2021 InducteesTexas Saltwater Fishing Hall of Fame
Pete Fox was born in Sandusky, Ohio and moved to Corpus Christi, TX in 1958. He spent his adolescent summer years fishing and surfing in Port Aransas and working as a deckhand., dock-boy and mate. After graduating from high school, Pete was drafted into the United States Army where he earned numerous medals including the Bronze Star. After his service to his country he returned to Port Aransas and became a successful businessman with the startup of Marine Surveyors, Inc. and Fox Yacht Sales. He became an avid sports fisherman, rancher, family man and mentor/counselor to many youth of Port Aransas.
His brokerage experience began with Richard Bertram Co. of South Padre. He was then hired by the Marine Group to open an office in Port Aransas. In 1989 he established Western Gulf Sales with Hal Tompkins. Fox Yacht Sales was established in 1993 with Pete as the owner and President of the company. Fox Yacht Sales continues to be a family owned and operated business with his sons at the helm in Port Aransas with offices in Rockport/Fulton, South Padre and Seabrook.
Pete was instrumental in the formation and continuation of the Texas Womens Anglers Tournament in 1984. To date this tournament has contributed over $130,000 to the Purple Door, formerly known as the South Texas Women’s Shelter.
He was also influential in establishing several of the Port Aransas billfish tournaments, some of which continue to this day.
In the 70’s Pete worked as a mate on the 42’ boat “White Marlin” and later captained the 42’ boat “Puddin” and other sportfishing boats. During his time on the “Puddin”, “Seventh Heaven” and “Let it Ride” they were awarded many trophies and acolytes in Texas Gulf tournaments, including a record that still stands for the largest White Marlin.
During his many years on the water he fished tournaments up and down the Gulf Coast including:
Deep Sea Roundup
Veal Brothers of South Padre
Fred Rhodes Memorial aka Chicken Shit
Port Aransas Masters
Texas Women Anglers
Dean Hawn Memorial
TCBT-Texas Championship Billfish
Muy Cheapo of Port Aransas
Freeport Watermelon Classic
ROC-Rockport Offshore Challenge
August Billfish Classic
Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic
Pete’s long, successful, fun-filled life and exploits ended on July 6th 2019.