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King Mackerel Tourney and Sportsman’s Auction

Photo by Jeff Dennis.

Photo by Jeff Dennis.

The sporting menu for this weekend includes something for everyone, both on land and at sea. Saltwater fishing comes into focus with the 23rd Annual Fishing For Miracles mackerel tournament, and outdoor gear including firearms and tractors are up for auction in Orangeburg. Factor in hot weather and the first weekend of deer hunting season too, and sporting types in the Lowcountry will have lots of outdoor options.
New for the 2016 edition of Fishing For Miracles king is their first-ever inshore tourney on Saturday. The South Carolina chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) runs the tourney that benefits the MUSC Children’s Hospital. This long-running end of summer event usually draws lots of participants since first place for the heaviest kingfish pays $25,000. For more prize info visit the Internet at www.fishingformiracles.org.
The tourney gets under way on Thursday afternoon at Ripley Light Yacht Club in Charleston, near California Dreaming restaurant. Registration activities include T-shirt sales, a silent auction, catered supper and lots of saltwater fellowship. The king mackerel tourney is fished over two days on Friday and Saturday. The king mackerel weigh-in will be from 2 until 5 p.m. on Friday and from 1 until 4 p.m. on Saturday. This is a great time to see lots of fish while spending time on the dock and enjoying the afternoon, followed by an awards presentation Saturday evening.
The inshore portion of the tourney will be fished on Saturday only and the weigh-in will be from 3 until 5 in the afternoon. Trout, sheepshead and flounder are the three species in the inshore division and each must be a minimum of 14-inches to be legal to weigh-in. CCA will provide payouts for first place, lady angler and youth angler and the rules stipulate that all anglers should have fun, and be careful. Fishing For Miracles tournament director John Gourdin is hopeful that the addition of the inshore division will lead to more family participation.
Sportsman’s Auction
For those that prefer to participate in the outdoors this weekend by shopping for field gear, then visit the Orangeburg Fairgrounds for a sportsman’s auction and firearm raffle. The Olde Depot Auction Company out of Branchville will be holding the 4th annual Two-Day Sportsman’s Auction on Friday and Saturday. Day One will feature firearms and coinage, while Day Two features tractors, farm equipment and UTV’s.
Then at 2 p.m. on Saturday a special auction of cabin décor and hunting collectibles will be sure to please the outdoors enthusiast looking for that something special. Following the auction is a 60-gun firearm raffle that will award some lucky sportsman with a new gun heading into hunting season. A grand prize drawing for a Honda Pioneer 500 cart will provide the Saturday finale.
The 60-gun raffle is held in conjunction with Palmetto Sate Armory stores and the South Carolina Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. They are selling raffle tickets for $20 apiece, and for every 5 tickets you buy, they provide one bonus ticket for the Honda Pioneer drawing. Some top of the line guns will be in the drawing including Benelli, Beretta, Browning, Ruger and Glock.
While you don’t have to be present to win something at the 60-gun raffle, you do need to be at the fairgrounds to see all the items that the Olde Depot Auctioneer will bring to the table. I’m sure many hunters will elect to spend Saturday afternoon in the shade in Orangeburg, hoping to win some hunting gear, and defer climbing into a tree stand until a little later in the season when the summer heat retreats.

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