Activity around the Lowcountry slowed considerably since last week for freshwater and saltwater anglers. Cooler temperatures, poor tides and offending winds kept many anglers off the waters.
Boat captains and charter boats are finding fish for their clients, but the majority of species refused all but the most select baits. Finding their preference has been a battle in itself. Baits that have worked are not consistent on a daily basis. A prime example of wait-and-see has been incorporated.
This is the lull before the storm, because things will have to improve before they can get any better.
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The Lowcountry's largest boat show and sale, the 33rd annual Charleston Boat Show, opened its doors Friday and will continue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for military and $4 for kids ages 4-12. Kids 3 and under get in free.
Details: TheCharleston BoatShow.com
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina 4-H program will be conduct a shooting sports field day from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Palachucola Shooting Range adjacent to the Webb Wildlife Center near Garnett in Hampton County.
Instruction and hands-on supervision will be given on a variety of shooting topics for those interested in learning shooting sports. Firearms, ammunition, targets and archery equipment will be provided for use free of charge at all of the shooting stations.
Call (803) 625-3569, Webb Wildlife Center for information.
Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar
The 26th annual event will be held at Charleston Southern University's Lightsey Auditorium on Feb. 9. The National Seminar Series is the nation's longest running educational seminar on recreational marine angling tactics. For information and ticket prices, go to www.nationalseminarseries.com.
After my recent discharge from the hospital, I received a call from my old friend David Pointer. He was upset because I had mentioned a living will. It seems his fiancee was contemplating the future and was making things a bit unbearable for him.
Wishing to make short her concerns, he assured his bride to be of his wishes. He told her that if his existence depended on "electronic gadgetry and fluids," he wanted her to pull the plug.
"Nothing wrong with that, so what's the problem," I asked?
"It seems she somehow misunderstood my meaning," David said. "She came in the room, turned off the TV, and poured my beer down the drain."