Recently I have had the good fortune of having a number of buyers planning to relocate to this area to do some fishing. While I don’t profess to know much about fishing, I do know that about half of Beaufort County is salt marsh which is half the state’s total salt marsh.
So, what does that mean? I am told it means being able to jump into your boat and catch cobia, red fish, sea trout, flounder, sharks and tarpon all within sight of the dock. Sounds good so far. I also enjoy the “eating” part of fishing and am even willing to cook, if the fish is filleted and ready to go.
There are a number of local fishing legends that know these waters inside and out. Fuzzy Davis has been working here since 1972 and has lots of stories to share. He especially appreciates the “discovering” that fishing brings. He says there are new areas to discover and new techniques to learn every day.
Robby Maroudas has been fishing here for 30 years – plenty of time to learn the backwaters. He is now part owner of the very popular Red Fish restaurant, with locations on island and in old town Bluffton. When he started, he said that fishing wasn’t “the cool thing to do”, but now it is a lot more popular. He actually broke the state cobia record and that’s saying something.
Collins Doughtie moved into one of the first 10 homes in Sea Pines in 1961. Collins is a fishing guide as opposed to a charter fisherman. He writes a column for the newspaper that I always try to read. While the articles are about fishing and nature, they are also about life in general. He says that after 50 years of fishing, there are hundreds of places he hasn’t tried. Imagine…
There are other legends who have been born in the Lowcountry and grew up with this way of life. If you would like to know more about them and fishing data I have saved over a period of time, call or email me with your request and I will get it to you.
You can also send me your Lowcountry fishing experiences and we will post them on our website. Hope to see you reel soon…