An eerie calm gripped the 2 to 5 weigh-in at the Ripley Light Yacht Club before the afternoon thunderstorms moved in later. Not many fish were caught or weighed-in during Day One of the 17th annual Fishing For Miracles tournament, with only about 30 boats out of 185 entries even weighing a fish. Seas were a 'stacked-up' three to four feet in the morning which made gathering bait very difficult and really cut into fishing time. With most boats striking out and getting no bites all day, the top three boats did manage to land a king over (barely) 30-pounds and they only had one or two bites all day. A 29-foot catamaran from Bluffton leads the tournament with a 32.4-pound king they caught 30 miles off of Hilton Head and in 85-feet of water. Angler Curt Warrington said they ran to Charleston to weigh the fish, and Captain Chris Prince will drive it back to Bluffton to fish again today. With the weather forecast looking more 'iffy' on day two - Cool Cat may be sitting on a top prize fish worth $25,000. Sitting in second place is angler Jason Sawadske off of Bow Movement with his 32.2-pound king caught for Captain Jim Sherrer. Third place after day one is Team Blue Runner fishing out of Pawley's Island with the 31.3-pounder caught by Captain Craig Hoover.
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PhotosByJeffDennis: Captain Chris Prince and angler Curt Warrington hold their 32.4-pound tournament leader; Captain Jim Sherrer is with angler Jason Sawadske and son Ryan Sherrer and their second place king; Team Winner's World and the 11.3-pounder caught by 11-year old Les Smith; Drew Coster of Charleston is Team Kaja's lady angler and is shown here with her 14.2-pound king mackerel