Local fishermen brought home awards in a flathead catfish tournament hosted by Friends of the Edisto and Wayne’s Woods and Water.
The event was held Saturday, April 6, near Branchville above Whetstone’s Crossroads.
Eighteen teams from lower Colleton County all the way to Aiken participated, with a five-fish weight. Competitors reported 82 flatheads with an approximate total weight of 1,300 pounds; the biggest catfish was 76 pounds.
- First place -- Jim Christopher and Ronnie Gray of Cope; 135 pounds
- First place -- Justan Wolfe, Travis Smoak and Stuart Antley of Cope; 135 pounds
- Third place -- Wes Smoak and Brad Antley of Canaan; 133 pounds
- Big Fish award -- Matthew Summers and Ken Padgett of Branchville; 76 pounds