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When Ron McManus organized the Dixie Chicken Funament in 2000 to honor his friend and fishing buddy, Jim Caudle, he had no idea that it would become one of the East Coast’s most popular fishing tournaments.  Nor did he realize the impact that the tournament would have on South Carolina’s economy and its ecosystem.  In less than a decade, the proceeds from this small but powerful tournament were able to turn the Little River Inshore Reef, renamed the Jim Candle Artificial Reef, into South Carolina’s second largest and most visited artificial reef, a ranking still maintained thanks to Ron.

The Dixie Chicken Funament ran for 10 years–cut short by Ron’s failing health and untimely death in 2012.  Now, it seems only fitting that the tournament be reintroduced–this time as the Ron McManus Memorial Fishing Tournament honoring our great friend and the good work that he has done.  While the name has changed, some things remain constant–take for instance the fun and comradery, not to mention the excellent fishing.

For those of you that knew Ron, you were familiar with his passion for fishing and for a good time.  Nothing would please him more than this namesake tournament.

We invite you to join us this Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 – 28 at Harbourgate Marina, as we celebrate Ron with the inaugural Ron McManus Memorial Fishing Tournament

Registration Form

Inshore Rules and Regulations

Offshore Rules and Regulations

Calendar of Events

Entry Fees
Inshore Division – $100.00
Offshore Division – $200.00

Offshore Division
Grand prize* are based on aggregate total weight of one of each of the eligible species. Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin and King Mackerel.

Grand Prizes
1st Place $4,000
2nd Place $2,000
3rd Place $1,000

Secondary Prizes
Largest Wahoo $1,000
Largest Tuna (Yellow or Black Fin) $1,000
Largest Dolphin $1,000
Largest King Mackerel $1,000
LadyAnglerNecklace valued at $700
Junior Angler $300

Inshore Division
Grand prizes* are based on aggregate total
weight of one of each of the eligible species.
Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel

Grand Prizes
1st Place $2,000
2nd Place $1,000
3rd Place $500

Secondary Prizes
Largest Flounder $500
Largest Trout $500
Lady Angler $300 Mackerel $500
Lady Angler$300
Junior Angler $300
*All Prizes are based on the registration of at least 60 boats in each division.

The Ron McManus Memorial Reef (PA-04), located five miles from the Little River Inlet’s south jetty, is part of South Carolina’s man-made reef system. Here, fish of all types will flourish within the hulls of decommissioned military vehicles, ready-made concrete towers and even the perforated shells of concrete mixing trucks. The Ron McManus Memorial Reef will create an underwater home where fishermen, divers and marine life thrive. According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, artificial reefs generate over $83 million annually and create in excess of 1,000 jobs in and around the communities in which they are located.


For more information call (843) 249-1637

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