Cast It Forward Featured Guests

We’re excited to announce our lineup of featured speakers / panelists for Cast It Forward on Saturday, Sept 5th.

“Charleston Fishing, Then and Now”, featuring Ralph Phillips and Mike Able Sr. Mike and Ralph (along with Zed White) were two of three original guides in Charleston back in the day. In my opinion, everyone’s idea of what fishing used to be is relative to their own experiences. Mike and Ralph will reset your idea of what used to be, and perhaps could be possible again. I’ve heard the stories from both of them in private conversations. I think hearing of how thing used to be will be mind blowing to most of us. If you wouldn’t mind, please respond to this post by answering this question. If you had one question to ask these two, what would it be? Panel will be moderated by Tommy Braswell.

“Women in Fishing” This panel will be great because we have four women anglers representing different aspects of the fishing industry. Pamela Corwin, outreach director for SCDNR; Kelsey Dick, marketing director for Shimano North America (and a VERY accomplished angler in her own right); Capt Tanya Dowdy, she is a charter captain for ReelChica charters; and Mandy Henderson, an avid recreational angler in Charleston. Panel will be moderated by Pamela Browning, publisher of the Post and Courier and also an avid angler.

“Strategies to Target Gator Speckled Trout”, featuring Capt. Matt Chipperfield from Jacksonville Florida. If you’re an avid trout angler, no doubt you’ve heard of Matt. Matt has a degree in marine biology and uses his education and analytical mind to understand seatrout behaviors to better target giant trout. This will be a can’t miss discussion for the serious inshore angler. Conservation and the Release Over 20 organization are very near and dear to Matt’s philosophies.

And last but not least, our featured speaker will be Capt. C. A. Richardson from Flats Class TV. CA really needs no introduction. He will speak about the importance of conservation and sustainability and also I’m sure a few tips and tricks to improve your fishing.

In addition to all this will be a bunch of educational booths and kids activities by our own SCDNR, vendor booths, and a meet and greet for a number of local fishing influencers who have aligned with the Release Over 20 philosophy.

This is shaping up to be a great time. Our oyster roast is the day before Boone Hall, and if you are looking for a less crowded alternative for oysters, here we are. Proceeds from the event will go to our new 501c3 non-profit Release Over 20. We have a new website, if you want to see what this nationwide conservation is all about, please check out

Event will be at Firefly Distillery on Saturday, Feb 5 and goes from 11am to 5pm. I hope to see you there!

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