Casting Takes on New Meaning in the Lowcountry
By Steve Donahue
The region of South Carolina fondly referred to as the "Lowcountry" is well-known for a variety of reasons. Once famous for its agricultural wealth, today the region is internationally recognized for its historic cities and communities, its unique cultural heritage, and for being home to world-renowned private golf communities. In addition, the Lowcountry has earned a reputation among outdoor enthusiasts as one of the best places to fish in the United States.
Whether you have a passion for deep sea fishing or enjoy fly-casting into a quiet stream, the Lowcountry is truly a fisherman's paradise. In a single day, the unique ecology of this region allows fisherman to enjoy both fresh and salt water fishing. Redfish, trout, cobia and tarpon provide great inshore sport, and if it is deep-sea fishing you are interested in, Wahoo, dolphin, king mackerel and tuna are favorite offshore game fish in this region.
Serious anglers will find themselves attracted to the Lowcountry not only by the diversity of species available, but also by the fishing opportunities that change with the seasons. While Redfish are available year 'round, fall and winter offer the chance to sight cast to some of the largest Redfish schools and best South Carolina fishing opportunities in the region. With the warming water of spring, the Lowcountry welcomes the arrival of Cobia. During the summer months, the arrival of a multitude of migratory fish including Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, and a variety of large sharks is sure to provide a challenge for even the most experienced fisherman.
If you are coming for a week, Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort has a reputation for putting fishermen in the right place at the right time. If you are looking for a more permanent solution to your desire for world-class golf + fishing, check out Spring Island, the South Carolina golf community Sporting Classics magazine called "a sportsman's nirvana." Located between Hilton Head and Beaufort, Spring Island is home to the award-winning Old Tabby Links golf course and endless fishing options. The island's 30 + fresh water ponds produce bragging size bass and bream and saltwater ponds offer the opportunity for a "grand slam" of redfish, flounder and striped bass. The community dock on the Chechessee River provides access to inshore and offshore fishing. Cobia, tarpon, red fish and sea trout highlight the creek fishing while blue marlin, Wahoo, king mackerel and dolphin patrol the reefs offshore. Owners can take advantage of the island's expert guides, keep their own boat at the community dock, or purchase one of the community's South Carolina waterfront homes and build their own private dock.
So, while casting on the golf course typically causes a limp-wristed moon ball, in the South Carolina Lowcountry casting just might net you a trophy fish.
Revised: 07/26/2011 - Article Viewed 21,668 Times
Written By: Steve Donahue
Steve has been an award-winning editor and writer in the golf-magazine industry since 1991, following more than 15 years as Assistant Sports Editor at one of Connecticut's largest daily newspapers. Currently a freelance writer/editor and Golf Digest Course Ranking Panelist, he has enjoyed lengthy full-time stints at several publications, including Golf Digest and Senior Golfer. He has played 700-plus courses in all 50 states and 10 countries.