By: Rene Carettini

Fishing is one of the Rockport/Fulton area pastimes that had gained a large following. And what better way to interest more women in the sport than an all-women’s fishing tournament?

Babes on the Bay is just that. This is the largest, one day, unrestricted all-women’s fishing tournament in the United States. The women who fish the tournament range in ages from elementary age all the way to great grandmothers. And with team names such as “The Happy Hookers”, “Nauti Nurses”, and of course, “Miss Kitty’s Purrfect Catch”, you know that you are in for a good time.

The tournament usually starts at 6pm on Friday, with the Captains meeting being held at the fairground the same night. There are food vendors, beer vendors, a shopping mall, and entertainment. This is also when you get your goody bag and check in. It’s fun to walk around and check out all the different team names. Some are humorous, some are whimsical, and some are…well, let’s face it, some are just a little risqué.

And don’t forget the cash pots. It’s always fun to have a chance to win some money. There are cash pots for the heaviest redfish, the heaviest trout, and the heaviest stringer. The buy in is $50.00 per pot. There is a 1st and 2nd place, 80% to 1st place and 20% to 2nd.

With guided and non-guided divisions, this tournament is fun for all. If you are interested in the guided division you should probably start looking for a guide now. You can find a list of some of the area guides at the following link, This is a list of the guides that we at Miss Kitty’s have had the privilege of fishing with.

Miss Kitty’s participates in the tournament as well as provides accommodations for other participants. Take a look at some of our homes that are available. You can see the homes at  You can give us a call at any time and we would be happy to help you pick out the perfect house for your visit. We have everything from efficiency rooms all the way up to houses that can sleep up to 18 people. We have bay front and canal front homes as well as off water homes.

You can even come in a day early and just enjoy Rockport’s attractions, such as the Rockport Beach, shop downtown at the many stores, enjoy the art galleries. Just take a look at the local area attractions at the following link,
So check out the Babes on the Bay website for registration, as well as the rules and regulations. Take a look at the past years to see the winning teams and fish. Call Miss Kitty’s for your lodging needs. We can also help with names and numbers for local fishing guides. We will do our best to make your trip a memorable one.

Hope to “catch” you in Rockport on May 15th and 16th, 2015, for the 16th annual Babes on The Bay. Its fun for everyone in the whole family.