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February 8, 2013

Beginner’s guide to fishing on the Pamlico

ROCKY MOUNT — Pamlico-Tar River Foundation presents a fishing clinic titled, “Beginner’s Guide to

Fishing the Pamlico” Saturday, February 16 at 8:30 am to 12:30 p.m. at the NC DENR Division of Marine Fisheries Conference Room, at 934 Washington Square Mall, in Washington, NC.

This fishing clinic will teach you basic information on terminology, different types of tackle and bait, knot tying, casting lessons, and overall fishing strategies.

PTRF members are free. Non-members cost is $30, and that will include a 1-year membership to PTRF. For more information contact Kelly Jochim at 252-946-7211 or e-mail at

What a wonderful idea! Of course, I’m already thinking of how we could put something together similar to that for our potential Tar River anglers in Edgecombe County.

Pamlico-Tar-River Foundation does some very worthwhile work that largely benefits all of eastern NC. As the Tar River magically becomes the Pamlico River, as it flows under the NC 17 Bridge in Washington, I’m going to go out on a limb here and make the statement that what is good for the Pamlico River is equally good for the Tar River. So, my point is that we, Tar River lovers in Edgecombe County, should support and champion those causes and issues that are important to the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation. They may be headquartered in Little Washington, but they are working for me, you, and our beloved Tar River, too.

Save The Dates - A lot of good stuff for you to put on your fishing calendars.

Space does not allow me to go into details about each event, but ping me at and I will be happy to share what info I possess for Saturday, March 16th – Saturday, March 23rd – TASS 12th Annual Hickory Shad Tourney

Saturday, April 27th – TASS 2013 John Cherry Rockfish Rodeo

Rick’s Hotspot – Shad bite is still a little slow starting. I have caught a few white shad, but nothing to write home about. The ONLY hickory shad I have seen caught on the Tar River in Tarboro this season so far was the one Wayne Harrell caught (and released, I might add!) to win the First Shad Contest Saturday morning. Of course, let’s not forget shad aficionados, dudes and dudettes, it’s still early February, and the shad bite “Peak” isn’t usually until mid-March.

Rick’s Soapbox – By now I’m sure you have heard that Wayne Harrell won the Tight Lines 2013 Tar River First Hickory Shad Contest. Good job Wayne-O! Wayne is a solid guy that has worked hard, and fished hard all his life. He’s good people, and I admire and respect him tremendously. He is truly a man’s man. When I grow up, I want to be just like him.

Wayne is surrounded by pretty ladies that love him to death. Wife, Peggy, is an animal activist that has dedicated her life to the proper and humane treatment of animals. Daughters Karen Cobb and Kelly Marie Cannon are happy, healthy, successful young ladies that make Wayne and Peggy proud every day of their lives. Grandson Cam doesn’t even know it yet, but he is in for some expert fishing instruction, advice, and a bunch of fishing fun in his young, promising future. Bottom line is that Wayne Harrell is a fortunate and blessed man in many ways, and he would be the first to graciously recognize, admit, and be thankful for that advantageous position. So, Wayne-O, congrats! You da man!

A reminder from those nice folks at NCWRC to help keep North Carolina wild when completing your N.C. State Income Tax Form this tax season by donating on line 31.

Care to share? Tight Lines welcomes your fishing intel, fish snaps, tall tales, and outrageous lies at

See you on the water, my friend!

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