VOLUME 4 • NUMBER 1
Photography by MARVIN
OORAY DUDES, the world did not come to an end and we can continue our DUDE RIDE in to the new year 2013. Not really sure why people actually thought that the end of the world was going to happen on December 21, 2012. Oh, the Mayans were so smart, they were great astronomers and they saw it as the end of time, as the planets came in to alignment. Whatever DUDES, the Mayan’s were also so smart, they did human sacrifices and threw the bodies in their water supply source, eventually killing off most of their civilization. Not too good there Hoyt! Many DUDES have come up to me and told me how much they love the DUDE HALL OF FAME and the DUDES we have inducted. As many have, feel free to nominate someone who you think fits the bill and we’ll consider them for future issues. Send me an email, hit us up on our Facebook page, DUDE and like us or contact me via email links on our very popular website (www.dudesc.com) where you can always find the latest issue on line and you can even go back and check out all our old issues via the archives. If you would like to contact one of our advertisers, then all you need to do is go to our Contributors Page on our website and there you’ll find all the links to our advertisers aka DUDE FAMILY MEMBERS. I honestly have a feeling one day we may not even print DUDE as everything is going full blown electronic with the massive outbreak of iPads and Smartphones. It will be some kind of DUDE app and we’ll send it to you every quarter at the cost of Nothing!
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John Wayne, The Duke, Rooster Cogburn
James Arness, Marshall Matt Dillion
Lorne Greene (Ben), Pernell Roberts (Adam), Dan Blocker (Hoss), Michael Landon, (Little Joe) The Cartwrights
Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry & Western God
Sylvester Stallone, Rocky & Rambo
Arnold Palmer, The King Of Golf
Richard Petty, The King Of Nascar
Elvis, The King of Rock n Roll
George Strait, The King of Country Music
Stormin Norman Schwarzkopf, Four Star General
Pretty COOL DUDE if you really think about it! BUT, as we are Old Schoolers and we realize we’re not quite there yet, never fear, you will most likely be able to find your freshly put together and printed at our friends at The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette, copy of DUDE at your favorite DUDE WATERING HOLE and various other spots we have established over the years. Most DUDES know where to pick up their copy. Feel FREE to grab several and past them around to your fellow DUDES and we’ll do our best to keep our distribution stocked throughout the 3 month period. Call me if you just can’t seem to find one and I’ll gladly direct you to the DUDE location nearest you. Thanks t o all you DUDES out there for all the very nice compliments. It’s nice know that their are DUDES out there liking what we’re throwing down. Someone asked me why have we not inducted any military personnel in to the DUDE HALL of FAME by dedicating an issue to them and I quickly realized it was time to consider who would be the first of many surely to come?! Ironically and sadly enough ,the name that popped in to my head first was “STORMIN NORMAN” SCHWARZKOPF. We lost one of the modern era’s true American Military Heroes, Four Star General, Norman H. Schwarzkopf aka THE BEAR, this past December and we figure he’s the DUDE this Winter issue of DUDE. FOUR STAR **** GENERAL from the United States Army, Stormin served as Commander of the United States Central Command, where he commanded to coalition forces to kick Saddam Hussein’s butt in the Persian Gulf War. Say what you want about that war, I’m glad Saddam Hussein is DEAD! The Bear was born in Trenton, New Jersey and got his BS at West Point and actually trained just down the road at Fort Benning, GA, where he eventually became a Major General and commanded the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division. His Mom and Dad, Ruth & Herbert were German and his Dad served in the US Army and later became the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. Yeah, that’s a good role model father. He was task forcer adviser in South Vietnam Air Division in 1965 when starting his service to his country. This DUDE starting kicking butt in Desert Shield and finished kicking Saddam’s butt in Desert Storm. At least one good thing came out of that war, other than FREEING those poor people from a tyrant/dictator was DESERT CAMO DUDE! The Bear would go on to win the Congressional Gold Medal. Norman was beyond decorated; Silver Star, Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and about every other Distinguished Service Medal you can think about. Well, we lost our boy this past December at the age of 78 from complications from pneumonia. Stormin Norman is survived by his wife, Brenda and his children; Cynthia, Jessica and Christian. WELCOME ABOARD GENERAL! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE SIR, GOD SPEED! This Winter will quickly turn in to Spring here in the Lowcountry and us DUDES will be looking forward to getting out of the house more and getting in to our natural resources. Birds starting flying more and the fishing starts to HEAT UP! Got ya covered DUDE! First up, is Marvin Bouknight our Naturalist DUDE from Oldfield. Marvin has been going on some off season Birding & Wildlife getaways down on the Space Coast of Florida. Some great stories and great photos. The Osprey nailing the Flounder on the cover is brought to you by brotha, Marvin! Thanks for sharing the great shots DUDE! Meeting O’Neill Williams was pretty cool this past summer at the Lt. Dan Week 3 festivities. Seems O’ and the DUDE hit it off pretty well and O’Neill is now officially part of the ever growing DUDE FAMILY. Great article this issue about O’ fishing with his grandfather and also check out another article, O’Neill took our buddy, Sgt. Jesse Acosta (Ret.blind) sight fishing. What? A blind guy sight fishing!? Huh? What? They went fishing when he was down here last summer and O’Neill is going to feature it on his Nationally televised show as well as posting in on his website. What a great way to help out one our Great Wounded Warriors. Check article for details on where to find O’Neill’s Outdoors Show. 3
Our DUDE friends from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Waddell Mariculture Center are doing an on going storm water run off study to protect our very valuable headwater/watershed areas here in Beaufort County. Great Jobs DUDES! We appreciate you guys looking out for our pristine estuary system. Thanks for keeping us posted Jeff Brunson SCDNR! Tell Al Stokes we said hello! While we’re riding down the trail it’s nice to know our waterways are clean and that makes us thinking of jumping off our horses and going fishin a spell. Many DUDES know, late Winter and early Spring is some of the best fishing of the year..Fresh and Saltwater. The DUDE FISHING STAFF ABIDES! O’Neill is in the house, Captain Jason tells us how to Get R Done, inshore and offshore, Captain Trent recalls some of his favorite 2012 memories, Captain Charlie takes us chasin Reds on the Flats with a Fly and our Auburn buddy and fresh water master, Wade Bales has passed his torch to another War Eagle that works with him at Quality Lakes, Ben Hutto. Ben is a DUDE and he knows HAWGS aka Bucketmouths. Finally, one of our favorite local guitar DUDES, Chris Jones joins the fishing staff and not only does he play a mean guitar, it seems he’s quite the master floating down the Edisto River fly fishing for bass and bream. Welcome Aboard DUDES! I can’t wait to go fishin DUDE! Send us your bragging rights photos to Harold and we’ll share them with our fellow DUDE FAMILY MEMBERS. Now let’s change gears a bit to our Wounded Warriors and Marines. Our Marine buddy and long time DUDE FAMILY MEMBER, Master Sargent Warren Disbrow (Ret.) that has his amazing self camouflage system, has joined forces with our friend, Mark Peterson and Safari Club International and their great Wheelchair and Wounded Warriors hunt. DIZCO has created some awesome T-shirts and souvenirs for the MCAS Beaufort Squadrons, as well as many other and various Marine Groups and they are going to donate the proceeds to help fund the SCI’s Wounded Warrior Hunt every year held up at the Lowcoutry Paradise at Nemours Plantation, as well as other various participating plantations that allow hunting. Great Job DUDES! Nice to see retired Marines taking care of their own and not leaving them behind. OOORAH DUDES! While we’re talking about our GREAT MARINES here in Beaufort, our Marine DUDE contributor and volunteer at the Parris Island Museum (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, by the way), believe me, it’s worth the trip, David Campbell is back with another great article. David tells us the story of Marine Gwen Moore, retired Sergeant Major. This article will make you feel real proud, if you are AfricanAmerican, as well as making you feel proud if you are a woman. It definitely will make you PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN! One of the things Marines use are GUNS! GUNS are not evil DUDES! We’ve got a people problem, not a gun problem in this country. Many DUDES I know grew up being taught Gun Responsibility & Safety with their Dads, Uncles and Grandpaws. What a great way to grow up rather than face down on a computer or smartphone and no sense of respect and appreciation for wildlife. Our GUN DUDE, James Grant checks in with the perfect gun to train any youngster about how much fun you can have with guns, responsibly and safely of course, the Henry 22 Long Rifle. I started shooting when I was a young buck with a 22 lr. Also, look for a SCDNR announcement/ad as they are conducting a Youth Shoot up in Hampton County and it is in conjunction with the area 4-H Clubs. Great job teaching our youngsters, gun responsiblility and safety and that guns are fun, not evil!
We’ll also ride our horses over and take you on a visit to the Lowcountry Paradise of Oldfield plantation. Many of our contributors either, work at Oldfield or live there. If you’ve never visited, you should do yourself a favor and call them up for a tour of our little piece of Lowcountry Paradise we like to call home, OLDFIELD. One thing we manage to do well in Oldfield is drink wine and that brings us to WINEFEST 2013. I’m not sure anybody had as much fun as us DUDES at all the great WINEFEST EVENTS last year. Thanks Jan Gourley and Ad Fish for including us DUDES in all the reindeer games. The line-up this year promises to deliver some new fun. Two-person teams dressed up like I LOVE LUCY, stompin grapes down at the beach. Uncork The Festival! DUDE we hope to see you out at all the great early Spring functions. CHEERS DUDE! Can’t wait! Some of our DUDE FAMILY MEMBERS have some new digs we want to share with you. Beaufort Memorial Hospital recently opened their new wing that is the state of the art Platt Emergency Center, located on Ribaut Road in Beaufort. WOW! That place is impressive. Thanks for the VIP TOUR, Terry and Courtney. Our long-time friends Bonnie and Steve Fisher, better known as the the FLOORS TO GO, FLOORING DYNAMIC DUO, have just moved in to their new location on Mathews Drive on Hilton Head Island. See photos with articles about these two new great places. Also, congratulations to our DUDE FAMILY MEMBERS at Stokes Honda, as they just moved in their new awesome showroom in Beaufort. Also, our friend and neighbor, Jim Mollica of DUDE FAMILY MEMBERS, Chatham Parkway Toyota, Subaru, Lexus has just opened their new dealership on Hwy 278 across from Sun City, Hilton Head Lexus. Beautiful places! Check in with us come Springtime as I’m sure we’ll be paying them a visit. Mona Ward, Fitness and Sports Director at Oldfield checks in with us as usual and she helps us understand what we need to do to maintain a healthy weight. Nothing wrong with taking in some serious calories if you are going to do the work to burn them off DUDE. Very funny story about her helping her husband and our long time friend, Freddie burn some calories. Run Mona Run! Our Golfing DUDE, Jon Hundley, Head Pro at Oldfield tells us a new way to practice. PRACTICE! We’re talking about PRACTICE! Yes, Allan, we’re talking about practicing with two balls! Cool tip Jon, see you on the course! We have a few GREAT DUDE RECIPES to share with you this winter. Our long time friend and Chef at the Boathouse on Hilton Head Island, part of the SERG Group, Brad Blake shares his recipe for SHRIMP & GRITS! Nothing is more Southern DUDE COOKING than Shrimp & Grits! LOVE EM! We also share a couple very simple recipes that you will surely use time and time again. Venison recipes, making fresh Roux, roasted peanuts and beer can chicken all sound good to me. Get your grills ready for Spring grillin DUDES! As we start heading our horses back to the DUDE ranch on our last leg of the DUDE RIDE, we always like to visit with our FUSKIE DUDE, Lowcountry Joe Yocius. Did you know Joe lives in the Daufuskie Lighthouse. Joe gives us a great story of the history of The Forgotten Lighthouse and how he ended up there. Joe says he’d sell it to the right person if they come along. A great history lesson! Thanks Joe! As we’re puttin up our saddles, we finish our ride with Harold, our Largemouth Bass Editor’s Mailbag. Some great letters from our friends at Ducks Unlimited, Technical College of The Lowcountry Foundation and from the Healing Heroes/Lt Dan Band Weekend folks, as well as some funny nonsense. We received some great photos to Harold and we finish up with many DUDES IN FOCUS at the Ducks Unlimited Banquet, Taste of Waddell, Six Oaks Cemetery’s Wreaths Across American and at Rosie O’Grady’s Salvation Army holiday ride and oyster roast. Now let me go find my fishin pole DUDE and I hope to you see y’all out this Winter, early Spring. Feel free to come up and introduce yourself and who knows we may get photo of you Hangin with The DUDE wearing your NEW DUDE VISOR or HAT!
