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  • The James Island Yacht Club hosted its annual king mackerel tournament on Saturday, June 25, and they had thirty-one boats competing.

    Eren Bracewell and Capt. Jack Bracewell brought two lady-angler kings to the scales. They were both caught in the shipping channel late in the day. A 31-pounder was caught about 1 p.m. and they rigged back up with a ribbonfish on a downrigger and the winning king, a huge 43.95-pounder ate it at 2:20 right after Jack said - 'The bait looks real good right here.' Smart Captain!

    Jerry Tumbleston was waiting on the dock for the weigh-in scales to open at 3 p.m. because he had caught his BIG king early in the day around 10 a.m. Fishing with friend Welch Carlson they had planned on using blue runners for king bait but the sharks were not kind and thrashed their entire supply, so they improvised and caught some spanish. The 27.5-pound king hit a spanish being fished on a downrigger, and provided about a 15-minute fight.

    June 25, 2011 at 7:34pm

    The third day of the Carolina Billfish Classic at Toler's Cove Marina saw an epic duel unfold in the afternoon between two boats competing for the CBC title. Sportin' Life, which won the last Gov. Cup event at Gerogetown, was ahead of Caramba by 100 points. Caramba, which had three sailfish releases and one blue marlin release on Day Two, kept up the fight and released three more sailfish on the final Day. Bob Faith is owner of the Caramaba and Dale Lackey is captain, the same team that won the 2010 CBC. 'We tacked on the final points with one last sailfish release with about 15 minutes left in the day,' said Faith. Gov. Cup rules stipulate that the fishing day ends at 3 p.m. The unofficial result gives Caramaba the CBC title with a total of 1800 points. Sportin' Life released a blue marlin and a sailfish on Day Two, and added a white marlin release and two more sailfish releases on Day Three. Daymaker had four sailfish releases on Day One and added two more sailfish releases on Day Three. Rascal had three sailfish releases on Day One.

    An exciting weigh-in included two changes in the meatfish divisions. Chip Jones brought a 12.8-pound tuna to the docks, giving the tuna division to Syked Out. While Full Pull angler Lenny Cannon delivered a 52.2-pound bull dolphin to take the top spot in the division. Matt Key's Day One wahoo held up to win that division for El Tejano.

    To see the Day Two report from CBC use this link:

    http://www.southcarolinasportsman.com/lpca/index.php?section=reports&event=view&action=full_report&id=144294

    June 25, 2011 at 7:10pm

    Some really nice mahi came to the scales on Friday when 9 boats went offshore for Day Two of the Carolina Billfish Classic. However, none were able to overtake the Day One leader, and since no whoo came to the scales, the Day One 'Hoo stood too.

    Eleven billfish releases were tallied with Caramba having the best of it releasing one blue marlin and three sailfish. Sportin' Life continued their hot streak by releasing a blue marlin and a sailfish. Emily Bliss released three sailfish.

    To see the Day One CBC report click:

    http://www.southcarolinasportsman.com/lpca/index.php?section=reports&event=view&action=full_report&id=144251

    June 24, 2011 at 9:34pm

    Captain Fritz Von Kolnitz is based out of the Isle Of Palms Marina and has all the options covered for summer anglers. Reach his Adventures Outdoors Charters at 843-345-9969. Fishing in the IntraCoastal Waterway just north of IOP can yield the inshore slam, spanish mackerel and bluefish and of course a shark or two!

    June 24, 2011 at 7:32am

    The 2nd annual Carolina Billfish Classic out of Toler's Cove Marina got underway Thursday June 23 with 23 out of the 31-boat Governor's Cup fleet going fishing. A total of 22 billfish were released including 20 sailfish, one blue marlin and one white marlin. Unofficial results have the Daymaker leading the the CBC with four sailfish releases. In second place is Blue Sky with the release of a blue marlin. Third place goes to Rascal for releasing three sailfish.

    The meatfish leaders are as follows:
    Francis Johnson, Double Eagle, 43.8-pound dolphin
    Matt Key, El Tejano, 27.8-pound wahoo
    Tuna, Miss Wy IV, 4.7-pound tuna

    June 23, 2011 at 7:22pm

    Carolina Cornbread Spadefish
    From Cooking on the WIld SIde Cookbook
    Order here: http://www.shop.lasmag.com/Library_c7.htm

    By Ty Conti

    8 boneless and skinless spadefish filets (3/4 to 1-inch thick)
    1 tablespoon cooking oil
    salt and pepper
    4 tablespoon butter or margarine
    1 cornbread stuffing mix
    1/4 cup minced onion
    2 tablespoons freshly chopped chives
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/8 teaspoon pepper

    Preheat boiler. Place fish on a greased rack of an unheated boiler pan. Brush fish with cooking oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil fish 6 inches from heat for 4 to 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. For the crumb mixture, melt the butter or margarine in a small saucepan. Stir in stuffing mix, chives, onion, garlic powder and pepper, then remove from heat. Top cooked fish with crumb mixture. Broil fish about 60-seconds more or until crumbs are slightly toasted. Remove and serve with a mild white wine. Serves 4 to 6.

