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On this 10th Anniversary of the Daniel Island Inshore Fishing Club, I’d like to reminisce for a bit on how our organization got started.
I moved to Daniel Island from Wild Dunes in mid-2002, in hopes of getting a deep water lot in the lottery. We had six months or so before the lottery, so we bought a house being punched out on Etiwan Park Street and began enjoying the many virtues of Daniel Island. While living in Wild Dunes, I had helped to start Palmetto Longrodders Fly Fishing Club, a successful club for many years. After meeting several fishermen on Daniel Island, I put forth the idea of forming a broader based light tackle inshore fishing club here on the island just for this community. The idea was met with lots of enthusiasm and several began to help with the project. We ran it by the Property Owners Association and got their approval.
The concept of the club was not just about catching fish. Our objective was to form a club that would bring DI fisherman and their families together through monthly meetings, fishing activities, and social events, with an emphasis on making new friends, learning more about fishing from each other and from guest speakers, and participating in conservation efforts.
We circulated a “Flyer” inviting Daniel Islanders to come to the club’s “organizational meeting” on January 15, 2003. It was a great meeting, perhaps attended by 30 or so Islanders, and our club was formed.
My wife, Paula, and I did not win a deep water lot in the lottery and the next waterfront lottery was two years away. So, after living here for less than a year, we moved off the Island to a house on deep water directly on the Wando in RiverTowne. However, I had the honor of being “grandfathered” by the club as Founder and was still able to maintain my ties with the club until I moved back here in 2008 and rejoined as a member. It was more than pleasing to see how the club had grown and how the many officers and members over the years had created a vibrant and dynamic club that lived up to all the goals of the original Vision Statement. Most importantly, how many members and their families had become good friends through the club.
Let me end by saying that I will be forever grateful that the club has enabled me to make so many good friends. It is who I fish with and not how many fish I catch that makes my day.
The Daniel Island Inshore Fishing Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month and is open to new members and guests. For more information, please contact club president Dave Twitchell at 843-469-6693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is who I fish with and not how many fish I catch that makes my day. - Ron Silverman
After meeting several fishermen on Daniel Island, I
put forth the idea of forming a broader based light tackle inshore fishing club here on the island just for this community.
- Ron Silverman