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Wildlife Photo Adventure Winter Time Along Florida’s Space Coast Article and Photos BY MARVIN BOUKNIGHT
ric Horan and I had the pleasure of escorting a group of eager and enthusiastic wildlife photographers down to Florida again to some of our favorite places to photograph an array of different wildlife subjects. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Viera Wetlands are always amazing places with a very “target rich” environment for the wildlife photographer, but on this trip, we added a special trip to the Sebastian Inlet to photograph a variety of shorebirds, gulls, terns, wading birds, and osprey. Now, this area isn’t your run-of-the-mill opening to the Atlantic Ocean. What makes the Sebastian Inlet an amazing place is that, in this area, openings to the Atlantic Ocean that allow tidal waters to come in and out are few and far between, so you get a situation where a LOT of water goes in and out through these narrow inlets, creating a very fast (stronger than a class II rapid!) current that rushes in and out with the tide. This results in a tremendous amount of baitfish like minnows, mullet, small jacks, and other small fish that are literally helpless and disoriented due to the speed of the water. Just imagine the photographic opportunities of all of the birds diving and feeding! There were many awesome chances to photograph birds in flight, diving, and coming up with fish. I was able to watch and photograph an osprey drop and grab a nice flounder while fishing, but another osprey showed me something I had never seen. An osprey dropped down into the water and emerged with TWO MULLET, one in each talon! WOW! After Sebastian Inlet, we headed back to Titusville and made our rounds to Merritt Island to see the usual
suspects such as pintail ducks, American widgeon, black and mottled ducks. The white pelicans were out in full force, as were the vibrant and fluorescent roseate spoonbills, and it was so much fun to watch the “drunk” and comical reddish egret put on a show while dancing around after baitfish! For me, no trip to Merritt Island would be complete without a quick side trip over to try and see a Florida Scrub Jay. This intelligent and curious bird is endemic to Florida and are very tolerant (as tolerant as a wild bird can be) to observers, which includes photographers. The following day, we visited the wonderfully diverse and ecologically important Viera Wetlands. This property is an amazing feat of engineering in that they use a series of wetlands and lagoons to treat wastewater for the surrounding city of Melbourne. With varying water depths, vegetative cover, and circulation, this effectively breaks down the wastewater biologically, providing valuable wildlife habitat as a secondary benefit. For photography, we had an opportunity to photograph coots, moorhens, egrets, herons, eagles, osprey, ducks and other waterfowl. As with all of our trips, some folks were able to photograph things that not everybody saw or had a chance to snap a photo. Critters like otters, sand hill cranes, and even the extremely elusive American bitterns can be seen and photographed at Viera, but my biggest prize of the trip was the opportunity to snap a few shots of a very cooperative bobcat! This little guy was sitting on the edge of the woods right about sunset, just watching the world go by. I saw a man sitting on
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the ground with his camera aimed at the wood line and looked over to see what he was photographing, and I immediately saw the two white spots of the bobcat’s ears. I jumped out, threw up my camera and cranked off a few shots. The bobcat was watching me intently, but didn’t move, so I dropped on my knees, did a belly crawl across the road and was able to snap a couple more photos before jittery kitty turned and disappeared. Now that’s what it’s all about! If you get a chance and are interested in getting down to this area, drop me an e-mail and I’d be happy to give you a little info on these amazing places. If Florida is too far for you, remember, the Lowcountry is chocked full of amazing places too, but remember one thing... You ain’t gonna see nuthin’ unless you get outside and look! DUDE PROFILE: Marvin Bouknight is a South Carolina native and has lived in the Lowcountry for over 15 years. A Clemson University graduate with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Marvin has been a professional naturalist for over 20 years and is currently the staff naturalist at Oldfield Club. Through his company, The Nature Nook, LLC, Marvin offers a variety of programs, seminars and workshops on topics such as the local flora and fauna, attracting wildlife to your backyard and wildlife photography. He also provides services such as interpretive center design, displays and features, interpretive program development including curriculum-based and guided lesson plan development, trail design and development, wildlife surveys and documentation, nature-based consultation, etc. He can be reached by calling (843)441-0961 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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he South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has begun a cooperative project with the Beaufort County Stormwater Management Utility, Town of Bluffton and the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. This project will help us better understand the relationship between rainfall and salinity in county-identified priority watersheds, enabling better protection for these important areas where we live, play, and work. Local species that are commercially and recreationally important, such as shrimp, crabs and various species of fish, use these upper estuaries as nurseries. These habitats may be susceptible to dramatic decreases in salinity due to freshwater runoff from storm events. In the first phase of the project, staff at the Waddell Mariculture Center will concentrate on gathering baseline data in the upper Okatie River. At the same time, faculty at USCB will be working in the May River. Sensors that continuously monitor and record salinity and water temperature have been deployed in both river systems. Additional sensors that monitor and record rainfall and water depth will allow researchers to track how rainfall and tidal stage affect salinity change in the upper reaches of these rivers. The ongoing data analysis is being done at SCDNR’s Marine Resources Research Institute and at NOAA’s Hollings Marine Laboratory, both at Fort Johnson in Charleston. These are complex estuarine systems, in terms of chemistry, biology and hydrology. The project has only just begun and analyzing the data will take some time. Future work will study Battery Creek and other watersheds within the county. The much appreciated support of local citizens and organizations, in allowing researchers access to docks within the study area, such as Oldfield, is key to controlling costs and achieving project goals. 843-837-3795 Ext. 176 email@example.com
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Elder Nash BY O’NEILL WILLIAMS
wish you could have seen us, an attentive little boy with big ears and a stately old gentleman in a dark suit. What a team we made! I called him Granddaddy; he simply referred to me as “Son” and always with a smile. To everyone else, he was Elder Nash. More about that in a moment. My father was a pilot in the Army Air Corps and died in a plane crash when I was six weeks old. When my mother remarried, I was 3. I not only got a fine man and war hero to be my father, I got a built-in fishing partner and Granddaddy. We fished for catfish and bass in the small farm ponds in Walton, Rockdale and Gwinnett Counties in Georgia. Using worms, chicken livers, dough balls, just anything gathered up that might work, we generally made a formidable duo. Our Zebco 33’s singed the baits as far into the ponds as we could throw them and then we mounted them on forked sticks along the bank. We manned quite an arsenal. What I remember most about him was his gentleness; never, and I mean never, raising his voice or declaring anything sterner than an occasional “Gee Whiz!”, but what a sight he was! Dark wing-tip shoes highly polished, dark pin-striped suit, starched white shirt and striped tie, white gloves with the fingers cut out, all topped off with a large straw hat. He just did not like the sun. Some days on those ponds were quite productive. Seventy-five or more nice cats fell to our tactics. Nothing big you see, but that didn’t matter. He was 60+ and I was 11. He was attentive to me and I was to him. The Elder Nash part? Well, Henry Nash was an unpaid preacher to several Primitive Baptist Congregations both in Atlanta and the various County churches. My father, mother and little brother that had come along when I was seven, attended about once a month in the picturesque locations. Names like Harris Springs, Loganville, Big Haynes Creek and others come to mind. After the early morning service, we had dinner on the grounds; long tables covered with white cloths all spread out with home cooked delicacies. Some of the best food I have ever had came from those Christian women. It was usually warm and bright in my memory, Dogwoods dotted the forest with white delight and I knew Elder Nash and I would be fishing soon. We spent dozens of fresh spring and warm summer days together, Elder Nash and I. From him I learned patience and the positive effect of soft words. More than anything though, I remember his quiet reserve and his love for all things. I wish I could see him again. I’ll bet we could still catch’em. DUDE PROFILE: O’Neill Williams. O’Neill is an angler and host of O’Neill Outside, a fishing television series on Sun Sports, SportSouth and the Versus channel. Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Williams graduated from Emory University with a degree in Economics. He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Williams now resides in Snellville, Georgia and has been a television fishing personality for 33 years with shows titled Fishing in Georgia, Southern Fishing, Reel Adventures, Adventures Afield and O’Neill Outside. Williams also hosts O’Neill Outside Radio on WSB, which is broadcast to 38 states. www.oneilloutside.com
Beaufort Fishing Trip with LDW3 Healing Hero,
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Featured on O’Neill Outside To National Television Audience BY SUZANNE LARSON
ome of Beaufort’s most beautiful natural places and best fishing areas will be showcased on national television later
this month. A segment of the award-winning television program, O’Neill Outside, shot in Beaufort County during Lt. Dan Weekend 3 last September, will air the week of Monday, January 28 on Sun Sports, NBC Sports and Sports South. Internationally known hunter/fisher, O’Neill Williams went sight casting on the Broad River with Sgt. Major Jesse Acosta, USMC, (Ret.), who lost his vision during the war in Iraq. Most local viewers may watch the show Saturday, January 5 at 8 a.m. TV listings should reflect the channel schedules. A preview to the show is expected to air at 8 a.m. Saturday, January 12 and the complete program is
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scheduled for broadcast on Saturday, February 2 at 8 a.m. ms with DUD E at LDW3 Acosta was visiting Beaufort as a guest of LDW3. David Cargile, Fishing Coordinator for LDW3, said the fishing trip was a meaningful experience for all concerned, “Sgt. Major Acosta is one of our ‘healing heroes’ and we are so pleased our volunteers could arrange this opportunity for him. He had a ball and so did O’Neill who was so gracious to participate in our local effort.” Williams calls this 30-minute program his favorite for 2012. The program will also be posted online at www.oneilloutside.com after it television debut. TO HELP OUR HEALING HEROS WWW.INDEPENDENCEFUND.ORG WWW.GARYSINISEFOUNDATION.ORG
Lowcountry Style WINTER SALTWATER FISHING
BY CAPTAIN JASON DUBOSE