    June 23, 2011 at 9:44am

    Carolina Cornbread Spadefish
    From Cooking on the Wild SIde Cookbook
    Order here: http://www.shop.lasmag.com/Library_c7.htm

    By Ty Conti

    8 boneless and skinless spadefish filets (3/4 to 1-inch thick)
    1 tablespoon cooking oil
    salt and pepper
    4 tablespoon butter or margarine
    1 cornbread stuffing mix
    1/4 cup minced onion
    2 tablespoons freshly chopped chives
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/8 teaspoon pepper

    Preheat boiler. Place fish on a greased rack of an unheated boiler pan. Brush fish with cooking oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil fish 6 inches from heat for 4 to 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. For the crumb mixture, melt the butter or margarine in a small saucepan. Stir in stuffing mix, chives, onion, garlic powder and pepper, then remove from heat. Top cooked fish with crumb mixture. Broil fish about 60-seconds more or until crumbs are slightly toasted. Remove and serve with a mild white wine. Serves 4 to 6.

    June 23, 2011 at 9:37am

    Twelve-year old Hunter Woodberry of Lake City went bottom fishing out of Georgetown on June 15 and reeled in a state-record Queen Triggerish tie. Fishing on the First Choice boat, a 29-foot Fountain, with his father Tony Woodbury the youth angler caught the 9-pound and 7-ounce Queen Trigger in 175-feet of water.

    The current record for Queen Triggerfish is Marc Heiden's 9-pound and 5-once queen triggerfish from January 2006.

    SCDNR official rules state that 'A fish weighing less than fifty pounds must exceed the old record by four ounces to be regarded as a new record. A weight difference of less than four ounces will result in a tie.'

    Amy Dukes with SCDNR has certified Woodbury's catch.

    June 22, 2011 at 10:14am

    The South Carolina Saltwater Sportfishing Association fished their third event on June 18.
    The Sadie Beth had the best of it, taking both the largest dolphin and largest tuna awards. Second place dolphin also went to Carlo Marino for his 27.5-pound mahi.
    No King mackerel or wahoo were weighed in.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:59am

    Daniel Martin of Summerville had never been offshore fishing before June 15 when he reeled in a whopper of a wahoo!

    To view the feature story click this link:

    http://www.southcarolinasportsman.com/details.php?id=1577

    June 21, 2011 at 4:04pm

    A North Carolina angler has caught the potential world-record blue catfish. The HUGE cat went 143-pounds!!

    To read the entire story on NorthCarolinaSportsman.com click:

    http://www.northcarolinasportsman.com/details.php?id=1939

    June 21, 2011 at 12:47pm

    The 652.8-pound blue marlin from Day One held up as the winning fish for the 2011 Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament. The boat Double B won big money for that fish and Captain Kenny Sexton of Manteo deserves some of the credit along with angler Travis Stephenson of Angier.

    For a full tournament report from Day Six use this link:

    http://www.thebigrock.com/news/2011/06/double-b-wins-53rd-big-rock

    June 19, 2011 at 5:08pm

    One of the largest fishing clubs in the Charleston area is the Lowcountry Anglers club and they fished their 16th annual tournament on Saturday, June 18 under sunny conditions with light breezes. Categories included flounder, sheepshead, black sea bass, spanish mackerel, king mackerel, spadefish and bluefish. At the captain's meeting on Wednesday night their were 180 anglers signed up to fish, and the weigh-in was held at the Maritime Center in downtown Charleston.

    Here's the link to the complete tourney recap:

    http://www.southcarolinasportsman.com/details.php?id=1576

    June 19, 2011 at 8:47am

    The fishing Pier at Folly Beach is as good as any place to spend a summer day and the summer fishing challenge series of tournaments got underway on Saturday June 18. The pier was full of anglers competing for the prizes laid out by the Charleston County Parks system.
    The rest of the summer pier fishing challenge days are July 23, August 20 and September 17.
    Unofficial results had the first three places in the biggest fish category for the June 18 fishing challenge all going to black drum. First place weighed 6-pounds 1-ounce.
    Second place weighed 4-pounds 10-ounces.
    Third place weighed 3-pounds 8-ounces.

