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Local fishermen brought home awards in a flathead catfish tournament hosted by Friends of the Edisto and Wayne’s Woods and Water.

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The event was held Saturday, April 6, near Branchville above Whetstone’s Crossroads.

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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.

Winners were:

  • 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
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