FLORENCE, SC - The Francis Marion University fishing team placed second at last weekend’s 30th-annual Coastal Carolina University Invitational Intercollegiate Fishing Match in Murrells Inlet. The event is the oldest collegiate fishing match in the United States.
The Patriots finished behind the University of South Carolina, but defeated anglers from both CCU and Clemson University. The event began with a brief seminar and the boat (New Captain Bill) sailed out of Captain Dick’s Marina.
According to FMU coach Fred David, his three anglers caught one king mackerel and more then 50 black seabass. The Patriot team, which consisted of sophomores Reid Jackson of Sumter and Marshall Butler and Ben Ward of Georgetown, fished in rough seas about 18 miles off the coast.
This year’s competition honored former FMU fishing coach, business professor, and longtime tournament supporter Don Kelley, who died only days after the 2002 event.
The day’s catch was then prepared for an awards banquet at the Hot Fish Club in Murrells Inlet.
The competition began in 1974 and once included Ivy League schools and entries from foreign countries.