FLORENCE, SC - The Francis Marion University fishing team will compete in the 30th-annual Coastal Carolina University Invitational Intercollegiate Fishing Match and seminar, Friday in Murrells Inlet. The event is the oldest collegiate fishing match in the United States.
FMU will compete against anglers from CCU, Clemson University, and the University of South Carolina. The event begins with a brief seminar at 6:15 a.m. and the boat (New Captain Bill) will sail out of Captain Dick’s Marina at 6:45 a.m.
This year’s competition will honor former FMU fishing coach, business professor, and longtime tournament supporter Don Kelly, who died only days after last year’s event.
The 2003 FMU team will consist of sophomores Reid Jackson of Sumter and Marshall Butler and Ben Ward of Georgetown. Fred David, a business administration professor, will coach this year’s Patriot squad.
The competition includes drift fishing for king mackerel and bottom fishing for black seabass, but grouper, amberjack, and dolphin often end up at the awards banquet table, to be held this year at the Hot Fish Club in Murrells Inlet.
The competition began in 1974 and once included Ivy League schools and entries from foreign countries.