Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Bull Reds in Bad Weather at Lake Calcasieu Pass

Capt. Jeff Poe with Capt. Nick Poe holding redfish caught by angler Jeff Dennis on April 19
Bending rods at Calcasieu Pass jetties
When the bull reds are biting hard in Southwest Louisiana the demand from saltwater anglers equals the supply of trips available from local fishing guides. Fortunate to book a trip with Big Lake Guide Service on Lake Calcasieu, the date of our trip was secure, but a North wind and sloppy conditions on the water dictated our plans. Sometimes though a hard day of fishing yields outstanding results, and we beat the odds to catch multiple bull redfish during a memorable day of fishing in Cajun country, followed by creole cuisine prepared by Chef Lyle Broussard.

Jeff and Will double up on slot reds
Will Precht is with Visit Lake Charles Tourism in Louisiana and he is also a native of Cameron Parish. Big Lake Guide Service is a father and son operation, founded by Capt. Jeff Poe, with son Capt. Nick Poe recently notching his tenth year as a guide. They all agree that the bayou, marshes and wildlife found in this area make it part of God’s country, and I am fast becoming a believer too. Fishing trips originate from a private dock, which is near Hebert’s Marina, and we fished out of a Dorado 25 boat powered with a Mercury 350 four-stroke engine.

Just another bull drum ready for release!
It had been windy the day before and a cool front passed through Lake Charles overnight, so I dressed for the weather wearing long pants, two shirts and a jacket. We loaded our gear into the skiff and headed out into big water, followed by a 30-minute white-knuckle boat ride to the Lake Calcasieu Pass jetties. The cold front had the bull redfish bite on fire, but only in one small area where the rip current met the tip of the jetty. I was the first to cast into the strike zone and a redfish with shoulders ate my chartreuse offering, and tore off down the jetties peeling 20-pound Power Pro off the reel, causing Capt. Nick to come over and tighten down the drag. The medium-action Falcon rod was doubled completely over but proved to be the right stick for a very sporting battle with a 35-inch redfish that was caught and released. 

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

S.C. Golf Association Looking for Newbie Golfers

Golf bag with the SCGA logo
The governing body of amateur golf in the Palmetto state is the South Carolina Golf Association. Founded in 1929 and based in Columbia, their mission is to promote and serve the game of golf. They were raising awareness for their 2018 newbie golfer campaign at the Heritage Lawn along the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage, a professional golf event. The recruitment efforts of newcomers to golf will be chronicled in their Palmetto Golfer magazine, on social media, and on golf courses all around the state.

The SCGA lists 270 golf club affiliations in S.C. with 50,000 individual members, but they also see the need to recruit newbie golfers. “Research shows that the vast majority of people who become regular golfers are introduced to the game by a family member or friend,” said SCGA President Ron Swinson. The SCGA wants to hear from golfers who manage to introduce someone new to golf, helping them to clear the hurdles of intimidation and uncertainty about how to visit a golf course and ask simple questions about the equipment required and how to get started.

The SCGA also records scores and handicaps for members from golf courses around the state, and ranks the Best 50 Courses in the Palmetto State. Kiawah Island Golf Resort and their Ocean Course sits at the number one spot and Harbour Town Golf Links is second, but several smaller destination courses round out the list, and would make worthy Lowcountry day trip golf outings. For instance, the Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie ranks #17, the Haig Point Club on DafuskieIsland ranks # 26, and the Callawassie Island Club near Spring Island ranks #49.

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