    June 18, 2011 at 2:18pm

    There was a 100-percent release tally during the Thursday fishing at The Big Rock blue marlin Tournament. Seventy-eight boats have now fished their allotment of four days - so perhaps the leaderboard is looking more stable for the top three positions.

    For the complete recap from Day Four at Big Rock click here:

    http://www.thebigrock.com/news/2011/06/releases-dominate-fourth-day-53rd-big-rock

    June 17, 2011 at 9:52am

    This recipe come from Guy Harvey's Island Grill and serves two.

    Grits
    ½ c grits
    1 c heavy cream
    1 c water
    3 tblsp. unsalted butter
    salt and pepper to taste

    Shrimp
    2 tblsp olive oil
    8 lg. shrimp
    ¼ lb. Andouille sausage sliced and grilled
    ¼ c. Vadalia onions
    ¼ c fresh peppers
    1 tblsp blackfish seasoning
    ¼ c white wine
    2 tblsp. unsalted butter
    1 tsp fresh garlic
    salt and pepper to taste

    In a small sauce pan add grits heavy cream water unsalted butter and salt and pepper bring to boil. reduce heat to medium low, add grits and let thicken. Thickness varies depending on taste. if you enjoy them thinner add more heavy cream.

    In a non-stick sautee pan add olive oil, grilled sausage, garlic, onions and peppers. Sauté on high heat for 5 min, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and add shrimp sauté for 4-5 min, add white wine to the glazed pan. Reduce heat to low add butter to finish.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:33pm

    This recipe come from Guy Harvey's Island Grill and serves two.

    Grits
    ½ c grits
    1 c heavy cream
    1 c water
    3 tblsp. unsalted butter
    salt and pepper to taste

    Shrimp
    2 tblsp olive oil
    8 lg. shrimp
    ¼ lb. Andouille sausage sliced and grilled
    ¼ c. Vadalia onions
    ¼ c fresh peppers
    1 tblsp blackfish seasoning
    ¼ c white wine
    2 tblsp. unsalted butter
    1 tsp fresh garlic
    salt and pepper to taste

    In a small sauce pan add grits heavy cream water unsalted butter and salt and pepper bring to boil. reduce heat to medium low, add grits and let thicken. Thickness varies depending on taste. if you enjoy them thinner add more heavy cream.

    In a non-stick sautee pan add olive oil, grilled sausage, garlic, onions and peppers. Sauté on high heat for 5 min, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and add shrimp sauté for 4-5 min, add white wine to the glazed pan. Reduce heat to low add butter to finish.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:30pm

    Day Three of the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament saw 113 boats release 31 billfish on Wednesday. Three rookie anglers were able to land their first ever blue marlin and one of them brought their fish to the scales. Kevin Travis fishing aboard Sushi saw his blue marlin weigh-in at 467.4-pounds, which is good for third place overall midway through the week long event.

    For the entire recap from Day Three use this link:

    http://www.thebigrock.com/news/2011/06/sushi-rolls-big-rock-leaderboard

    June 16, 2011 at 7:15am

    The Carolina Lady Anglers fishing club based out of Charleston held their 14th annual Fishing for the Cure tournament on June 4. The City of Charleston's Maritime Center served as the weigh-in station. Michelle Stroud won the Outstanding female angler award while Bruce Humbert won the Outstanding male angler award. Stroud won the king mackerel division with a 20.68-pound fish, while Humbert swept all three places in the sheepshead division. In other categories Scott McInerny won the ladyfish award with a 1.94-pounder. Tyler Suggs won the spanish mackerel award with a 6.14-pound spaniard.

    June 15, 2011 at 2:58pm

    Listen as Robert Wiggers of SCDNR gives the introduction to the video which includes graph charts documenting how a cold water event can affect trout populations.

    June 15, 2011 at 2:38pm
    A comment titled: ZZ Top in response to a report titled: Wrightsville, Carolina Beach: Hot!

    For some reason this photo reminds me of the band ZZ Top.
    Instead of three dudes with long beards, we got three dudes with long flounder!

    It seems this is a very good year everywhere for flounder.

    June 30, 2011 at 9:54am
    A comment titled: scum frog in response to a report titled: Sandhills State Forest Fishing

    That scum frog lure name has to be one of my all time favorites!!

    That swamp bass sure has some pretty color on him.

