Williamsburg, KY – On May 7th, 2023, the South Carolina S3DA program hosted the second annual offshore fishing trip to promote conservation and encourage S3DA participants to engage in outdoor activities. This fishing trip was offered to all archers that shot in the Sandunes Archery Club 3D regional and was provided courtesy of Salty Hooker Fishing Charters in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Participants looked forward to a bright, beautiful Sunday morning out on the ocean. Around 7AM, the participants were split into two groups and loaded two fishing boats to go catch some fish. There was a contest between the two boats to see who boarded the most fish. Captains Sarah Bryson and Austin Luken kept the crew on fish the whole trip.
The first part of the trip was within shoreline distance (about 3 miles out) where they started trolling for Spanish Mackerel. After that, they went out about ten miles to begin fishing. The kids dropped their fishing lines to the bottom and as soon as the bait hit the bottom, the fish were biting. The farthest part of the trip was about twenty-two miles offshore and you could not see land from that distance. Everyone got to see all sorts of jellyfish and even some dolphins jumping up out of the water. The children got the opportunity to learn about the different species of fish they were catching. They learned about some of the endangered species in the ocean and how if they caught them, they had to put them back. Everyone had an absolute blast!
After returning to the marina, the captains and some others cleaned and filleted the fish that were caught. Captain Sarah Bryson’s boat won the contest with 63 fish brought on board. Not all of those were kept because of the size, species, and regulations. The days catch was divided up and each family got to go home with a bag of fresh fish. The South Carolina S3DA State Coordinator, Sheila Tadlock and the National Conservation Coordinator, Patty Reel have already begun planning for the trip next year.
S3DA National Conservation Coordinator, Patty Reel said, “This is such an amazing trip! This teaches the kids about the natural resources of the ocean and the underwater structures that are placed to provide fish habitats. It’s so much fun to watch the kids reel in what they catch. You never know what’s on the end of the line.”
About Scholastic 3-D Archery
Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) is a unique, family-oriented youth archery program which has grown exponentially across the United States as a next-step initiative to follow introductory archery programs. The mission of the Scholastic
3-D Archery program is to foster, educate and guide youth in the areas of 3D, indoor target, and outdoor target archery as well as safe, ethical bowhunting practices. The goal of the S3DA program is to provide archery and bowhunting opportunities to youth in after-school settings, as well as with archery-affiliated clubs and businesses in the community. S3DA youth participate in 3-D and target archery using compound and traditional archery equipment. Youth members can participate at regional, state and national archery events and earn college scholarships from colleges and universities across the United States. S3DA addresses the need for a program to bridge beginning target archery experience and more advanced activities such as 3-D shooting and bowhunting. The program currently operates across the United States with hundreds of certified coaches serving thousands of youth archers.
Contact the Scholastic 3-D Archery National Office at:
www.s3da.net or 410 Sycamore Street, Williamsburg, KY 40769, Ph: 606.524.3685
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