I spent the fourth of July with my son in Tennessee. Like many his age, he is forever wanting to try the new and different.
While he may spend his time hiking the back trails, ziplining, rafting and fighting the crowds for a seat at some sporting event. I find it better to rest when I can and let others do my bidding whenever possible.
After all, I don't have much in common with the younger generation. Today's young people want to do things fast and often, which is not my style.
I've reached the age of contentment. By having done almost everything at least once, and not really being that keen on doing most of it again, I find that my way to be much safer and a bit more rewarding.
Besides, at my age, doing something that's not classified as a medical procedure can be dangerous.
It seems saltwater fly fishing has had a surge recently. The flats have become a literal traffic stop for many gamefish, and those with limber rods are taking advantage.
I usually spend more time frustrated when trying to select the right lure, fly or bit of dressing that will ultimately bring a fish to my hook.
However, over the years it has come to my attention that it really does not matter a great deal. The secret is to keep your fly at least in the vicinity of water.
Trees, docks, other boats, other fishermen, shell rakes and other foreign bodies are counter-productive.
I have listed my all time, never-fail favorites. These flies seem to produce, while all the flash and glory of more expensive highly advertised choices pale in comparison: Glass minnow, Lefty's deceiver, Savajoe shrimp and my favorite topwater, the mullet-head.
It's a good idea to keep a few of these saltwater flies close to the breast as friends and family seem to find them almost as irresistible as the fish they catch. Use of these choices will work for a large variety of species and can make your fishing trip more productive.
Fripp Island Fireworks Tournament
Captain Kevin Ragsdale and crew on MAHALO KaI won 3 events -- largest wahoo at 76 pounds, 6 ounces (the largest Wahoo to date in Beaufort County), largest kingfish at 22.4 pounds and the largest Dolphin at 4 pounds.
Second place went to Captain David Stedmen on his boat Fishing Hookyplace with an 8.8-pound kingfish, and the largest cobia was taken by Capt. John Williams at 15.2 pounds. The largest Spanish weighed in at 6 pounds by Capt. Bob Di Benedetto and his crew on Luce.
Fripp Islannd marina director Lewis Turner thanked Sea Island Marine for supplying the captains' dinner.
Details: Captain Ralph, 843-838-2530
Ziplock bug repellant
I have tried this, and as odd as it may seem, it works.
A bit of research showed that the reason it is effective is how insects view the prism-like reflections that are produced.
Fill a ziplock bag half full of water and insert 4-6 pennies before sealing. Attach the bag to a post or entryway of your house, cabin, patio, porch or anywhere you would prefer not to be molested by flying insects.
This is not some home remedy, unfounded myth of the south or prank to have you appear an idiot. The Amish are known for practicality and resourfulness If they use it, it must have merit.
Till then, good fishin and keep the slack out.