    June 30, 2011 at 9:51am
    A comment titled: ladyish in response to a report titled: Beaufort County Kayak Sharkin'

    Yeah, the ladyfish really seem to be showing up everywhere now!

    June 30, 2011 at 9:49am
    A comment titled: looks fun in response to a report titled: Hook Set - 'Beatin' The Heat'

    That sure does look like fun -and sounds like its a country thing!

    The spadefish can rest easy for a day since Blake is putting his hookset into the lips of a few lunker bass!!

    Cool Sportsman shirt too - I never seen one in yellow before!

    June 29, 2011 at 12:57pm
    A comment titled: growing in response to a report titled: Antlers Growing

    The antlers are growing faster than the corn is!

    June 29, 2011 at 12:50pm
    A comment titled: bonnethead in response to a report titled: Beaufort County Kayak Sharkin'

    Great photo of the kayak-caught bonnethead !!

    What else did yall catch?

    June 29, 2011 at 12:49pm
    A comment titled: Hobie in response to a report titled: Beaufort Tarpon-from a Kayak!

    Man, those Hobie kayaks can make all the difference.
    Great story and photo!

    June 29, 2011 at 12:44pm
    A comment titled: downrigger in response to a report titled: Summertime Bass on Lake Hartwell

    Ever use a downrigger for the fish that go deep?

    June 29, 2011 at 12:37pm
    A comment titled: spawn in response to a report titled: Bull Reds at the Charleston Jetties

    Yep, they come into spawn!!

    DNR puts an underwater microphone down at Dynamite Hole sometimes to listen to their drumming sounds when they are here!!

    June 29, 2011 at 12:35pm
    A comment titled: upstate in response to a report titled: Lake Lyman And Cooley

    I had a request for more upstate lake fishing reports - so Thanks!!

    June 29, 2011 at 12:33pm
    A comment titled: Big Fish in response to a report titled: Tournament Results

    Shakey lure huh - cool.

    Get a photo of that Big Fish??

    June 29, 2011 at 12:32pm
    A comment titled: like in response to a report titled: Bowen and Bialock Bass Fishing

    I like a Carolina rig too!

    June 29, 2011 at 12:18pm
    A comment titled: season in response to a report titled: Squirrel Season

    I just use a plain ole 12-gauge with a modified choke.

    Guess I took out about 10 bushytails.

    I used to hunt 'em with a .22 when I was being more of a sportsman, but I like to have a chance to hit 'em even if they make a break for it.

    June 29, 2011 at 7:48am
    A comment titled: smile in response to a report titled: Large mouth

    awesome smile.... and bass.

    Keep the pics coming!

    June 29, 2011 at 7:46am
    A comment titled: bears in response to a report titled: up close

    I didn't comment before on the bear post - but I could tell that you weren't happy about one knocking your feeder about.

    I can't tell anything about the ear you asked about?
    Just got some dirt on it maybe?

    I can see that this deer is in what I have heard called the 'pencil-neck' phase, or time of year.

    June 24, 2011 at 1:56pm
    A comment titled: bow fishing in response to a report titled: Big catfsih

    Who says bow fishing is tough in S.C.?

    It is becoming more and more popular!
    Thanks for sharing your son's catch.

    June 24, 2011 at 9:27am
    A comment titled: S.C. Memorial Reef Event in response to a report titled: Carolina Billfish Classic

    Come out and join us for the 3rd Annual South Carolina Memorial Reef Auction to be held in conjunction with the Carolina Billfish Classic hosted by Toler's Cove Marina.

    This year's event will be held at Goldbug Island located at 1560 Ben Sawyer Blvd. Mt. Pleasant, SC. (Map) at 7 p.m.

    Silent & Live auction items include fishing charters, shotguns, tackle, sculptures and artwork, hunting trips, dining packages, vacation packages and a week in Los Suenos including a luxury condo and exclusive use of a 60' Paul Mann sportfishing machine with captain and crew during your entire stay!

    With your support, we have raised over $100,000 and this year's event is sure to be the best event yet!

    Want more info - check out this past saltwater column:

    http://www.southcarolinasportsman.com/details.php?id=832

    June 23, 2011 at 9:21am
    A comment titled: fun pic in response to a report titled: New and Old!

    Love the photo of the buck riding shotgun !!!!

    June 23, 2011 at 6:48am
    A comment titled: pretty work in response to a report titled: first Spanish

    Way to get on those Spanish Brennan -and welcome to the forum!!

    June 23, 2011 at 6:43am
    A comment titled: names in response to a report titled: Hooks

    I like Mustad, then Gamakatsu, and then Eagle Claw.

    June 22, 2011 at 8:51am
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