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  • First Fish!

    Pawleys Island resident Morgan Ray caught her first fish earlier this week while fishing with her mom in a saltwater pond in the Litchfield area.

    The 8-year old landed a pinfish on a piece of cut shrimp with her Shakespeare Ladyfish rod-and-reel combo in the early evening on an incoming tide.

    Ray had been fishing with whole shrimp, but she said little fish kept pecking at the shrimp and stealing her bait, so she scaled down the size of her offering. She also followed her mom's advice to not try setting the hook so quickly, and instead let the fish take the bait all the way in, allowing Ray to make a perfect hook-set. She reeled in the fish, her mom captured the moment on photo, and they released the fish to fight another day.

    This begs the question--how many of you have a photo of yourself with the first fish you ever caught?

    Brian Cope
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter