There is no practicing in fishing

rodcrafter@islc.netMarch 18, 2012 

It has been said the best way to learn something is to teach.

I'm not a teacher and there many frustrated individuals who will agree with me.

I do try to have a working knowledge of what interests me. If by chance I become proficient, let me assure you it was not due to any natural talent.

It is for this reason that fishing became my favorite sport. The natural simplicity of the act made it appealing, and the only goals to meet are those I set for myself.

I don't claim more than my due and rarely more than I know; it keeps me honest. The only advice I can offer those wishing to make a challenge of their own is simply this:

You can't practice fishing; you are either catching them or you aren't.

FISHING TRENDS

With outside temperatures hanging in the 80s and water temperatures hitting the 60-degree mark, an abrupt turnaround from the previous week has occurred. Fish are on the move and have become more active.

But don't get too comfortable yet -- history has told us there is always one more cold snap right before Easter. This being the case, now is the time to go. You might bring home a few fish.

Remember the limits, and practice catch and release.

Active species -- Sheepshead, Spottail, Trout, Whiting, Blackfish, Wahoo, and Tuna.

SHEEPSHEAD TOURNAMENT

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club will host a Sheepshead Fishing Tournament on March 31, open to all anglers. Registration fees are $20 per boat with 100 percent payback to the boat catching the largest sheepshead during the tournament.

Registration forms are available at Beaufort Boat & Dock Supply or the Port Royal Landing Marina. Registration must be filled out and returned no later than 5 p.m. March 30. There will not be a captains meeting for this event.

Weigh-in will be at 3 p.m., March 31, at the Port Royal Landing Marina. Anglers may come to the weigh-in by land or boat.

Rules of the club's year-round tournament will apply. In the event no fish are caught, registration fees will be donated to the Waddell Mariculture Center.

For more information, call Carol Currin at 843-592-1952.

PALMETTO SPORTSMEN'S CLASSIC

The 28th annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic will be held at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia on March 23-25. Hundreds of exhibitors will be on site with the latest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment for show and sale.

Doors will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8, and parking is free. Seniors 62 and over get in for $7, while children 10 and under are admitted free.

For more information, call the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' Columbia office at 803-734-4008.

TURKEY TIME

Turkey season opened March 15 on private lands only in Game Zone 6: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper and Orangeburg counties.

The season begins April 1 on private lands in 34 counties in Game Zones 1-5, and on April 2 for all Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) statewide where turkey hunting is allowed.

The season closes May 1 throughout the state.

Note: Hunters, if "Turkey Tags" appears on your hunting license, the tags should have been mailed already. If "Turkey Tags" does not appear on your license, then you will need to order the tags.

It is estimated that 50,000 hunters will take to the woods during the 2012 spring turkey season, generating an estimated $30 million in direct expenditures for South Carolina's economy.

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