Anthony Gagliardi, a pro bass fisherman on the FLW Tour and the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup champion, visited the Lake Murray CAST (Cast a Special Thrill) event on March 25.
He spoke at the awards presentation about the importance of getting kids involved in fishing and assisted with awards, presenting plaques to each of the 20 participants and their boat captains.
CAST is a national, non-profit organization with bass pro Jay Yelas as national director. It has been sponsoring fishing events across the nation for 27 years. The Lake Murray event was a joint effort between Lake Murray's Seniors Bass Club and Mt. Horeb Methodist Church's Special Needs Ministry. Twenty special needs kids and a parent were paired with members of the club, with each kid receiving a spinning rod and reel, tackle box and T-shirt for an 8:30-11:30 a.m. fishing event, followed by a barbecue lunch provided by club member Jim Edwards and his family.
April 1 was a big day on the water for Tina and Randy Thomason. Tina caught her first redfish, a nice bull at that, near the South Jetty at Charleston Harbor, on cut mullet fished on a sliding sinker red. Randy caught a nice black drum on a piece of oyster fished on a Carolina rig near Drum Island.
Ty and Wyatt Little both caught their biggest bass ever on Friday, April 6, fishing on W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in Wilkes County. Ty Little's bass was 22 1/4 inches long and weighted 6.89 pounds. Wyatt Little's bass was 22 1/4 inches long and weighed 6.75 pounds. Fishing with Kris Little, the five biggest bass of the day weighed 24 pounds. Ty (at top) is 13 years old; Wyatt (above) is 9.
Mitch Simmons of Lake Waccamaw, N.C., had a good day duck hunting in Columbus County, N.C., on Dec. 23. His black lab, Ace, retrieved this nice brace of wood ducks.
James Poe caught this nice smallmouth bass on Sept. 16 on the New River near the North Carolina/Virginia border.
Jeff Wiebe of Efland, N.C., killed this nice 8-point buck in Orange County. He was watching a doe whose flank had an obvious wound, and who was missing an eye, when the buck showed up just before dark. He kille dit with a single shot from his .50 Thompson Center Arms blackpowder gun.
Jason Long of Person County, N.C., took this tall, 148-inch 8-pointer in full velvet on Sept. 17, using a crossbow.
Cody Dean Leonard, 12, who lives in Davidson County, N.C., killed this 8-point buck in Montgomery County with his .243.
Great job by the Mullis family of Summerville, S.C.
Dad Keith Mullis took this, 8-point, 180-pound buck on Oct. 15, hunting in the Wee Tee State Forest. He took the buck with a shot from his .30-06 while still hunting.
Daughter Cassie took two pigs with one shot from her .270 at Wee Tee State Forest on Oct. 15, and younger sister Taylor took a 170-pound sow with at .243 at 45 yards.
It's hard to believe anybody, much less a 13-year-old, can have as good a month hunting and fishing as Whit Strickland. First, he caught a 70-pound blue catfish at Lake Wylie the first week of October.
The, he killed an 8-point, 204-pound buck on Oct. 10 in York County, S.C., He followed that up with an 8-point, 190-pound buck on Nov. 4, also in York County.
Amy Ford killed this 11-point buck on Friday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m., in Beaufort County, N.C., The buck had a split brow tine and one kicker. The killing shot was only 15 yards.
Paula McCoy and Judy Russo both caught their first big bull redfish fishing with guide Tommy Scarborough out of Georgetown, S.C.
Brandy Edwards of Surf City, N.C., caught her first-ever gag grouper, this 12.8-pound whopper, on Oct. 15, fishing out of Topsail Inlet with her husband, Scott. Fishing out of a 21-foot NauticStar bay boat, they followed a bigger boat out to about 12 miles off the beach, found a nice piece of hardbottom and hooked up.
Bryan Buckner of Saluda was surprised to reel in this chain pickerel on his catfish rig baited with cut perch Monday Oct. 16 under the Hwy 26 bridge on Lake Hartwell. He also caught a nice mess of crappie fishing with 'Six Rods Down' guide service.
Casey Miles caught this 4.5-pound bass in a pond near Lugoff, S.C.
Marti Shutte of Aynor, S.C., killed this nice 8-point buck on Oct. 7 in Horry County, S.C.
Hugh McLaurin of Elloree, S.C., killed this beautiful kudu, with 54-inch horns, on his first African safari.
Greg Abee of Greenville, S.C., a disc jockey on 93.3 The Planet known as Diesel, caught this nice largemouth bass while fishing in a farm pond near Mauldin on Labor Day.
Bruce Sellars caught this nice, 4-pound, 10-ounce bass, fishing on Strom Thurmond Lake with the Bear Creek Fishing Club.
Ethan Pawelczyk, 7, caught this 33-inch, 13-pound striped bass on Kerr Lake on Sept. 11, 2016. He caught the fish on a pencil popper first thing int he morning when a school was breaking in a cove near Kerr Dam, chasing shad to the surface.