jeffdennis

Jeff Dennis is an outdoor writer and photographer who grew up on a creek in Charleston loving the saltwater, and he contributes regularly to All At Sea Southeast. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com

Charleston Race Week Celebrates 20 Years

Charleston Race Week is also a family affair. Photo by Jeff Dennis

Open to all sailboats from 19 to 80 feet in length, Charleston Race Week has become the largest regatta on the East Coast over the past 20 years. Multiple inshore and offshore courses are navigated for three consecutive days in …

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2015 Blue Marlin Tournament Calendar

NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR’S CUP Hatteras Village Offshore Open May 12 – 16 hatterasonmymind.com Swansboro Rotary Memorial Day Bluewater Tournament May 22 – 24 www.kingbluewater.com Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament May 27 – 30 Wrightsville Beach www.capefearbluemarlintournament.com Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament June …

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Blue Marlin Tournament Preview

The Carolina Billfish Classic awards a new truck for a S.C. state record dolphin. Photo by Jeff Dennis

Summer gets off to a fast start for offshore fishing season. Pelagic species begin their spring migrations with the arrival of warmer temperatures and ocean currents. The offshore angler scene is anchored by a love for saltwater fishing, but the …

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Pioneer Boats Expands Workforce to Produce New Line

Henry Sikes at the Pioneer Boats plant in Walterboro. Photo By Jeff Dennis

Pioneer Boats, based in Walterboro, South Carolina is successfully launching multiple boat lines from the Lowcountry. Co-owners Mike Holmes and Roy McSwain, who both grew up in boat-building families, started Carolina Composites, a boat specialty parts manufacturer, in 1999. Now …

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ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve

Photo courtesy of SCDNR

Boaters traveling the Intracoastal Waterway through southeastern South Carolina have always known about the scenic sea islands with their natural look and a maritime forest ecosystem. Three rivers feed into St. Helena Sound between Beaufort and Edisto Island, forming a …

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Cedar Bayou Fish Pass is Now Open

Cedar Bayou in Texas is now open and healthy. Photo Courtesy CCA Texas

On the Gulf of Mexico the lingo can be just a little different. What some on the East Coast may call an inlet, the Texans call a bayou. Cedar Bayou separates Matagorda Island and San Jose Island just north of …

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Scout Boats Marks 25th Anniversary, Unveils New Models

The optional fishing console on the 300 is very functional. Photo by Jeff Dennis

Scout Boats based in Summerville, South Carolina weathered the economic recession that blew winds of change into the boat manufacturing business. Scout is gathering a head of steam in 2014, celebrating 25 years of excellence by announcing a facility expansion …

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Rascal Wins S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series

Wes Frierson and his huge wahoo that suffered a shark bite. Photo By Jeff Dennis

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources runs the Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series. A total of five offshore fishing tournaments take place during the summer up and down the S.C. coast and a Series winner is determined using a points …

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Surf Fishing at Bald Head Island, N.C.

Surf fishing can provide some rod-bending good times on Bald Head Island. Photo By Jeff Dennis

The southeast coast of Brunswick County, North Carolina includes several barrier islands such as Topsail Island, Holden Beach and Oak Island. But anglers can stack the deck in their favor by heading to Bald Head Island since it juts out …

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Big Blue at 41st White Marlin Open

Harbour Island welcomes a sportfisher to the weigh station. Photos by Rock Doc Fishing Team

Five days of white marlin fishing is only one part of what is known as the world’s largest billfish tournament. Sportfishing boats from up and down the East Coast congregate in Ocean City, Maryland for an annual August shootout. With …

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Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail

Kayak paddlers assemble for an afternoon on the water. Photo by Jeff Dennis

More and more coastal residents and vacationers have concluded the natural resources that really define coastal life are best experienced from an up close and personally propelled watercraft perspective.  A new website designed with those paddlers in mind offers maps …

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It’s In The Bag – Folbot Float Trip

Intern David Grubbs pilots his Folbot in the Ashley River. Photo by Jeff Dennis

While looking for a small watercraft to enjoy on rivers and lakes, I stumbled upon a modern kayak with a rich history that is worthy of the spotlight. The Folbot (pronounced Full Boat) is a foldable kayak that fits in …

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Jennette’s Pier Loaded with Green Fishing Fun

Anglers cast from Jennette’s Pier looking to catch a fish. Photo by Jeff Dennis

At milepost 16.5 in Nag’s Head, N.C., a brand new fishing pier offers ocean access to anglers, and it is loaded with green power. Besides technology, Jennette’s Pier, completely rebuilt in 2011, is favored by geography since the Outer Banks …

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Elco Cruisette Still Generates Nautical Memories

Photo by Jeff Dennis

The Electric Launch Company, later shortened to Elco yachts, was in operation from 1893 to 1949 building classic wooden boats. They are known for their handsome interior woodwork and handsome lines. Stepping onto an Elco provides a tangible connection to …

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All Eyes on the Bahamas Billfish Championship

Blue marlin comes to the Blue Sky during the 2013 BBC competition. Credit: Greg Smith

After completing its 40th season of competitive billfishing in 2013, the Bahamas Billfish Championship (BBC) continues to evolve. The 2014 series will consist of four tournaments equally spread across the months of May and June, with each event focusing on …

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Fisheries Management with Coastal Conservation Association

A pompano is a trophy fish from the Texas Gulf coast. Photo By Jeff Dennis

The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), based out of Texas, is a national membership-based marine conservation group that stresses science-based fisheries management decisions. Going beyond catch and release, CCA strives for long-term coastal ecosystem health. On November 19-21, 2013 the CCA …

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Lady Luck Visits the Lowcountry Redfish Cup Finals

Wes Hudson from Shallow Sport, the winning anglers and Chris from Butler Marine. Photo by Jeff Dennis

The 2013 Lowcountry Redfish Cup consisted of five tournaments along the coast of South Carolina. Spread out over the calendar year, the two-angler teams fished in Georgetown, Charleston, Edisto Island, Beaufort and Hilton Head. The top teams competed in the …

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$100,000 Raised for Lowcountry Red*Trout Series

Alicia Parsons is the Executive Director of the South Carolina Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), and organizes the annual Red*Trout tournament, which takes place in late October each year at the Charleston Harbor Marina. In 2013, 31 boats …

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