Monday, June 28, 2010

Carolina Billfish Classic

MidlandsOutdoors.com visited the Lowcountry this past weekend to experience the Carolina Billfish Classic, held out of the beautiful Charleston Harbor Marina. Several tuna, one wahoo, and many mahi-mahi were brought to the scales, including Anne Brady Moore Carlson's 62.4-pounder that won the mahi category. It's always good to see youth involved in the sport of fishing, so I was glad to see 15-year old Dylan Wallace of North Charleston and 8-year old Maken Glover, both fishing aboard Scout 34, walk the dock toward the scale with a pair of mahi-mahi on the final day of the event.

A number of conservation organizations were also on hand including the Billfish Foundation, whose goal is to advance the conservation of billfish and other species. Vendors were also present, and one such vendor is a midlands-based company called the Blue Water Shirt Club. Based in Florence, the Blue Water Shirt Club is a portion of International Cotton, which offers full-service screenprinting and embroidery and can handle jobs as small as a single shirt order, and as large as anyone in the industry. The Blue Water Shirt Club portion of the business offers a unique service to club members. Join the club, and you'll receive a new t-shirt every month from their collection. This won't be a mass-produced t-shirt that you'll find in any store, but a one-of-a-kind shirt that features graphics of an offshore boat, tackle store, or marina. To join the club, or to get a quote on screen printing or embroidery, visit http://www.bluewatershirtclub.com/

To see the full list of winners from the Carolina Billfish Classic, visit http://www.fishcbc.com/, and for your next vacation, consider visiting the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina (http://www.charlestonharborresort.com/).

PhotosByBrianCope: Forced out of Louisiana's Gulf waters due to the oil spill, Capt. Jason Woodham and crew of Trust Fun were happy to get this 39.4-lb dolphin during the Carolina Billfish Classic. This graphic shows one of the t-shirts members of the Blue Water Shirt Club have received in the past. Maken "Dolphin Slayer" Glover, who caught several mahi-mahi in his two days of fishing this event, poses with Dylan Wallace, who won the youth angler division with this 12-pound mahi-mahi.

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