The weather is warm and the fish are biting, so what better way to spend the afternoon than with a fishing tournament? On May 19, sports fishing enthusiasts are welcome to participate in the Arthur Smith Tournament’s inshore fishing competition at the Bohicket Marina. In partnership with the Bohicket Marina Redfish Invitational, the tournament will be catch and release, with cash prizes up to $5,000.
The Bohicket Marina Redfish Invitational will hold a Captain’s Meeting at Bohicket Marina on Friday, May 18, and the Arthur Smith Tournament will begin at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. The official weigh-ins will take place on James Island and Bohicket Marina from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. and the evening will conclude with live music and festivities at the Marina.
The entry fee is $200 for as many as four people on a boat, regardless of size.The overall grand prize will go to the boat team with the largest aggregate catch of three redfish (each within the qualifying size range of 15 – 23 inches). Other awards include the Largest Catch on the Fly, the Lady Angler Award, Largest Trash Fish, Most Spots, and Ugliest Fish. Each award will be based on a photo submission of the catch and release. Prizes range from $500 to $1000, and product prizes will be given to each winner.
All awards and rules have been determined by the Official Rules Committee, which includes Amy Dukes of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Captain Baker Bishop, Captain Tucker Blythe, Captain John Irwin, and Dee Oliver of Haddrell’s Point Tackle.
To register, visit Bohicket Marina, any Charleston Angler location, Haddrell’s Point Tackle West Ashley, or register online at redfishinvitational.eventbrite.com. For volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Caroline Smith at 704-804-9727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arthur Smith Foundation (ASF) is a South Carolina Non-Profit Organization (501c3) with a mission to impact marine conservation and maritime revitalization. Beneficiaries include the Charleston Waterkeeper, Coastal Conservation Association, and SCDNR. arthursmithfishing.com