Charleston Coastal Anglers

Past James Island Elementary Fishing Rodeo winners Faith Durinsky (left) and A.J. Chestnut with Charleston Coastal Anglers members (from left) Bob Zobel, Alan Risher, Lew Robertson, Lee Moyer and Tommy Johnson.

You don’t have to be a member of the Charleston Coastal Anglers to enjoy the club’s big annual bashes, which is a good thing since the club has a waiting list to join.

The club was founded in 1983 to promote recreational angling and education about our coastal environment. The club raises money for the American Cancer Society, the James Island Fishing Rodeo, Fisher House Charleston, Charleston Dragon Boat Festival and the Charleston Trident Fishing Tournament.

The group hosts two main fundraisers each year, a golf tournament in April and a fishing tournament in July. The club’s 33rd yearly fishing tournament is just around the corner, kicking off with a captains’ meeting July 14. The tournament itself is July 16. The captains’ meeting and registration is 6:30-8 p.m. at the James Island Yacht Club, 734 Wampler Drive. Late registration runs until 6 p.m. on July 15 at Charleston Angler and Haddrell’s Point locations. Registration is $40 for adults and $20 for youth ages 15 and younger.

“If you plan on fishing, it is highly recommended that you attend the captains’ meeting ... so that you will understand all of the rules and regulations,” club president Bob Zobel said.

Once you’re ready to fish, the list of species eligible for the tournament is long — king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, trout, flounder, sheepshead, spadefish, bluefish, blackfish, ladyfish, spottail bass and dogfish.

Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place for all species (except for dogfish). Special prizes are also awarded for king mackerel and a mystery fish to be revealed at the weigh-in, which is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 16 at James Island Yacht Club.

“Charleston Coastal Anglers wants all participants to be safe and, most of all, have fun,” Zobel said. tl