hile most fair-weather fishermen don’t even flirt with the idea of tips and get you pointed in the right direction in regard to the lures, flies and baits that are working! hitting the water during the colder months, there’s truly some great NEARSHORE: winter-time saltwater fishing options in the Lowcountry when the The months of January, February and March play host to some of my favorite nearshore right conditions present. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t wreck fishing of the year. It’s during this time period when large schools of sheepshead congregate care much for cold weather and when a north east wind is howling on these locations in preparation for their spring spawn. Now, sheepshead are notorious for being across Port Royal Sound, I’d much rather be sitting in front of a difficult to catch and while this is especially true in inshore waters, when they migrate to the wrecks, nice warm fire working on my tackle or better yet live baiting sailfish in the south Florida sun. The the odds turn in favor of the angler. Due to simple supply and demand born from large concentrations good news is we typically get just enough nice weather windows during the winter months to allow of fish and limited food supplies, the typically “picky” sheepshead will become much more aggressive us die hard anglers to feed our fishing addictions until the more fishing friendly weather of spring while inhabiting nearshore wrecks. In regard to table fare, sheepshead is at the top of my list. settles in. The meat is extremely white, flaky and mild. As far as sport is concerned, Being a thin blooded southern boy who despises being these fish, averaging between 3 and 6 lb. and not uncommon cold, I’ve learned how to dress properly to make up to 11 lb., put up a tremendous fight on light tackle. fishing in the winter months more tolerable. The This coupled with the skill required to feel the bite keys to staying warm on the water, even during and hook the fish makes them a blast to fish the coldest days, are keeping your feet and for. Over the years, I’ve found that folks that hands warm and dry, preventing heat are not initially so gung-ho on the idea loss from your head with a toboggan, of sheepshead fishing quickly change wearing multiple layers that can be their tune once they have caught a shed as the day grows warmer and couple. In fact, for several of my most importantly, having a good regular charter clients sheepshead windproof and waterproof outer fishing has become their favorite layer. Basically dress like you are way to spend a day on the water. going skiing. While it’s tempting OFFSHORE: to try to get by with less expensive When the right weather outerwear and foul weather gear, windows present those making in most cases, it just can’t hold the run to offshore waters during a candle to the performance and the winter months are often well longevity of the good stuff. rewarded. Although many of the By this point, you must be asking pelagic species that frequent our Gulf yourself, “What types of winter fishing Stream waters during the warmer months could be so good that I’d get dressed like I’m migrate to the South during the winter, black-fin Brotha Todd & Capt. Jason going skiing to do it?!?!”. There’s no short answer to tuna stick around in good numbers. Small ballyhoo Get R Done DUDES! that question as there are a number of great winter fisheries fished on light fluorocarbon leaders well behind the boat in this area ranging from the low tide mudflats to the blue waters of is the most common method of targeting blackfin; however, jigging the Gulf Stream. Basically, whether you’re a light tackle fly caster, a wreck and reef with vertical jigs and casting top-water and subsurface running lures is gaining fisherman or a troller, there’s something for you to fish for in during the Lowcountry winter. popularity. INSHORE: While trolling for black-fin, try pulling a horse ballyhoo/Islander combination or split-tail If you’re out on the water during the hours around low tide on a nice winter day you’ll mullet on a planner or wire line outfit for a shot at wahoo. Wahoo tend to inhabit the same ledges likely see a number of flats and bay boats prowling the shallow waters adjacent to the shore as tuna and also stick around with some regularity during the colder months. line. These anglers are in stealthy pursuit of the large schools of redfish that frequent these “mud If big fish and serious hand-to-hand combat are what you’re looking for, schools of 20 flats” during the lower phases of the tide. Redfish are drawn to these shallow flats for a number of lb. to 60 lb. amberjack found around the offshore towers, ledges and live bottom areas are reasons. First, the dark mud of the flats readily absorbs heat from the sun resulting in slightly warmer almost guaranteed to give you all the action you can handle. Although their value as table fare temperatures that the surrounding waters. Redfish prefer this warmer water and will seek it out. is debatable, there is no doubt the amberjack is one of the hardest fighting fish in the ocean and are Second, the shallow waters of the flats offer protection from predation by bottlenose dolphin. During tremendous sport especially when targeted with relatively light tackle and vertical jigs. the winter months virtually all of the mullet and menhaden that typically serve as the primary food If you’re feeling the need to get your “fishing fix” in this winter give me a shout. While your buddies source of dolphin are gone. As a result, dolphin turn their attention to redfish and will aggressively are sitting at home watching the Sunday morning fishing shows and dreaming about being on the hunt schools found in deeper water. This results in redfish spending as much time as possible in the water you can be bowed up listing to the sound of screaming drag! There’s nothing like a little friendly shallows making it difficult for dolphin to reach them. ribbing by emailing pictures of your latest fishing trip to your snow bound friends up north. Fishing for winter redfish in shallow water can be a frustrating experience if not done properly. Because they are being constantly hunted by dolphin, winter reds are extremely skittish. DUDE PROFILE: Capt. Jason DuBose is a This coupled with low metabolism and poor appetites resulting from cold water temperatures makes tournament and charter captain aboard Lucky them challenging to catch. That being said, with a little patience and a few tricks up your sleeve it Hooker, a 42’ Yellowfin sportfishing boat. can be done successfully! Lucky Hooker is based out of Hilton Head Savvy anglers know that stealth is everything when finding and approaching schools of Island in the spring, summer and fall months winter redfish. Any splashing of an anchor, thud on the deck of the boat or lure plunked down in the and south Florida during the winter months. middle of the school will surely send them running. The key is to spot the school before they spot you! Capt. Jason specializes in bluewater trolling Figure out which way they are moving and using your trolling motor or push pole, attempt to position and offshore bottom and wreck fishing. the boat at an intercept point. Casts should be made to the outside of the school in the direction they He can be contacted at 843-304-4834 or are moving. “What should I use to catch them?” you ask. Well, I don’t want to give away all the firstname.lastname@example.org. secrets but I’m sure the boys at Southern Drawl Outfitters in Bluffton will be happy to share a few
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES! BY CAPTAIN TRENT MALPHRUS
ell DUDES, 2012 has come to an end with a new and exciting year of fishing to come. If 2013 comes close to the events that happened to me this year, it will be another unforgettable year of great Lowcountry fishing. DUDES, I so hope it stays warm like last winter with the bite staying good through the cold months of January and February. Our local waters were loaded with lots of reds on the flats. You know thinking back on the year, there are a few events that took place I will never forget. Starting in the Spring, the Cobia showed up really early with the first fish being caught the first week of April. Now what I really remember about the Cobia fishing this past year was finding a new place to sight fish for cruisers on the surface. What I learned from this past year has me really excited about this new year and the Cobia fishing should be better than ever. I’m excited just writing about it. DUDES another exciting fishing memory for me was how much Sargasso was in the sound for a whole week. I have never seen it that thick for such a long time. Maybe once when I was in my teens. Let me tell you DUDES, it was a real treat riding around with clients sight fishing the outer edges of the grass for a whole week. The number one fish that used the grass the most was the Jack Crevalle. These little bruisers were loving the mats that laid up in the sound. I would ride up and down the mats till we would find them chilling out underneath, waiting to feed on a school of Menhaden coming through. I saw the biggest school of Jacks I have ever seen this past year. There’s one fishing memory that will be a hard one to forget. Let’s see, here’s another good memory. I found a great spot this year for catching sharks in shallow water. DUDE I mean really shallow. This was so cool y’all! I would post off in this creek mouth on an out going tide. The creek mouth had a really shallow hump in the middle of it, so what I would do is put out a huge chum bag on the surface and wait. Sometimes it was instant and I would shout, “Here they come DUDE!”. With the shallow water helping visibility, the sharks would come in on the surface and I’d know what kind of shark it was before they got to the boat. Bonnetheads, Bulls, Blacktips and Sandsharks, OH MY!. On three different trips doing this, I actually had Tarpon coming up the slick like the sharks, but no hook ups. I’m not sure I know why they didn’t take our baits, but it made for some great memories. Some of the best memories fishing, don’t include actually catching fish DUDE. Now one of the best bites all year was the Big Bull Reds in the mouth of the Port Royal Sound. Definitely some of the best I have seen here in many years, which means the Redfish population is doing extremely well in our area. What made this so exciting for me DUDE was we were catching Redfish in a new spot that had not been fished very hard ever, as far as I know. It seems that the Redfish Restocking program conducted by our good friends at the Waddell Mariculture Center is having a very positive impact on the species. The number one memory for me DUDE and I will never forget this one was the restocking of the lagoon system in Palmetto Dunes with Tarpon, yes I said Tarpon! Three years a go, all my Tarpon died from one of the coldest winters ever here in the Lowcountry. The water in the Palmetto Dunes lagoons simply got too cold and shocked the fish to death. We were actually starting to catch some Tarpon of pretty nice size. This was a real heartbreaker to me and my clients, especially when I saw
them in masses laying dead at the bottom of the lagoons. Working with the state of South Carolina, they issued me the very first permit to transport tarpon for our restocking program for Palmetto Dunes Resort. All I had to do was to actually go out there and find the fish. I knew this was going to be like finding a needle in a hay stack. Thanks to a few special people wanting to enhance the fishing experience in Palmetto Dunes, we found the fish about a year later. We were fortunate enough to be able to stock 500 tarpon this past year in the PD lagoon system. I will remember this day for the rest of my life DUDE. MY Dad would be proud of me for making this happen. You know thinking of my Dad, God rest his soul, I wish he could have been here this year for the Speckled Sea Trout bite in Palmetto Dunes lagoon system. It reminded me of when I was a little kid fishing with him all day, catching so many fish, we would never leave until the bight stopped. Some times getting home late at night with my Mom worried, now thats a memory I will never forget. The PD lagoon system Trout bite was as good as it gets here day or night DUDES. During the day, you could catch huge numbers of keepers, but at night, this was when the big boys and girls came out to feed. This past year was the best night fishing in many years for Big Speckled Sea Trout, catching 5 pounders every time I went out. DUDES, I hope your 2012 fishing year was as memorable as mine and hope we have many more memories yet to come in 2013. Tight lines and God Bless! Give Me A Call and Let’s Get Hooked Up DUDES! 843-301-4634 Captain Trent Malphrus
DUDE PROFILE: Captain Trent Malphrus is one of the rare natives of Hilton Head Island. This has been his only home for almost forty years. Trent was born into a family that has thrived on the Lowcountry’s rivers and estuaries for hundreds of years. They fished, picked oysters, crabbed, shrimped and frolicked in anything that has to do with Mother Ocean and still do to this day. Trent’s dad was the most hard-core fisherman he has ever known. Trent got the fishing fever at a very young age as he followed in his father’s footsteps. All of the fishing knowledge he has attained originate in his father’s teachings. Trent now works to perfect his skills and achieve a greater level of understanding of fish and the intricacies of fishing. Trent’s father has passed on, but would surely be proud of his son and his love of fishing. Trent was introduced to the Palmetto Dunes lagoon system when he was about eleven years old. His father would bring him to work and drop him off to fish all day in the brackish lagoons. These lagoons are abounding with wildlife like red-tail hawks, ospreys, otters, kingfishers and an occasional alligator. Trent now lives and works in Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island. It is here, amid this familiar saltwater kingdom, that he is now raising his own sons. Every morning when he wakes up to this great big world, Trent’s son runs to the back door. Staring out at the dock he asks his mother, “has daddy already gone to work?” Occasionally, he rises early enough to find the skiff still moored at the dock and asks if Trent has caught any fish yet. It seems another Malphrus has started down the road toward a life-long love of fishing.
