By RICK GOINES
Tarboro Association of Saltwater Sportsman (TASS) presents the annual John Cherry Rockfish Rodeo on the Tar on Saturday, April 27th. Entry fee is $100 per boat.
Registration and information is available daily at Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store, Main Street, Tarboro. The absolute registration deadline is Friday, April 26, by 8 p.m., at the boat landing on River Road, or when the maximum limit 40 boats have been signed-up. Attendance at the Captain’s meeting Friday night, 7 p.m. at the boat landing on River Road, is highly recommended. Rules will be read, questions answered, and you will receive your Captain’s Bag, tournament t-shirt, and other goodies. Each boat is allowed to weigh-in 2 of their largest rockfish, as chosen by the Captain.
This tournament is named after a young man who had lost his life in November 2003, after a courageous struggle with Batten’s Disease. I never had the privilege of knowing John, but those who did tell me he was a fine young man that thoroughly enjoyed fishing the Tar River. Jimmy Dupree, Jr., recalls the last time he saw him, when John was coming in from a successful fishing outing with his Dad, smiling, happy, very content and rightfully proud of his catch. Jimmy said he was just bubbling over with enthusiasm. What a wonderful way to remember someone. Not only does this annual tournament honor his memory, the proceeds will fund an ongoing John Cherry Memorial Scholarship at Edgecombe Community College. A win-win situation for everyone!
A $3,500 cash payout is guaranteed. Cash rewards for first thru six places, biggest
rockfish, blackfish, and catfish. Also inquire about the lady angler $100 incentive.
Interesting addition this year is a $5 per fish bounty on the flathead catfish. TASS has budgeted up to $300 in bounty money for the first 60 flatheads brought to the scale.
Dempsey Dupree and I were partners and won this tournament last year, thanks to
Dempsey’s experience and fishing skills. We are going to be hard at it, defending our title this year. We are Team Dempsey!
Hotspot of the Week – The hickory shad “bite” is hot, hot, hot on the Roanoke River at Weldon. I have had some great outings there lately, and even managed recently to hook fish, and not myself. Early morning “bite” seems to be best. Mid-day it slows down a tad. Locals tell me the shad will be there most of the month of April. Eureka!
Care to share? Tight Lines welcomes your ‘hi-res’ fish snaps, tall tales, and outrageous lies at CarolinaAngler@Gmail.com.
See you on the water, my friend!