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  • Student Angler League Tournament Trail

    Student Angler League Tournament Trail kicked off the second season with less than favorable conditions. Fishing after a few days of rain combined with a flood tide is not always easy or patient to wait on the fish to come to the anglers on a very slow falling tide. Nevertheless, with tourneys designed to have a mid dayish low tide, there were some happy kids parading their catch at the 3:00 weight ins.
    High school bass division was won by Lauren Dyer and Chase Todd, both of Georgetown High School with 3 fish at 6.54 pounds and Chase took the “Big Fish” honors with a 4.35 pounder. Second place was won by Bradley Thompkins and River Squires of Conway High School. No anglers competed in the middle school bass division.
    High school red drum division was won by Maria Rabon of the Christian Academy with 1 fish at 1.38 pounds (15.5 inches) with no teams taking second. The “Big Fish” honors with a 38 inch red drum picture taken and fish released was Colin Newton of Waccamaw High School. Middle school red drum division was won by Ben Pardue and Charlie Holmes with 1 fish at 4.07 pounds (21.5 inches) and they also released a 26 inch red drum after a picture was taken on the bump board to show the nose to pinched tail length that determines the “Big Fish” winner for reds.
    Schools represented were Conway High and Middle, Carolina Forest High, Ocean Bays Middle, Middle, Waccamaw High, Rosemary Middle (Andrews), Socastee High, Forestbrook Middle, Christian Academy High, Stratford High, Georgetown High and Middle, and the Scholars Academy. St James Middle and Blackwater Middle will be attending the next tourney.
    October 10th is the second of 4 trails this school year and it is NOT too late to sign up and fish the trail. The spring dates are February 20 and March 5. Anglers can target reds “or” bass. Anglers can fish for reds one tourney then bass the next if they choose to but here will be a trail winner for each division and species for each species.
    All trails are from Campbell Landing on the Sampit River with a 7 am launch and 3 pm weight in. Anglers must have an adult of 21 or older driving and it only costs $25 per angler for the trail. Anglers compete in the middle school or high school division but mixed anglers ( one high, one middle ) must fish in the high school division. For more information go to where you will find the director’s contact information if you have any questions.