February and March were tough times for fishermen with all the cold and uncertain weather. Despite the weather, on Feb. 1 the South Carolina Wahoo Series kicked off.
Many folks don’t realize that right off our South Carolina coast is some great offshore sport fishing. We can pretty much catch anything from blue marlin, sailfish and swordfish to grouper, snapper and black sea bass.
The Gulf Stream is a two- to three-hour boat ride away, and for the next two months there will be lots of fishing going on out there.
This ongoing Wahoo Series event has registered 46 boats from as far north as Georgetown and as far south as Jacksonville.
The series runs until April 20, when it then coincides with the Hilton Head Wahoo Shootout, a locally run tournament now in its 11th year.
Participating boats can declare and fish any two days they choose and are allowed to weigh in one fish each day.
Historically, the winning boats have weighed in around 110 pounds of wahoo.
There are also Calcuttas (side tournaments) for biggest wahoo, blackfin tuna, and Mahi Mahi.
As of press time, Team Hammer Down is in the lead with an aggregate of 108.7 pounds, and Team Reelin’ is in second place with an aggregate of 98.1 pounds. They are among six boats that have fished both of their days.
Anyone can follow the action online at www.islandshootout.com or on Facebook under the name SC Wahoo Series.
The Hilton Head Wahoo Shootout ends April 25 at Hilton Head Harbor. Registration and the Captain’s meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. April 20 at Hilton Head Harbor.
The awards banquet will be held immediately after the last fish is weighed in on April 25.
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Chris Shoemaker, owner of May River Excursions, is a nature and fishing guide in Bluffton.