The calendar says it is the dead of winter, whether the weather agrees or not, so tis the season for seminars.
One seminar hits right at home, features plenty of local fishing expertise, plus the proceeds go to an extremely good cause.
The Conway High School Tiger Anglers are hosting the seminar – dubbed Let’s Go Fishing – at Conway High School on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. The seminar will serve as a fund-raiser for the Tiger Anglers which includes bass fishing teams at Conway High and Conway Middle schools, along with Whittemore Park Middle School in Conway.
“It’s the only fishing seminar right in the area,” said Rayburn Poston, coach of the Conway teams and organizer of the seminar. “You’ve got to drive 100-plus miles to even blink an eye at a fishing clinic as good as this one.
“You’ve got guys that fish for a living coming to give seminars so you’re always going to learn something.”
The lineup of speakers covers both freshwater and saltwater and features some well-known area anglers. The speakers include:
• Capt. Englis Glover, host of the locally produced fishing show, Reeling Up The Coast, and Capt. of Tee to Sea Charters in Murrells Inlet. Glover will discuss offshore trolling.
• Capt. J. Baisch, operator of Fishful Thinking Charters in Murrells Inlet. Baisch will discuss estuary/inlet fishing for red drum and flounder.
• Capt. Jason Burton, of Marlin Quay Marina in Murrells Inlet. Burton will discuss trolling methods for Spanish and king mackerel.
• Chris Jones, of Conway Bassmasters. Jones will discuss bass fishing.
• Mike Foxworth, of Marshall’s Marine in Lake City. Foxworth will discuss bass fishing.
• Clemson University Fishing Team. Conway native Gaitlin Edge, a member of the Clemson team, will discuss bass fishing.
Poston will have the seminar set up with two different areas – freshwater and saltwater.
“We’re going to have three rounds of seminars,” Poston said. “Each round, we’ll have saltwater in one room and freshwater in one room. Some people are like Carolina or Clemson fans when it comes to fishing.”
Glover urges the public to attend the seminar in support of the Conway bass teams.
“This high school fishing thing, it really needs to catch on,” Glover said. “One of the best things for the future of fishing and our resources is the appreciation of it they are learning.”
The Conway High School club is one of three in the area, including Waccamaw and Carolina Forest, that are members of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Youth Bass Fishing League.
Poston noted there are 16 high school teams, six middle school teams and six club teams competing in bass fishing competition across the state.
Raffle tickets will be available for $5 each at the seminar, with seven different prize packages to be given away.
“You can spend $5 and have a chance to win about $200 worth of stuff,” Poston said. “That’s not a bad deal.”
Fee to attend the seminar is $20 for adults and $10 for students. For more information on the seminars, call Poston at (843) 902-4274.
The Murrells Inlet fishing community is remembering angler John Payne, who unexpectedly passed away Jan. 25 at the age of 53.
A long-time local resident, Payne was a very skilled fisherman in the inlet and near-shore waters and will be remembered for his easy-going, friendly style. Payne was the epitome of a good fishing buddy, readily willing to provide fishing tips and even the location of fishing spots to his friends.
The annual Hooks for Hearts Charity Trout Tournament is expected to rename the tournament in Payne’s honor for this November when the eighth edition of the event is held.
Rest in peace, John.
CCA State Convention
The Coastal Conservation Association South Carolina’s State Convention will be held Friday and Saturday at the Sportsman Island facility on Daniel Island.
Friday, an oyster roast with raffles and beer and wine will be held and will serve as the appetizer for Saturday’s main course. On Saturday, the state awards ceremony banquet will be held featuring full bar, dinner, raffles and an auction.
Tickets are $25 per person Friday, $40 for the Saturday event, plus weekend tickets for both events are available for $60 for individuals and $90 for couples.
For more information, call 803-865-4164.