Over the years, I have shared water and woods with friends and foes alike. I have been among the famous and the not so famous. I have shared blinds and boats, stands and shorelines and walked many backwoods trails taking in all that nature had to offer. I have been wet, burned, dismissed, removed, stuck, skunked, stood up and ignored by my quarry, as well as those who have shared the day.
The truth that stands alone above all others and shall remain sage advice for all that follow is really quite simple: "A woman who has never seen her husband fishing doesn't know what a patient man she married."
BOAT/OUTDOOR SHOW COMING TO SAVANNAH
The 10th annual Savannah Boat and Outdoor Show will be held March 2-4 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.
The show features the latest models from the region's leading dealers. In addition to boat dealers, exhibits will feature an assortment of the latest in marine and fishing products. There will also be demonstrations geared toward family entertainment, including the Swampmaster Alligator Show and Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel.
The Savannah Fishing Expo, scheduled for Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4, will feature a variety of fishing seminars, demonstrations, and one-on-one discussions with local experts. Adults and kids are also invited to come test their skills at the Fishing Simulator, presented by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and kids can take part in lure-building classes.
The hours are noon to 6 p.m. on March 2; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 3; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 4.
Admission is $8 for adults ($5 on March 2), $3 for kids ages 4-12 and free for kids 3 and younger. Admission is $5 with military ID. Parking is $5, or take the River Street ferry for free.
For more information and a $1 off coupon, go to SavannahBoatandandOutdoorShow.com.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The 28th annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic will be held March 23-25 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Doors will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 23; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 25.
This year's event will feature more than 300 exhibits with products, samples, demonstrations and the latest technology in: Fishing tackle, rods and reels, hunting supplies, tree stands, camouflage and archery equipment, boats, marine equipment and electronics and ATVs and supplies.
Admission is $8 and parking is free. Seniors 62 and older get in for $7, while children 10 and younger are admitted free.
LOWCOUNTRY FISH STEW
Those who follow this column have read past exploits shared with my friend David Pointer. David has grown in years and is, as he puts it, a bit long in the tooth. As a way of giving back to a community he loves, David asked me to share one of his favorite recipes.
"During the days when outdoor excursions are delayed or canceled due to the fickle ploys of Mother Nature, they can always dine in comfort by preparing a meal from a past conquest," David said. "In doing so, they remove the stress of not being on the trail or on the water. This is one of my favorites."
Ingredients: 1 pound fish fillets, cut into cubes; 1 pound (fresh) crab meat; 1 pint (local) oysters; 3 slices bacon, chopped; 1/2 cup (Vidalia) onion, diced; 2 fresh potatoes; 1 eight-ounce jar clam juice; 1/2 cup white wine; 1 quart water; 1 can chicken broth; 2 fresh (local) tomatoes; 2 Tbsp parsley; 1 Tbsp seafood seasoning; 1 pound bag frozen corn; 1 pound bag frozen carrots. Substitutes may be used for potatoes or tomatoes (canned), or frozen corn and carrots. Celery -- not one of my favorite ingredients -- can be added. Add salt sparingly, as the clam juice and bacon add just enough to satisfy.
Instructions: Cook bacon (crisp), drain grease, set aside. Saute onion until soft, add remaining ingredients and crumbled bacon. Cook until vegetables are tender. Add seafood. Team up with sourdough biscuits and sweet tea. Simmer, serve and enjoy.
Today's high-tech reels need a bit of adjustment, for angler as well as reel. Attitude is more than just a state of mind when determining which reel is best suited for your use.
Your rate of recovery for each turn of the handle can be expressed in IPT (inches per turn). The spool diameter, ratio and IPT are equally important in your decision.
For larger fish, it is best to choose a low IPT. Many anglers make the mistake of not deciding before purchase if they want speed in retrieving their line or power for tackling the heavyweights.