Outdoors

Time to mark your calendar, fellow outdoorsmen

rodcrafter@islc.netSeptember 1, 2013 

Lately I have been sidelined and haven't had the opportunity to pursue matters of true interest. Nor have I had the inclination to make matters worse by not following orders scribed by those who control my health and well being.

With that said, I have reserved myself to getting matters in order when my time arrives. Many calls and reports pass my desk, and I make every attempt to inform readers of conditions that may affect their pursuits.

But there will be times when things slow down. This is one of those times.

Repetition of catches and the rehearsal of failure, I try to prevent from becoming a column topic. So, allow me to bring you the latest schedule of events and happenings. Plan wisely and enjoy what is offered.

For me, I started the day with no fish and I still have plenty left, but then again a man and his boat need not be justified.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Hilton Head Sail and Power Squadron, Safe Boating fall seminar, Saturdays 9-11 a.m., Hilton Head Share Center, 70 Shelter Cove Lane; Cost $40; Advance registration required. Sept. 7 -- Charting; Oct. 12 -- VHF Radio Communication; Nov. 9 -- GPS/Chart Plotter. Seminars prepare students to skipper a boat safely and with confidence. Sail and power boaters welcome. Contact Leslie Gilroy at 843-785-8876 or leslie_gilroy @yahoo.com for information and registration.

  • DNR courtesy boating inspection, 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 1 at Millstone Landing, Savannah River, Jasper Co. Boating safety and enforcement officers will perform a thorough, inspection for required safety equipment and boat and motor registration. Those not in compliance will not be ticketed during the inspections. Instead, they will be given an opportunity to make corrections before launching their boat. For a copy of SC boating regulations, local boating courses, or to obtain a free float plan, contact the DNR Boating Safety Office at 1-800-277-4301.

  • Sea Island Fly Fishers meeting, 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at Bay Street Outfitters, Beaufort. Capt. Tuck Scott, head guide at Bay Street Outfitters, will speak on Lowcountry Cast and Blast. This presentation will describe a day on the water which includes shooting marsh hens and fishing for tailing reds. For more information, go to www.flyfishingbeaufort.com, or call Jack Baggette at 843-522-8911.

  • 6th annual Taste of Waddell, 3-7 p.m., Nov. 10 at the Waddell Mariculture Center, Bluffton. More details to come as we get closer to the event.

  • Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron fall boating course, Tuesdays 6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 17 to Nov. 5 at the Port Royal Town Hall on Parris Ave. (Final class 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.) Registration will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14, and 5-6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Port Royal Town Hall. Cost $75 per person, $115 for two family members. Students receive course CD, manual, plotter, dividers, and chart CD. Subjects include: boat terms and types, boat handling, knots and lines, government regulations, adverse conditions, piloting, navigation rules, VHF, trailering and PWCs. Pre-registration is preferred and can be done by sending a check payable to BSPS to Tom Mobley, 139 Sunset Blvd., Beaufort, SC 29907. For information, call 843-812-6457 or email tommobley@embarqmail.com.

  • BOATING SAFETY TIP

    Everyone is affected when someone becomes careless on the water. To report boating violations, such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator, call the DNR's toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-5431.

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