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Edisto Cobia Tourney Results Edisto Belles Beach Walk May 21

Angler Jake Tyner (left) with winning cobia for Team Cold Beer. Photo By Jeff Dennis

Angler Jake Tyner (left) with winning cobia for Team Cold Beer. Photo By Jeff Dennis

The 2nd Annual Cobia Tournament at Edisto Beach weathered some strict cobia regulation changes in 2016, seeing boat participation drop to just nine entries. Five boats brought cobia to the scales during the 5 p.m. weigh-in at the Marina at Edisto Beach, and a small crowd of vacationers were on hand to welcome them. Congrats to Team Cold Beer for taking first place when angler Jake Tyner and his 42.6-pound cobia put the victory on ice.
On May 2nd the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) announced a Catch and Release only policy in state waters for May, which hurt angler recruitment for the tournament. Anglers could still fish for cobia in federal waters beginning three miles offshore, but an iffy wind forecast for May 14th kept prudent anglers in small boats from fishing. SCDNR did have a presence on the docks including a game warden, and a team of biologists gathering cobia tissue samples.
Team Cold Beer is based out of Edisto Watersports on Edisto Beach, and they were fishing in a 25-foot Sea Pro boat. The official start time for fishing lines to be in the water was 6 a.m. and Team Cold Beer was fishing offshore for cobia not long after that. The early rising paid off when Tyner boated the winning cobia at 8 a.m. for Captain Dillard Young. Their first-place day pay of $1,080 was a sweet way to end the day for crewmembers Cal Young, Eddie Adkins and Rally Reynolds.
Second place went to Captain Ron Davis of Edisto on Sawdust, his 24-foot Pathfinder boat. His cobia weighed in at 36.8-pounds, good for a $360 out pay. “We fished the Edisto 60 reef looking for cobia using topwater plugs,” said Davis. “I caught this one at 1 p.m. using a bucktail lure and 50-pound braid line. The ocean conditions were OK until lunch, and then it got pretty rough out there.” His crew included Kip Wolfe and Roy Brazle.
The third-place winner at the Edisto Cobia tourney went to Keelie Summers, a 10-year old angler from Branchville. Captain Matthew Summers took his daughter and a friend out fishing and she reeled in a 21.7-pounder, netting her the $180 payout, plus prizes for top lady angler and top youth angler. Not sure who was more excited, but between Keelie and her father, their exuberance for saltwater fishing was palpable. It’s highly likely that the crew of their boat, the Summertime, will return to fish the Edisto Cobia event again in 2017.
Belles Beach Walk to Breast Health Awareness
The ladies of Edisto Island who comprise the Edisto Belles advocate for breast health support by holding an annual beach walk. This Saturday, May 21, will see 50 or more walkers participate to raise funds for those in the community who may need support after a breast cancer diagnosis. The walk begins at 9 a.m. at 603 Palmetto Blvd. on Edisto Beach, and the cost is $15 to participate. Pink T-shirts and other merchandise will also be on sale.
Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ups are welcome since some folks may be visiting the beach and making their weekend plans along the way. Sue Wooten is one of the driving forces behind the Beach Walk. “We will all leave out from the start line in unison this year, making a bigger Pink Impact together,” said Wooten. Walkers will then finish up at their own pace as they walk from Beach Access 6 up to Beach Access 24 and back.
After attending the Edisto Belles Beach Walk in 2015, I can share that this is an uplifting event, since everyone is committed to helping out. For further information, contact Sue Wooten at 843-869-3163 or Mott Parker at 803-331-1962 or visit the Internet at EdistoBelles.com to learn more about this 501C non-profit group. So come see Mayor Jane Darby and the entire Belles crew on Saturday morning, and take a walk for a great cause along Colleton County’s beachfront paradise.

Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at LowcountryOutdoors.com

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Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com