Stokes: We all know some of these outdoorsmen

rodcrafter@islc.netJune 2, 2013 

A wide variety of comedy performances can be found on the water, displayed by those individuals who can be classified into distinct groups. They add a bit of levity to our daily lives. We know them well, and some are seen every morning in the mirror.

Take the "Sole Man," an individual who plays the one-upmanship card when fishing, boating, hunting or partaking in most outdoor activities, of which none are well accomplished.

Take the "Mine is not Yours Person." They borrow everything but never share. He considers everything fair game, including tackle, ammo and lunch.

Or the "Myself and I" individual who believes fishing is a reflection of life, a totally introspective practice, a tool along life's journey of less important functions. This individual always fishes alone, has few friends and considers himself lucky.

And everyone has seen the guy who can only be classified a "Showman." This person holds a special place among fireside chats and fish camp stories. Although he considers himself a fairly good fisherman, he never shows his catch, has no photos and is convinced that the way your gear is viewed is more important than how it functions. His look, and that of his tackle, are paramount to any degree of intended use.

The "Bragger" is self-serving and believes larger bucks, bigger fish and quantity to be a personal right, granted to those who use heavy lines, larger rods and bigger motors. He thinks etiquette should be applied only to table manners. This individual believes it doesn't matter what you are doing if nobody is watching.

The final outdoors comedian may strike a bit close to home for some, but is always present -- mostly at times a less impulsive attitude would be more beneficial to wallet and audience. The "Gotta Have It" individual exists for the sole purpose of proving that gear is more important than skill. This person considers himself the type of fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman other people think him to be. Although delegated to a budget, he needs one of those and two of everything else.

Offshore Activity

Capt. Wally reports the action from offshore structures has been picking up. Among recent hook-ups, the following species were taken: Trigger Fish, Blackfish, Little Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Spadefish, Dolphin. The Betsy Ross, R-7 Tower, Bea-45 and Snapper Banks showed the most action.

Fripp Island Tournament

Capt. Maci Dean on board Little Lure won three categories at the recent Memorial Day fishing tournament hosted by Fripp Island. Dean won largest Cobia at 41 pounds, largest King at 21.2 pounds and largest Spanish at 5.8 pounds.

Capt. Mike Ragsdale on board Mahalo Kai took the largest Dolphin award at 46.6 pounds. Prior to the event, an Island angler caught a 62.5-pound and a 56-pound Dolphin -- too early for the prize money.

The next Fripp Island fishing event will be the Fireworks tournament, which features a $5,000 payout, scheduled for July 12-13.

Seasonal Regulations

The Black Sea Bass Fishery opened for recreational and commercial fishermen on Saturday. The bag limit remains the same, which is five fish per person per day with a 13 inch total length minimum size limit.

The harvest of golden tilefish will close Monday and re-open January 1.

S.C. clam season closed Friday and will re-open Oct. 1.

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