SCHOOLIN’ BASS BY BEN HUTTO
ate winter and early spring is probably my favorite time of year to fish for largemouth bass. Why? Because, DUDE, it is trophy bucket-mouth season! Since our Lowcountry winters are usually mild, bass will remain fairly active throughout the winter, with the exception of a serious cold snap. Throughout the entire months of January and February, bass are just waiting around for spawning time. About the only thing these bass do during this waiting period is hang out, eat and fatten up. This means some fun fishing! Generally, this early pre spawn period is the easiest time of the year to catch a lot of bass in one trip because they school up and feed heavily. The toughest part of fishing this time of year can be locating schools of actively feeding fish. These bass are usually found in staging areas close to where they spawn. Typical staging areas could be points and humps in deeper water that is near shallow water. The number one lure type for these schooling bass is a lipless crank-bait like a Rat-L-Trap. This lure can be worked fast, so it allows you to cover a lot of water quickly and catch more bass. When searching for these active fish, try varying the presentation of the lure slightly to find out which way attracts the most bites. Sometimes the same lure presented a different way can produce more bites. Speeding up or slowing down the speed of the retrieve can make a big difference, as well as jerking the rod tip occasionally. Be sure to keep your pliers handy because these hungry bass can inhale a lipless crank-bait. During one of our normal cold snaps, the bass will not move much and their feeding will slow down. These bass can still be caught, but be ready for a real test of your patience. The key here is slow…really slow! My favorite lure in these scenarios is a suspending hard plastic jerk-bait such as a Rapala X-Rap, Rapala Husky Jerk, or Smithwick Rouge. 16
These baits are neutrally buoyant and are designed to be worked slowly. When fished around these staging areas, use a “jerk and pause” retrieve. Allowing the lure to rest between jerks for five to ten seconds will make the lure suspend about four to six feet deep. Since these lures are neutrally buoyant, they will not float back up or sink down, but instead they just hover in the strike zone. No matter how inactive the bass are, if there is food hovering right in front of their face for ten seconds or more, they are bound to eat! Some of the biggest, fattest bass I have ever caught have been pre spawn winter bass and DUDE, now is the time! Catch em up this Winter and send us some photos of your bucket-mouths! DUDE PROFILE: Ben Hutto is originally from Mississippi, but before moving to Bluffton in 2008, he spent several years living in northern Alabama. Wherever he has lived, he has always found the local fishing holes and his passion to be on the water is what led him to Auburn University in 2004 to pursue his B.S. in Fisheries Management. He is currently employed as a Fisheries Biologist at Quality Lakes Inc, a full service lake and pond management company, where he enjoys helping pond owners manage their honeyholes. For more information contact INFO@ QUALITYLAKES.COM
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FLATS & FLY REPORT
BY CAPTAIN CHARLIE BEADON
o you think that it’s too cold to go fishing! Just because the temperatures are dropping and the days are a little shorter don’t think that the flats have dried up… in fact it’s just the opposite. I generally look forward to our Lowcountry winter redfish action all year long and for good reason; cold clear water, equals prime time sight fishing conditions. During the summer months our waters tend to have a rather “dirty” or stained look, but don’t be fooled; this is not mud but rather microscopic organisms such as algae and plankton that thrive in our warm saltwater. These microorganisms become so thick, when the water temperatures rises above roughly 70 degrees, that the water clarity goes to near zero. During the cold months, these microbes die off giving us very clear water which in turn, allows us to see what we are fishing for…AKA sight fishing. There are a few things to keep in mind when sight fishing on the shallow flats: wind, sun angle and water depth. If it is blowing stink, just stay at home because unless you are poling a well protected shoreline, finding fish will be near impossible. Good sun angle can surely help. I generally like a moderately high mid day sun at my back to light up the flats. For water depth, I usually like to concentrate my efforts in one to four feet of water to ensure that I can see what I am casting at.
In closing, I have one more small bit of advice that can make a huge difference for a day of fly fishing. Have you ever pulled line off of the reel during the winter and noticed that it just laid out in tight coils, which in turn is constantly tangled and casts terribly? This is because most fly lines are designed to be used in either tropical or cold weather conditions. As a basic rule of thumb, I will swap my summer and winter lines out when the air temperature consistently starts to hover above or below 75 degrees. Good luck and until next time, Catch em Up! DUDE PROFILE: Captain Charlie Beadon, River Pro at Oldfield Club. Charlie has been guiding since 2000 Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Instructor St. Croix Pro Staff Owner Hilton Head Fishing Adventures www.hiltonheadfishingadventures.com Phone : (843) 592 -0897
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BY CHRIS JONES
t over 250 miles in length, the Edisto River is the longest free flowing black water river in North America. At a glance, the waters of the Edisto appear as black as night, but upon closer inspection, you’ll find that the water is so clear that you can easily see it’s sandy bottom. The tannin acids that are emitted by cypress swamps surrounding this amazing River cause this phenomenon. These acids mix with decaying foliage and sand to give the Edisto its deceiving dark appearance. These acids also make the Edisto one of the cleanest natural water sources in the world. The Edisto is home to over 150 fish species. The red breast, bream and crappie can provide for a great day of drowning crickets with cane poles and flat head catfish tipping the scales at over 50 pounds can make for an exciting night of tending the set lines. Today I’d like to tell you about another exciting form of fishing the Edisto. Going after the large mouth bass using the rather unconventional technique of float tubing with fly rods, using top water lures. While top water lures are generally used in the early morning or late evening, I’ve found that they can be effective in producing large mouth strikes any time of the day. The key, as I’ve found, lies in the still deep waters that are blocked from the current by fallen trees, logs or other structure. These holes are where I can usually get a bass to strike any time of the day. Flicking the lure just on the downstream side of a fallen tree or letting your lure slowly drift in the eddies of a submerged log can provide amazing results. The best lures that I’ve found for this type of fishing are natural colored poppers of varying sizes, depending on the fish activity and medium sized spider patterns. As anyone who has stalked the large mouth bass in the Edisto can tell you, some days they just ain’t biting no matter what you throw. I come prepared for days like these with a collapsible bream buster and a half a tube of crickets that can easily be stowed in my float tube. Watching that bobber go down and pulling up a nice rooster red breast can be a very acceptable consolation if the large mouth are suffering from lockjaw. My favorite time of year for float tubing the Edisto is midsummer. With the thermometer creeping up on 100 and water temperature of around 70 degrees, it’s easy to see why float tubing can be a refreshing alternative to baking in a Jon boat under that blazing Carolina sun. Float tubes can be purchased for around $100 at most large outdoors shops. If you wish to brave this unique experience in the winter months, you might want to consider a wet suit. With over 100 public access points from Branchville to Edisto beach, the Edisto River can provide endless opportunities to make memories and tall tales to last a lifetime. DUDE PROFILE: Chris Jones is a South Carolina native musician who performs over 300 shows annually across the South. The “Disastercaster”, Jones’ primary instrument, is a unique double neck guitar/bass that was custom built for Chris by master guitar builder Damond Mailand. Chris was born and raised in Branchville, S.C. where he came up redbreast and bream fishing the Edisto River. Jones resides on Lady’s Island where he lives with his wife, two children and their cat Pippa. You can also visit his website www.acousticacrobat.com. If you are lucky enough to catch him LIVE, tell him the DUDE told him to play his favorite song to play, HOT ROD LINCOLN. He will blow you away DUDE! 803-535-2800 www.acousticacrobat.com
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etired Marine Master Sergeant, Warren Disbrow served his country proudly. Now that he’s retired, he has joined up with some fellow retired Marines to do their part in raising funds to show their respect and support for some of our Wounded Warriors that participate in the annual Wounded Warriors & Wheelchair Hunt put on annually at Nemours Plantation by Mark Peterson and the local chapter of Safari Club International. Personally witnessing this great event was one of the greater days of my life. Seeing fellow Americans going out of their way to see that some of our Wounded Warriors who love the great outdoors and love to hunt actually have a chance to enjoy a few days in the great Lowcountry outdoors. Many faithful followers of DUDE, know DIZ and his amazing Self Camouflaging System, that allows DUDES to camouflage about anything imaginable from their pickup truck, to boat, to duck blinds to about anything you can paint. DIZ has been very successful promoting and selling his products on his popular website; www.TruckStencils.com. His product has come a long way since we met back when I first started DUDE. He now has several camouflage patterns to choose from; Original/Traditional, Digital/Dessert Warren Disbrow hands check over to Storm and Marsh Grass/ some of our deserving Vets Woodlands all of which will make whatever you paint disappear in the wild. Most recently he has developed an amazing paint and paint remover that actually allows you to paint and remove paint without damaging your original paint job. This removable paint is perfect for his new trophy patterns which allows rednecks to paint trophy symbols on their trucks or boat denoting the number they have bagged that particular hunting season. Deer with exact points, ducks, turkey, boar. fox, cats and coyotes are among the trophy patterns DUDES can select from to put on their vehicles. As a retired Marine of 22 years, Marine Corps pride and unit pride is very important to DIZ, as it is with every other Marine that served, regardless of the tour of duty. It could be one enlistment or through retirement. There have always been unit logo designs available but there are very little out there that are unique and different. DIZ wanted something that would set his design apart from the others. He toyed with the idea of developing something that was different, unique and special that exudes unit pride
while keeping the logos’ integrity. DIZ has known Mike Skinner, USMC Master Sgt. (Ret.) and his abilities as a kickass artist for some time. Mike being a retired Marine was the perfect person to help DIZ produce designs and logos. Mike’s designs and logos are something that each unit can take pride in and get excited about. They put their heads together, combined resources and through DIZCO Ltd Co. started “Skinz” custom T-shirts division to be able to help support the Wounded Warrior Hunt. This will be a great way of giving back to the units and community that they continue to work closely with, even in retirement. There are over ten unit designs in the pipeline now slated for production. If you have a specific unit you want to have designed (any armed forces unit!), e-mail us at: email@example.com with your idea. Please include your name, branch of service, unit, and contact information. If you are interested in purchasing some T-shirts from your squadrons, unit or group then go to his website at; www.Truckstencils.com One of the Marines mottos is, NEVER! Leave your fellow Marine behind and these DUDES are going to donate the proceeds from the sale of these very cool T-shirts, stickers, posters, prints, magnets and various other keep sake momento souvenirs to the Safari Club International’s Wheelchair Wounded Warriors Hunt. JOB WELL DONE DUDES! OOORAH!
