There were plenty of smiles and lots of fish being caught out in Rockport Friday as the second annual Warrior's Weekend Heroes Cup was underway.
It's an annual fishing tournament for wounded members of the U.S. armed services. It pays a top prize of $800 for the biggest fish in three categories, as well as the next four places.
You often hear about those guys who brag about catching a huge fish but never seem to have the picture to prove it, but on Friday, 3News got video of one big fish reeled in by a U.S. Marine stationed in Corpus Christi.
Zechariah Barnes, one of 28 wounded servicemen who were invited to go out with a fishing guide in the tournament, returned from his fishing trip in Rockport with a huge red drum -- the biggest catch of the day, weighing in at 27.8 pounds.
"I never felt so much support in my life from Texas," Barnes said. "It's amazing, so it makes me proud of what I do, so it means a lot whole lot."
"these guys will tell you they don't see anything like this except in Texas," said Billy Bowers, vice president of Warrior's Weekend. "They come from all over the country."
A donor stepped forward to mount Barnes' red drum for free, and all 28 wounded warriors will go home with their share of the fish that were caught in Friday's tournament.
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