ROCKY MOUNT —
Lifelong Tarboro resident, Wayne Harrell, claimed a $1,000 value prize package
in catching this season’s first hickory shad, on a yellow spoon, at approximately 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Harrell was competing in the Tight Lines 2013 Tar River First Hickory Shad Contest.
Harrell, 70, is an avid fisherman who has pursued Tar River hickory shad for better than five decades. He was fishing from his boat in a popular Tarboro Tar River area identified locally as "the sandbar adjacent to the channel across from the boat ramp on River Road." Harrell said, “I have been catching shad in that spot for 50 years.”
Air temperature was a brisk 18 degrees, and ice quickly formed and clogged the rod guys and eyelets. Harrell said, “Fishing in 18-degree weather may have been a personal record for me. I can’t remember ever fishing for shad in colder weather.”
An active, enthusiastic angler, Harrell is well known in the fishing community for
advocating and supporting catch and release attitudes for all species of fish. Harrell made a special effort to keep his hickory shad entry alive and released it back in to the Tar River after checking it in at contest headquarters, Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store.
This was the 3rd Annual Tight Lines Tar River First Hickory Shad Contest. It is unique in the sense that it is an open-to-the-public event requiring no entry fee, qualifications, nor advance registration. The major sponsor was Tar-Pam Guide Service. Supporting sponsors included; The Daily Southerner, TASS (Tarboro Association Of Saltwater Sportsmen), Harrell’s Custom Rod & Repairs, County Sunrise Grill & BBQ, Pet Tenders, Capri Pizza & Subs, Marrow-Pitt Ace Home Center, Classic Diner, Greenville Marine Tackle Shop, Everlean’s Cafe, Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store, Thorne Drugs, and Custom Jimmy-D Shad Rigs.
Numerous anglers from surrounding counties vigorously participated in the contest
beginning Jan. 19, vying for the substantial prize package and bringing a positive impact to the local economy.