1985 Hall of Fame Fishing Tournament : an analysis of participants' characteristics, attitudes and expenditures
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1985 Hall of Fame Fishing Tournament : an analysis of participants' characteristics, attitudes and expenditures
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    TAMU-SG ; 88-201
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    The 13th Annual Hall of Fame Saltwater Fishing Tournament was held between May 18 and May 26, 1985, in Galveston, Texas. The tournament attracted 261 participants, of which 153 registered to compete in the inshore division, and 108 in the offshore division, Participants were sent a mail questionnaire one week after the tournament ended. This was followed by a postcard reminder, and if necessary , second and third mailing of the questionnaire. Seventy-nine percent of the inshore division and 66 percent of the offshore division fishermen returned a usable questionnaire, for an overall response rate of 73.percent. Telephone interviews were conducted on a sample of 20 non-respondents. Results were used to correct survey findings for non-response bias. Most of the respondents were active male fishermen and were employed in skilled or semi-skilled positions. Their average age was 34 years, and the average income category of inshore division anglers was $30,000-$39,999, for those competing in the offshore division $40,000-$49,999. Participants in both divisions were equally likely to own a boat, but those owned by offshore anglers were somewhat larger. There was little difference between the two divisions on reported motives for fishing in tournaments. Total direct purchases associated with the tournament were estimated to be about $76,000, excluding tournament fees (an additional $6,600). Because there was only one out-of- state participant, no meaningful statewide economic benefits were realized from the tournament . Approximately $ 21,600 was spent by out-of-county Texas residents, resulting in a local economic impact of $43,000 for Galveston County. Unlike other tournaments,the benefits were dispersed across a number of economic sectors. A comparison with other studies of Texas tournaments showed the Hall of Fame to be relatively small, had small daily expenditures and produced minimal economic impacts for the local economy. Finally, a comparison of Texas tournament fishermen with a sample of Texas saltwater boat fishermen indicated that tournament fishermen are more active in terms of fishing avidity, and are more commited to the sport.
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