Here's a date to mark on your calendar. On June 5 (a Saturday), the Folly Beach Anglers will hold their second annual "Free Take A Kid Fishing Day and Tournament" at the Folly Beach Pier. The tournament runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Folly Beach Anglers, approximately 30 members strong, will be on hand to instruct parents and children. They will pay the fishing fee, bait, double drop rigs and coaching and will have some loaner fishing outfits available for those who do not have a rod and reel. The only cost will be parking at the pier.

"Last year we had a blast with 53 kids, even though it rained that morning," said Daniel Culpepper, who is vice president of the Folly Beach Anglers. "We are expecting at least twice that number this year.

"We can show the kids and their parents what a wonderful time they can have together on the water, even if they do not have a boat."

The club will offer prizes for the top boy and girl anglers ages 11 and younger and also for the top boy and girl anglers ages 12-16. There also will be a $50 grand champion prize for the biggest fish of the day. The club also plans giveaways at the end of the tournament.

Fish weighed for the tournament must have been caught from the pier during tournament hours and meet all S.C. Department of Natural Resources rules and must have scales (no sharks or any kind of rays).

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--The four-month closure of fishing for shallow water groupers ended at midnight April 30 in federal waters from North Carolina through Florida.

The closure is one of the methods the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council employs to end overfishing for gag grouper, reduce overfishing for red and black grouper, and improve the status of all shallow water grouper species. Several species, such as gag grouper, are particularly vulnerable during late winter when they form spawning aggregations. Species affected by the closure include: gag grouper, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, yellowmouth grouper, tiger grouper, yellowfin grouper, graysby and coney.

For a complete listing of federal regulatory measures affecting the snapper-grouper fishery contact the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council at (866) SAFMC-10 or visit their website at

--Applications to participate in South Carolina's 2010 Public Alligator Hunting Season are now available at Applicants are required to apply and pay online through the application available on the DNR website or at one of the walk-up counters at a DNR Regional Office in Clemson, Florence, Columbia, or Charleston. No paper applications will be accepted. This year's season will begin at noon Sept. 11 and runs until noon Oct. 9.