Jun 23 2011

If Fishing’s Your Thing…

If fishing is your thing, the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Pier is the place to go. The pier is Charleston’s most popular spot for hauling in a big catch with a cooler of cold drinks by your side. Not only that, but the atmosphere can’t be beat. Standing 23 feet above sea level, the pier offers a spectacular view of the surrounding beach. When you’re not staring deep into the ocean water, you can catch a volleyball game being played nearby or check out the hot beach bodies lying on the sand.

Locals especially enjoy the many fishing tournaments on the pier throughout the summer. This year, things got started on May 21 with the Summer Pier Kickoff Tournament. And last Saturday, I stopped by the second Pier Fishing Tournament of the season to check things out for myself.

The day started early at 6am when parents and kids took to the pier. The timing was perfect; with Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, it was the perfect day for a little quality fishing time with good ol’ Dad. The pier was lined with people, mostly young kids enjoying the day with one or both parents. There was a lot of smiling and laughing, along with a few frustrated words when a catch turned out to be not so great. But it was clear that everyone was having a great time, despite the blazing sun.

When 4pm finally rolled around and everyone looked thoroughly exhausted, the awards ceremony began. Prizes were given for the largest King Mackerel catch and the three biggest catches. There are still two of these tournaments to come, on July 23 and September 17, and contestants will be judged in the same categories. The Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament, on August 20, will offer prizes for Adult Angler, Lady Angler, Youth Angler, Senior Angler, total weight of five fish and King Mackerel. The stakes are higher too; you can compete to win a boat, motor and trailer with a state record catch of Whiting, Spot or Croaker. Think you have what it takes?

Rental equipment is available if you need it, and each contestant can fish with up to two rods at once. For Charleston County residents, the cost to enter is $9 for adults and $7 for youth 12 and under. For non-residents, it costs adults and extra $3. For more info, call the pier at 843-588-3474 or visit the website.

And if you’re not a fishing a-fish-ianado, take a walk on the pier, which stretches 1,045 feet into the ocean, and see if you can spot someone hauling in the catch of the day!

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