What to bring with
The only supplies
we suggest you bring are your South Carolina fishing license,
camera, cooler with drinks and food, cream sunscreen, (NO SPRAY SUNSCREEN PLEASE it gets on everything
including the bait)and appropriate clothing to keep you dry
and comfortable.You will need at least a 48 qt. cooler to take
your cleaned fish home. At the end of this page is a
listing of Santee Lodging. Just give us a call and we can tailor you
next fishing adventure to meet you needs.
You can bring your Beer, bring your Booze but leave
your Crack at home. So if your pants aren't up to your waist
you won't be allowed to board! We will not look at you
underwear or your butt all day. Besides you can't catch a cat if you
have to hold your pants up with one hand. Don't forget to also leave
the Bananas at home!
CCW welcome if your not drinking. You don't have to
leave it in your car. I don't leave mine!
Increase your fishing time, please purchase your
fishing License prior to the morning of the trip!
No Bad Luck
Allowed On Board !
Bananas have been considered bad luck on board
vessels since the early 18th centry. They caused the fresh fruit to
spoil quickly so the sailers got scurvy. Bananas in the cargo holes
would cause the bottom of the boat to decay, causing the ship
to sink. Bugs, spiders and snakes came aboard with the boxes of
bananas, so it was very bad luck to ship out on a banana boat!
Fishing is fishing and we all need all the good luck we can
There are many stories why bananas have been thought of as
bad luck on boats. This is only one
of the nautical superstitions that I know of and is particularly prevalent amongst watermen. Many
stories have banana oil rubbing off on
ones hands and “spooking" the fish; therefore the fish don't bite. There is always the story of a
crew member slipping on the banana peel
left on the deck. Some say that bananas give you the runs so you are always in the marine head and
can't catch fish because you are busy
"draining the pipes". Many other stories are told about bad luck and bananas, however the one that I
find most plausible is a historical
Back in the days of the transatlantic crossings by wooden
sailing ships many hazards would befall
the captains, crew and passengers. Disease, pirates, shipwrecks, storms, etc., claimed the
lives of a good percentage of the
captains, crew and passengers attempting
the dangerous voyage. Needless to say, a transatlantic crossing in the 17th and 18th centuries was
a very risky endeavor. Often the
vessels would stop along the way in tropical islands to gather provisions such as food and water.
There the passengers and crew would often
purchase wooden crates of bananas from the locals and bring them aboard the ship. These
crates would have all manner of critters
in them such as bugs, spiders, vermin and snakes.
These critters would make their way into the bilges of the
ships, multiply, and then find their way
into the captain's quarters. The captains circulated the rumor that bananas were bad luck
in an attempt to keep the critters off
the ship and out of their cabin. The crew and passengers were more than eager to follow suit because of
the inherent risk of the crossing.
So, if the captain announced prior to the voyage that bananas were bad luck and not allowed aboard the
vessel, everyone complied. You must
remember that these were the days of burning witches
and the like, so superstitions were taken very
Watermen are a mysterious lot. While we are known
for our simple pragmatism, we also have
many odd quirks. Superstitions have been prevalent on almost every vessel I have worked on. I
feel that this is due to the nature of a
waterman in that he sees the randomness of the world around him juxtaposed with the rhythmic, seasonal
flows of nature and then tries to
reconcile these observations into some sort of personal and/or environmental order. As Stevie
Wonder (a blind man) pointed out so
eloquently: "When you believe in things you can't
understand, that's superstition".
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14 Day Freshwater Fishing License. Fee is
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