More fly fishing on the agenda for 2013

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More fly fishing on the agenda for 2013

By LEE STOKES
rodcrafter@islc.net
Published Saturday, January 5, 2013   |  634 Words  |  

January is named after the Roman god Janus, a two-faced god who looked backward and forward at the same time. This is appropriate for the start of a new year, and brings to mind a time for reflection and resolutions.

With the ending of one and the beginning of another, I have come to the conclusion that keeping a resolution is about as easy as trying to baptize a cat.

Hopefully gaining ground in 2013 will be my goal of fishing 100 days or more. I plan to concentrate more on fly fishing and completing my tying desk. I haven't exactly checked with my more organized other half, but she more than likely will encourage my absence and appreciate the time I spend in the workshop.

Being married 45 years -- and with me recently retired -- my wife considers this to be our period of growth. I take this to mean I will soon graduate from belts to suspenders. I hope my pants still fit in 2013 and I am still able to find the remote.

For now, life is good.

Grouper Season Closed

A seasonal prohibition on the harvest of shallow-water snapper/grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic is in effect through April 30. This applies to both recreational and commercial harvest.

Meetings

  • Hilton Head Island Sport Fishing Club: The club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yacht Club of HHI in Palmetto Bay Marina. Speakers will be Capt. Fuzzy Davis, Glenn Ulrich and Al Stokes. Club experts will present their analysis of Beaufort County's red drum fishery, focusing on changes in how and where to fish the present stock, and the future of research and stock enhancement programs. Guests are welcome, and reservations are not necessary. For more information, call 843-785-4106.
  • Beaufort Sport Fishing and Diving Club: The club will meet Thursday at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at 7. The 2012 tournament awards will be presented. In addition, DNR representatives will discuss the 2013 oyster restoration program. DNR is asking for input from local fishermen to help select and create new oyster beds in the northern part of Beaufort County. Reservations are not needed, and guests are welcome. For information, call Frank Gibson at 843-522-2020.
  • Boating Course

    Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron is offering an eight-week basic boating course. The emphasis is on safety, boat handling and local waters.

    Classes meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 15 through March 12 at Port Royal Town Hall on Parris Ave. Cost is $75 per person or $115 for two family members (no one under 13).

    To preregister, send a check payable to BSPS to Tom Mobley, 139 Sunset Blvd., Beaufort, SC 29907. Registration also will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 12 and from 5-6 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Port Royal Town Hall.

    For more information, call Tom Mobley at 843-812-6457 or email tommobley@embarqmail.com.

    Boat Show

    The 33rd annual Charleston Boat show will be held Jan. 25-27 at the Charleston Area Convention Center. The event is the Lowcountry's largest boat show and sale.

    Show Hours -- Jan. 25, 12-6 p.m.; Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets -- $9 Adults ($5 on Friday), $5 Military, $4 Children ages 4-12, Children 3 and under free. Parking is free.

    For more information, go to www.TheCharlestonBoatShow.com.