"King of the Inlet Fishing Challenge" comes to Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet, SC - MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) – The Murrells Inlet Rotary Club announced they will be hosting a fishing tournament in June.

The "King of the Inlet Fishing Challenge" will be presented by Tiki Seven Fijian Spiced Rum. The tournament will begin bright and early at 6 a.m. on June 4 and continue on June 5.

Eric Gray, event chair, said the traditional flounder tournament will be expanded to include a new near-shore King Mackerel division and a "Captains Choice" optional second day of fishing.

"This marks the 11th year our club is conducting a fishing tournament in Murrells Inlet," Gray said.

Registration will be from 4 to 7 p.m., June 3, and the same three-hour time span beginning at 4 p.m., June 4, at the Crazy Sister Marina, Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet.

The tournament awards presentation, raffle and live entertainment will be from 5 to 6 p.m., June 5, at the Marina.  Following the ceremony at 6:30 p.m., Rotary is teaming with Murrells Inlet 2020 to bring the second annual Murrells Inlet Fish Drop.  Approximately 500 wooden fish will be hoisted in the air then dropped on the ground on top of a bull's eye.  The three fish closest to the bull's eye will qualify for cash prizes totaling $1,750.

"Throughout the day on Saturday, we plan fun activities along the Marsh Walk," Gray said.  "Our signature event will be the 'Seven Card Stud Poker Crawl,' when participants can meander throughout the member restaurants pulling cards to see who draws the winning hand."

Tournament registration and captains meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m., June 3, and from 4 to 7 p.m., June 4.  The cost to enter the King Mackerel Division is $150 per boat per day fished. The Flounder Division is $50 per fisherman per day with the youth and lady anglers paying $25 each.

Tournament fishing is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4, with weigh-in open at 12 p.m., and June 5, has a similar schedule with tournament fishing open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and with weigh-in beginning at noon.

In the King Mackerel division, the largest King Mackerel by weight will qualify for a first-place prize of $1,777.  Second place is $977, third is $477 and fourth, fifth and sixth places earn $177 each. The lucky seventh place winner will receive $477.

Special Calcutta $50 on Spanish Mackerel, Cobia and Dolphin fish. Officials will explain the Rotary donation of fifty percent for first place, 30 percent second place and 10 percent third place.

The Flounder division brings $1,077 in first place for the largest Flounder by weight.  Second place is $477, third place is $277, fourth place is $177, fifth and sixth places each get $77, and the lucky seventh place earns $277.  The highest three-fish value total by weight earns $1,077, but the individual is not eligible for another prize.  The best lady angler gets a $300 gift certificate and a plaque, and the leading youth angler wins a fishing rod and reel and a plaque.