The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

July 13, 2012

TASS Summer Trout Tournament a big success

Rick Goines

TARBORO — The 2012 TASS (Tarboro Association of Saltwater Sportsman) Summer Trout Tournament at Manns Harbor was a huge fish catching success. Timing must have been perfect because everyone caught Speckled Trout.  Not just a few, but a boatload!  Some boats caught over 100.  Most of the fish, caught in the Croatan Sound adjacent to Manns Harbor, were in the 13-14 inch range, but some specs measured up to 20 inches.  Each participating boat was allowed to weigh-in their 3 biggest fish.  Also a prize was awarded for single biggest trout, and largest flounder.

In a tournament where everyone catches plenty of fish, everybody is a winner.  It is always interesting to me when some of these tournament winners’ categories are determined by a fraction of an ounce.  The difference might be how long the fish was out of the water, and how much body fluids were lost which reduced its weight before the official final weigh-in.  All fish lose body weight out of the water.

Scott Watson, once again hosted this annual affair, and did his usual good job.  Scott, and Sam Anderson were the official grill masters for the after tournament cook-out, and no one left hungry.

Young Anglers Net Fishing Prizes Including Two Lifetime Licenses:

Fayetteville angler Tyler Bineham reeled in more than just catfish during the “Take a Kid Fishing” event at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on June 2.  The 11-year-old also reeled in a unified lifetime sportsman license, donated by Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston. The lifetime sportsman license was the grand prize in a statewide random drawing for participants in 45 kids’ “Fish for Fun” events, held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012.

The first-prize winner was Rheannan Parks, 12, of New London, who won a lifetime freshwater fishing license, which was donated by the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited. Rheannan registered for the drawing at the Kids’ Fishing Day at Kings Mountain Point Recreation Area at Badin Lake on June 9.

In addition to Tyler and Rheannan, 150 other kids netted prizes — from rods and reels and tackle boxes courtesy of Bass Pro Shops in Concord to mini-tackle boxes and fishing hand towels from NCWRC.

Tyler’s unified lifetime sportsman license will let him fish and hunt in North Carolina for free for life — even if he moves out of state. These fishing and hunting privileges include fishing in all public waters — from the mountains to the coast — as well as hunting for big game, hunting on game lands and waterfowl hunting.

Rheannan’s lifetime freshwater fishing license gives her fishing privileges in all public inland waters in North Carolina, including designated mountain trout waters, trout waters on game lands and joint waters.

NCWRC, along with Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops, and the U.S. Forest Service, supported these free fishing events during National Fishing and Boating Week to promote fishing as a fun outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy.

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See you on the water, my friend!

The following are where the fishermen finished in tournament and for the fishermen who caught the biggest fish in each category during the tournament.