Members of the Conway Bassmasters have helped the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources tag approximately 600 fish in the Waccamaw River System since summer 2010.
The 53 volunteers have put in 530 man-hours at four different events — two fall tournaments and two spring tournaments — to tag the fish. While returns from the summer tournaments are low, the fall tournaments have been better. About 20 fish returns have come in, and more are expected.
"SCDNR has done great age studies for us," said Chris Jones of the Conway Bassmasters, "and it looks like due to several droughts in our area over the years, we are a good candidate for a restocking program as well. This has really gotten the fishermen in our area pumped up about fishing our events because of everything the DNR has done."