South Carolina Sportsman's third annual fishing school was held Feb. 23 at Garrett Academy in North Charleston.

Participants in the all-day event came from across the Palmetto State and several neighboring states to listen to multiple instructors offer fishing tips on a myriad of species, plus associated topics.

Fourteen instructors split time in 6 classrooms as they conducted 36 hour long sessions on a wide variety of saltwater fishing and closely related topics.  In addition to the information and confidence to go out and catch their favorite fish, each participant received a participant's bag with numerous tackle samples, a South Carolina Sportsman T-shirt, a 1-year subscription to South Carolina Sportsman and opportunities to win numerous door prizes.  Lunch was provided for those attending and was prepared by students in the Culinary Arts Curriculum at Garrett Academy.

The instructors included: Captain John Lowder of Conway (, Capt. Chip Berry of Wilmington, N.C., (, Capt. Mark Phelps of Charleston (, Capt. Todd Stamps of Charleston (, Capt. Adam Paul of Charleston (, Capt. Jerry Dilsaver (, Capt Eric Heiden of Pawleys Island, Scott Meister of Charleston (, Ty Conti ( and more.

After learning so much about their favorite species of fish and how to improve their odds of catching their limits, the participants really paid close attention to the many door prizes given during the lunch break.  The door prizes included Star Rods, Maps Unique Charts, Betts Cast Nets and a lot of prized fishing tackle and accessories. 

The Grand Door Prize was a trip for two to Jensen Beach, Florida to fish with Capt. Mark Nichols, the inventor and owner of D.O.A. lures.  Also include was lodging at River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp.  The winner of the fishing trip was Mike Haggie, who traveled from Little River to attend the school at the urging of a friend who attended the first school.