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Heritage Bonus Round: Trade the clubs for a pole and go fishing

If you're looking for some outdoor fun on Hilton Head Island, give in to the lure of the Lowcountry waters and take a fishing trip.

Local fishing gurus recommend amateurs hire a charter fishing boat captain. That way, they don't have to worry about fishing licenses, bait or tackle because it's all part of the package. Captains usually will even filet the fish their passengers catch. The only supplies guests need to bring are sunscreen and any food or drinks they plan to consume.

"We've got all the equipment and everything," said Capt. Mark Mole of Tailer May'd Charters at South Beach Marina on Hilton Head. "We'll get you out, get you back. ... It's a lot easier."

Mole recommends calling for reservations as early as possible but at least a day ahead of time. He said most charter boat captains take credit cards up front and don't charge until the boat leaves the dock. And they usually have a 24-hour cancellation policy.

Mole said the cost to go out on a charter fishing boat is generally between $350 and $550, depending on what kind of boat you take and how many hours you spend on it.

FISHING FOR MORE?

For the local weather and marine forecasts, go to www.islandpacket.com/weather.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has all the info on rules and regulations at www.dnr.sc.gov/fishing.html.

GET A LICENSE

Anyone age 16 and older needs a license to fish with three exceptions: fishing on a pier that is licensed to charge a fee; fishing from a pond that is completely contained on your property or fishing on a licensed charter fishing boat.

You can pick up a fishing license from most marinas, ship stores, outfitters, Walmart or Kmart. Licenses also can be purchased by calling 866-714-3611 or by going to www.dnr.sc.gov/purchase.html. For more information on fishing licenses, call 803-734-3833 or go to www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/pricing.

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