It was a banner day for the crew of Careyon on their fishing day in the 2014 edition of Martini’s Hook-A-Hoo Rodeo.
First of all, Capt. Dan Carey was fishing his boat, a brand new Sea Hunt Gamefish 30, for the first time in the tournament.
Then, Carey and crew had an epic day of wahoo fishing on Nov. 5 while working an area just north of the Georgetown Hole.
“We were high-speed trolling to look for fish, but that didn’t work out,” said Carey. “Then we worked around the area and saw a fish jump. We stayed there and it just worked out.”
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The eventual winning fish, a 73.84-pound wahoo, was part of a triple-header the crew, including Jay Smith and Ned Campbell, the owner of Murrells Inlet Outpost, had hooked up.
They managed to boat all three wahoo, including the tournament, winner which hit a Fathom lure with Carey serving as the angler.
In all, they finished with an impressive six-fish limit of wahoo for the three-man crew, with the fish ranging from 50 to 73 pounds.
“It was a good way to break in the boat,” said Carey. “We’ve set the standard high now.”
The Hook-A-Hoo Rodeo was held Oct. 22 through Nov. 9, with boats able to fish one day during that stretch.
The tournament was founded by North Myrtle Beach restaurateur Jeff Martini for anglers to take advantage of the super wahoo fishery offshore of South and North Carolina and to benefit the children of the Carolinas Shriners Hospitals.
The Careyon crew received a check for $13,347 for their win and donated $1,347 of it to the Shriners hospitals.
Reel McCoy finished second with a 68.20-pound wahoo with Money Grows On Trees finishing third with a 61.25-pounder.
Lindsay Ester aboard Quote Boat was the top Lady Angler with a 42.30-pounder while Tommie Nobles was the top Junior Angler with a 31.75-pounder.
The third tournament in the Student Angler League Tournament Trail (SALTT) will be held Saturday out of South Island Ferry in Georgetown. The trail is designed for middle and high school students and targets red drum. All fish weighed in are released.
For more information on competing on the trail, visit www.salttfishing.com. To reach trail coordinator Rayburn Poston, click on the website’s Contact tab.
Hooks For Hearts
The 9th annual Hooks For Hearts Charity Trout Tournament will be held Nov. 22 in Murrells Inlet. Captains Meeting is Nov. 21 at Dead Dog Saloon.
The event, which benefits the American Heart Association, features a $1,000 first place cash prize.
Entry fee is $90 per boat and $30 for the Kayak Division. For more information, call 843-655-5459.