Charles Lamb is quoted as saying: "The greatest pleasure I have known is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident."
My application: If I am after fish for the table, I will use live bait. If my freezer is well stocked, I have a bit of fun and toss an artificial. it just seems more sporting.
When fishing, I rig two rods dedicated to live bait and another two rigged with artificials. Depending on the fish I am seeking, I generally toss live bait out and leave it. My other rods will be set with artificials such as shrimp, jerkbaits, hard and/or soft body lures (either topwater or divers). I keep a variety of lures, leaders and weighted rigs at standby when things change up, which happens quickly in saltwater.
Live bait has the advantage of familiarity, scent and movement, but you spend considerable time rigging a fresh bait, as they usually don't last long after the first strike. The major disadvantage to using live bait is eventually you run out.
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LT. DAN WEEK HOSTS FISHING EVENTS
In conjunction with Lt. Dan Week 3, a week-long community event designed to honor and assist severely injured veterans, Ridgeland's Palm Key Nature Resort will host several fishing clinics by professional sports fishing legends on Sept. 13.
At noon, Flip Pallot will conduct a fly casting clinic, and O'Neill Williams will conduct bass/redfish fishing clinics. At 2:30 p.m., John Holbrook and members of the Sea Island Fly Fishers Club will lead a fly-tying seminar for the vets and a limited number of public participants.
Three members of the active military, as well, have been invited to each of the noon fishing clinics. The cost is $100 for the fishing clinics and $30 for the fly-tying seminar. Space is limited.
Pallot and Williams will be the guests of honor at a silent auction and banquet at the Holiday Inn in Beaufort at 6 p.m. on Sept. 12. Among the auction items will be a Broad River fishing trip with Pallot on Sept. 14, and fishing equipment from TFO and Powell Rods.
A ticket for the banquet costs $75 at www.LDW3.com. An additional $25 donation will help fund dinner for a veteran or caregiver.
Proceeds from the event support the children at MUSC.
For more information, call the Fripp Island Marina at 843-838-1517.