Stokes: Etiquette required when listening to fish tales

rodcrafter@islc.netJanuary 26, 2014 

Florida Daily Life

Fishermen and pier walkers are silhouetted by the sun featuring a circular halo, Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013 at the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek)

NICK TOMECEK — File -- The Associated Press

Sportsmen tend to stretch the truth a tad when telling of their exploits. And fishermen are no exception, as they, too, tend to exaggerate a bit. It's shared knowledge among fishermen -- and could very well serve as a survival tip for the novice -- to not question the telling nor the teller in the presence of their peers. This is especially true if you are a visitor to their home, their boat or the general vicinity where your entrance and exit is supervised.

At times, one may be confronted with such situations. If you are the "new guy" among the group, it is best to refrain from any tendency to be helpful. Old salts need little help in their telling -- they have shared the lines many times. Any new embellishment of the story is their right and one you have not yet earned. Whenever confronted with such a situation, it is best to simply nod occasionally and laugh on cue. If you should be called on for assistance, agree as if you were a witness to the event.

Being a novice among a field of veterans gives you few natural rights. Do not assume any. The "Salts" know the drill and they will be your guide. Simply listen and learn.

A final note when dealing with such situations: take the tale and the teller in the spirit they are delivered. After all, unless you were there, that is all they are -- fish tales. Be gentle if you disagree and compassionate with those doing the telling. After all, next week may be your turn at the pulpit and you should expect little else.

News and Events

Hog Hunt: The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in an effort to remove and eliminate feral hogs from North Island in Georgetown County, has scheduled three hunts for three days with dogs. The hunt periods will be Feb. 13-15, Feb. 20-22, and Feb. 27-March 1. The hunt area of North Island contains 1,410 acres of uplands and 1,703 acres of marsh.

Hog hunt rules: No more than four bay or catch dogs per party; No still or stalk hunting allowed; One shotgun permitted per party (buckshot only); Sidearms are permitted; Hogs may not be removed from North Island alive. Hunters must have a valid South Carolina hunting license and are required to wear a hat, coat, or vest of solid international orange while hunting.

DNR staff will be on site periodically to collect pertinent information.

Details: Yawkey Wildlife Center at 843-546-6814

Fishing Instructor Certification: DNR trains freshwater anglers each year to become Certified DNR Fishing Instructors for the Aquatic Education Section. These instructors teach the Family Fishing Clinics, a volunteer program started in October 2011. The clinics are designed to introduce the basics of freshwater fishing to the young and old. Participants learn how to tie fishing knots, rig rods, cast, fish and more.

Details: www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed/instructor

Year Round Fishing Tournament: The Beaufort Sportfishing & Diving Club's 2014 Tournament began Jan. 1. The categories for 28 species of fish are as follows: Male, Female, Youth Angler (17 and under), and 10x10 (ages 10 and under.) All species must be caught while fishing from a boat and weighed at Port Royal Landing Marina. The tournament guidelines follow those specified by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and DNR rules and regulations.

Brochures outlining the tournament can be found at most fishing outlets. All licensed anglers are welcome to participate.

The 2013 awards presentation will take place Feb. 13 at the BSDC monthly meeting.

Details: Capt. Frank Gibson at 843-522-2020 or the Port Royal Landing Marina at 843-525-6664

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Fishing School

"Most fish have their perks and it could take years for any one fisherman to figure it out on their own. After all fish get together to school. So I say, let's get together and get schooled!" Miss Judy

Schools - February 8th and 15th Classroom Class Cost: $90.00 each person

Place: Tubby's Tank House 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt, Georgia 31404 8:00 till 2:00 PM

Continental breakfast and lunch included

February 9th and 16th - In the boat on the water learning trips -Cost: $125.00 each person

Place: Miss Judy Charters 124 Palmetto Drive Savannah, Georgia 31410 -8:00 till 12 Noon

An icon of the fishing scene, well known among veterans of the salt water. Miss Judy (she likes the reference), provides charters for inshore light tackle, fly fishing, offshore bottom fishing and trolling, as well as deep water trials along the Gulf Stream.

Additional Classes for March are scheduled as well -Contacts: 912. 897. 4921, fishjudy2@aol.com or visit her website missjudycharters.com.

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