The 16th annual Fishing For Miracles (FFM) Tournament began on Thursday night with a Captain's Meeting at Ripley Light Marina. Day One of fishing will see the 200-boat fleet fish from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. - with the weigh-in to follow from 2 to 5 p.m. Overcast conditions and calm seas greeted the king mackerel anglers on Day One. CCA South Carolina Executive Director Scott Whittaker told me "We'll give $1000 to the largest fish that is weighed-in by an ALL-CCA crew." OK, a NICE fish came in to be weighed right at 2 p.m. - The 35-foot Triton Black Cat out of Georgetown weighed in a 42.90-pound king. They caught this fish at 9:30 a.m. about ten miles South of Charleston. Captain Jamey Stuart said that crewman Clay Peurifoy thought the fish was small at first, but it only took 10 minutes to boat the big king. Youth angler Kateland Todd was fishing with Black Cat when she reeled in her 26.76-pound king. Second place on Day One went to Mark Mitchell for a 37.22-pound kingfish that was caught aboard Trophy Hunter out of Georgetown.
Photo By Jeff Dennis: The Black Cat's big king was caught by lady angler Carlett Stuart, Mark Mitchell poses with his fish at the FFM tourney which benefits MUSC Children's Hospital