Lowcountry waters are cooler, and the fishing is good

rodcrafter@islc.netOctober 14, 2012 

The water has been cooling and fish seem to be homing in on schools of bait.

Inshore fishing has improved, as witnessed by the fish many anglers have taken this past week. Large inshore concentrations of spottail bass, trout, flounder, whiting and sheepshead are eager to take the hook.

Offshore fishing has improved as well. Wally Phinney of Sea Wolfe Charters had this report:

"This past Monday, around the Gordon, my group took 22 nice size Spanish mackerel and we lost one king. The Spanish are coming out of the rivers and heading offshore presently. We are still catching them at the wrecks and the Betsy Ross is producing as well. We have caught a few tuna and missed a few more; lots of action. Water temperatures are now 78 degrees and falling. Once it gets to 70, a good bit of the trolling action will slow down."

To check in with Capt. Wally for the latest updates, give him a call at 843-525-1174.

Capt. Judy reports that bottom fishing has been great, with catches of black sea bass, trigger fish and summer trout. She states, "Trolling hasn't been bad either; the best news is that Spanish mackerel are here and are making quite a showing."


  • Lowcountry Coastal Conservation Association Dinner & Auction: When: 6 p.m., Oct. 20; Where: Beaufort Academy, 240 Sams Point Rd., Beaufort; Information: Call 843-263-3863 or go to www.ccasouthcarolina.com.

  • The Owen Perry Memorial Fishing Tournament will be Oct. 19-20 at the Fripp Island Marina. Proceeds will be used to fund Camp Rainbow for kids with cancer and rare blood diseases. The captains meeting will be from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 19, with a Lowcountry cookout. Fishing starts at 7 a.m. Oct. 20. Awards will be given for the two largest spottails, the spottail with the most spots, the two largest speckled trout and another category to be determined. The entry fee of $250 includes dinner, two T-shirts and all festivities. For information, call Fripp Island Marina at 843-838-1517.

  • The fifth annual Taste of Waddell, a celebration of the Port Royal Sound Ecosystem, will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Waddell Mariculture Center on Sawmill Creek Road in Bluffton. Shrimp dinner will be served, and the event will feature music, a silent auction and tours of the Mariculture Center and nature trails. Tickets for the event are $30 per person with beer, wine and May River oysters extra. The event benefits the cobia, red drum and sea trout stock enhancement at the center. For information, go to www.friendsofwaddell.org or call Dave at 843-785-4106.


    Every so often we meet a stranger who seems to add a welcomed slant to our day. Such was the case last weekend while attending a yard sale. This gregarious gentleman by the name of Lloyd Tyler challenged people to accept his position, to have a more positive attitude and to talk more openly. His philosophical approach made me aware that each day should be treated as a new beginning.

    His preoccupation with the present led me to believe there was a reason I was there at that place and time. I was under the impression my attendance was to add to my overstuffed horde of useless but "will be valuable one day" collection of misfit merchandise.

    When he stated, "Yard sales are great; it gives you the opportunity to obtain something you can't use at a price you can't resist." So true, it helped me realize that although I already have one of those and two of everything else, I shouldn't feel guilty. Our talk left me thinking: whenever I fall victim to a yard sale "must-have," I should hope for the best. To do otherwise would not improve my odds of getting into the house undetected.

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