WINTER COLUMN: Father’s Day fishing
Most anglers I know share the same memory from early childhood: Learning from their dad how to use nightcrawlers to catch bluegills and the occasional largemouth bass (a blue marlin to a 5-year-old) at a local pond.
In the Lowcountry, these cherished memories often feature a salty flavor: Catching spottail bass with shrimp under a float or gently pulling blue crabs toward the net with a string baited with chicken necks.
This Father’s Day, make some fishing memories with your own little ones.
If you don’t have your own boat or access to decent shore fishing, you can hit the fishing piers at Folly Beach and Mount Pleasant’s Memorial Waterfront Park.
In fact, the Mount Pleasant pier is holding a special Father’s Day event Sunday. Local experts will be offering a free pier fishing tutorial from 1-2 p.m. An adult chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under.
For details, go to ccprc.com.
Antler scoring results
The most recent round of white-tailed deer antler measuring conducted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources revealed 246 new records. Of 607 sets of antlers measured this spring, 246 made the state records list. Just over 200 of these records were taken in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Racks must score at least 125 points typical or 145 points non-typical to qualify for the state records list. About one in every 800 bucks harvested makes the state book, according to DNR biologists.
The state’s top typical buck was a 1641/8 inch buck taken by Danny Dillard in Abbeville County in December 2011.
Netting 1691/8 points, the top scoring non-typical buck was taken in October by Jere Kirkley in Anderson County.
The top typical buck scored this year for Georgetown, Charleston and Berkeley counties was a 1435/8 inch buck taken Sept. 25, 2011 by Ronnie Joyner in Berkeley County.
The top non-typical buck scored this year in the tri-county was a 1453/8 inch buck taken Oct. 31 by Pierre Manigault in Georgetown County.
DNR biologists say the state’s deer herd is in good condition, with a statewide population of about 750,000. Hunters take about 225,000 animals each year.
To see more results of the Antler Records Program, go to dnr.sc.gov/wildlife.
One of the year’s most popular fishing tournaments takes place this week, with a captain’s meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Charleston Maritime Center and fishing Saturday.
The Lowcountry Angler’s Tournament, now in its 18th year, costs $45 per adult and $15 per youth (15 and under). The price includes a T-shirt and refreshments, food and a charity raffle at the always lively captain’s meeting.
The awards include prizes for the top king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, spadefish, bluefish, black sea bass, sheepshead, flounder and trout.
For more info, contact Skip Milligan at (843) 509-0192.
Reach Matt Winter, manager of niche content and design and editor of Tideline magazine, at 843-937-5568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.