Summer in the Lowcountry is the perfect time to have fun on the water. Fishing is a perennial coastal favorite activity, as is boating.
Fortunately you have ample opportunity to try both.
Fun on the water: fishing clinics
As I covered in this blog, South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources hosted a fun virtual saltwater family fishing clinic at the end of July. Advance registration for the class sold out in no time flat, and a lot of folks who wanted to, weren’t able to take part.
Due to popular demand, SCDNR is hosting another one coming up soon. In fact, they are even offering a freshwater version, to boot.
They’ll teach you basic fishing skills, like how to tie fishing knots, how to rig a rod and reel, how to cast… and how to fish.
The classes are virtual, so you can take them from wherever you are. If you don’t have the basic fishing tackle and materials, they’ll be glad to furnish you with them. Typical materials include fishing line, clippers, fishing hooks, splitshot, popping cork, egg sinker, plastic beads, swivels, casting plugs, practice hooks, and a spinning rod and reel.
Virtual Saltwater Family Fishing Clinic
Wednesday, August 26th, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tackle pickup in Charleston – August 18th – 21st, tackle dropoff August 31st – September 3rd.
Virtual Freshwater Family Fishing Clinic
Thursday, August 27th, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tackle pickup in Columbia – August 18th – 21st, tackle dropoff August 31st – September 3rd. (Although the tackle pickup and dropoff are in Columbia, you can still take this virtual clinic in Charleston, or wherever you are.)
FREE – but you must register. Click here for more.
Water Taxi in Charleston Harbor
Charleston Water Taxi is a great way to have fun on the water while also getting around. Use them for ferry transportation, or sightseeing, or both, as you travel all around Charleston Harbor.
Basically the Water Taxi connects Mount Pleasant (Patriots Point or Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina) with downtown Charleston (Waterfront Park or Aquarium Wharf). It runs a continuous loop around the Harbor from 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. It’s just $12 for an all day pass, and you can hop on or off as often as you like. Kids 3 and under are free. You can also purchase one-way passes. No reservations are needed. They’re based at 10 Wharfside Street in Charleston and offer service seven days a week.
It’s a great way to see the following: the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, Charleston’s historic Market Street, the South Carolina Aquarium, the Ravenel Bridge from the water, the Charleston Harbor along with dolphins and pelicans galore. They are also available for private charters and sightseeing cruises.
Now is the perfect time to have fun on the water, here in the Lowcountry. Try your hand at fishing, or check out the CHS Water Taxi. And if you’re ready to book one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, be sure to give EP a call.
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