[CHARLESTON COUNTY] – This spring and summer, catch fish, fun and prizes at the Mount Pleasant and Folly Beach Piers’ tournament series! The Mount Pleasant Pier continues the Cast Off Fishing Tournament series with its second event of the season on Saturday, June 16. The Folly Beach Pier will host its next tournament on June 30.
The Mount Pleasant Pier tournaments are held June 16, Sept. 1 and Oct. 13. The Mount Pleasant Pier offers fishing on the Charleston Harbor and under the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Opened in 2009, the pier is built on pilings from the old Silas N. Pearman Bridge, which have become a haven for many types of fish including red drum, spotted sea trout, flounder and sheepshead.
Folly Beach Pier tournaments continue throughout the summer on June 30, Aug. 11 and Sept. 29. A sight to behold, Folly Beach’s wooden pier stretches out 1045’ into the ocean and offers spectacular views, fishing, dining and events. Common catches off the Folly pier include blue fish, sheepshead, spotted sea trout and whiting.
Both piers offer everything an expert or a novice needs, including equipment rentals, tackle and frozen bait, plus knowledgeable staff to offer tips. The piers also provide snack bars, gift shops and restrooms. So slap on some sunscreen and head out this summer for some good-spirited competition!
Tournament registration fees are $10 for ages 13 and up, $9 for members of the military, $8 for seniors and ages 12 and under, or $5 for fishing pass holders. The final tournaments at each pier will have a similar award and pricing structure; June tournaments will offer awards for the top three biggest fish category. The season’s final tournaments at each pier will offer several additional awards categories for anglers.
Registration is available online at CharlestonCountyParks.com/fishing through the Thursday prior to each tournament. On-site registration for tournaments begins at 6 a.m. the day of the event. Summer tournament hours are 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. and prizes are awarded afterward. In September and October, Mount Pleasant Pier tournaments hours will be 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Parking fees are an additional charge at the Folly Pier. For details, call the Folly Beach Pier at (843) 762-9516, the Mount Pleasant Pier at (843) 762-9946, or visit CharlestonCountyParks.com. The Cast Off Fishing Tournament Series is made possible by Field & Stream, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Charleston Cotton Exchange and your Charleston County Parks.