Capt. J.R. Waits of Fish Call Charters has a knack for getting his anglers in the right spot at the right time for the Charleston Harbor Tarpon Tournament.
Matt Bachinski, fishing with Waits and Bill Browne, won the 20th annual event last weekend, landing the only tarpon caught by participants in the one-day tournament. Several other tarpon were hooked but lost.
"Fishing conditions were tough with big storms around us. It took us almost two hours to catch the right bait, big 'thumper' menhaden," said Waits, who has three wins in the tournament.
Waits said Bachinski's fish hit top bait fished just outside the breakers. It took about 20 minutes to get the fish to the boat and the tarpon was released in excellent condition. The fish was estimated at 80 pounds.
Other outdoors news:
The Summerville Saltwater Anglers fishing Club continues to add to its oyster reef in the Ashley River. The club recently participated in an oyster planting event with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources SCORE (South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement) team.
Recycled oyster shell is "planted" in suitable areas, providing suitable substrate for oyster larvae to attach.
"This was our third year adding to our reef," said club president David Fladd. "We had 22 volunteers and the shells we planted two years ago have new oysters about two inches in diameter on them."
The oyster reef project is already more than 400 yards long
Mike McShane of Johns Island has been elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors. McShane is a former chairman of the South Carolina Natural Resources board and sits on the board of the South Carolina Conservation Bank. He is an emeritus director of Nemours Plantation Wildlife Foundation.