The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

September 14, 2012

Hughes family enjoys a memorable Labor Day weekend outing

Tight Lines
Rick Goines

TARBORO — It’s always gratifying when readers share their fishing success stories and pictures with Tight Lines.   It’s kind of like another opportunity to enjoy the event all over again through their words and snaps.  Recently, we got a nice communication from Jimmie Hughes giving us all the exciting details from a recent family fishing outing.  Take it away Jimmie:

 “My oldest granddaughter has suggested all summer that she must get her a citation to hang on the wall, this was very important, because her younger male cousin has one hanging on the wall at the family's beach house down at Atlantic Beach. He released his sailfish at the age of 4.

“We planned a fishing trip for Labor Day weekend, on the Shamalama, the family’s 27-foot Grady-White to fetch Miller her citation. Our family arrived at the beach Friday afternoon, to learn that our friend Donald Lane, the owner of the charter boat Impluse, was free for Saturday and invited us to join his family for an off-shore fishing trip.  Donald would captain and my son, Jay Hughes, would be mate, so we carried the entire family, six children all under the age of 13, the youngest was 4, and Nana [Susan Hughes] was along also.

 “We had a great day: four big wahoo (lost 1), we had a sail early in the morning, but he threw the hook ....

But just as we were taking in the lines to come to the hill, a sailfish hit the long bridge pole.  Miller was in the chair, so she got her sailfish, then the much sought after citation to go on the wall.”    

The Hughes family is a well known Edgecombe County fishing family.  For those of you that might not know, Jimmie and Susan Hughes were some of the original founders of Tarboro Association of Saltwater Sportsman, known locally as TASS.  Jimmie served as president of the club, and Susan was the first elected treasurer, for its first two terms.  Susan is credited with an extensive letter writing campaign to the North Carolina Secretary of State to successfully acquire a very important non-profit status for TASS.  Today, TASS is a successful, vibrant organization because of the hard work and dedication of people like Jimmie and Susan Hughes.

Rick’s Soapbox- Anticipating shad season 2013 is a very pleasant and exciting thought for me. Assuming a normal winter, serious shad fishing should start in late January. I can’t wait.  That means only about 140 days till shad season, but who’s counting?  I am!  I just love catching those shad!

A quick reminder, that NCWRC public meetings are now under way.  It’s your opportunity to be heard about important fishing issues of concern to you.  Check the NCWRC web site at for meeting times and places in your area.

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See you on the water, my friend!