April 26 Outdoors Calendar

Boating safety. File photo

Charleston Sail and Power Squadron will hold America’s Boating Course, a boating safety class certified by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrators, on May 2 at the organization’s headquarters, 1376 Orange Grove Road, Charleston. Successful completion can help with boating insurance and allows teens between the ages of 12 and 16 to operate a watercraft without supervision. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the class starting at 8:30 a.m. and wrapping up at approximately 4:30 p.m. The class charge is $30 and $15 for spouse. A limited number of student workbooks will be available for load, and any student registered for the class can purchase the reference student book for $30, which includes a CD of the complete class. Contact Dick Howells at (843) 437-6241 or email rhowells125@gmail.com.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will hold two youth fishing rodeos locally — May 9, Goose Creek, 519 Goose Creek Blvd., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and May 16, Bulls Bay Nature Festival Rodeo, Sewee Center, Awendaw, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Youth ages 6-15 must be accompanied by an adult and no adult fishing will be allowed. Pre-registration is preferred but registration is available on site for most events. Register online or call (803) 737-8483. Sign in occurs 15-30 minutes prior to the session start time. Bring your own fishing equipment and tackle. Bait may be provided at some of the rodeos.

Charleston Sail and Power Squadron will provide free vessel safety checks from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 16 at the W.O. Thomas public boat ramp on the Ashley River. Inspections can be done on the spot or boat owners can sign up for an inspection at a later date. May 16 is the first day of National Safe Boating Week when best practices are featured as many boaters are beginning a new season on the water. Contact Stephanie Quick at: ssq@swq.com or call her at: (908) 642-4535.

Chad Pennell caught five bass that weighed 12.25 pounds to win the Creekside Bassmasters’ April tournament, fished out of Black’s Camp on the Santee Cooper lakes. Brian Crenshaw was second with four bass that weighed 11.89 pounds, including the big fish of the tournament, 5.14 pounds. Corey Casey finished third with three bass that weighed 10.81 pounds.

Capts. Ralph Phillips and Mike Able along with Z-Man’s Daniel Nussbaum will lead a free seminar on spring trout fishing at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Barrier Island Marine, 2476 Savannah Highway, Charleston. Call (843) 881-3644.

Tim Kent of Weatherflow Inc. will lead a free seminar on weather forecasts and how to interpret them for fishermen at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Haddrell’s Point Tackle West Ashley. Call (843) 573-3474.

The Charleston Slam seventh annual Inshore Fishing Tournament, sponsored by the Coastal Area Chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association of South Carolina, will be held May 16. The entry fee is $40 plus $15 for the sheepshead category. The captain’s meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 15 at TESCO (Tideland Equipment & Supply Co.) located at 7273 Peppermill Parkway, North Charleston. Visit thecharlestonslam.com or contact Stan Harbourt at (843) 296-0382, (843) 747-4100 or stan.harbourt@hrallen.com.

The Charleston Angler will hold a series of Fly Fishing 201 Schools led by Capts. John Irwin or Joe Benton at the West Ashley store located at 654 St. Andrews Blvd. The cost is $75 for the classes which run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and are limited to 10 participants. Upcoming dates include: May 9; June 13; July 18; Aug. 15; Sept. 19; Oct. 17; Nov. 14; and Dec. 12. Call (843) 571-3899 or (843) 884-2095.

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Tommy Braswell