Sunday, May 1, 2016

April Angler of the Month

The Lowcountry Kayak Anglers wishes to recognize our April 2016 Angler of the Month: William Swain of Goose Creek.

One of the changes for the 2016 club year was to award a prize to the angler with the largest fish of each month of the "Angler of the Year" competition.  April's target-species for AOY was the speckled sea trout - and William secured first place for the month with a nice 22" fish.  He takes home a $20 gift certificate to the Charleston Angler and the maximum 200-points towards AOY.

The winning fish came out of the Wando River - William was out with his father and fellow club member Joshua - and the fish hit early in the morning trip.  The trout fell for a mud minnow under a cork.  He said he almost lost it at the kayak during the retrieve!

William and his dad have a side-bet going on: whoever places highest each month the most wins a rod & reel from the loser.  We'll have to keep an eye on this competition as well as the overall standings.

Here is how the top ten rounded-out, with the sizes of fish caught and points awarded.  In cases of ties, the earliest fish submitted won.  As you can see we had a few ties between 1st-6th place:

1. William Swain 22.00" 200pts
2. Jared Dolan 22.00" 199pts
3. Dave Jaskiewicz 20.50" 198pts
4. Jim Morrissey 20.50" 197pts
5. Josh Yeater 19.75" 196pts
6. Kent Honea 19.75" 195pts
7. Lewis G. Brownlee 19.50" 194pts
8. Frank Stiver 19.00" 193pts
9. Mike Kachman 18.50" 192pts
10. Greg Bartle 17.00' 191pts
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