Excited local fisherman gathered at the State House last night after the South Carolina General Assembly finally approved a fishing tournament at the SC Aquarium in Charleston. Anglers from all over the region have been pushing for this event since the Lowcountry attraction opened in May of 2000.
Intended to inspire conservation and to be used as an educational tool, the Aquarium is home to a variety of fish species, exotic plants, rare birds, reptiles, mammals, insects, and other wildlife creatures.
Aquarium spokesman Walter Capps hopes the event will bring an awareness of our delicate ecosystem and regional fish habitat. Charleston resident and fishing enthusiast Jamie Catoe hopes the event will bring him a freezer full of tasty fish. “We have a 70 million dollar fishing tank and they expect me to pay them money to walk around and just look at the fish? Yeah . . . . that ain’t gonna happen. But I will pay them $20 to fish. Hell, I’ll pay em $50 for a shot at that albino alligator” said Mr. Catoe. Aquarium officials claim they have no plans to have any organized hunts since many of the animals are rare and very popular with visitors.
Organizers of the fishing tournament hope to have the event scheduled by the end of the month. Aquarium officials plan to limit the fishing to just the Great Ocean Tank, a two story, 385,000 gallon saltwater “fishing hole”. Proceeds of the tournament will benefit local conservation organizations, specifically ones that preserve nature so that people can kill more animals. Further details will be available very soon.
Earlier this week, Hurricane Irene had Charleston in her sights. Local residents began planning their evacuation routes, checking their food supplies, and preparing for the worst. As of this morning, theNational Hurricane Center predicts the eye of the storm will move up the coast to the Outerbanks, coastal Virginia, and eventually die out in the upper Eastern seaboard. While 99.92% of Charleston residents are thrilled to be spared the wrath of Mother Nature, we found the .08% that were not so happy.
Frank Bucci, owner of Lowcountry Hurricane Repair, was banking on some help from Mother Nature this year. His company had just bought a wet-dry vac, two mops, and a shovel in anticipation of Irene. “All that money on new equipment and Irene is a no-go for Charleston. Fingers crossed my other business, Lowcountry Snow Removal, has a good winter.” stated Mr. Bucci.
Bennett McAllister of Johns Island said, “When it comes to hurricanes, it’s all about the Benjamins (street term for$100 bills). Ya see, I’m what you call a ‘Crisis Based Entrepreneur’. This $170 chainsaw I bought yesterday would’ve sold for $600 next week, but Irene screwed me over. I was gonna buy me a new plasma TV, rims for my ride, and an iPhone, but that ain’t gonna happen now. “
The Kilpatrick family of Ladson is upset because their current residence needs to be replaced and they were hoping Irene would help. “Mamma K” responded, “Our home is old and tired and we had our dreams on one of those FEMA trailers but Irene decided to crush our dreams and go somewhere else.”