Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Midlands Kayak Angler Catches 42-inch Redfish

Sumter's Dalton Reames caught what he calls his fish of a lifetime Saturday afternoon in the Hunting Island area of Beaufort County. After several hours of fishing with nothing to show for it, Reames' persistence paid off with a 42-inch redfish that pulled him and his kayak, a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120, through Johnson Creek on a lowcountry sleigh ride.

Reames had been fishing under the Johnson Creek bridge for sheepshead, but after having no luck, he decided to troll through the creek with a mud minnow. He's had a lot of luck trolling in this part of Beaufort County, so when it felt like his kayak got bumped, he knew it was really a fish on his line. He set the hook and reeled in the fish, which went on a run when it saw the kayak. This happened multiple times over several minutes before the fish finally played itself out and Reames was able to haul the fish aboard for a photo. When he returned the fish to the water, it was too worn out to swim off, so Reames entered the water to help revive the fish, which then swam off unharmed.

PhotosByRichieBoykin: Reviving the fish from the kayak wasn't working, so Reames entered the water to help the fish, which finally swam off unharmed. Catching this fish was a great feat, but ensuring the fish was healthy is what makes this angler a true sportsman.

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