The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

August 10, 2012

Tarboro anglers fare well in King Mackerel tournament

Rick Goines

TARBORO — Congrats are in order for Tarboro’s Patrick Overstreet, Ray Whitehurst, and Beth Skipper for a strong 2nd place showing in the recent Raleigh Saltwater Sportfishing Club’s 28th King Mackerel Tournament in Morehead City. Howard Patton of Littleton, NC rounded out the winning crew of four.

The team and boat name is “Service Call,” which is very appropriate because Patrick works for the family owned business, Overstreet Heating and Air Conditioning. Service Call is a sleek 32-foot Yellowfin, with twin 350 Yamaha 4-stroke engines.

Sixty-eight boats competed for over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Service Call caught 3 fish, and the largest qualifying fish measured 49-inches, and weighed-in at 42.54-pounds for Second Place Open Division prize money of $5,389. First Place fish was 43-pounds even, so Service Call was less than a half-pound off from the tournament winner. Beth Skipper added to Service Call’s winnings with her $300 First Place Lady Angler Prize.

The wind was blowing 15-20 knots out of the southwest with 4-6 foot seas. Service

Call’s prize fish hit a single naked menhaden about 4:20 pm. They were fishing the George Summerlin Reef on the east side of Cape Lookout Shoals. Knowing they had a good fish to weigh-in, they immediately high-tailed it back to the dock to make sure they got to the scales before the 6 p.m. cutoff. Mission accomplished!

These folks are serious King Mackerel tournament trail fishermen. In last year’s US Open at Southport, NC, the largest King Mackerel tournament on the east coast, with participating boats from Virginia to Florida, Service Call placed 4th out of 318 boats.

That is quite a distinct honor and achievement. Again, that little half-pound difference was all that separated them from another notch up on the leader board. Tournament fishing competition is sometimes a sport of ounces.

Nice job Service Call crew. Tarboro and Edgecombe County has more than their fair share of excellent, skilled anglers, freshwater and saltwater. It’s nice to learn of their dedication and well-earned success.

Patrick Overstreet summed it up nicely when he said, “This is a sport that we really enjoy and keep trying to get better all the time, so it really is nice to see the hard work pay off. It's never been about the money, but more about the camaraderie.”

Hotspot of the Week - Always a pleasure to hear from my Tar River shad buddies about their fishing success. Tripp Owens and son, Simon, found some fish schooled-up in Swan’s Bay in the southwestern corner of Albemarle Sound. Tripp says he and Simon caught a bunch of White Perch and Rockfish. They kept a few of the larger White Perch, but of course gently released all the Rockfish. Small half-ounce rattle traps did the job, but the fish were so stacked-up in there that Tripp said they probably would have hit anything you tossed at ‘em.

Rick’s Soapbox – Bored? Summer blues? Take a plastic bag and go “trash fishing” at one of your favorite fishing destinations. What if everybody did that? Wow!

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See you on the water, my friend!