sport fishing of Port O’Connor, Texas.
There are several fishing tournaments hosted in Port O’Connor, many are invitation only, but it’s a fun time to be in POC. Watching the boats arrive for the offshore competition is a great spectator sport!
Below is a list of some of the bigger events held here in POC:
Come out and join in the fun during this year’s 4th of July Celebration. It all takes place on Saturday, July 7th at Kingfisher Beach on Matagorda Bay. Craft and food vendors of all types will be at the front beach from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. The POC Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual BBQ fundraiser starting at 11:00 AM. And of course, the fireworks display is always a treat – one of the biggest and best on the Texas Gulf Coast. Fireworks begin at dark so bring friends and family to enjoy the day together!
We’ve just experienced another wonderful Warrior’s Weekend in Port O ‘Connor. This event touches the hearts of many in our community, including the staff and friends of Tigrett Real Estate.
Warrior’s Weekend started more than 12 years ago by a group of local fishing enthusiasts. The annual event now provides fishing, camaraderie, bonding and healing for our combat veterans and their families.
Our task at Tigrett Real Estate has evolved from providing rental units to providing donated accommodations for the veterans and families who drive in to Port O’Connor. Our ultimate goal is to provide the best quality housing available. This is accomplished by the generosity of numerous residential owners in our area who offer a guest room, apartment or even their entire vacation home to these heroes. This year we were able to make over 183 placements which accommodated over 300 people.
We are honored to be a part of this amazing organization. Each year our team at Tigrett Real Estate is overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. We appreciate all who donated housing and welcomed our veterans. It is truly a labor of love for us all.
If you haven’t been to Port O’ Connor lately you are going to be pleasantly surprised how this community has banded together to bounce back after Hurricane Harvey. All of our Tigrett Vacation Rental properties are back up to par, and storm debris in the bay is virtually nonexistent. Our shrimping fleet is back at work and there’s plenty of bait at all of the boat ramps which are 100% in operation.
I personally have had a hand full of guided trips over the past 2 weeks due to the fact that people cannot get down here due to destruction in their areas. I will tell you that we are ready and recovered to help you put your friends or customers on some fish of a lifetime. The bay seems rejuvenated and the fish are hungry. The trips I have had have enjoyed full limits of red fish and near limits of speckled trout along with a handful of black drum.
We hope that you are able to recover quickly and get back down to the end of the road to make those memories of a lifetime. We are enjoying lighter crowds on the bay and its like we are back to being the best kept secret on the coast.
Capt’n Stephen Boriskie
Special Correspondent to Tigrett Real Estate
Bay Flats Lodge
Our little town of Port O’Connor is known for its resiliency and is now making efforts to restore normal business operations.
First, I want to assure you that your Tigrett Rental Reservation is fully guaranteed. Tigrett Vacation Rentals will honor your current rental (so long as the property is ready), a reschedule, or a cancel.
Now onto Harvey: the eye-wall probably missed Port O’Connor by about 40 miles; the damage our town experienced was a minimal surge tide of less than 3 feet; a lot of rain but all flooding receded; wind damage included minimal roof and siding damage, fallen fences and a few uprooted trees. In general, older structures experienced most of the damage, especially the older boat stalls. We did experience wind damage to the electrical power grid which caused all of Port O’Connor to be without power for 4 days.
Restoration Efforts: POC now has water and sewer totally restored (Boil Potable Water Restriction); power outages are being addressed by numerous Victoria Electric Coop and contractor crews; cellular reception is working with some minor issues; no debris blocking any streets in POC or roadways to POC; ICW looks brackish.
Store Openings: Speedy Stop, Hurricane Junction, Docks, the Fishing Center and others are in the works.
Port O’Connor is currently without power and utilities, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued a notice to residents of the need to boil water prior to consumption.
Due to limited resources, all upcoming rentals have been put on hold until further notice. If you leave a message with our office, we will contact you as soon as possible. Please be patient as we work to restore power and begin the clean up process.
A preliminary assessment to the area reveals that a majority of the structures are in good order. And as soon as power and utilities are restored we will be able to open up our vacation rentals.
If you would like to assist the POC residents, we are in need of water, ice and gasoline.
Before you make a trip to the area, be sure to check out DriveTexas.org for any road closures.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to welcoming you to Port O’Connor very soon.