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HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE Retired Sergeant Major, United States Marine Corps BY DAVID CAMPBELL
wen (Lee) Moore was the 6th of eleven children, living in New program. She passed with flying colors. Gwen was on her way. Orleans in the late 60’s, early 70’s. Surrounded by love from her Arriving home with news of her enlistment, her Mother, not mincing any words, felt family and hardship at the same time, she graduated from Walter L. she was crazy to enlist into an unknown program and dangerous one at that, as out of Cohren High School in 1973. Her grades placed her in the middle of her entire family, only a brother in law had served in the Army and had not been thrilled her class, not an under achiever or an overachiever. Assistance and with his experience. Gwen felt differently and was eager to accept the challenge the direction from the faculty was minimal, as the teachers Marines offered. focused more on those with a “specific needs.” Upon graduaHer entrance date was October, 1973. She truly had tion, even though college seemed out of the question, no idea what she was getting into both physically Gwen aspired to do something to make a differand mentally. As she had held many particience, to contribute to society. She looked patory roles in high school, she loved beinto applying to nursing school only to ing involved with an organization with find the timeline was anywhere from access to academic studies. The 6 months to a year before admisMarine Corps seemed to be the sion could be granted. Not closest thing to college, Gwen wanting to wait, she evaluatcould get to at this point in her ed becoming a stewardess life. She was confident she but quickly realized this would make a difference in was not the kind of contriand to the Corps. Unfortubution to society that she nately, shortly after enlistwanted to make - serving ment, her Father passed cocktails, storing bags and and Gwen assumed more handing out pillows to pasof a leadership role within sengers. the family. Gwen and her siblings As an enlistee, she was were raised by her Mother flown from New Orleans to and Grandmother, the latSavannah and bussed to Parter being the matriarch of the ris Island, arriving in the dead house. Her Father was nearby, alof night. There were 2 female plathough not living at home. Both women toons (A and B) each encompassing apworked, her Mother in the dietary section proximately 60 recruits. The members were Gwen accepting honors upon her retirement of the New Orleans “Charity Hospital”, while her white, black and Hispanic. Racial overtones were Grandmother held positions in restaurants in the “Big evident regardless of the color of one’s skin. A recruit, tryEasy.” Cash was pooled for their expenses. Family time was Iming to be funny, hopped out of the barrack’s window that first night. perative and rather than go on fancy vacation trips, as funds were limited, the entire She was dismissed immediately. The USMC was not tolerating any family often sat around the kitchen table when time permitted, variance from the Marine Code. If one did not hold to the straight to play games or cards. Gwen, arriving home after school, went and narrow, dismissal was imminent and guaranteed. The Marine across the street to the “Center,” a facility akin to Boys and Girls command was not focusing on female marines then, they were Clubs today. It was run by nuns from a local Catholic church and only tolerated because of governmental orders. afforded Bible Study, a snack and free time. Evenings at home Women’s basic training consisted of Physical Training, were spent preparing for school the next day or church on Sunacademics, shining, polishing and re-polishing their one pair day. At this time, Gwen read and read about everything she could of issued leather black shoes daily, learning and reading all find and through her reading, she was able to “travel” to places USMC literature, including memorization of the USMC history. she could only dream of going. While in school, Gwen was actively General Orders had to be recalled and repeated at a moment’s involved in many extracurricular activities, most notably being a notice. The command would NEVER accept, from the females, flag twirler on a team that was so good, they were asked to march anything out of order, especially personal appearance. The female and perform in the famous Mardi Gras parade, a thrill for them all. marines were never allowed to have any contact with weapons. After graduation, on a beautiful day in New Orleans, Gwen, Discipline was imperative in everything they did and if disregardalone, headed downtown to Canal Street, a favorite spot for ed, termination from the Corps was the result. Upon graduation, residents and visitors. She had no specific plan in mind but out of all women were sent stateside and abroad to administrative pocuriosity, she ventured into a Navy Recruiting facility where she met sitions to assist Marines worldwide. C PF ed ot and spent time with a female recruiter. No connection was made Gwen spent her first 6 administrative years serving in A Proud Prom there. On the way out of the building, she came to a Marine RecruitSan Diego, Quantico, Virginia, Okinawa and back to Parris ing Center where she entered and established an immediate rapport Island. To travel internationally, one had to be 21 or to have a with again, a female recruiter. She gathered all materials, decided to enlist in the United letter written in your behalf, substantiating your maturity and competence for the posiStates Marine Corps and started to prepare for the test critical to her acceptance into the tion. Gwen had such a letter. She had already been noticed by the Corps for a leader-
ship role. Following her administrative responsibilities, Gwen reenlisted, got a bonus a final gut check field exercise that each recruit must face and overcome. The Marines and was told to report to Military Occupational Specialist (MOS) at Parris Island. She call this last challenge “The Crucible.” did as directed however, shortly there after, she was redirected to the Drill Field where It was very interesting to listen to the proud, confident voice of Gwen, as she she would be trained to become a DI for the female recruits. A wonderful opportunity described her platoons preparing for the endurance challenge, again, a true credit for her arose as Gwen always felt she could make a positive difference to others, even to her for her preparation with her platoon. When the women first arrived and were in the Corps. She learned to lead the women by her standards and her methods, still placed under Gwen’s wing, many had come from difficult backgrounds and were using in compliance with Marine standards, yet not the loud “abusive” standards normally the Marines as an escape. Many had been physically and/or emotionally abused. They associated with the male DI’s and their recruits. Females were still not allowed to “look were not the gung-ho fighters the men were, but Gwen assured the recruits, “You are at weapons.” not alone here. No one will ever hurt you here. I promise you, when you complete this Gwen went to the DI school wearing the same uniform as the male DI’s. What course, you will have your own money and a new direction. You will be able to make set them apart was their “cover” IE: hat. The male DI wore a campaign cover, the female a life of your own and of your choosing. Life is what you make of it. You have this opwore no cover, instead, the female DI wore green and red epaulets on their right shoul- portunity. Failure is not an option with me.” der, indicating in effect, their role within the Corps. The Crucible was done at the same time for men and women but the genders After her first tour, Gwen was promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant and were not integrated. Gwen had 2 platoons to be responsible for and was assisted by stayed at PI working in Administrative Supply. She wanted desperately to be an 3 DI’s and 1 Gunny per platoon. It was interesting, that Gwen noticed the different way instructor in the DI school. To achieve this, as things change day to day with the Corps, the women trained. As mentioned, not the gung-ho type but loyal to a fault. Through she had to repeat her 1st training, as well as keep up with the new procedures and les- Gwen’s leadership, she felt the women would do literally anything to succeed, to master sons. It was called “Challenging the Board” represented her knowledge of procedures everything to make her proud of them. As Gwen prepared alongside, her recruits noand lessons, as well as passing the new physical standards test. Tough as it was, as ticed her in full regalia with one exception, she had lipstick on! That little touch bound expected, Gwen succeeded them even closer to her. again, noted by her comReturning to “Rite of Passage”, “The Crucible,” emphasizes teammand. It was at this time, fework under stress. Remales were allowed to hold cruits get 8 hours of sleep and clean weapons but they during the 54 hour exerwere still not allowed to fire cise. They have a minimal the weapons. amount of food which must The Drill Instructor be carefully rationed. The reSchool had a quota of 1 cruits march about 40 miles, female DI. The woman in fully packed for all that chalthat place left and Gwen lenges them, including night was quickly selected to infiltration courses. Similar replace her. She led for to a marathoner, shortly into 2 years and it was a difthe fray, they become tired, ficult time, especially for hungry and realize they have the women, as they had to call upon their reserves and to do everything the men others to keep going. “Some did, including shooting. of the recruits do things they never thought they could. If one shot failed, they Some come from middle class did not graduate or get homes, where everything has a promotion, which was been handed to them, others extremely hard, as most from poorer homes, where nothof the women had never ing was ever expected of them. even held a weapon Gw en being congratu If they finish “The Crucible,” they and now they were belated by fellow Mar ines for Retiring w will have accomplished someing required to fire and ith Honors thing.” compete. Gwen menTo summarize the actual tioned she couldn’t even understand her instructor but she challenge; The Crucible begins persevered and qualified. Men and women were also taught how to handle the sword, at 3am with a 6 mile march to Paige Airfield (PI) The Crucible site. There the reas the sword is considered a weapon. Relative to women in the USMC, there is ongoing physical responsibility cruits place their gear in huts and prepare for the first of four hour events. Each event change. In 1973, to qualify, women had to run 600 yards, do sit ups and “jump and has a number of “Warrior Stations,” that the recruits must work together to overcome reach.” A couple years later, the requirement was to run 1.5 miles and after that, they or solve. Each station is named for a Marine hero and the DI has a recruit read a brief were required to run 3 miles, as well as hanging on the chin up bar and doing push-ups. explanation of how the hero’s actions exemplify the corps and its’ values. A different A combat test is now required, which includes carrying a person on one’s shoulders, leader is chosen for each station. That way, all recruits understand what it is to be a leader and what they have to do to be a follower. You see the team change as they go with one’s weapon and to do all that related to combat and eventual survival. Gwen completed 3 tours on the Drill Field and was promoted from Staff Ser- along. Initially, they are independent and charge ahead without a plan. Eventually, they geant to Gunny. At this point, the separator of male & female DI’s, IE the campaign start to work together, getting advice from all team members and solving more of the cover, applied to both male and female DI’s, as upsetting it may have been to the males. problems. One warrior station, as an example, is built around an enemy rope bridge that It was mandated by General Kruelack who wanted one to mirror the other. He also the recruits must cross with their gear and ammo boxes. They have only a couple short introduced “The Crucible”, the 54 hour endurance standard, set up to complete before ropes and personal gear to solve the problem. Another event involves pop up targets graduation is attainable. Women initially were known as female Marines or woman which the recruits run into firing positions and engage with 10 rounds of ammunition in two magazines. Pugil sticks are involved as recruits battle each other. Recruits grab Marines. Not any more, now all women are identified as “MARINES.” Gwen was the first female Marine to lead her platoon through The Crucible. food and water as they go. After two events, they endure a five mile night march, folAll made it through, without issue. “The Crucible” as defined by Jim Garamore, “Rite lowed by four hours of sleep before the final two events begin. They now realize they of Passage,” American Forces Press Service, “The Challenge”, make basic training need each other, they depend on one another and they have to work together to finish. tougher. What does “tough” mean? Is it just physical toughness or does mental tough- No one completes The Crucible alone. At the end of the second day, recruits go through a night infiltration course, ness come into play? What about military skills and the ability to operate in a tough, unforgiving combat environment? At what point in basic training do recruits prove they sleep for four hours, get up and march nine miles, fully packed to the end of The are tough, that they are ready, that they belong?” All agree that basic training is more Crucible. The march begins at 4 am quietly. They limp along because no one wants to than a physical challenge. It is a journey that young civilian men and women take to drop out at this point. By the time they cross the DI Bridge, they are a raucous group of become soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. It is a rite of passage. For the Marines, recruits realizing their accomplishment. Louder and louder they get until they reach the the essence of this passage from one world to another, comes into razor sharp focus in parade deck and encircle the Iwo Jima Memorial. It is here a “significant transforma-
tion” takes place. As one officer states “We’re not just giving them basic training, we’re turning them into Marines. There’s more to being a Marine than just firing a weapon. There’s a whole tradition behind it and we want these recruits to measure up to the men and women who went before them.” A color guard raises the flag on the memorial. The Chaplain reads a prayer specifically written for the finish of The Crucible and the company’s First Sergeant addresses the recruits. Then the DI’s present each of their recruits with the Marine Corps insignia, the eagle, globe and anchor. He shakes their hand and calls them Marine for the first time. Many accept the honor with tears streaming down their faces. A feast for the young Marines follows with the impressive graduation ceremony shortly thereafter. As Gwen indicates, the Marine basic training breaks down the recruit, builds the recruit back up and prepares the recruit for the future. When asked if the recruits honored her with a “gift” as an example upon graduation, she remarked, “First, gifts are not allowed. Our reward is that upon graduation, we have actually made Marines, that is our reward.” As one, Holly Kelly, a retired Major commented about Gwen, “I tried to emulate everything you did. You were so impressive, we were all so eager to work for you and impress you. We would not let you down.” Gwen readily admits she grew up as a Marine. She even met her husband, James, a Marine stationed in Okinawa. Yet, with all her travel and worldwide experiences, she still found the time to keep in touch with family members and still calls her Mom, 80 years old now, almost daily. They have one daughter who graduated six months early from USC Columbia and is aspiring to be a lawyer. After Katrina hit New Orleans, her sister and her two boys came to live with Gwen and James but Gwen’s directive was very straightforward and true, “You can stay with us as long as you put 100% of your time into caring for your children. We’ll help, but we expect 100% from you.” The sister and her boys are still nearby living in Beaufort. In her continuing desire to help others, Gwen likes to work with children, particularly those with some type of problem. She is a part time teacher at Whale Branch Elementary School. One recent example exemplifies how Gwen continues to “make a difference.” She received a call from a teacher at Whale Branch asking if she could come to school to work with a second grader who had numerous social issues. When Gwen arrived at school and went to the classroom, she found this little tyke in a fetal position under her desk. Gwen spoke softly to her, helped her up, took her outside away from the class, sat down next to her and asked “How can I help you?” She read her a story and shortly thereafter, they became friends with Gwen learning the little girl
