Friday, March 14, 2014

3.14.14 Fishing at Brays Island

Haulover Creek; SC

      Fishing and water-sports are a huge part of the outdoors lifestyle in the Low Country, and at Brays Island the fishing is good.  There is ready access to both salt and freshwater species, both of which are plentiful here.  

Pocotaligo River; SC

     On the saltwater side, the heart of Brays Island Plantation spawns Haulover Creek, whose waters merge into the Pocotaligo River before it snakes around the other side of the plantation house.  Further downstream they flow into the Coosawatchie River and head out through the Port Royal Sound into the Atlantic. 

      Along its banks lie two docks and a launch ramp.  Immediately behind this is an oyster roasting area, an outdoor patio and the "Gazebo," a climate controlled building with full kitchen and large seating area.  As with everything else on Brays, it all has been built in a fashion to leave the least possible footprint on the landscape.

     Inside local fish specimen adorn the walls. . .  

    and just up the lane lie several boat shelters.

     This is Captain Bryan Freeman, who is the one who helped Tristan find the shark's teeth yesterday.  His father was employed on this island back when it was a working farm, and having grown up here Brian knows this land and all its fauna well.

Captain Bryan Freeman

     On the fresh-water side, numerous ponds and small lakes dot the property.  Some are fresh water, some are salt.  Each pond is marked with the species it is stocked with as well as the daily catch allowed.

     And the fishing looks pretty good - a couple of fellows were fishing the Heart Shaped Pond and this was their catch after about two hours.

     But there is lots of competition for the bounty of these waters.

     Tomorrow should wrap up Bray's Island with  segment on the golf club and the island's residences.

Have a great Saturday!!

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