Around Lowcountry, autumn is for anglers

rodcrafter@islc.netOctober 29, 2011 

Fall fishing has arrived, and with it an array of fishing opportunities. There will be exceptions, followed by excuses, but the time will be shared with enthusiasm, optimism and the promise of some outstanding meals and worthwhile memories.

HEALTH ADVISORY

Toxoplasmosis may sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but its presence is real and can be life-threatening. Toxoplasmosis is caused by a microscopic protozoan parasite, and is one of the most common diseases transmitted from animals to humans.

Often associated with deer hunting, the parasite found in venison is not the only source of the disease.

"Although the disease is often mentioned only in conjunction with venison, it can be found in many domestic meats, including beef, pork and sheep," said Charles Ruth of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. "Once you become aware of how the disease works, chances of exposure can be minimized, and venison can be safely consumed."

For information on toxoplasmosis, its effects and prevention, call 803-667-0696.

FRIPP ISLAND NEWS

Fripp Island Marina hosted the Owen Perry Memorial Fishing Tournament on Oct. 22, with proceeds going to Camp Rainbow for kids with cancer and rare blood diseases.

Capt. Pat Perry on "Hanna Jayne" won largest bass. Capt. Stovall Walker and "No Problem IV" won largest trout and the other fish (stingray division). The bass with the most spots (10) was caught by Capt. Hamp Manning on "What-A-Deal."

Fripp Island's next event will be the Thanksgiving Kids Fishing Tournament on Nov. 25. All kids are invited to the free event. T-shirts, food, drinks and many other prizes will be available. Participants must bring their rods, reels and an adult sponsor. Call 843-838-1517 for more information.

FLY FISHING

The Sea Island Fly Fishers' next meeting will be at 6 pm., Nov. 9, at Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort. Following the social hour, the program will feature a video on Bonefish Charlie. The meeting is free, and the club welcomes anyone interested in the sport, especially beginners.

The recent fly-only redfish tournament was won by Chris Mattson, who tallied 12 fish caught and released.

For more information on the club, go to www.flyfishingbeaufort.com or call Jack Baggette at 843-522-8911.

BSFDC MEETING

The November meeting of the Beaufort Sport Fishing and Diving Club will be held Nov. 10 at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. The social starts at 6:30 p.m., with the program starting at 7. Dr. Al Segars will discuss human impact on wildlife in the Lowcountry, sharing his observations of wildlife/human interactions he has witnessed over the years in his role with S.C. DNR. He will explain how to minimize negative interactions/impacts on coastal wildlife. For information on the meeting, call 843-522-2020.

TASTE OF WADDELL

The Waddell Mariculture Center will be hosting "A Taste of Waddell" from 3-7 p.m. on Nov. 13. The event is a celebration of the Port Royal Sound ecosystem, presented by the Friends of Waddell & the Hilton Head Island Sportfishing Club. Shrimp dinner, May River oysters, beer and wine. Music by Lowcountry Boil. Raffle and silent auction. Tours and nature trail. Tickets are $30 per person (beer, wine and oysters extra). The event benefits the cobia, red drum and sea trout stock enhancement program at the Center and the Port Royal Sound adult red drum study.

CLOSING THOUGHT

Josh Billings once wrote: "There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory."

In reading this quote, I came to the conclusion that it relates more to fish tales and fishermen than any other association.

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