Young angler catches fish...and quality time with dad

Many years ago, John McLure and I went fishing together. We were both early residents of Daniel Island with a common interest in fishing. So, it was inevitable that we would become friends. Now, many years later, John’s son, Bates, is fast becoming an accomplished angler.

Recently, John, Susan, Hope, and Bates McLure traveled to Devils Lake, North Dakota to visit family friends. During their visit, Bates and his dad were able to fish with legendary guide Jim Cooley. While fishing near a submerged island in about 14 feet of water, Bates caught a 30-inch, 6-pound northern pike. After a hard-fought battle and a short photo session, the fish was released back to the lake. Later that evening, Bates put the smack down on walleye, completing a five fish limit.

Fishing creates a special bond between parents and their kids. However, many families are unsure of how to get started. If you want to learn more about fishing in the Lowcountry, I recommend attending a few meetings of the Daniel Island Inshore Fishing Club. The club meets on a monthly basis. Meeting details are provided in the Save the Date section of The Daniel Island News. The club is a great way to meet your neighbors, learn about fishing and become involved in our community.

School is back in session. However, there is still plenty of daylight for after school fishing. When my son, Elliott, was about the same age as Bates, it was not unusual for me to be waiting in the car rider line with the skiff in tow. Given Bates’ interest in fishing, I believe John will be doing the same.

Contact Captain Greg Peralta at or call (843) 224-0099.

Daniel Island Publishing

225 Seven Farms Drive
Unit 108
Daniel Island, SC 29492 

Office Number: 843-856-1999
Fax Number: 843-856-8555


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