The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

March 22, 2013

Shad Tournament participants weighing-in some good fish

Tight Lines

TARBORO — All indications are that this will be a banner year for the 12th Annual TASS Hickory

Shad Tournament. The timing is perfect because the shad “bite” has turned on

considerably everywhere. At the halfway point through the week-long tournament, the leader board is already showing some impressive fish weights. Charles Strickland leads the top tier adult category with a healthy 2.56 Hickory Shad. That will be a hard “Hick” to beat!

The 2013 version boasts the largest number of participants ever. Ninety-six (96) of your friends and neighbors are vying for over $3000 in tournament prize moola and bragging rights. Fourteen individuals will qualify for cash prizes.

The tournament scales close this Saturday at 12 p.m. at Marrow-Pitt Ace Home Center, North Main Street in Tarboro. Immediately following will be an awards ceremony. The public is invited to join in the fun and excitement, and cheer on these well-deserving anglers. It takes some dedication and tenacity to be a successful tournament fisherman. And a smidgen of luck doesn’t hurt, either.

Only 14 people will make it to the final tote board, but everyone that got out there,

competed and enjoyed the fishing is a winner! What’s not to like about this tournament, and the shad fishing action? If it’s possible to fall in love with a fish, I’m ga-ga over shad!

Hotspot of the Week - It’s all about shad-e-o, daddy-o! Hickory shad and white shad are being caught in all the familiar places. It was a little slow starting, but it’s full-steam ahead now. It only lasts a few weeks, so get out there and take advantage of it.

Shad fishing might be a great introduction to angling for the kids because it has a lot of action and immediate gratification. Children want and need to catch fish to hold their interest and shad are usually happy to oblige.

Rick’s Soapbox – Picture this. It’s a cold, crisp, perfect shad-fishing beautiful Eastern NC March morning and I have just watched the sun come up as I sit on the banks of the majestic Roanoke River in Weldon. I flip my shad rig out, and a hickory shad is quick to respond.

It sounds like a perfect, optimum situation, right? Not quite! As I am sitting there

communing with nature, I am surrounded by trash, litter, and debris left by inconsiderate slobs. I have to assume the guilty parties are my fellow fisherman, since most people don’t come to the riverbank to play pinochle or knit a sweater. Shame on you!

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See you on the water, my friend!