After years of trial and error, I have found the best fish attractors are those you least expect.
Try pouring a cup of coffee, lighting a cigar, grab something from the cooler or take a necessary break. Any of these actions seems to be enough to entice the most stubborn of fish to strike.
On one occasion, having fished two hours of a favorable tide without results, I had enough. My partner was forever talking, and any conversation he attempted fell on deaf ears. In a bold and forceful voice, I proclaimed the day a total loss and we were heading home.
Sure enough, then our fishing rods began to tremble. We took a variety of species for the next half hour -- all keepers.
Needless to say, this may be a method to hold in reserve when all else fails.
TURKEY SHOOT CANCELED
The Parris Island Rod & Gun Club regrets that for the first time in 49 years, it was forced to cancel its annual Turkey Shoot on Parris Island, Nov. 17. Club officers are working with Parris Island to ensure this popular event can be held next year.
The dove season in South Carolina runs through Nov. 24, and then again from Dec. 21 to Jan. 15. Hunting is restricted to 50 shells per hunt on all Wildlife Management Area public dove fields. Individuals will need a S.C. hunting license and a Wildlife Management Area permit and migratory bird permit, which can be obtained free of charge at all hunting and fishing license vendors. A list of 43 public dove fields can be obtained by writing: DNR, Attn: Public Dove Fields, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, or by calling (803) 734-3886.
Shrimp-baiting season closed Nov. 13. Recent catches have been less than 1 million pounds (heads on). Despite this decline, catches have averaged 20 to 22 quarts per trip since 2001. The stable catch suggests shrimp abundance has remained relatively good, but fewer licenses and shrimping trips are resulting in a lower overall harvest.
The 60-day season license is $25 resident and $500 non-resident.
SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
For those readers who wanted information on bulletin FB12-085, the following is a summary: The commercial harvest of South Atlantic shallow-water groupers and red snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic from North Carolina to Key West, Fla., is open until 12:01 a.m. (local time) Nov. 21. The recreational sector for red snapper in the South Atlantic remains closed. The recreational sector for shallow-water groupers remains open through Dec. 31.
KIDS' FISHING TOURNAMENT
Fripp Island's 15th annual Kids' Fishing Tournament will be held Friday, Nov. 23. There is no fee to participate in the event for ages 4 to 15 (accompanied by an adult). Kids may fish from a boat, the marina dock (this day only), or from a private fishing hole. Kids need their own rod, reel, tackle and a life jacket. Free hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream will be available, and there will be plenty of prizes. Fishing starts at 8 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony. The Fripp Island Yacht Club and Marina sponsor the event. Information: call 838-1517.
Often I am asked which lure I prefer for winter trout. My old standby is the Mirr-O-Lure model 52M27, a slow-sinking lure that runs true. A variety of colors is available but I prefer a green back with silver sides.