"Vamos a Pescar, Let's Go Fishing"
Our "Vamos a Pescar, Let's Go Fishing" Event started as a last request to go fishing by an area farmer who often missed family events because of work.
The “Vamos a Pescar, Let’s Go Fishing” event in Lubbock, Texas that uses fishing as a hook to bring families together. The event is free, does not require a fishing license, no registration fee, no cost for lunch – as to not hinder families, or discourage their participation in the event. In 2009, the event drew 1,800 participants. In 2019, the fishing event grew to almost 5000 participants. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the event was canceled in 2020 for the safety and wellness of our family and community.
The “Vamos a Pescar, Let’s Go Fishing” was organized by Los Hermanos Familia, and is made up of member associations including the Vamos a Pescar Committee, Lubbock’s Fishing Future, the Lubbock Master Anglers, Knights of Columbus #8097 San Jose, Knights of Columbus # 11807 Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Grace Guadalupanos, Knights of Columbus # 15876 St. Patrick’s Church, Knights of Columbus #16210 St. Phillip Benizi Idalou, Catholic Daughters of America, LULAC #263, Catholic War Veterans #1942, 4th Degree Assembly 1101, Los Carnales La Familia, Purple Heart South Plains of Texas #0900, American Legion Riders, Knights of Columbus #12803 St. Elizabeth’s, Knights of Columbus, #16394 San Ramon, Los Seguidores de Cristo, Brownfield’s St Anthony Council #12292, VFW Lubbock Post 2466, the Dallas Cowboy Fans of Lubbock, Sigma Lambda Beta, Omega Delta Phi, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Delta Alpha Omega, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Lambda Theta Phi, Lambda Theta Alpha, Kappa Delta Chi, the Society for the Advancement for Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Lubbock P.A.G.A., Junior Catholic Daughters of America, Latino Medical Association of TTU, and many more volunteers,working collectively to carry out this event.
And of course, this event is possible because of partnerships with the Texas Parks & Wildlife, the Texas Game Warden’s Association, Lubbock’s Fishing’s Future, and various sponsors and media, and the City of Lubbock.
The 2021 "Vamos a Pescar, Let's Go Fishing"
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021
Time: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pre-Registration is now open.
Those who pre-registered can check-in as early as 5 a.m.
2021 Co-Chairs are Christy Martinez-Garcia & Frank Garcia.
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Special Thanks to Our
Marcos Belgara & Family
Texas Melon Exchange/McWhirter Farms
"Vamos a Pescar, Let's Go Fishing"
Photos from past "Vamos a Pescar, Let's Go Fishing" events
How It All Began...
The last request to go fishing with the entire family was filled by Frank Garcia, whose father, the late Gonzalo Garcia Sr., made a day before his death.
While he was a loving and dedicated father, Frank said that often the demands as a farmer would prevent his dad from being a part of family outings and activities.
The death of his father impacted the family severely, as his death was sudden. Every year on the anniversary of his death, Frank would discuss the family fishing event that never was.
One day his wife, Christy suggested that they hold a fishing event in honor of his father, but for fathers much like Gonzalo whose jobs prevented them from having that time with their families.
As a result, Frank and Christy, invited friends, family, and many active organizations to form Los Hermanos Familia (The Brothers and Family), an association of men, women, and youth volunteers who value God, family, and community.
Together, in 2009, they coordinated the “Vamos a Pescar” (Let’s Go Fishing) Fishing event to originally bring dads together with their children/families. The event was deemed to be free, no license, no registration fee, no cost for lunch – as to not hinder families, or discourage their participation in the event. The event was a hit and drew 1,800 participants.
Now, attendance has grown significantly and the event remains FREE. More so, the event is for all family members - fathers, mothers, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends!
“Time with family is precious… and our event was done to encourage families to value that time, as well as the sport of fishing,” said Frank Garcia, event Co-Chair/Co-Founder.
The fishing event continues to grow and appeal to families and future fishermen.