Stokes: You can do a whole lot worse than eating trout

rodcraftter@islc.netFebruary 10, 2013 

There are anglers who favor the fresh taste of trout over other popular species. Perhaps it is the delicate texture of the meat that prompts their choice, or perhaps it is the subtle flavor one can add through the use of spices. A simple enhancement can help the diner to discover a dish eagerly enjoyed time and time again.

Often, I hear that trout is too mushy during a certain season, or that the saltwater species suffers when compared to its freshwater cousin. I find those statements a bit slanted.

We enjoy certain foods for their uniqueness. Fish have the ability to fill the void from hoof to feather with flavors yet undiscovered.

Preparation is the key to any great meal, but more so is individual attitude. If you have negative thoughts, preconceived by the voices of a few, you are less likely to try the new or different.

I have had good and bad meals prepared by the well-starched as well as back-porch hash-slingers. But this did not deter my willingness to experiment. If fish is fresh and not overcooked, there is little to distract from its flavor.

So the next time trout is on the menu, do as the former Sage of the South, Jerry Clower, would say and "give it a fighting chance."      TROUT RIG

Rig your leader with a midline, three-way swivel. Attach a half-ounce weight to one side, your mainline to the other and your hook line to the final ring. Use a small snap swivel for all three rings.

This makes changing weights, baits and hook sizes easier and quicker.


The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is seeking instructors for its Family Fishing Clinics. If you are interested in becoming a certified DNR fishing instructor, contact Lorianne Riggin at 803-737-8483 or email The next training session will be April 13 in West Columbia.

The intent of Family Fishing Clinics is to introduce participants with little or no angling experience, or those who need a refresher, to the basics of fishing to increase their future participation in the sport. Participants will learn how and where to fish, and have someone to fish with, to become confident anglers.

Find out more at


The Hilton Head Coast Guard Auxiliary is scheduling safe boating classes for March 16 and April 13. The one-day courses last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The course is a chance for boaters to strengthen their skills and learn about local waters. The instructors are experienced at boating in and around Hilton Head.

To register or find out more about the classes, call Hal at 843-705-5424.


After 35 years of marriage, a husband and wife sought counseling. When asked the problem, the wife stated her husband’s neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable — an entire list of needs.

After a sufficient length of time, the therapist rose and asked the wife to stand. He embraced and kissed her — long and passionately — as her husband watched, with a raised eyebrow.

The woman, now quiet, sat down in a daze. The therapist turned and said, "This is what your wife needs at least three times a week. Can you do this?"

The husband responded: "Well, I can drop her off on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I fish.”

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