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September 26, 2014Student Angler League Tournament Trail conducts first tourney

The Student Angler League Tournament Trail (SALTT) did not let strong winds balk the opening red drum tourney in its pilot season on Sept. 20.

Some fished the Sampit River and others crossed the Winyaw Bay into North Inlet when the boats launched at 7 a.m. from the Carroll Campbell boat landing. Anglers caught fish at both location, but most were over the required red drum slot of 15-23 inches per S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rules and regulations. “Team Sweet Tea’s Daniel Rourk and McKinley Grooms of Waccamaw High had one ¾ of an inch over the slot," said tournament director Rayburn Poston.

Each boat can bring two red drum for weight ins, whereas, the total weight determines the winner. Team Coward’s Ben Cooper from Conway High had two fish, both at 19 inches for a total weight of 5.77 pounds winning the high school division earning a plaque and a gift card. Team RED-iculous’s Jackson Denny and Hunter Vines from Carolina Forest High had one fish at 3.24 pounds for second place earning a plaque and a gift card each. No other boats in the high school division nor the middle school division brought fish to the scale. All fish brought to the weight ins were released.

Little River is the site of the next tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18th and registration is still open for any middle or high school student.

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