Wednesday, April 24, 2013
A sure sign of spring is when you see someone wetting a line and casting off in search of some really big catfish.
On May 11, fishing enthusiasts of all ages will cast off again in the 20th Annual Moncks Corner Medical Center Family Open Catfish Tournament at the William Dennis Boat Landing on the Tail Race Canal across from Gilligan's in Moncks Corner.
Sponsored by Moncks Corner Medical Center, Kickin' 92.5 FM, the Rhoad and Rhoad Law Firm and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 19, the Family Open Catfish Tournament benefits the Berkeley County Rescue Squad.
“This is the rescue squad's sole fundraising event for the year,” Berkeley County Coroner and Rescue Squad Chief Bill Salisbury said. “All proceeds generated from the fishing tournament will directly benefit the Berkeley County Rescue Squad.”
Boats will launch at 5 a.m. with the tournament beginning at 7 a.m. Contestants will fish until the official weigh-in at 3 p.m.
Cash and prizes will be offered for largest fish, largest weight of five fish and a new wrinkle added for this year's Family Open tournament.
“We are offering a $1,000 cash prize for the biggest catfish over 55 pounds but under 65 pounds,” Salisbury said. “Or we will give out a $2,000 cash prize for the biggest catfish over 65 pounds.”
Salisbury added, “You can't have both though.”
The funds raised benefit the Berkeley County Rescue Squad and serves as the group's major fundraiser for the year.
“The Berkeley County Rescue Squad is an all-volunteer group and while we receive some grants and donations from other people this is our primary means of raising funds to meet our budget,” said Salisbury of the organization he helped found in 1966.
“We had a good turnout last year and hope for a larger turnout this year. And we very much appreciate the support of our sponsors and to those who participate in the tournament year in and year out.”