Over the weekend, I changed my opinion about fishing. I’ve never had anything against fishing, it just wasn’t my “thing.” The few times I had actually fished before, I kept thinking of many other things I could be doing at that time. Well, I had a change of heart, so to speak, after a day of fishing at Santee with my granddaughters.
We had entered the fishing tournament hosted by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and held at Santee Cooper Lakes. About 300 people participated in the tournament Lt. Wayne Howard and his “army” of volunteers sure know how to put on a great event. They offered breakfast when we arrived to sign in and fed us a great lunch prepared by Jackie McGee.
If you ever enjoyed a meal by Jackie then you know what I’m talking about. There were plenty of soft drinks available throughout the day, as well as some yummy boiled peanuts provided by the Peanut Patch. Wayne and his volunteers helped all the novices, such as my granddaughters and I, get set up for fishing and showed us some good spots from the dock at John C. Land Landing to fish from.
There was always someone available to help if we needed assistance. My granddaughter Madison started pulling in fish as soon as she cast her line. She ended up catching 15 fish, although it was mostly catch and release because most were so small. However, she did bring in one nice size brim.
Caroline, Madison’s twin sister, didn’t fare as well during the morning hours and became bored with this new found sport. After lunch, the girls got to practice their swimming in the pool in their other grandmother’s Wyboo neighborhood. Following an hour or so in the water (which was way too cold for their memas) they were ready to fish some more.
This time we cast off their mema’s dock and both girls were pulling up fish faster than we could unhook them. After catching her first tiny fish, Caroline began to enjoy this sport as well as her sister.
She ended up catching five small brim. I don’t know if it was the wonderful weather on Saturday, or just being outside with my granddaughters, or the thrill of watching that orange cork dip under the water that made this experience so much fun. I guess it was all three combined.
I am already looking forward to my next fishing trip! The tournament ended with a weigh-in with prizes for just about everyone who fished. And there were some very nice prizes, provided by the many sponsors of the tournament.
I must give a shout out to Sheriff Kenny Boone, who was there for the event, and the major sponsors – McLeod Health, Academy Sports and Outdoors. and Marshall’s Marine of Lake City. The proceeds from this event help support Camp Pee Dee Pride and the Wounded Warriors Hunt, both hosted by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.