The 2011 CIA sheepshead tourney was fished under sunny skies and calm conditions on Saturday, April 30. Roughly 150 registrants fished the event that awarded cash prizes for the top ten places. Carl Hitchcock had fished the event for three years before having a breakthrough this year, weighing-in an 8.62-pound beast of a sheepshead to win the $1000 first place money. Second place went to Robert Olsen (for an 8.42-pound convict) who also took time from his day to guide three other fisherman to enter a fish in the top ten. That's right, four of the top ten came from Olsen's Knot @ Work spot at the 4KI reef. Steve Joy collected the third place cash of $200 for his 8.12-pound bait stealer. The weigh-in was held at the King St. Grill on J.I. and the SCDNR was there to make sure that otoliths and other biological info was retained from the sheepshead. Proceeds from the tournament go to local families who are in need of charitable donations.
PhotosByJeffDennis: The t-shirt from the 19th annual CIA tourney; Gene Broderick holds a redfish and son Alex (9) holds a sheepshead; Bill Roumillat removes an otolith for SCDNR research purposes; that's a nice mess 'o sheepies