Don't mess with a crafty fisherman

info@islandpacket.comMay 13, 2012 

The local church gossip was feared just enough to keep the congregation quiet. But one day she received her just reward.

It was a well-known fact that during cobia season an individual of standing among the church was known to skip services. When she spread the word that his priorities may need to be adjusted, our angler got even.

Since she based so many of her tirades on the location of members' cars and what they should and should not be doing, our hero parked his car in front of her house and left it there overnight.

NOP FIGHT

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) recently introduced an amendment to the Department of Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations bill (HR 5326) to prevent federal funding necessary to implement President Obama's executive order creating the National Ocean Policy (NOP).

The amendment was adopted by a vote of 246-174 and the bill passed 247-163, sending it on to the U.S. Senate, where the National Association of Charter Boat Operators (NACO) will continue to work to assure the passage and implementation of this bill.

"This is great news and proves that working with other diverse groups we can achieve our goals of maintaining open access to our waterways and oceans," NACO president Bob Zales said. "I feel the National Fishermen Rally is gaining more momentum because legislators are listening to fishermen, boaters and other affected industries, and they are taking actions that will allow continued access to fisheries, waterways and oceans."

AREA REPORTS

Offshore anglers are showing results. Trolling, drifting long lines and bottom fishing have produced, as well as sight casting to surface fish around flotsam.

Grass islands are holding dolphin in good numbers while blue water has produced wahoo, tuna, Spanish mackerel, a few early runs of king mackerel and -- a bit deeper -- an occasional grouper.

Captain Wally reports he had some outstanding catches from the stream along the 70-mile run in waters of 300 feet.

"Good weedlines produced an outstanding trip for captain and crew," he said.

Meanwhile, inshore fishermen continue catching spottail bass, sheepshead, black drum, whiting and a few flounder.

Sharks have not yet been a problem, but the arrival of bonnet heads could change things.

TOURNAMENT NEWS

  • Charlie Ledford made contact with the results of their most recent challenge. With 35 boats in the mix and 120 competing for the top prize, the Fillin' Station cobia tournament on May 5 was a great success.

  • Top honors went to Bubba Holton and Cara with a cobia weighing 65.02 pounds.

    Ronnie and Mike Edmonds, fishing aboard the "Reel Fix," weighed in with a cobia at 62.2 pounds for second place, and captain Tom Thomas, Taylor Thomas and Vickie Dispoto, fishing aboard Tom's "Top Gun," hauled in a 57.3-pound cobia to receive third-place prize money.

  • The Memorial Day weekend will kick off the fishing season on Fripp Island as the annual Memorial Kingfish Tournament takes place May 25-26.

  • There will be a captains' meeting May 25 from 6-7 p.m. followed by a Lowcountry cookout.

    Fishing starts at sunrise May 26, with weigh-in closing at 6 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow with a 90 percent payout awarded for first- and second-largest kingfish, dolphin, Spanish mackerel and cobia.

    Call (843) 838-1517 for more information.

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