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utting your grass. Washing your clothes. Engaging in hands-on holds a metric shiton of ammo. So while the lack of a side loading gate might annoy anatomy studies are all things that are better done with some as- some, at least it has some deep reserves. If you’ve never tried firing a lever-action sistance. Racing a 63 Stingray ‘Vette at break-neck speeds along rifle under pressure, you’re in for a real treat and a rude awakening. winding country roads and laying waste to some tin targets courtesy Eviscerating your intended targets is more than, sights-breath-trigger, rinse and of Campbell’s are best done alone. Some things were just meant to repeat. The real challenge is getting the rhythm of operating the lever with the be enjoyed for the experience they bring. Like smoking a fine cigar gun shouldered, while shifting your sights to the next unsuspecting tin can. It will versus an electric cigatake you some time to get rette. One you smoke to into the grove of finding enjoy, the other to get the perfect distance to your fix. Don’t get me throw the lever when trywrong, automation has ing to rapidly hit targets. it’s place. Back when I However, since you can’t lived on the outskirts of just pull the trigger again, bean-town and wanted to it tends to teach you to grab a cannoli at Mike’s, make each hit count. I’d hop the commuter rail If you’ve had the plearather than brave the hellsure of shooting Henry’s ish nightmare that is BosGoldenboy, it’s the same ton traffic. song and dance internally On the other hand, do with a different finish and you know anyone who the addition of a heavy drives their TVR Speed to octagon barrel. This is a the range to shoot their good scratch that, great HiPoint? The HiPoint, thing. The Henry’s internal simplicity gives like a Honda Civic has it’s the action a grit-free feel place. When you need without the need to have something that is relia smith smooth out the able, easy-to-operate and action. The rifle exerts a very utilitarian -- you pick ACCURACY * * * * - The Henry is better than minute of can accurate and with the addition of a scope would make an ideal squirrel slayer. feeling of quality disprosomething that fits the RELIABILITY * * * * ½ - The Henry is about 98% reliable when taking human error into account. Meaning that if you rack the lever ultra portionate to its cost, hell need. The Henry Frontier, slow or fast (meaning as slow/fast as you possibly can) sometimes the round will jam itself between the elevator and the top of the chamit sports better furniture like a Harley Knucklehead ber. Use a finger to point the round in the right direction to put the gun back in the fight. than Duval Patrick’s ofis not simply a means to STYLE * * * * * - With its beautiful shiny blued finish and handsome american walnut furniture, the henry is something to behold, my only fice. an end, but an experience issue is that I wish the finish were a bit more durable. in itself - thankfully withERGONOMICS * * * * ½ - The Henry balances very well and points even better. I took off half a star for the forward loading magazine tube SPECIFICATIONS: out the TVR price tag. and the small lever loop. Although a big-loop upgrade is available on Henry’s site for $50 which makes operating the lever more comfortCaliber: .22lr / .22 short You might be thinking, able and much easier with gloved hands. Capacity: 21 rounds “OK James, but I love my CUSTOMIZE THIS * * * - don’t think Troy or CMMG makes rails for the Henry (yet?) peep sights and leather loop guards are available for .22 Short, 16 rounds AR clone in .22,what does the Henry. Henry itself even offers engraved side plates for the lever-gun. .22 LR the Henry offer that my OVERALL * * * * * - I’m not advocating everyone go sell their AR and buy a lever-gun from Henry (although I’m sure Henry would appreciLength: 38.5” M&P or drop in conversion ate it), but if you’re looking to buy an accurate, reliable, handsome, American-made rifle for the same price as Brazilian manufactured Barrel Length: 20” doesn’t?” In a zombiecompetitor without the spotty QA track-record, better book-mark Henry’s site. Definitely a great rifle to get a youngster involved in the joy of target shooting while teaching them responsible gun ownership and safety. Weight: 6.25 lbs squirrel apocalypse...well nothing. The Henry is not a high-speed, low drag aluminum squirrel slayer, nor does it try to be. The Henry DUDE PROFILE: James Grant, aka Crab Pirate is a nostalgic lever-gun that allows the Personal Interests: Competitive Rifle/Carbine/ shooter to control nearly every aspect of Handgun shooting, varmint hunting, fishing, shooting. If your idea of a good time is hiking, camping, wood-working and gunsmithing. trying to beat Miculek’s revolver fire rate, I have participated in competitive shooting since you won’t enjoy the Henry. However, if 2005 and have placed in the top 3 at several you like to take your time and really enjoy carbine side matches. I enjoy collecting antique the whole shooting experience you’d be military arms and teaching new shooters about the sport. In my spare time, I hunt white tail and hard-pressed to find a more affordable coyotes, with the majority of my experience being fix. in the latter. Contact e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org The Henry can hold 16 rounds of 22lr and 22 rounds of 22 short. So, despite not being an “Assault Weapon” (Spits to clear mouth of that filthy word) she still
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28th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival March 4th-9th, 2013 BY BRAD MCDONALD
he Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival was recently selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for the month of March 2013 www.southeasttourism.org and www.escapetothesoutheast.com . According to the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival Chairperson, Tami Bream, “It is quite an honor to be selected as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, with so many other spring events taking place throughout the southeast in March. We worked really hard in 2012 to market the Festival as a destination event for tourists and all of the hard work from our committee and volunteers has really paid-off for the Festival.” Kicking-off with a series of wine dinners at some of the Island’s most outstanding restaurants and dining establishments, the Great Chefs of the South Wine Dinners partner great wines and local chefs for a wide variety of scrumptious menu pairings. The Pre-Festival events taking place in January are the NEW “Grape Stomping and Uncork the Festival” on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 6-8 p.m., on Hilton Head Island and the International Wine Judging and Competition, Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2013. Uncork the Festival will take place at The Beach House, a Holiday Inn Resort and is fashioned after another popular wine activity founded by the Wall Street Journal, Tastings wine columnists called Open That Bottle Night. “Most of us have a special bottle of wine, champagne or spirits tucked away in a closet or in the back of the refrigerator. The bottle is special because of who gave it to us, or why they gave it to us, or why we bought it. The originators of Open That Bottle Night
realized that we all have such bottles, but we never find just the right occasion to open them up and enjoy the contents,” says Jeff Gerber, HHI Wine & Food Festival board member. This year’s Uncork the Festival will include a lively Grape Stomping Competition, with an “I Love Lucy” look-alike contest. To kickoff the 2013 event, the organizers of the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival are inviting members of the public to reserve a space at this exclusive, limited ticket event and to bring the memorable bottle(s) of wine to taste with their friends and other attendees. In addition, attendees will receive a souvenir glass, select winery tasting and delectable hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for Uncork the Festival are $35 and will be available on-line December 1, 2012. The Grand Tasting and Silent Auction will be held on Friday, March 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., location to be determined. The Wine & Food Festival and Silent Auction will be held from 12 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. There are many special Wine & Food Festival Accommodations Packages available for all budgets, from the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa and more which can be found on the website at, www.hiltonheadwineandfood.com. The Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival is a nonprofit 501-(c)3, with proceeds from its silent auctions benefiting educational opportunities for students in the Hospitality management programs of study at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry through the John F. and Valerie Curry scholarship fund. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival, P.O. Box 5097, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938. www.hiltonheadwineandfood.com 843-686-4944
Beaufort Memorial Opens New State-of-the-Art Pratt Emergency Center BY MARIE MCADEN
eaufort Memorial Hospital has opened its new $14.5-million Pratt Emergency Department Assistant Director Ashley Hildreth, RN, “but more importantly, we’ve worked Center. Double the size of the former ER, the 20,500-square-foot facility on the process that we use to get patients from the front door to a physician and back offers patients more privacy in comfortable treatments rooms with features out efficiently with prescriptions, medications and treatment that they need in a faster carefully chosen to improve safety and care. time frame.” More than three years in the making, the expansion and renovation was Other new features include two enclosed funded in part by donations from the community decontamination areas for patients exposed to and the employees of the hospital. A $1.5-million toxins, three outdoor decontamination showers gift made by Beaufort philanthropist, Dr. Bruce Pratt for non-toxic exposures and two isolation rooms in honor of his parents, provided the start-up money for patients with communicable diseases like for the ambitious project. Last year, the hospital tuberculosis, chicken pox or measles. renamed the ER the Dr. George N. Pratt and Sarah In the future, automated check-in kiosks will Meyer Pratt Emergency Center. be installed that will allow patients to register As many as 120,000 people, 40,000 of them by simply swiping their driver license or ID. patients, end up in Beaufort Memorial’s ER each year. Major upgrades also were made to the “We want to make the experience pleasant and hospital’s infrastructure, including increasing efficient,” said Beaufort Memorial Hospital President the capacity of the cooling system, vital to and CEO Rick Toomey. the operation of the sophisticated medical From the parking lot, visitors enter the building on a equipment and technology being used in pathway constructed to look like a boardwalk. today’s ER. m o o Recognizing the stress and fear experienced by Three new 800-kilowat generators with R a m u -art Tra State-of-the patients and their families during a medical emergency, 96 hours of fuel ensure the hospital can the 45-seat reception area was designed with the healing continue to operate in the event of a power outage. arts in mind. Consultants chose the paint colors, décor and furnishings to create a restorative and relaxing environment. Visitors also have the To learn more about the new Pratt Emergency Center, visit www.bmhsc.org. option of waiting outside in a “Lowcountry” patio with a covered seating area. It’s the treatment rooms that are the big standout. All 26 rooms in the new ER DUDE PROFILE: Marie McAden is the Outdoor Insider are private. The former quarters featured only seven private rooms. Each room for South Carolina’s official tourism website, www. has large doors that can be retracted to provide wide access to move patients discoversouthcarolina.com. Over the last three years, she in and out comfortably. Dimming LED lighting was used to create a soothing has written stories about hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, environment, especially important to patients with migraines and head injuries. scuba diving, rollerblading and standup paddle boarding in some of the state’s most beautiful recreational venues. Even the linen closets were designed to minimize disturbances to the patients. A former reporter and editor at The Miami Herald, Marie Outside access was provided so staff can load them without having to enter the rooms. moved to Hilton Head Island in 1995 and began working The size of the workstations for nurses and physicians also was increased to as a freelance writer. She has written feature stories and accommodate up to 14 clinicians. These work areas are now centrally located with web copy for a wide range of organizations and businesses, open views of all patient rooms for visual monitoring and quick access. including the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton The new emergency center also features two triage rooms, two trauma rooms, Chamber of Commerce. a nine-seat waiting area for patients awaiting discharge and another five individual She was the primary writer for the December 2007 Delta waiting areas for patients requiring extra monitoring, infusions or additional space and Sky Portrait of Hilton Head Island and wrote several stories privacy. for in-flight magazine features on Savannah and Charleston. The much-needed expansion has boosted the ER’s capacity from 24 to 45 patients A first degree black belt, Marie taught karate for more than 14 years on Hilton Head Island and spent a summer as a kayak guide on Broad Creek. An avid adventure traveler, she has hiked in at a time, helping meet the growing demand for emergency medical services in the the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Glacier national parks, as well as the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu in region. Peru. She is currently learning how to whitewater kayak. I’d say she’s a DUDE! “Not only do we have a beautiful new space for them to come to,” said Emergency 30
MAINTAINING YOUR PROPER WEIGHT FREDDIE
he other day I had to have a come to Jesus meeting with my dear soulmate and husband of 25 years about diet. Being on the road was making it difficult for him to get in his daily exercise and the fast food plan he was on wasn’t working out so well. Now he works hard setting up stages, pushing boxes and loading gear in and out for concerts, but the physical activity wasn’t pushing his cardio button and with food from cardboard boxes, he was seeing the scale go up and the waist size was following. “I’m working out,” he said, “hard! Do you know how heavy those tour boxes are?” “No” I said, “ how hard do you think you’re working? Enough to burn off the three taco’s from Taco Boy, the chips and the Con Queso dip too?” We were at a stale mate. Truth is, I don’t know his calorie burn but I do know the calorie intake. Let’s just say he ate 9 chicken wings, that’s 540 calories and that’s just from lunch. Breakfast on the road was another 660 calories and dinner at a local pizza stand set him back 280 calories per slice; he ate 3. He consumed 2042 calories. Although I didn’t know how much his physical activity was burning off, I do know what he could safely take in without gaining any weight. Here is what he needed to do just to maintain his weight. Take your weight; Freddie is 215 and X it by 10 if you do no physical activity at all, one to two workouts X by 12, twofour X by 14 and five or more X by 16. That’s how many calories you can consume and still maintain your weight. So we deducted he could average it out, that if he works out about 3 times a week, so he could consume 3,010 calories. His body would naturally be burning just by breathing, body functions and just in a natural state about 2,135 calories. He burned another 300 calories just in digesting his food and the physical workout about another 600. Total throughout the day, he burned 3,035 calories. If he did this daily, by the end of the week he would have consumed 175 extra calories than he needed to burn. That’s 700 per month! In 5 months time he will have gained a pound. Sure doesn’t sound like much but continuing on this path can have a major impact on your belt size. Knowing how many calories are in what you eat is only part of it. Be conscience of the portion size and realistic about your activities. 3 slices of pizza can differ by how it’s sliced (a New York fold is double the slice) and wading in the marshes while duck hunting really only burns about 137 calories. Once you start looking at the number both going in and working off, you’ll be more conscience of what you put in your mouth. I wonder how many calories are in my foot and how many calories I’ll burn running from Freddie after he reads this! HAPPY NEW YEAR AND STAY HEALTHY DUDES! DUDE PROFILE: Ramona Ward has been married for 23 years to Freddie Ward and has been living in the Lowcountry for 30 years. She’s been a Bluffton resident for 12 years. Mona has 3 dogs (all adopted and overly adored). She is the Sports Club Director, Oldfield Club, as well as a Personal Trainer and Fitness instructor through AFPA. She enjoys skiing, wakeboarding, cooking, (eating, Duh!) hopping on the big bike and getting out of town...All forms of crazy activities. Personal motto - It’s more fun to color outside the lines!!!
