Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017 Jim Bost Memorial Won by Big Sky

Cayson Warner and his winning mahi,
with Warner family in background
The lure of the deep blue sea fueled the second annual Jim Bost Memorial tournament out of the Marina at Edisto Beach on June 17, where 10-percent of the proceeds go to the Harry Hampton Fund. The event that celebrates one of Edisto’s fishing families was actually won by another fishing family, when Big Sky brought back a 25.1-pound dolphin to win the heaviest fish competition. The crew of the Big Sky consisted of four members of the Randolph family from Charlotte, North Carolina. Joel, Chuck, Austin and Jeff Randolph fished out of a center console boat and were the first team to arrive at the weigh-in that ran from 5 until 6:30. Team Randolph received a $480 payday for the first place prize.

Team Randolph with First Place Dolphin:
Joel, Chuck, Austin and Jeff
Finishing in second place is Team Double Shot of Edisto Beach. Captain Charles Yeomans and Bob McConnell teamed up to fish together and son Mitchell McConnell reeled in the 16.2-pound blackfin tuna that brought them $160 in cash. “We had a late morning bite and caught the tuna on a dink bait way back behind the boat,” said McConnell. “We had roly poly sea conditions all day and lost a decent wahoo on the boat, which was close enough for us to get on video.”
Dealer’s Choice out of Walterboro won third place in the tournament and 10-year old Cayson Warner won the youth angler honors too. Captain Jimbo Warner said that they caught the 16.2-pound dolphin at 2 p.m. and that the bite was slow all day. “We also saw three billfish today, one white marlin and two sailfish, but we couldn’t get hooked up,” said Warner. The third place prize is $80 and the youth angler trappings included a Penn Battle rod and reel combo and a hat and t-shirt from the Marina at Edisto Beach.

Team Single Shot weighed the only tuna:
Angler Mitchel McConnell and Alex Michaeli
To view the entire feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries from 2016 at Edisto click on Jim Bost Memorial - Dolphin Slam - Cobia Tourney - Spring Shorebird Synergy - Bovine Bones on Beach - Edisto River book - Business of the Year

Team Fortunate Son with their 11.7-pound mahi mahi

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Edisto Chamber of Commerce - 2017 Business of the Year

Lou and Gini Rasmussen, Peter Beck, Zachary Beck and Linda Beck
of Green Boat Liquors, with Edisto Chamber Director Lisa Harrell
The annual business meeting and dinner for the Edisto Chamber of Commerce was held June 14. The Edisto Beach Civic Center is home to this event , and is also home to the office of Chamber Director Lisa Harrell. A social hour began at 6 p.m. giving business leaders a chance to enjoy some fellowship out of their place of work. Hamby's catering provided a Seasonal Seared Mahi Mahi supper for attendees with all the fixings, and McConky's provided the sweet tea.

Edisto Chamber Director Lisa Harrell
with Cheryl and Mickey Van Meter
After Harrell gave a presentation of highlights from the calendar year, the 2017 Business of the Year Award went to Green Boat Liquors. "Businesses who earn this reward are recognized for serving the community via their business in an exceptional manner," said Harrell. Criteria for consideration includes being a Chamber member, supporting Chamber events, supporting local organizations and government, and encouraging employees to be active as volunteers in the area. Nominees for Business of the Year are selected by fellow Chamber members.

The Martha Whetstone Service Award goes to those who have gone above and beyond in their contributions to the welfare and future of Edisto. Cheryl and Mickey Van Meter accepted the Whetstone Service Award and were recognized for their lifetime of contributions to the Edisto community. Three new board members were voted on and elected next, before an entertaining lecture form retired sportswriter and island resident Vic Ketchman, who shared his perspective of doing business inside the National Football League.

To view past blog entries from 2016 at Edisto click on Jim Bost Memorial - Dolphin Slam - Cobia Tourney - Spring Shorebird Synergy - Bovine Bones on Beach - Edisto River book - Business of the Year

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017 Edisto Shark Tourney winner High Expectations

Large billboard in support of this popular event
Good to have Scientific Researchers present on the docks.
The annual shark tournament at Edisto Beach is transforming into something bigger than just a fishing adventure.  The 2017 contest marks the eighth year that Edisto Water Sports has hosted the weigh-in at their docks located at 3731 Docksite Road. It’s becoming clear that this annual event energizes neighboring businesses and the local economy too. At the end of the day it was longtime participant High Expectations and Captain Chris Cook that won the first place prize with a huge Tiger Shark that weighed a whopping 956-pounds.

With 35 entries in the Shark Tourney, crews like High Expectations that come from out of town, stay for a week and rent a beach house too. The dock at Edisto Water Sports was jam packed with onlookers on Saturday June 10 during the entire weigh-in from 3:30 to 6:30, and t-shirt sales were brisk. The Coffee Shop was selling festive blue margaritas dubbed ‘shark attack cocktails’ and the line to buy local shrimp at Edisto Seafood was nearly out the door. Residents from Wyndham rode bikes over to join in the festivities, and golf carts brought even more folks from all over Edisto beach.
Local businesses join in the festivities

Another important aspect of the 2017 shark tourney is the presence of law enforcement and scientific researchers. SCDNR game wardens check on boat registrations and a federal officer checked on permits required for keeping certain species such as sharks. The University of North Florida sent Professor Jim Gelsleichter and graduate student Chelsea Shields to take blood samples from any harvested sharks, targeting Tiger sharks and Bull Sharks. They also conduct ultrasound studies on sharks as part of their Coastal Biology Research program.

To view the entire feature story in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries about the Edisto Shark Tourney click on 2013 - 2011

To view past blog entries about the No Rules tourney click on 20172013

To view past blog entries from the Edisto Billfish tourney click on 20162015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

To view past results from Edisto Saltwater events click on 2016 Jim Bost Memorial - 2016 Dolphin Slam - 2016 Cobia Tourney