Fishing is a wonderful outlet to experience our great outdoors.
Fishing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up catching minnows in the creek behind my house and was lucky enough to go on numerous family vacations that doubled as fishing trips. I have great memories of learning to bait a hook and getting excited as I watched my bobber nervously quiver on the water’s surface.
I love casting, spinning and trolling, but more than anything these days, I just love sitting on a quiet dock with a fishing pole. The silence has an almost meditative effect. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I’m reminded of that each time I go fishing. It makes me feel appreciative and happy. If I happen to catch dinner in the process, even better!
Fishing is something we are lucky enough to do year-round here. Sometimes it’s a little hot; sometimes it’s a little cold. In May, conditions are just right. We hope to hook your inner fisherman with this informative and fun issue, dedicated to the art of Lowcountry angling.
You will learn where to go, what to bring, what to fish for, how to catch them, how to clean them and how to cook them. Readers will meet fishing legends who share a few of their secrets. You will learn of the best local fish markets of Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and all points in between. In the wellness section, you will learn the health benefits of fishing along with 10 reasons why you should be doing it more often.
Learn about organizations that are helping protect our pristine waterways, like the Port Royal Sound Foundation, and charities that are giving back through the hobby, like Fuzzy Davis is doing with his Fishing with Friends program.
In typical LOCAL Life style, all kinds of fish-related fun is sprinkled throughout. Hot fishing tech, fishing books, goldfish ponds, home fish accessories, cool aquariums, virtual fishing — you get the idea.
We strive to produce magazines that are beautiful, informative and worth saving. You’ll want to hang on to this one for future reference, so you can impress your out-of-town guests with your vast local fishing knowledge.
Wishing you tight lines and good times!
“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”
– Doug Larson, Columnist
Easy weeknight dinner
Next time you find yourself with leftover fish, consider this simple and tasty recipe for fish cakes. Salmon is my favorite, but any fish does the job in a pinch.
Fabulous fish cakes
14 ounces of fish
2 egg whites, beaten
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
A few drops Tabasco
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
4 tablespoons red pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Directions  Bake fish until flaky.  Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Cook red pepper until soft.  In a bowl, combine fish, egg white, bread crumbs, Old Bay, hot sauce, parsley, cooked red pepper, salt and pepper. Form 4 patties, each 1-inch thick.  Add vegetable oil to hot pan. Add patties and cook about 3 minutes on each side. Plate each cake with tartar sauce, lemon wedge and lettuce.