The Whittemore Park Middle School duo of Todd Howard and Ben Cooper narrowly missed earning the Middle School Two-Man Team championship Saturday during rainy conditions at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Youth Bass Fishing Championship on Lake Murray.
Howard and Cooper, with Cooper’s dad, Johnny, serving as their boat driver, weighed in three bass for an aggregate weight of 9.38 pounds and a second-place finish, just .03 pounds behind the winners. Mackenzie Smith and Cameron Hewitt of Southside Middle School won with a four-fish aggregate of 9.41 pounds.
Howard, however, caught the lunker of the middle school event, winning the Big Fish award with a 4.73-pound bass.
Whittemore Park, located in Conway, finished third in the overall middle school standings thanks to the efforts of Howard and Cooper. The two schools that finished ahead of Whittemore Park had more than one duo weigh in fish.
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Three more local duos, Dylan Drew-Andrew Parrish of Whittemore Park; Noah Jones-Manning Feldner; and Justin Anderson-Dylan Rutherford of Conway Middle School also competed in the event but didn’t weigh in fish.
Conway and Waccamaw competed in the high school portion of the championship, with the Tiger Anglers finishing seventh with a total team weight of 16.99 pounds and the Warriors 17th with a weight of 2.07 pounds.
The Conway duo of Bradley Thompkins and Jacob Barfield finished 11th among High School Two-Man Teams with a five-fish aggregate of 9.78 pounds.
Colin Drew and Ben Barnhill of Conway were the 16th best duo with a 7.21-pound aggregate. Drew weighed in the 9th biggest bass, a 3.67-pounder.
Colin Newton and Olin Daniels of Waccamaw were the 33rd best duo with one bass weighing 2.07 pounds.
Ford Courtney-Reid O’Quinn of Conway and Conner Summer-Kane Travis of Waccamaw competed in the high school event but did not weigh in a fish.
“The average catch per boat was very low due to the rain and with Conway High having one boat not make weight,” said Conway coach Rayburn Poston. “That is why we finished lower than we wanted.”
The Murrells Inlet Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will stage its annual Celebrating Conservation event Thursday at Longbeards in Carolina Forest.
Attendees can celebrate and support conservation of South Carolina’s turkey hunting heritage by enjoying food and drinks, with raffles to enter and live and silent auction items to bid on.
The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Longbeards Bar & Grill, located at 5040 Carolina Forest Blvd. in Myrtle Beach. Tickets are $55 per person, $90 per couple and include an annual membership to the NWTF. Sponsorships and Jakes tickets are available.
For more information, call Chapter Chairman Chris Hawley at 843-455-0371.
Murrells Inlet Outpost
Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs will be on hand to highlight the grand opening and charity fundraiser of Murrells Inlet Outpost on Saturday.
Murrells Inlet Outpost, located at 3525 U.S. Hwy. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet across from the Beaver Bar, is opening as a fishing, hunting and outdoor supply store owned by Capt. Ned Campbell.
Saturday’s grand opening, set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature fly-fishing seminars by well-known Capt. Frank Crescitelli with Boggs on hand to sign autographs.
A live and silent auction will be held to benefit Camp Hands of Hope, a weekend-long bereavement camp held twice a year for youth and their families who have experienced the loss of a loved one.