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October 9, 2015Reel ‘Em In 2015 kids fishing tournament results

The second annual Reel ‘Em In kids fishing tournament, presented by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Marine Division, was held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Mt. Pleasant Pier. Forty anglers competed in the event, reeling in a total of 90 fish representing 19 different species.


* Big Fish: Noah Cannady for a 1.56 pound black drum (male angler category) and Samantha Kotz for a .78 pound sheepshead (female angler category)

* Most Unusual Catch: Rachel Lingerfelt for a juvenile cobia

* Most Fish Caught: First Place - Mason Cavallon for an impressive 12 fish

* Second Place - Tie between Phillip Wilson and Jordyn Lyttle, with eight fish each

* Third Place - Tie between David Barton and Connor Hodge, with seven fish each

* Fourth Place - Tie between Haley Nichols and Caitlin Adams, with five fish each

The anglers ranged widely in experience, including some first timers. With a loaner rod provided by DNR and a little coaching from agency staff and her father, Isabela Reamer reeled in her first saltwater fish – a 12-inch bluefish.

“She loved everything about the experience, from catching her first bluefish to touching and learning about all the different species caught that were put into the holding tank,” said father Mark Reamer. “It was an awesome experience for Isabella and a great father/daughter time as well.”

A touch tank on site allowed participants to learn more about the 19 fish species caught in the tournament. The high number of species caught echoed the importance of the Charleston Harbor estuary, where young fish and other marine animals take refuge in the sheltered and food-rich environment. The tournament winners all practiced catch and release, returning their fish to the estuary – in hopes of hooking a bigger fish next time.

Families in the Charleston area may be interested in another free event at DNR’s Marine Resources Center on James Island. The 2015 Open House on October 24 will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at South Carolina’s coastal resources and the scientists who study them. Dozens of kid-friendly activities, harbor and lab tours, and tutorials and presentations by local experts will make for a fun day at DNR’s campus on Charleston Harbor.

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