Saturday, November 9, 2013
Two hundred area Cub and Boy Scouts participated in the third annual Scout Boats/Sea Ray of Charleston Sea Spot Run Fishing Tournament on Oct. 12 at the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s Mount Pleasant Fishing Pier, raising $2,000 for the Coastal Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America. “This is a great group to work with every year. It’s nice to see Scouts and their families having so much fun while learning to be responsible anglers,” Mount Pleasant Pier assistant manager Laura Edwards exclaimed. Over the course of the day more than 50 cub scouts earned their fishing belt loops, boy scouts worked on their fishing merit badges and all enjoyed a beautiful day outdoors enjoying and learning more about their coastal environment. “Fishing is one of my favorite sports. I loved spending time with my dad and the other scouts at the fishing tournament,” commented Edward Jones, Mount Pleasant Pack 505 Cub Scout.
Trophies were awarded in five categories with Preston Mappus of Charleston’s Pack 79 hauling in the “Biggest Fish” of the day, a 14½-inch Trout. Sullivan Porcaro of Mount Pleasant Pack 505 won the “Fish with the Most Spots” trophy with an 11½-inch Trout, and Mike Hart of Summerville’s Pack 825 earned the “Scout Sportsman “ award with his encouraging attitude throughout the day. Clifton Benson of Charleston’s Pack 14 was awarded the “Most Fish Caught” Trophy after bringing in an assortment of 11 fish including bass, spot, grouper, toad, puffer and pinfish. Mason Jefferson of Pack 9 in Mount Pleasant was awarded the “Most Unusual Catch” with his catch of a Crevalle Jack.
Laird Staley and Tony Kozloski of Lowcountry Anglers served as the official weighmasters, accompanied by Robert Wiggers and Rhett Box of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. In addition, Preston Mappus of Pack 79 in Charleston, Michael Fuller of Pack 241 in Bluffton, Khalil Rumph of Walterboro and Ronnie Hutto of Troop 502 on Isle of Palms each participated in SC DNR’s tag and release program over the course of the day, winning additional prizes.
Members of East Cooper Fishing Club volunteered their time assisting the boys with proper rigging of their lines, casting, fish identification and steady cutting and distribution of bait, donated by Haddrell’s Point Tackle and Supply. Sawgrass Technologies and McArthur Towel and Sports donated sublimated event towels to aid the boys in handling their fish. Charleston Nut and Hilton Head Popcorn donated souvenir cups to hold bait and drinks - with different colors for drinks and bait.
The Sea Spot Run event was presented by Scout Boats and Sea Ray of Charleston and sponsored by Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, Blackbeard’s Cove, The Charleston Nut Company and Hilton Head Popcorn, Chick-fil-A, Corbin’s Hitch Shop, Kid’s Teeth, Publix, Royall Ace Hardware and Sawgrass Technologies.
The 2013 Sea Spot Run Scout Sportsman Mike Hart exemplified the Cub Scout motto, “Do Your Best” and summed up the event with his comment, “This event isn’t all about how many fish you catch, or how big they are, it’s that we are all having a great time with our families, meeting new friends and just having fun. We are all winners by just being here enjoying the day together.”
The event is hosted by the Etiwan District of the local Boy Scouts Council each year. The Etiwan District serves as the first tier governing body of the Coastal Carolina Council of Boy Scouts of America, overseeing the activities of some 1,200 youth in 30 Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews and Sea Scout Ships in the East Cooper area. For more information or to find a Pack, Troop, Crew or Ship in East Cooper, or within the five surrounding counties, contact William Etheridge at the Coastal Carolina Council office at 763-0305 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.