Here’s to a year of Low­coun­try fish­ing and the hope of a greater 2019 ahead

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - Sports - BY COLLINS DOUGHTIE

All I can say is 2018 was one odd year.

The coun­try ap­peared to be more di­vided than I can ever re­mem­ber, but one thing, and one thing only, kept me wak­ing each day with a smile on my face. Call it fish­ing, call it hunt­ing or sim­ply strolling along soak­ing up the beauty of this won­der­ful Low­coun­try we call home. If I had my way, I could have filled this en­tire news­pa­per with im­ages that are true jaw­drop­pers.

For me specif­i­cally, I think I be­came more in­tro­spec­tive. Hope­fully all that sneak­ing around in my self will make 2019 one of my best years ever.

As for all of you, I wish the best and can’t thank you enough for all of your kind words week in and week out. You are my true in­spi­ra­tion.

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May River is pho­tographed in the morn­ing with thought Hur­ri­cane Florence could hit us.

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Hit­ting the shut­ter at the right mo­ment is rare for me, Collins Doughtie said.

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2018 was the year of the roseate spoon­bills.

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Car­lyle Cor­nell missed out on $10,000 by 3 ounces with this mani-mahi in the Edisto Bill­fish Tour­ney. Next year!

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