The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

April 19, 2013

Tight Lines declares Ginger Perry of Nashville the shad queen

Tight Lines

PRINCEVILLE — One of my favorite places to bank fish is the boat ramp at Battle Park in Rocky Mount. I have met a lot of interesting people there. Three or four times this season, I have watched this amazing lady, Ginger Perry, fishing with her friend, Big Kelly, for white shad. Simply put, she is one good angler! She casts and retrieves like a pro, and always catches her fair share of fish. Maybe a few more than her fair share! This lady can flat-out fish!

If one fisherman said to another, “You throw like a girl,” the intention would be to

playfully insult. Not if that girl is Perry. I would consider it a compliment to be compared to the fishing style and technique of Perry.

Thirty-two-year old Nash County native, Perry lives in Nashville with her 12-year old son, Daniel Wayne Watson. She fondly recalls as a young girl catching a 5-pound catfish at City Lake, and as a young adult, a 5-pound bass at a farm pond. That was the start of her love of fishing.

Bass, crappie, and bream are also pursued by Perry and Big Kelly. As you might

imagine, Big Kelly, who Perry says taught her a lot about fishing, is quite an

accomplished fisherman in his own right.

This independent, skilled fisherperson needs no help out there on the water. She ties her own knots, baits her own hooks, and expertly handles all her caught fish.

Perry is the real deal. I have never seen a lady that handled herself around a rod & reel any better. She is quite a skilled angler, a pleasure to watch, and that is why I have anointed her: The shad queen.

Rick’s Soapbox – It was exciting and motivating for me to see Joe Albea, of Carolina Outdoor Journal, putting his boat in at Battle Park several times recently. When a man with his fishing experience, expertise, and resources chooses to fish the Tar River at Rocky Mount for white shad, that really says something about the quality of our Tar River shad fishery. Joe can and does fish in the best waters NC has to offer.

Joe’s Carolina Outdoor Journal weekly show has been on the air for 20 years, featuring the excellent freshwater and saltwater fishing we are privileged to enjoy in North Carolina. I was in the broadcasting business for 35-years, and got to know Joe when I was working for WITN TV 7 in Greenville. What you see is what you get with Joe Albea. He is a very pleasant, nice man, on and off the camera. That isn’t always the case with some of our so-called “on-air broadcast celebrities.”

Carolina Outdoor Journal can be viewed Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 11 a.m., on the University of North Carolina Television Network. This PBS system reaches all over the state. If you are not already a regular viewer, check it out. Albea is a knowledgeable, experienced North Carolina fishing expert, second to none.

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See you on the water, my friend!