Outdoors

Stokes: It's fishing tournament time around Lowcountry

rodcrafter@islc.netApril 28, 2013 

Now that the weather has caught up with the calendar month, a number of events are being posted.

I've connected with a variety of good folks at such events who love to fish and hunt. You will be a winner regardless of any trophies awarded or point status presented at the end of the day. The time is set aside for enjoyment and your time will be awarded in old friends united and in meeting new ones.

It's a tradition among Lowcountry residents. You can afford the time and you will be a better person for your effort.

TOURNAMENTS AND EVENTS

  • The Fillin' Station annual fishing tournament, May 4-5: Captains' meeting at 7 p.m. on May 3; $50 per boat; All fees returned in cash prizes; Information: 843-522-0230.

  • Sea Island Fly Fishers' Fishing Program, 6 p.m. May 8, at Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort: The program will feature a panel of experts on a variety of topics with a question-and-answer period. Scheduled speakers will be Tuck Scott (redfish), David Murray (casting), Paul Burton (cobia), and John Holbrook (wading). The public is welcome to this free event. Free refreshments; Information: 843-522-3616.

  • Capt. Woody's Cobia Fishing Tournament, May 11: Captains' meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 9; Pre-tournament party with food and raffles; Weigh-in party 6:30 p.m. May 11, with drink specials and live music; DNR will take research samples; Information: 843-757-6222 or go to fishing@captainwoodys.com

  • The Backyard Bar annual fishing tournament, May 18: Captains' meeting at 7 p.m. May 17; $50 per boat; All fees returned in cash prizes; Information: 843-522-0230.

  • Fripp Island Memorial Day Kingfish Tournament, May 24-25: Registration and captains' meeting from 6-7 p.m. on May 24 with country cookout; Weigh-in 6 p.m. May 25, followed by awards ceremony; 90 percent payout of entries will be awarded for 1st and 2nd largest Kingfish and largest Dolphin, Wahoo, Spanish and Cobia; Information: 843-838-1517.

  • Annual Food and Beverage Cobia Fishing Tournament, May 29: Captains' meeting 6 p.m. May 28 at Beach Break Grill, 24 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head Island; $200 per boat; DNR will take research samples; Information: 843-816-4121.

  • ALLIGATOR HUNTING

    The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for the Public and Wildlife Management Area alligator hunting season. Those selected will be offered a series of seminars that will include information to conduct a safe and successful hunt. DNR will monitor the hunts and harvest so regulations may be modified for future seasons. Check www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/alligator/index.html for changes and updates.

    COBIA RESEARCH

    The DNR is seeking angler support for cobia research. Anglers from Beaufort to Hilton Head are to contact Greg Knothe at the Bluffton Waddell Mariculture Center for more information at 843-837-3795 or knotheg@dnr.sc.gov.

    The DNR wants to collect DNA samples for ongoing projects. DNA samples are used to identify hatchery-released cobia and characterize the population structure of captured cobia along our coast.

    Bluffton Marine Sports & Supply has DNR Genetic Sampling Kits. They are used to collect cobia DNA samples by clipping a small piece of anal fin. Samples can be collected from either taken or released fish. Stop by 140 Burnt Church Road in Bluffton for your kit.

    FISHING ATTITUDE

    Many things seem like great ideas at the time, yet most are only figments of a hopeful imagination or intoxicated faculties.

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