Outdoors

Stokes: Fishing always good for providing unique experience

rodcrafter@islc.netMay 11, 2013 

When I am asked if I ever grow tired of fishing, I can honestly answer with a clear conscience. It is not possible to grow weary of a sport that has so many fascinating returns for one's efforts. No two days are repeated, no lure or bait will ever catch the same fish at any given time.

With that said, I have come to the conclusion that if I ever will truly enjoy the sport, I need not rely on any definite pattern for success or failure. I have fished since childhood and not once in all the years have I felt cheated for the time spent in pursuit.

When on the water, any water, you are standing closer to the truth than you could ever imagine, and you will never touch the same water twice.

As it has been said, it don't get much better than this.

IMPROVING DAYS

It is becoming harder to find a parking spot at the landings. The weather has finally given opportunity and this is the beginning of a promising period for anglers. Although a late start for some species, little will be lost in the quest.

Cobia have arrived, trout are hitting, spottail bass have given notice to flies and artificials, flounder have moved into the shallows and sheepshead are plentiful. Offshore anglers have smiles on their faces and a bit less concern for their wallets -- regardless of current fuel prices.

It's time to be done with things we can't control and direct our efforts on the more positive aspects of the season.

There will be more to do and see. The calendar is full of tournaments, boat shows, exhibitions, great meals, numerous tours and the ever-increasing and diverse opportunities of the Lowcountry.

Move out of your comfort zone and try new things, meet new people, rekindle old relationships and spend time with the family. Sit on a park bench and read, walk the dog, meet your neighbors, have a cookout, enjoy the sunrise with your morning coffee or watch the sunset.

After all, you are among the best people. Share the time in the most beautiful coast-line community.

QUICK CALENDAR

May 11: Capt. Woody's Cobia Fishing Tournament

May 14: Hilton Head Island Sportfishing Club Meeting with "Saltwater Sportsman" TV star Capt. Jim "Straycat" Clark

May 29: The 28th annual Food and Beverage Cobia Fishing Tournament

May 24-25: Fripp Island's annual Memorial Day Kingfish Tournament.

SPECIAL RECIPE

Being among the best people, I would like to send a message to all moms by wishing you the love, peace and happiness you so rightly deserve -- Happy Mother's Day!

And, due to circumstances beyond my control, and through subtle manipulation, I have been asked to share my Mother's favorite spring recipe for her amazing cole slaw.

Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds cabbage, shredded thin; 2/3 cup sugar; 1/3 cup pure white vinegar; 1 cup whipping cream; sea salt and fresh ground peppercorns, to taste.

Directions: Allow to chill in glass bowl with cover. Remove. Mix sugar, vinegar and salt in a small bowl. Add cabbage and mix well. Add cream and mix once more. Cover again and refrigerate 30 minutes for best flavor.

CLOSING THOUGHT

How much fishing equipment can a man have before his wife throws him out? I do not know for sure, however, I believe that the experiment is almost complete!

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