Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Grab your fishing rod to catch some fish and fun at the Mount Pleasant and Folly Beach Fishing Piers this summer. The Mount Pleasant Pier will kick off the fishing tournament series with Kahuna on the Cooper May 4, and the Folly Beach Fishing Pier will host its first tournament of the season on May 11.
The Mount Pleasant Pier offers the popular Kahuna on the Cooper on May 4, followed by the Cooper River Challenge on June 1 and Aug. 31. The Mount Pleasant Pier offers fishing under the shade of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Opened in 2009, the pier is built on pilings from the old Grace Memorial Bridge, which have become a haven for many types of fish including red drum, spotted sea trout, flounder and sheepshead.
The Folly Beach Fishing Pier begins its season on May 11 with the Summer Pier Kickoff Tournament. Folly Beach tournaments continue throughout the summer on June 8, July 13 and the Big Kahuna tournament on Aug. 10. The Folly Beach Fishing Pier’s end-of-season tournament will be Sept. 21.
A sight to behold, Folly Beach’s wooden pier stretches out 1045 feet into ocean and offers spectacular views, fishing, dining and events. And the fish are waiting for you. Common catches off the Folly pier include blue fish, sheepshead, spotted sea trout and whiting.
Both piers offer everything an expert or a novice needs for a fun day of fishing, including equipment rentals, tackle and frozen bait, plus knowledgeable staff to offer tips. The piers also provide snack bars, gift shops and restrooms.
So slap on some sunscreen and head out to the piers this summer for some good-spirited competition. Award categories vary, but all tournaments include prizes for the largest game fish catch in each of the following categories: Adult Angler, Lady Angler, Youth Angler (12 and under), Senior Angler (60-plus) and Total Weight of Five Fish. Tournament registration fees are $13 for ages 13 and up (discount available for Charleston County residents), $8 for ages 3-12 and seniors. King Mackerel fishing at Folly Beach requires an extra fee.
Online registration is available at www.ccprc.com/fishing, but ends the Thursday prior to each tournament. On-site registration for all tournaments begins at 6 a.m. the day of the event. Tournament hours are 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. and prizes are awarded at 4:15. Parking fees are a separate charge from registration fee. For details, call the Folly Beach Fishing Pier at 843-588-3474, the Mount Pleasant Pier at 843-762-9946, or visit www.ccprc.com/fishing.
• May 4 - Kahuna on the Cooper at the Mount Pleasant Pier
• May 11 - Summer Kick-Off Tournament at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier
• June 1 - Cooper River Challenge at the Mount Pleasant Pier
• June 8 - Pier Tournament at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier
• July 13 - Pier Tournament at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier
• Aug. 10 - Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier
• Aug. 31 - Cooper River Challenge at the Mount Pleasant Pier
• Sept. 21 - Pier Tournament at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier