The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

September 9, 2013

National hunting, fishing day Saturday September 28

By RICK GOINES
Tight Lines

TARBORO — North Carolina joins the nation Sept. 28 to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day.  Your NC Wildlife Resources Commission has family oriented activities scheduled statewide to help you welcome this enjoyable occasion. For more information about the event, call 919-707-0010 or go to www.ncwildlife.org.  Visiting that NCWRC website regularly is always a good idea to stay on top of current, solid outdoor info and intel.

Fall fishing is hard to beat in Eastern North Carolina.  I would stack up our fall Eastern NC fishing action, freshwater and saltwater, against fishing anywhere.

Anticipating colder temps and approaching severe winter weather, most fish go on somewhat of a fall eating frenzy.  They are packing on a little extra weight to get through the food-scarce winter months.  Sounds like a plan an overeater like me can understand and appreciate.  Some of those same fish that thrilled fisherpersons this summer are schooling-up in the fall and looking for the nearest all-you-can-eat-buffet.  That’s where you and your trusty rod and reel come in to play.  Cool, sunny days and fish bending rods dancing in my fat, stubby fingers.  Bazinga!

Rick’s Soapbox – Dove season is in full swing.  You might want to use a little extra caution and care if you are fishing waters close to dove fields.  Bird shot raining down on you can sure ruin a pleasant fishing outing.  Be aware of any hunters nearby, and make sure they are aware of you too.  Wave, holler, blow a whistle, but make darn sure you get their attention.  Hunters and fishermen can co-exist successfully and safely.  It just takes a little heads-up action and concern on everyone’s part.

Care to share?  Tight Lines welcomes your fishing success stories, fish snaps, tall tales, and outrageous lies at CarolinaAngler@Gmail.com.

See you on the water, my friend!