Best Bets July-August

Crews lower a 415-pound blue marlin off the Arica after it was caught by angler David Croom during the Governor’s Cup fishing tournament in 2013.

The Charleston area’s sailing community will be in full swing in July and August with open regattas scheduled at Hobcaw Yacht Club in Mount Pleasant (July 9-10), Charleston Yacht Club (July 16-17), Carolina Yacht Club (July 30-31) and Sea Island Yacht Club (Aug. 6-7). The latter, known as the Rockville Regatta, is one of the smaller regattas in terms of sailors but always attracts one of the largest spectator fleets.

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission offers plenty of outdoor opportunities during the final months of summer. For fitness enthusiasts, there are three remaining sprint triathlons at James Island County Park on July 10, 31 and Aug. 14. The events feature a 600-yard freshwater swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5K flat run. For those with a more leisurely but competitive urge, test your skill against other anglers at the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier with Cast Off Fishing Tournaments July 23 and Aug. 20.

The largest king mackerel tournament in the state, the 23rd annual Fishing for Miracles, will be held Aug. 18-20 out of Ripley Light Yacht Club. Anglers will be competing for a $25,000 first prize for the biggest king mackerel and also for charity, with the MUSC Children’s Hospital and the Coastal Conservation Association of South Carolina receiving more than $850,000 from the tournament through the years. This year’s event has also added an inshore division for trout, sheepshead and flounder. Registration is the Aug. 18, with fishing beginning at 6:30 a.m. on the Aug. 19 and 20. The weigh-in is 2-5 p.m. on Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday.

One of the most-anticipated days of the year for Lowcountry hunters is Aug. 15, the traditional opening day for deer season on private lands. Although the state’s deer harvest declined about 4 percent in 2015, hunters took an estimated 111,035 bucks and 83,995 does (195,030 deer total) during the season, which extends until Jan. 1. Check dnr.sc.gov for specific regulations on places you plan to hunt.

After beginning in May, the five-tournament South Carolina Governor’s Cup Series will wrap up its 2016 season with a return to Edisto Beach. The Edisto Invitational Billfish Tournament, which wasn’t held in 2015, will be fished July 20-23, with registration on July 20 and fishing two out of the three remaining days. In addition to angling with a catch-and-release focus for blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish, participants will be trying to land the largest dolphin, wahoo and tuna. Weigh-ins begin at 5 p.m. each day.