Outdoors

On the mend, but still keeping an eye on the water

rodcrafter@islc.netAugust 18, 2013 

Dear Readers: Due to a recent imposition resulting in injury, I have been parting the waters with a different stick lately. I hope to be tossing bait to the big ones shortly, but until then, Good fishin' and keep the slack out.

Fishing Trends

The best fishing Sunday will be from 1:30 to 3:45 a.m., and 12:23 to 2:43 p.m. Alternate times will be 5:58 to 8:15 a.m., and 6:42 to 8:46 p.m. A 70 percent chance of rain is expected, with winds from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph.

Offshore with Wally

Fishing has slowed from waters of 85 feet or less for a majority of species. Closer to shoreline and at the 3-mile mark, tarpon are slow and available. Spanish mackerel are hit and miss.

There is little activity at the Gordon, but BEA-45 is producing a mixed species of Spanish, barracuda and plenty of black sea bass. The Betsy Ross is active, but holding lots of barracuda. At the Hump, over the 85-foot depth are large schools of amberjack, nice kings and quantity of black fish.

Capt. Wally ventured out to the Needle -- a 9-hour trip. Taken on board was around 50 pounds of fish, which included a limit of black sea bass, bee liners and a mixed bag of bottom fish.

Fripp Island Kingfish Invitational

The 23rd annual Fripp Island Kingfish Tournament will be held Aug. 30-31 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weigh-in will be from 3-5 p.m. each day, with an awards ceremony on Saturday.

First place will receive $2,000, second gets $1,000. Top aggregate weight of Kings earns $700. Top Spanish mackerel wins $750, and second place gets $550.

The captains meeting and registration will be from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 29, followed by a Lowcountry cookout at the Fripp Island Marina.

For more information, call the Fripp Island Marina at 843-838-1517.

Friends of the NRA Banquet

The Friends of the NRA's annual Lowcountry Patriots banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Beaufort Quality Inn. The banquet will feature BBQ, auctions and games. Adult tickets cost $30, and kids get in for $15.

For information, tickets or details, go to Port Royal Gun & Pawn and talk to Skip, the Lowcountry committee chairman, or call him at 843-263-3671.

The banquet helps raise funds for NRA projects. Half of the funds raised in South Carolina are distributed in the form of grants to SC organizations, and the other half supports national programs.

Grant money has been given to JROTC and public safety programs, and also helps support 4-H, Scouting merit badge programs, and school shooting teams/clubs, such as the Hilton Head Christian Academy Sporting Clays team. Funds also have been used to purchase reflective vests, flashlights and assorted safety gear for law enforcement officers.

Committee meetings will be held Aug 22, Sept. 12 and Sept. 26. To volunteer, call Skip at 843-263-3671 or T. Dale Carwile, the NRA Field Representative for SC, at 864-223-9900.

Details: www.friendsofnra.org

Hunting License Reminder

Reminder: Persons born after June 30, 1979, must have successfully completed a hunter education course to obtain a hunting license. Go to www.dnr.sc.gov/education/hunted.html for more info.

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