The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Tight Lines

December 9, 2011

Hooks and fishing camp trip are good gifts for anglers

TARBORO — Buying Christmas gifts for the angler on your shopping list should be easy peasy. The nice thing is that you have so many good choices. You can make us happy with a $3 pack of hooks or a $3,000 Canadian fly-in fish camp trip. Just in case the lottery gods or some fabulously rich relative I didn’t know I had are reading this, that Canadian fly-in fish camp is on my bucket list.  

 Fishing family and friends can give you good advice on shopping for your angler, or you can sneak a peak in the tackle box. Anything you see in there can be easily duplicated, and most fishing fools I know like to have plenty of backup equipment. If you discover a favorite lure, it’s a safe bet they would welcome a spare or two.

Earlier this week, TASS President David Mears hosted an enjoyable TASS Christmas party at Mobley Atrium at Edgecombe Community College. Good folks and good eats are always a winning combo. As I looked around the room, it occurred to me that under that roof was a tremendous amount of fishing skill, knowledge and talent. It seems almost unfair to the fish.

TASS presented a plaque to Jimmy Dupree, Jr. It read:  “For his years of service in organizing and coordinating the largest fishing tournament for the TASS fishing club: John Cherry Rockfish Rodeo On The Tar.”

That is a well deserved award for Jimmy D. TASS is lucky to have Jimmy and his brother John, who always give tirelessly to TASS tournaments and events. It would be appropriate to also thank their families for their support, because it takes an understanding spouse and children, too.  Of course, let’s not forget all the friendly employees at Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store who are always happy to support TASS activities. Tight Lines refers to the shoe store as TASS Central.

Talking about TASS? What a great gift idea! A TASS membership is only $25, and that includes the entire family. I call it the best entertainment bargain in town.  Check out that TASS website at for more info.

The TASS 2011 Fall Speckled Trout Tournament and Toys For Tots Drive will end this Saturday.

On a recent check of the leader board, Jimmy Braswell was on top with a 4.94-lb. fish. The big fish in this tournament carries a $760 prize, including the TASS member bonus, so that might make a trip to your favorite trout “honey hole” quite worthwhile. Final weigh-in is 3 p.m. Saturday, at the shoe store.  The public is invited.

Pizza Inn of Tarboro generously keeps everyone well fed. It’s also your last chance to bring by an unwrapped new toy to place under the Toys For Tots Christmas tree. The toys we donate here stay in Edgecombe County, so please bring a toy by the shoe store before Saturday afternoon.

Hotspot of the Week: Weather permitting, it’s all about Speckled Trout out there.

Rick’s Soapbox: As you are rounding third and heading for home on this Christmas shopping season, please read the labels and always buy USA goods every chance you get. Buying local makes good dollars and cents, too. Local business owners are your neighbors and friends. They need and deserve your business.

Care to share?  Your fishing success stories and pictures are welcome at

See you on the water, my friend!

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