Club Corner: Stono River Fishing Club

The Stono River Fishing Club hosts monthly meetings with speakers on fishing tactics and equipment maintenance.

Whether you want to improve your fishing skills or are looking for camaraderie, you’re welcome in the Stono River Fishing Club.

Started in 1996, the club continues today to “promote smart fishing and conservation.” Besides fishing smarts, the club also celebrates friendships formed on the water.

“Getting together each month to talk about fishing with friends is worth the membership. The camaraderie amongst all the members and the active participation of the membership is another plus,” said club President David Murray.

The club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the West Ashley Outboard Motor Club on Johns Island. The meetings feature local fishing guides offering their advice for catching what’s in season. Speakers also focus on rod and reel maintenance and boat and trailer upkeep.

“Learning from others about fishing is a must, since the art of fishing and catching is a dynamic process,” Murray said.

The club also hosts a fall fish fry in conjunction with its club fishing tournament and a Christmas party each December. Giving back to the Lowcountry, the club collects unwrapped toys for local charities at the holiday party and sponsors the Carolina Lady Anglers open Fishing for the Cure Tournament.

“We are working to get ourselves into a position to begin sponsoring our own open fishing tournament, hopefully in 2016,” Murray said.

Want to join the club? Dues are $40 a year per family. For more details, email club Vice President Eric Chadwick, ericmchadwick@gmail.com, or founder and past president Joe Hanley, stonoman@gmail.com. TL