The Beaufort Sportfish & Dive Club has amended the species list for the 2011 Beaufort Annual Fishing Tournament. SCDNR has recommended that anglers release all speckled trout, also known as Winter Trout, due to the winter kill-off of trout that occurred this past winter. The species has been removed from the list of fish eligible for weigh-in during the tournament, which has no entry fee and runs from January 1 to December 31 every year.
“With the extremely low numbers of trout being found in local waters, the tournament directors decided it was just the right thing to do. Hopefully they will quickly recover and will be back on the board for 2012” says Club president Bo Von Harten. “There are, however, almost 30 other eligible species that anglers can weigh-in at Port Royal Landing Marina, including inshore species such as red drum and whiting, and offshore species such as dolphin and wahoo,” Von Harten said.