The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

October 5, 2012

Big Sweep: Your opportunity to help tidy-up

Rick Goines

TARBORO — North Carolina Big Sweep 2012 is your opportunity to help clean up trash and litter from land and water areas, left behind by North Cackalacky’s careless folks. It is a statewide campaign with numerous opportunities for your participation. To make our small contribution, Wifey and I plan to join other volunteers at Riverfront Park on the Tar River this Saturday morning, October 6th at 9 a.m. Please join us if your schedule permits.

Going fishing that day? No problem! Have your cake, and eat it too, by taking along a plastic bag or two to fill-up with unsightly trash and debris. Those grocery store plastic bags are perfect for the task. Keep several in your tackle box or on your boat, and you will always be prepared to help clean up after those thoughtless jerks and jerkettes that carelessly litter and deface our beautiful NC landscape and waterways.

Online reader, Bill Nunnally, shared his recent success catching a 41” Muskie in the New River near Radford, VA. This Virginia citation-size toothy critter hit a Mepp’s Muskie Tandem. After careful measurement, it flopped itself back in the water, but posed long enough on the surface for Bill to get a good, in-the-water, fishy snap. Pretty fish, Bill!

Congrats, and please keep us in the loop on your interesting fishing. We don’t see too many Muskie in NC waters.

Pastor Ricky Freeman, from Sunset Church of God, and son, Lane, who is a teacher at Tarboro High School, recently loaded up a bucket of bream by fishing the beautiful black water at Town Creek near Old Sparta. Water was very low, but just enough room for them to maneuver their 16-foot johnboat. The Freemans said the little buggers were hungry and hitting anything and everything they were throwing at ‘em. Rumor has it that Pastor Ricky is an avid outdoorsman, quite the accomplished marksman and hunter, too.

Tarboro Association of Saltwater Sportsman (TASS) announces several upcoming fishing tournaments to put on your to-do calendar. The King Mackerel Tournament at Atlantic Beach will be Saturday October 13th. Entry fee is $100 per boat. TASS membership is required. Headquarters will be Palm Suites Motel in Atlantic Beach. Rob Pennington is the man with the plan at 252-536-8551.

The 2012 Toys for Tots Fall Speckled Trout Tournament dates are set for November 17th to December 1st. Registration includes each participant bringing a new unwrapped, unopened toy to donate to Toys for Tots. This type of tournament epitomizes what TASS stands for: fishing fun and community involvement. Start checking out your favorite “spec” honey holes, so you will know where to go, to bring a big’n to the scales come tournament time.

Rick’s Soapbox: I got a warm response to last week’s article about professional fishing guide Captain Charlie Brown, his battle with cancer, and how the Carteret County fishing community is reaching out to help him. Donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.

Please make checks payable to Charles Brown. His address is P.O. Box 123, Gloucester, NC 28528

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See you on the water, my friend!