When it comes to baits, keep your options open

rodcrafter@islc.netAugust 26, 2012 

Charles Lamb is quoted as saying: "The greatest pleasure I have known is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident."

My application: If I am after fish for the table, I will use live bait. If my freezer is well stocked, I have a bit of fun and toss an artificial. it just seems more sporting.

When fishing, I rig two rods dedicated to live bait and another two rigged with artificials. Depending on the fish I am seeking, I generally toss live bait out and leave it. My other rods will be set with artificials such as shrimp, jerkbaits, hard and/or soft body lures (either topwater or divers). I keep a variety of lures, leaders and weighted rigs at standby when things change up, which happens quickly in saltwater.

Live bait has the advantage of familiarity, scent and movement, but you spend considerable time rigging a fresh bait, as they usually don't last long after the first strike. The major disadvantage to using live bait is eventually you run out.


In conjunction with Lt. Dan Week 3, a week-long community event designed to honor and assist severely injured veterans, Ridgeland's Palm Key Nature Resort will host several fishing clinics by professional sports fishing legends on Sept. 13.

At noon, Flip Pallot will conduct a fly casting clinic, and O'Neill Williams will conduct bass/redfish fishing clinics. At 2:30 p.m., John Holbrook and members of the Sea Island Fly Fishers Club will lead a fly-tying seminar for the vets and a limited number of public participants.

Three members of the active military, as well, have been invited to each of the noon fishing clinics. The cost is $100 for the fishing clinics and $30 for the fly-tying seminar. Space is limited.

Pallot and Williams will be the guests of honor at a silent auction and banquet at the Holiday Inn in Beaufort at 6 p.m. on Sept. 12. Among the auction items will be a Broad River fishing trip with Pallot on Sept. 14, and fishing equipment from TFO and Powell Rods.

A ticket for the banquet costs $75 at www.LDW3.com. An additional $25 donation will help fund dinner for a veteran or caregiver.

Details: www.ldw3.com


  • 19th annual Fishing for Miracles King Mackerel: Beating a field of 153 boats, the Beaufort team of Ellis Hamm, Shelley Smith and Tom Ogle, led by Capt. Nick Russell on Sweet Sarah IV, took first-place honors. Ellis fought the king for 20 minutes when Tom gaffed the fish and brought her aboard. The local team held their breath until the scale settled on 43.93 pounds, barely beating the second-place team onboard "Ripple Effect" by 0.7 pounds. While other entries weighed fish in the 30-pound range, these were the only kings to make it past 40 pounds.

  • Proceeds from the event support the children at MUSC.

  • Kingfish Invitational: This Labor Day, the folks at Fripp Island have scheduled their 22nd annual Kingfish Invitational. This two-day event, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, will have a payout of $5000. The captains' meeting will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Aug. 30.

  • For more information, call the Fripp Island Marina at 843-838-1517.

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