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Stokes: Take time to remember our heritage

On a recent visit to the mountains of Tennessee I happened upon a pile of debris from the remains of an old cabin next to a river bank. Tucked under a large stump was an old board with the following inscription: "Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible."

Whoever carved the words must have had some special moments along the river. Not wishing to disturb what must have been a type of dedication, I replaced the board just as I had found it.

It made me imagine the lives of others long ago, people along this very river who must have had visions of a better life. Nothing ever really changes.

Hopefully, others finding similar discoveries will respect the time and trials of those who helped to shape our heritage.

NOAA Update

The opening of the commercial and recreational fishing seasons for red snapper in South Atlantic federal waters will not occur in July.

The recreational fishing season will open for one weekend: Aug. 23 through Aug. 25. The bag limit is one fish per person per day, and with no minimum size limit.

The commercial red snapper season will open Aug. 26 and close at a later date. The commercial season daily trip limit is 75 pounds gutted weight, and there is no minimum size limit.

More information can be found at

Sail & Power Squadron Seminar

"Emergencies on Board," a safe boating summer seminar, will be given by the Hilton Head Sail & Power Squadron on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hilton Head SHARE Center, 6 Office Way. The cost is $40, and advanced registration is required.

This seminar will prepare students to skipper a boat safely and confidently. Sail and power boaters are welcome.

For information, contact Leslie Gilroy at 843-785-8876 or

Youth Deer Hunts

A series of youth draw deer hunts, conducted jointly by Santee Cooper and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, will be continued this fall. Call the Dennis Wildlife Center in Bonneau at 843-761-8820 or 843-825-3388 to request an application.

Capt. Wally's Adventure

On or around July 7, Capt. Wally of Seawolf Charters had a rather unique experience with a huge king mackerel. In his estimation, he would have had a new state record. I'll let his words tell the story:

"In my 35 years of chartering, I have never caught a king of this size. As luck would have it, a hungry tiger shark took a huge bite out of my prize. The shark's teeth cut into the king a foot across.

"We weighed the head and a foot of meat, which hit the scales at 26 pounds. The king's head was the size of a basketball, and during the fight it spooled out approximately 1,000 feet of line and took over 45 minutes to boat. Unfortunately, the shark took most of it. The fish was estimated to be over 6 feet long.

"This was one of my best fishing trips in 35 years. We caught other species, including three other kings -- one over 21 pounds -- during the venture. My mate and I will talk about this for years to come. It was definitely a new state record, I just wish I had gotten a picture before the shark had lunch."