Dixie Chicken Funament Takes Hiatus in 2011
North Myrtle Beach, SC--"The Dixie Chicken Funament, the beloved fishing tournament that annually attracts fisherman from throughout the eastern United States, will not be held this year," said spokesperson and founder, Ron McManus.
McManus cited a sagging economy, rising gas prices and impending catch limits being placed on recreational anglers.
His announcement falls on the heels of last week's proposed catch limits that targets Wahoo, dolphin and other species popular to the Dixie Chicken.
Held annually Memorial Day Weekend at Harbourgate Marina in North Myrtle Beach, the Tournament celebrated its 11th Anniversary in 2010.
The event, which offered more than $50,000 in cash and prizes, has, since inception, been the primary fundraiser in support and development of the PA-01, Jim Caudle Artificial Reef.
"Through the efforts of the Dixie Chicken Funament, the PA-01 has grown in popularity among fishing enthusiasts and today is South Carolina's largest and most visited artificial reef. We can all be proud of that accomplishment," McManus continued.
McManus, who last year was awarded an Environmental Awareness Certificate of Excellence by the State of South Carolina, is determined that this year's absence of the Dixie Chicken Funament will not affect the continued growth of the Jim Caudle Reef.
"Although the news is disappointing, it will in no way impede the development of the reef. Through the efforts of local businesses, the State, and other interested individuals, materials will continue to be placed on the reef to provide a long lasting and stable foundation for the development of a diverse and thriving marine reef community," he said.
"We're hoping this will only be a temporary hiatus," he concluded. In fact, we are already looking forward to the Dixie Chicken's return in 2012," McManus said with a smile.
For more information on the Dixie Chicken Funament or the Jim Caudle Artificial Reef, visit www.DixieChickenFunament.com or call 843-249-1637.