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Fifty-Fifty tourney youth angler winner from Mashawville

Carson and Mike Jackson with Kaleigh and Capt. Stevie Leasure after the 50/50 tourney

 A separate offshore fishing tourney called the Fifty-Fifty, since the top two species they target are dolphin and wahoo, was fished on June 2. That’s when 15-year old Carson Jackson of Mashawville reeled in a 24.6-pound dolphin to win the youth angler honors for that species. She was fishing with her father Mike Jackson aboard the Summer Girl, which is run by Capt. Stevie Leasure of Charleston.

Jackson also won the third place spot in the overall dolphin contest since she caught the third-heaviest dolphin that day. Helping her to round out a big day of success, the Summer Girl team won the CCA Conservation Award for the most dolphin caught and released, with a total of six. Leasure’s daughter Kaleigh joined Carson as the other angler to catch and release some of those dolphin.

The top dolphin weighed in at the Fifty-Fifty was a 25.6-pound mahi reeled in by LeGare Jones fishing for Team Sea Fox. The top wahoo weighed-in went to 14-year old Matthew Nettles who reeled in a monster 58.8-pound wahoo while fishing aboard the boat Short People. The Fifty-Fifty tourney has the reputation of being run by fishermen to promote family-oriented fishing in a fun and competitive environment. This was the 16th year that the event has been fished, and lots of dolphin were brought to the scales, while just two wahoo were weighed-in.  

Jeff Dennis, Contributor (360 Posts)

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