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Jim Bost Memorial at Edisto Won by Joint Venture

Buddy Hiers and angler Laura Purdy with the winning dolphin at Edisto. Photo By Mary Evelyn Fontaine

Buddy Hiers and angler Laura Purdy with the winning dolphin at Edisto. Photo By Mary Evelyn Fontaine

The offshore fishing season continues to experience a decent bite with lots of calm weather conditions, keeping anglers interested in riding out into the ocean. The Marina at Edisto Beach hosted an offshore tourney on June 11 that honored the passing of longtime Edisto resident Jim Bost, who was also an accomplished saltwater fisherman. Fifteen boats paid the entry fee to fish, knowing that ten percent of the proceeds would be going to an SCDNR charity that supports the areas marine resources.
Some days are better than others when it comes to fishing tournaments, but it was team Joint Venture that had the hot hand on Saturday. The ocean was as flat as a pancake since the dog days of summer weather system settled over the Lowcountry for the weekend. The tournament invited anglers to fish for dolphin, wahoo and tuna, but billfish are also encountered while offshore trolling and Joint Venture started their day by hooking up with a large blue marlin that was estimated at 750 pounds, before the fish spit out the hook and swam away.
The Joint Venture is owned by Wallie Hiers of Hampton and the fishing crew included Buddy Hiers. But it was angler Laura Purdy of Hampton who put Joint Venture into first place with her 22.2-pound dolphin, claiming the first-place prize for dolphin and the Lady Angler honors too. The second-place results for dolphin goes to the Penny Dear fishing team for their 19.5-pound dolphin for owner Chip Merriman. Team Parts and Labor from Greenville weighed in an 18.7-pound dolphin to claim third place.
The youth angler honors went to Penn Warner of Walterboro, for his 16.1-pound dolphin caught from Dealer’s Choice, owned by Scott Rizer. There were some tuna and wahoo weighed in, but they did not count since they arrived at the docks after the official weigh-in time. The Marina at Edisto Beach called the 5 p.m. weigh-in time the “One Rule” of the tourney, since Jim Bost was always punctual about getting back to the docks quickly after a day of fishing.
Marina Manager Brian Bell kept the Inaugural Jim Bost event close to the vest, knowing that Edisto locals wanted to be involved this year. “We have several local businesses and individuals who will be offering matching funds to the amount we donate to charity,” said Bell. “The exact amount will be announced on July 23 at the Edisto Governor’s Cup Tournament. Then we hope that the Jim Bost event can happen annually and grow into another opportunity for recreational anglers to compete against one another, while raising money for a good cause.”
“Right now we are dedicating our efforts to put the finishing touches on the entire schedule for the Edisto Governor’s Cup,” said Bell. “This tourney will be the fifth and final event in the 2016 Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series and will determine who wins our event, but who wins the overall title of Best Billfish Boat for 2016. Everything gets under way with a Captain’s meeting on July 20, with weigh-ins on July 21, 22 and 23. We will have a meal each night in Bay Creek Park, and live entertainment on the dock, with fun for the whole family.”
“Marine artist Steve Goine has created a terrific design for this year’s tournament T-shirts, and he will be on hand with other original artwork,” said Bell. “Anglers that want to fish in the Governor’s Cup can register on our website at www.themarinaeb.com, and we will have sponsorship opportunities available through June 30.” Any weekend is a good time to stop by the Ship’s Store at the Marina at Edisto Beach in order to check on the latest fishing report. Don’t forget you can book a nature tour into the ACE Basin or take a Lowcountry sunset cruise too, and for more information call 843-631-5055.

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