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Piers Report Year's First Kings
BY DOUG KITTKR
Angicrs at Sunset Beach and
Holdcn Beach fishing piers landed
the first king mackcrel of ihc year
The king catches highlighted an
other good week at the local piers,
where fishermen caught ? mostly
blues, Spanish mackerel, whiung
Eileen Plaucnbcrger of Supply
caught the first king of the season
last rhursday at Holdcn Bcach Pier.
It was a big one, too. weighing in
at an even 30 pounds, reported pier
spokesman Forrest Whitley.
"The cooler weather slowed us
down a little bit but we did catch
some blues and whiting over the
weekend," Whitley said Monday
morning. "The blues have been right
Anglers also caught Spanish off
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and on last week. "They're catching
them when the water's clear, but it's
been muddy a lot this week,"
Sunset Beach Police Officer
Eddie Rudloff caught the season's
first king at Sunset Beach Pier last
It weighed 22 1/2 pounds, said
pier manager Ed Kaylcr. Rudloff al
so caught a 9 1/2 -pound blucfish last
week, which Kayler said was nearly
as long as the mackerel.
Another fishermen landed a 12
1/2 -pound bonito at Sunset Pier.
"We're getting cranked up. The
fish arc here," Kayler said.
Fishermen caught a lot of blues
and Spanish on Saturday, Kayler
said, and landed whiting and spots
STAfF PHOTO BY SUSAN USHtl
ANGLERS at Sunset Reach Fishing Pier last Thursday were
catching more sun rays than fish, but weren't complaining about
it. Above, 12-year-old Phillip Queen of Conover uses shrimp to fish
for blues, while nearby his grandfather, George Pounds of Ruies
Creek, fished for spots. The two enjoy fishing together whenever
Afici a gieai ELasici weekend, tlx
fishing wasn't so hoi last week at
Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier.
"They caught a few fish hut it
wasn't as good as last week." Curtis
Williamson said. "It was kind of
He said the cooler weather might
have hail something to do with the
change in fishing
Captain Pete's Marina
Jesse Hayes of Captain Pete's
Marina at Holden Beach said it was
business as usual last week.
"It's typical springtime fishing."
he said. "There's a lot of spots and
cioakcr being caught in the inland
Hayes said flounder also started
showing up last week, and fishermen
caught blues and small Spanish.
Offshore, Hayes said anglers
reeled in a lot of sea bass, some of
them weighing about 4 pounds each
"We look forward to a good year
of fishing," he said.
Allison Hughes of Hughes'
Marina at Shallotte Point isn't quite
ready to say what kind of year it will
be for fishing. But things Ux>k good
"It looks like it might be a good
year," she said Monday. "But you
never know. It's too early to tell."
Last week, she said fishermen
caught spots, whiting, croaker and a
few flounder in Shallotte River.
Black bass and Spanish were the
main catches offshore. Saturday
Leon and Louise Galloway of
Aberdeen caught their limit in
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SAMMY SESSIONS (right) of Ocean Isle Heach placed third in last year's event. Also pictured (from
left) are tournament chairman John Schwab and fishermen Robert King and lirent Gore.
NMB Rotary Club Plans King Tourney
Maybe the third year will be the
charm. Maybe this will he the year a
lucal angler wins the North Myrtle
Beach Rotary King Mackerel
The third annual fishing tourna
ment will be held next weekend.
May 9 and 10, out of Harbourgate
"T"hc Heather Renee fishing team
out of North Myrtle has won the two
previous events, capturing the top
prize last year with a king weighing
just over 39 pounds.
Sammy Sessions of Ocean Isle
Beach finished third in 1991 aboard
the Shooting Star II with a 21
pound, l()-ouncc king.
This year's event gets underway
Friday, May 8, with a captain's
meeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the
Fishing starts the following day at
7 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. with the
weigh station open until 5 p.m.
On Sunday, fishing lasts from 7
a.m. to 1 p.m. The weigh-in closcs
at 3 p.m., with awards presented at 4
Tournament officials will pay out
90 percent of the S2(K) entry fees in
cash prizes to the top 10 finishers.
Aggregate weight prizes will be giv
en for both days, and the tourna
ment's lop female angler will also
receive an a want.
After a good inaugural event in
1990, the tournament suffered last
year. Only 13 boats entered because
of a forecast for nasty weather.
For the first time, this year the
tournament is sanctioned by the
Southern Kingfish Association.
For more information, contact Jon
Schwab at (803)399-9999 or write
to him c/o Pelen Inc., P.O. Box 729,
North Mynle Beach, S.C. 29597.
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