Great Practice on the Course
BY JOH HUNDLEY
ne of the best ways to practice on the course is to play a worst ball scramble. You hit two balls from the tee; pick the worst drive, two second shots and so on until you hole two putts. If you make 2 pars in nine holes playing this format, you are doing great. Try this format the next time you are out on the course and you will take your scrambling skills to the next level. SEE YOU ON THE COURSE! DUDE PROFILE: John Hundley is A PGA professional, started swinging a club at age five and hasn’t stopped playing since. He first discovered his love of golf in his hometown of Danville, VA. He discovered his love of the South Carolina Lowcountry in 1989 and has never left here. In his over 20 years in the field, Jon has served as assistant at Port Royal Golf club and head golf professional at Wexford Plantation and golf instructor at The Golf Academy of Hilton Head in Sea Pines. He is the founder of the Hilton Head Golf Tour and a 2003 nominee for the Carolina’s Section Professional of the Year Award.
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MOVIN ON UP...TO THE TOP! Floors To Go Moves To New Hilton Head Island Showroom BY BRAD MCDONALD
UDE, it is always nice to talk about some friends who have worked hard to make a name for themselves, as well as build a business from scratch to be one of the more successful flooring businesses here in Beaufort County. Here is that story about Bonnie and Steve Fisher, owners of Floors To Go and their New Showroom. Once upon a time, there was a bright eyed, yankee boy, who loves his Buffalo Bills and Syracuse Orangemen, that decided to come down to the Lowcountry and pursue his dreams. Well, when Steve met Bonnie and they got married, one would think his dreams had come true. Personally, he had already overachieved, so he got in to the carpet laying business as a sub contractor and started to learn his craft. As fate would have it, Steve quickly realized that he had built a name for himself and the good people of the Lowcountry liked him, not necessarily the company they had hired. Hard work and attention to detail served him well and in 2005, Steve decided to start his own business, not only doing quality installations, but now offering a fine line of quality flooring. He and Bonnie, set up their little flooring business on the north-end of Hilton Head Island just off Marshland Road. Their business start to take off and in 2007, they decide to take it to the next level and joined forces with the national franchise of “Floors To Go.” This move gave them access to buying power and connections throughout the southeast, which would allow them to become very competitive in their prices, many times, offering better prices than the big national chains. Well, not to say they got too big for their britches, but their little store could no longer serve their needs, so they moved to a new larger location on Island Drive. Now, they could have trucks make there deliveries and their contractors and employees could easily get in and out. Their new larger showroom allowed them to showcase many new products in a very user friendly, hands on consultation atmosphere. I believe here is where their business really started to accelerate. It seems people
like friendly, intelligent, knowledgable about their product, LOCAL PEOPLE to do business with, instead of going to the mega-stores where you may really just be another customer. I’ve witnessed Bonnie and Steve personally talking to couples about their flooring needs and the interaction they have with their customers is second to none. Whether it be a remodel, big commercial job or a pre-construction job, their years of experience in knowing what the latest products are and how to install them, are serving them and their customers well. I’ve seen some of the flooring jobs they’ve done and some are like works of art and some of the commercial jobs they have done for big time customers is truly amazing for a so called, “local small time operation” trying to compete against the Big Boys. Well, Bonnie & Steve and their Floors To Go store have done a little more than compete with the Big Boys. They are now one of the largest flooring operations on Hilton Head Island and Beaufort County. Believe it or not, in a few short years they have out grown their britches again and were presented with a rare opportunity to actually buy and own their own facility. The move is a big one, even though the distance from their old store is not very far. The old location was just off Mathews Drive on the corner of Island Drive and their NEWLY OWNED STORE is located actually on Mathews Drive, 123 to be exact, right next to the very popular Shell Station, that probably sells more gas and fried chicken than any place on the island. I was lucky enough to get a few photos of the place as they were getting it ready to open and most recently I attended their Grand Opening and WOW, what a spectacular place they now have available for the people of the Lowcountry to come check out the latest in flooring and decorative tiles and stoneworks. Carpet, Hardwood, Stone, Tile, High Quality Durable Vinyls, as well as all kind of decorative trims and back-splashes, even stone counter tops, Bonnie and Steve (Floors To Go) have the products and knowledge, to get you to a satisfaction guarantee level.
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There are many versions of shr imp and grits. At the Skull Creek Boathouse we feel ours is a very user friendly version and is uni versal as well, with the different components. The “gravy” is made with a traditional Tasso ham tha t provides a great spice without over powering and also an earthiness that compliments the rich ness of the fresh local shrimp and the creamine ss of the local grits. Grits are a staple in the south and South Carolina is the leader in production of the highest quality of grits. We use Anson Mills Grits, a local grit mill out of Col umbia SC. Recipe for 4 • 24 each fresh local shrimp peeled and deveined (medium sized) • 2 cups Tasso gravy (recipe follows) • 3 cups prepared grits (recipe follows) • 2 cups sliced andouille sau sage • Salt and pepper to taste • ¼ cup fine sliced green oni on This recipe is very universal where you can substitute the shrimp for any other shell fish or even a chi cken or game bird. • Sauté shrimp and andouille sausage until shrimp are ¾ wa y cooked through, season with salt and pepper. • Add in prepared gravy, brin g to simmer and then pour ove r prepared grits. • Garnish with green onions . Don’t be afraid to add your own twist, some of your fav orite bbq sauce, roasted sweet peppers, frie d onions, etc.
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COOKING VENISON 101 Hello Brad, E magazine to Buffalo after My best buddy Calvin Lamar brings up DUD shooting the sh*t over were We . he winters for six months on Hilton Head le or a ‘reader artic an with up some beers the other day and we came . love will ES DUD all write-in’ that we think your readers and Here’s goes: slicker comes over to my I think I will lose my mind if one more city s too gamy (gamey).” I taste it’s house and says, “I don’t like deer meat; Real taste. Much better than beef start to say, “Listen jackass, that’s taste. my own two hands, knife, gun and taste. It’s a real hunted taste, killed with glance that says, “Don’t ruin the bow.” But then my wife gives me the evil cookout!” those who turn all their deer To a lesser extent, I am also bothered by t DUDE doesn’t?), there are (wha meat into sausage. While I love sausage one eats beef- round, like n eate so many great cuts of deer that should rump, tenderloin, loin, etc. my suggested preparation, let Before I get into those delicious cuts and as some of the meat is meant to me make a quick comment on sausage, don’t process the meat yourself, be ground and made into sausage. If you Too often the deer you drop off be sure and talk to and trust your butcher. r deer and you get your weight for processing, gets mixed with all the othe Some non-DUDE, gut shots a based upon a composite. Guess what? then contaminates your meat. also h deer and contaminates the meat, whic you only get YOUR meat back. DUDE, do yourself a favor and make sure there who may contest or I’m am sure there’s a million DUDES out on venison preparation for a ghts add to what I say, but here are my thou righteous night of meat (and beer): rare or medium-rare. to popular opinion, you can cook venison rary Cont 1. r my meat either, 1.) fresh with a 2. Like beef, venison can be aged. I prefe the meat in a vacuum sealed still detectable pulse, or 2.) aged. I wet age g takes out the rigor in the meat bag in the fridge for 3 or so weeks. Agin and makes it more tender. prevent it from drying out. I’ve 3. Don’t be afraid to slow cook your kill, it’ll your meat thinking it make it had good results. Please don’t over cook ing your venison wrapped in good more tender. It won’t. Hint: try slow cook e some bacon off some hunted quality bacon (the ultimate DUDE would mak a deer and then have a DUDE cookout). boar , bag ent drying. be afraid of flipping it frequently. It’ll prev 4. Don’t ar by it. I won’t comment. I 5. I don’t use tenderizer. Some people swe e your own judgment. you try with and without tenderizer and mak est sugg lather your meat in oil before 6. As deer is low in fat, don’t be afraid to cook ing. seasoning of black pepper, 7. I love a good venison rub. I make a base You can add small amounts of coriander seed and salt. Use generously. ke flavoring, soy sauce, rosethings like cumin, nutmeg, hickory or smo e drawer and find something new mary, honey, etc. I always look in my spic you’re making it more ‘wet style’, to add. You can’t go wrong with garlic. If iously. Daniels or Southern Comfort works DUDE-ilic Jack ty of BBQ styles, but I don’t like 8. You can’t go wrong with using a varie away from the gamy flavor that I vinegar based BBQ sauces, as they take love . amount of butter. 9. Like steak, finish it off with a generous
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BLOODY POINT LIGHTHOUSE (1883-2013)
“The Forgotten Lighthouse” DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA BY LOWCOUNTRY JOE YOCIUS
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Bloody Point Lighth ouse Kepper Gustaf in this picture, taki ng a Sunday ride on Ohman is at the reins Daufuskie. Photo ta on the western side ken of the lighthouse, circa 1900-1912
y bride Mary and I have always been in love with lighthouses. It the time was being used as a golf pro shop. all started many years ago when, by pure chance, we ended up Upon arrival, our young friend was instantly fascinated with the structure and staying overnight at California’s Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Even immediately pointed out we were looking at “classic” post and beam construction. though our backs ached from He, like most visitors, had expected something different. He had expected a tall structure that a combination of old cots “looked like a lighthouse.” and sleeping bags, we felt What he found was a traditional Lowcountry privileged to be able to experience and explore that style building looking more like a cottage. I wonderful beacon. We never in our wildest dreams explained the one feature however, that was unique, believed that some day we would sleep in our own beds the single large dormer window on the roof. That is in our own lighthouse. where the light was lit and maintained by the Keeper. So this is a history of the Bloody Point Lighthouse We peered through the old wavy glass panes, made a located on the Southern end of Daufuskie Island, few sketches and commented about what a wonderful South Carolina. I call it the “Forgotten Lighthouse” home it could have been. Months later, I would call his because as of this writing, you will struggle to find office and explain I had purchased the old mantle and, it in any lighthouse books. The fact that it has been oh, by the way, we purchased the lighthouse to go along First Keeper John forgotten is the reason Mary and I were able to buy it with it! Michael Doyle and his wife Phoe in the first place. I had known a permanent golf pro shop was being be (CIRCA 1883) I will start with “recent history”, the series of constructed for Bloody Point, but I never believed the events that played themselves out and led to that developers and owners would ever sell that beautiful fateful day when a fellow Realtor asked, “Do you historic structure. I was certain they had other plans want to buy a lighthouse?” Then I will go back in for what had become the “symbol of Bloody Point.” Boy time when the first Keeper, John Michael Doyle, first was I surprised to later find out it was under contract set foot on Daufuskie. and a group of investors were planning to convert it into Mary and I moved to Hilton Head Island fifteen a bed and breakfast. I was even more surprised when years ago to escape the snowy northwestern I found out later, the investor “deal” had fallen through Pennsylvania winters. Our home was a wonderful and a young couple now had it under contract. Wow! Hand-hewn log cabin overlooking a beautiful That could have been me if only I would have let the Pennsylvania Fishing Commission lake called “powers that be” know my interest! So I did! “If this Tamarack. When we moved to Hilton Head Island, deal ever falls through, please, yes pretty Please, let we purchased a traditional home complete with walls me know. Then came that fateful day. The phone rang covered with drywall. Well, quite frankly, once you and I was asked the most wonderful question since, experience the warmth and coziness of a log home, you “Do you take this woman?”, “Do you want to buy a are never quite the same. The drywall and the house lighthouse?!” s hi d had to go and we finally settled on building a post and With pen in shaky hand, Mary and I signed the an on Siss Robert Augustus er ep e Ke us t ho in ht Po lig beam home on our newly acquired lot on Daufuskie papers that would forever after make us a part dy e Bloo tern entrance to th es w e th at a, th ar Island’s Haig Point Plantation. of Daufuskie Island history. Our home on Hilton wife M We met with an architect from New Hampshire Head sold quickly and I immediately got down to the task of restoration. I was lucky and selected a few plans. There was one feature however, I wanted him to include and that in this regard because the owners prior to the property being used as a golf pro shop had was a replica of the fireplace and mantle in the Bloody Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse at already done extensive renovations. Most importantly, the wiring and plumbing were up to
