The inaugural Kings For Vets fishing tournament was held out of the Charleston Harbor Marina and organizer Todd Knight's vision is to help raise awareness about what active duty servicemen and veterans live with daily. The general public may take their freedoms for granted but military personnel are the reason why that freedom exists. The tournament is open to the public, and entrants are challenged to find a veteran to take fishing with them - and since Flag Day was earlier this week on June 14 hopefully a patriotic mood is prevalent. One fishing team is known as 'Anchors Away' and they take veterans with disabilities out fishing in style on a 60-foot sportfisher: www.quadzeus.com/media.html. The three categories for the Kings For Vets event include King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel and Red Drum, provided they fall in the legal-to-keep slot limit. Entry fees will be donated to a variety of charities and participants will receive plaques for first and second places. First place King Mackerel went to Charlie Libby for his 29.2-pound fish while Bobby Baxter took second with a 21.2-pound king. First place Spanish Mackerel went to Charles Branks with a 3.75-pound Spaniard and Rick Hiott took second with a 2.55-pounder. Top Spot-tail went to Becky Accolla for her 1.9-pound redfish and Amy Little took second with her 1.5-pounder.
Check out the neat website that gets vets hunting and fishing: www.warriorsoutdoors.com.