About the 33rd Annual, 2020 JP Griffon Memorial Fishing Tournament

Our History

The 1st JP Griffon Memorial Fishing Tournament was held in Port Mansfield only a few months after we tragically lost JP in 1988.  The tournament started with 7 boats and 29 anglers made up of JP's close friends and family.  The first Tournament spawned enough cash to award one $500 scholarship and the JP Griffon Memorial Foundation (a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization was soon formed to manage the scholarship goals of the Tournament.  Today the Tournament has grown to near 400 participants annually, in 3 Divisions and now awards approximately  $20,000.00 annually in college scholarships to deserving Friendswood area students. (Scholarship Application) The Tournament is proud to be a "Bragging Rights and Trophies" only tournament with a great group of anglers and hometown Friendswood area sponsors, partnered up with the local Port Mansfield businesses, fishing guides and the PM Chamber of Commerce to put on one of the largest private in-shore tournaments on the Texas Gulf Coast.  Welcome and HAVE FUN!

To see a great video tribute and remember (or learn a little) about JP Griffon, click here.  Thanks to Scott Jeffress for his talents on this video production!

     WHERE: Port Mansfield, Texas
     WHEN:   Mixer/Shrimp Boil - Wednesday, May 13, 2020


                    Captain’s Meeting - Thursday, May 14, 2020
                    Tournament Fishing- Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16, 2020


                    Banquet, Awards and Fundraiser Saturday Night, May 16, 2020
                    Leave - Sunday, May 17, 2020

Every angler will receive a tournament cap and a 33rd Annual Tournament tee shirt, with a pre-tournament meal prepared by Stefano's Restaurant (with shrimp provided by NIck Gaido of Nick’s Kitchen & Beach Bar), and the Saturday night  post-tournament Banquet and Awards Ceremony.

This year we have made no changes to the Official Rules but please refresh your memory and check the Official Tournament Rules and the Guided Division Supplemental Rules.  Conservation is a goal of our Tournament. Our daily tournament stringers harvest LESS THAN ONE Texas angler's daily legal limit of gamefish, for a team composed of FOUR fishermen!  Anglers are encouraged to release all fish not required for their daily competition stringer.

*The tournament  stringers cannot contain more than two speckled trout 25 inches long or longer per day. *

Fisherman may enter the Guided Division (artificial lures only *see rules for exception), the regular Open Division (no guides and any legal TPWD bait) or the Hardware Division (no guides with artificial lures only). 

*****Attention All Anglers*****
The tournament fishing hours are

6:15 am - 4:00 pm Friday and Saturday


Fisherman are reminded that no one may leave their boat until 6:15am for everyone's safety.  This applies to all Divisions regarding when anglers may enter the water to wade in the morning.
Please check the revised Official Tournament Rules and the Guided Division Rules Supplement.
The Weigh Station is open from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm each day.


!!  At least one team member must be in-line with the team's fish by 5:00 pm  !!


Don’t be late to the weigh-in!


JP Griffon Video Tribute, by Scott Jeffress


The J.P. Griffon Memorial Fishing Tournament wishes to thank our 2019 and 2020 tournament sponsors. Their continued support and contributions make this event better each year. Please support these area businesses as they help support your tournament.

2021 Sponsors and Partners (click a logo to jump to their web site)

This tournament ended on

May 16, 2020

Tournament Stats

Tournament Fast Links

Port Mansfield Links

2020 JP Griffon Memorial Fishing Tournament
May 15, 2020

Tournament Contact:
Robert Griffon

Severe Weather & Boating Safety

In the event of severe thunderstorm warnings or dangerous weather conditions prior to the start of the tournament, the day’s fishing will be delayed or postponed. Tournament directors will fly red flags at the Port Mansfield Pavilion. When the flags are lowered, the tournament will resume. If inclement weather conditions occur during the tournament, it is the entrant’s responsibility to seek safety until safe conditions prevail.



Boat captains, please remember to wear your Kill Switch whenever the boat is underway!

Tournament Boundary Map


Just click on the map and scroll around.  You can pan (click and drag), zoom (mouse thumbwheel), and add the Google Earth image by clicking the Satellite box in the lower left corner.  Click the menu icon to snap straight to the selected Boundary. 



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