standard. The first task at hand was to rip up the carpeting that had been laid to protect the to note that both Sisson and John Michael Doyle served together in the Army of the Potomac. heart of pine floors from golf spikes. Upon inspection, I found that the carpeting had been Augustus Sisson was kept quite busy during his tenure. Besides the obvious tasks glued to the floors. Needless to say, that meant hiring a professional floor finisher and two of maintaining both range lights, he would supervise the moving of the front range light in weeks of constant sanding. The result was superb as the old pine sprung back to life. A December 1899 to a location inland next to the back range light. Significant erosion obviously healthy coat of wax, not polyurethane, was applied and I was off to the next task, cleaning. isn’t a recent phenomenon and the only way to save the wood structure was to move it. At Consider the fact that a bunch of heavy smoking golf pros literally lived in the that point, the front range lighthouse would be utilized as the keeper’s cottage and a metal lighthouse for twelve years and you will understand the task at hand. Thousands of tower, recycled from the Venus Light Station in South Carolina, would be erected. This tower golfers had also trooped through the place and the cleaning and maintenance had obviously could be moved fairly easily and away from the encroaching waves. On top of that, he lived been sub par. Also consider that the entire interior, ceilings and walls, are pine bead board. through the great 1893 hurricane, that took his kitchen, now Mary’s and rolled it from its I literally hand washed and wiped every square inch, not once, but three times. Most of the foundations. Damage was significant and many of his family’s personal items were lost. walls were left in their natural state by the previous owners and only the upstairs bedrooms The next keeper (1910) was Gustaf Ohlman. He obviously didn’t like cold weather and “light room” needed to be painted. either and originally arrived in Charleston on a sailing schooner from Sweden. To help him Then came that wonderful day, after months of work, when I realized I was done, with his tasks, he hired John A. Robertson, Jr. as his assistant at least with the interior. The exterior power washing, keeper. Three years later, Robertson would be replaced by painting and wood rot would have to wait. It was time Arthur Ashley Burn, Jr., now known as Papy. to show off my work to Mary. I purposely had keep In 1922, the government decided there was no further her out of that mess, smart, right? and the big day had need for the Bloody Point Range Lights. The lights were arrived. Needless to say, I was a “smashing hit” that extinguished and the back metal tower was dismantled. day and I will never forget the way she beamed as I gave Mr. Francis M. Keenan purchased the lighthouse and a her the grand tour. Our furniture arrived by barge a few few years later sold it back to the former keeper, Gustaf weeks later and there we were, living in a lighthouse. Ohlman. A few years after that, the last assistant keeper We all know that the main function of any Arthur A. (Papy) Burn purchased the lighthouse for his lighthouse is to direct mariners and save lives, but residence. why build one at Bloody Point? Even today, as I stand If there was ever a person that should have owned on the beach looking toward Tybee Island, the reason is the Bloody Point Lighthouse it was Papy Burn. Each very obvious. Huge container ships from all over the world time I meet with Billy Burn, Papy’s daughter-in-law 2007 ouse CIRCA th h ig L t constantly enter the Savannah River channel on their way in and author of the incredible book, An Island Named o Bloody P to the Savannah Port. The port was even more important Daufuskie, she tells me how much he loved the back in the 1700s when Savannah was growing by leaps lighthouse. He occupied it for 40 years, lived through and bounds. Imports and exports arriving by the river were four wives, the last being his first sweetheart and essential for the city to survive and moving sand bars and became a pillar of the community. As a magistrate, he shoals made the passage treacherous. For that reason, held court and married folks in what is now our sun a lighthouse was located on Tybee as early as 1736. As room. He also loved flowers and had thousands of them ships entered the river, they would navigate by using planted around the house. Papy has been quoted that Tybee on their left or port side. In 1881, the Lighthouse he “wouldn’t give a teaspoon of Daufuskie for the whole Service realized a need for lights on the right or starboard state of South Carolina,” and that, “Daufuskie was the side to further ensure their safety. Two range lights, as nearest place to heaven as one could get on this earth.” they were called, would be constructed. Captains would There is one thing however, that Papy is really align the front and back range lights to give them their remembered for and that is the Silver Dew Winery. exact position. Mr. James C. LaCoste from Sullivan’s Papy loved making wine and made it out of scuppernong Three Generations of Last Assistant Island, South Carolina was given the contract to build grapes, elderberries, pears or whatever he could find. He keeper Arthur (Papy) Burn the front light. Mr. John Michael Doyle with the Cooper converted the lamp house, the brick building that had CIRCA 2002 Manufacturing Company of Mt. Vernon, Ohio would build housed the rear range light, into the winery and actually the back light. Even then folks from Ohio were coming south. made it under license in 1953. He stored the wine in the oil By April of 1883, construction was completed. The front light, painted bright white house, adjacent to the lamp house, on the original racks, that until then, had held kerosene. with lead trim, stood proud and was ready for duty. As I mentioned earlier, this lighthouse Markings on the wall still show how he aged the wine. Papy never drank the wine but only looked more like a keeper’s cottage than a traditional tall standing lighthouse like Tybee. tasted it and gave it to his friends. In his honor, I am currently in the process of making pear Nevertheless, the red kerosene light that shone from the single large upstairs dormer window wine from trees he planted in the lighthouse yard. It is important to note here, that most worked to perfection. The back light, located 4,350 feet inland, was also unusual for a islanders and visitors, until now, have known the lamp house as the Winery. They never knew lighthouse. It seems Congress had appropriated insufficient funds for a “proper” lighthouse about its historic past and that it is only one of two lamp houses known to exist in the United (imagine that!) and erected a triangular white metal tower, like our cell phone towers of today. States. The other is on the Parris Island Marine Base in Beaufort, South Carolina. The source of light was a locomotive headlight in the form of a powerful parabolic reflector, Papy sold the lighthouse in June of 1966 and left the Island due to poor health. The which produced a red beam with a range of 12 miles. The light was kept in the “lamp room,” last Bloody Point Lighthouse Keeper, died on January 20, 1968. His body was returned to an eight by ten foot brick building, where it was cleaned, maintained and stored during the Daufuskie, the Island he loved so much. day. At night, the keeper would run the light up on rails to a height of 81 feet. The entire Simon Kehoe and his sister Mary purchased the lighthouse from Papy and used it system worked perfectly, all that was needed was a lighthouse keeper. primarily as a second home. In 1981, it was sold to a Mr. Jim Batey. In April 1983, it was Here is where John Michael Doyle steps in again. It seems this Ohio native liked the sold to Mr. James P. Black. Both Mr. Batey and Black made extensive renovations. In October Lowcountry so much he applied and was awarded the position of keeper. Mr. Doyle would 1988, title passed to Beach Lagoon Associates. Mary and I signed our purchase contract serve for seven years and would see an increase in pay from $620 to a whopping $660 per February 1999 and made the big move in June of 1999. year. During his tenure, he would oversee the building of a 12 by 20 ft kitchen (Mary’s kitchen So there you have it, a brief history of the “Forgotten Lighthouse”, the Bloody Point today) off the southwest corner of the house. He would also build a boathouse. Lighthouse. From all indications, the former keepers and their families that have passed, In August of 1890, Robert A. Sisson, a Canadian, became the second lighthouse truly loved this place. They found this special lighthouse on the mystical Island of Daufuskie keeper. Obviously, he also wanted to live in a warm climate and he found just that in the hot was more than a place to work. It was a place for them to live, to raise their families. It was sultry days of August. He served until May 1908, when he was replaced by his son, Charles also a place for them to dream. So that’s what I do in the total still of the night, standing Leslie Sisson. Charles was sent to Fernadina Beach in Florida in August of 1910 and his Dad alone in the lamp room listening to the waves crash on the Bloody Point shore. I dream of returned to Bloody Point to resume his light keeper’s duties. the future, but I just can’t help embracing the past, trying to smell the kerosene and letting When I first saw the picture of Robert Augustus Sisson standing with his staff of the keepers of the past know, I will love and pass it to another “blessed” keeper when the four on what is now my front porch, I first thought he was in his Civil War uniform. time comes. After all, Mr. Sisson was a former member of the 157th New York Regiment. Looking closer with a magnifying glass, my eyes aren’t what they used to be, I could clearly see the “K” for (Editors Note) The time has come for LowCountry Joe to sell his beloved Lighthouse. Keeper on his lapels, as well as the typical keeper’s hat and uniform. Obviously he was very Information available at www.BloodyPoint.com proud of his Civil War background because he is proudly displaying his sword. It is interesting
Send emails and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org Brad, I would like to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation for your contributions to Ducks Unlimited in 2012. Thanks to your generous support, we concluded our 75th Anniversary with tremendous success and met or exceeded ALL of our fundraising and conservation goals for the year! With your help, DU has now completed 75 years of protecting the landscapes that waterfowl call home, as well as our waterfowl hunting heritage and traditions. Although our work is far from complete, Ducks Unlimited is well positioned to address serious challenges that lie ahead for conservation in 2013. I’m grateful that you’re with us, ensuring that DU has the strength and resources needed to accomplish our mission. On behalf of everyone at Ducks Unlimited, thank you for making a difference for wetland and waterfowl conservation. To keep up with the latest progress and updates on our work, be sure to visit our website and follow us on Facebook throughout the year. Sincerely, Dale Hall CEO Ducks Unlimited
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