Take a kid fishing, learn a lesson

rodcrafter@islc.netNovember 12, 2011 

I never fail to learn something when I fish with a youngster, especially a newbie to the sport. With questions and constant breaks, the lack of attention and occasional setbacks, everything doesn't always work as planned. With my focus being more on the child and less on what I presume to get from the venture, I gain a new perspective of what is really more important.

Kids Fishing Tournament

The Fripp Island Yacht Club and Marina will be sponsoring the 11th annual Kids Fishing Tournament on Nov. 26.

There is no cost to enter the tournament, which had 167 participants last year. Children from ages 4 to 15, accompanied by an adult, are invited to fish from a boat, the marina dock or a private fishing hole. Entrants need to bring rod, reel, tackle and a life jacket.

There will be free hamburgers, hot dogs and plenty of prizes. Awards will be given for the largest trout, bass, flounder and other categories. Registration and fishing starts at 8 a.m. and weigh-in will be at 3 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony.

For more information, call 843-838-1517.

Ducks Unlimited Dinner

The Hilton Head/Bluffton Ducks Unlimited Chapter will be sponsoring a Conservation Dinner and Banquet, Nov. 19, at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation. Tickets are $40 per person and $70 per couple.

This year's event will feature a number of limited edition shotguns and artwork. There will be a number of raffles for prizes, including guns and hunting gear.

For ticket information, contact Larry Muething at 843-290-5372 or Julian Weston at 843-247-5763.

Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres of waterfowl habitat in North America, more than any other conservation organization in existence. DU is the only waterfowl conservation organization that delivers continent-wide habitat conservation work to promote healthy waterfowl populations. Of every dollar raised by DU, 80 percent is dedicated to conservation efforts.

Taste of Waddell

The fourth annual Taste of Waddell event will be held Sunday afternoon at the Waddell River House on Colleton River bluff. The silent auction will feature several outstanding items, including charter fishing trips by some of Beaufort's renowned captains, tackle, boat storage and outboard motor service packages. The auction also will have golf packages at the Ford Plantation, Harbour Town, Spring Island and Oldfield.

Premier seafood dinners from local restaurants will be served, along with some fine wines. Lowcountry Boil will provide music on the bluff.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call 843-785-4106 or go to www.friendsofwaddell.org.

SAFMC Hearings

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a series of public hearings beginning Nov. 14 to solicit public input on management measures impacting federal fisheries for black sea bass, red grouper and wreckfish. The Council is accepting written and email comments through Nov. 21. Copies of the public hearing documents, with details on how to submit written comments, will be posted on the Council's website, along with meeting times and places. For more information, call 843-571-4366 or 866-SAFMC.

"Fish, to taste right, must swim three times -- once in water, then in butter, and finally in wine." -- Polish proverb

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