From the Coast to the Lakes, Fishing Tournaments Abound in SC in 2017

By:Bob Gillespie


From the Grand Strand, Charleston and Lowcountry coastlines to the state’s extensive inland lakes system, South Carolina is a fisherman’s paradise. Whether you’re a competitive angler or simply like casting a line to see what you can hook and land, the 2017 calendar has something to whet your fishing appetite.

Start with the “kingfish” of statewide events, the Forest L. Wood Cup, part of the national FLW Series, which caps off the summer inland fishing season. Scheduled for Aug. 11-13 on Lake Murray, the event is based at Dreher Island State Park Marina.

Takeoff each day during the tournament is at 7 a.m., and weigh-ins are at 5 p.m. daily at Colonial Life Arena downtown Columbia. Hosted by the Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board, deadline for registration is Aug. 10. Housing is also available through the Lake Murray Country tourism board. Find more information at Lake Murray Country.

For saltwater fishermen, the Governor’s Cup Bill-Fishing Tournament Series offers five chances for visitors and locals to enjoy offshore competition:

1. The series begins May 10-13 with the Bohicket Marina Invitational Billfish Tournament, based at 1880 Andell Bluff Blvd., Johns Island.

2. Next up on the series calendar is the 50th annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament, May 24-27 at Georgetown Landing Marina.

3. On June 21-24, the action shifts to Charleston and the Carolina Billfish Classic, 1625 Savannah Hwy.

4. July 5-4 brings the MEGADOCK Billfishing Tournament, also in Charleston.

5. The Series’ finale is July 19-22 at Edisto Beach, 3702 Docksite Road.

Find more information on the Governor’s Cup series here.

Those big events are hardly the fisherman’s only options. In fact, more than 380 fishing tournaments from January to December in South Carolina can be found on South Carolina waters. Find a list of the 2017 tournaments at American Fishing Contests.

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