Poco Bueno Beginnings
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.” The name stuck.
Thirteen boats registered for the first year which, ironically, was unfishable due to bad weather, so it ended up being a big party with a trap-shooting contest off the dock. 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 grown to include 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 of fishing out of Port O’Connor, Texas.