The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

March 8, 2013

Time to sign-up for the 12th Annual Hickory Shad Tournament

Tight Lines

TARBORO — The TASS Twelfth Annual Hickory Shad Tournament week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. This year’s tournament dates are Saturday, March 16th through Noon, Saturday, March 23.

Entry fee is only $10, but you must sign-up before 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, if you wish to be involved. You do not need to be a member of TASS to participate, but you must be a member of TASS to receive TASS bonus-money. Registration is at Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store, 418 Main Street, in downtown historic Tarboro.

When you sign-up, don’t forget to ask about the special white shad category, which is optional.

Over $1,500 is guaranteed payout divided between Adult, Lady, and Junior categories in 1st thru 4th places. Last year’s final payout was over $2,600!

Fish can be weighed-in daily, via the rear parking lot entrance of Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store, Saturday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The final weigh-in is Saturday, March 23, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a 12 p.m. cutoff, at Marrow-Pitt Ace Home Center, North Main Street, Tarboro.

Speaking of Marrow-Pitt Ace Home Center, they are a proud major sponsor of this

tournament, and venue for the awards ceremony and free lunch Saturday. The public is welcome and invited. Ace will also be conducting a drawing for ten $25 gift-cards for tournament participants.

Other generous sponsors are: Twin County Motorsports of Rocky Mount (Adult

Division), John A. Pollard, CPA PLLC (Lady Division), and All About Flowers (Junior


Sponsors make it happen, deserving you support and patronage.

Tournament Chairman, John Dupree, can answer your questions at 252-823-2754, or go to the TASS website at for payout chart and more specific info.

John Dupree always does a bang-up job managing this fun event, structuring this year’s event to be bigger and better than ever. I encourage your involvement, definitely giving this tournament the Tight Lines stamp of approval.

Hotspot of the Week – Last Saturday morning, I was moping around the house feeling sorry for myself because the Tar River in Tarboro was flooded and quite unfishable.

Wayne Harrell sends me an e-mail, informing me that the Tar River at Battle Park in Rocky Mount was not only fishable, but he also heard a few fish were gobbling up shad rigs.

By 1:30 p.m. Saturday, I was wetting a hook at the boat ramp in Battle Park. I caught 4 nice white shad. The biggest was 4-pounds. Spent all day there Sunday,

and caught 5 hickory shad and 2 white shad. So, I was right tickled with my 11-fish weekend at Battle Park. Take that, ye swollen, uncooperative, unfishable Tar River!

Thanks for the good intel, Wayne-O!

Rick’s Soapbox – I know a lot of anglers frequently use WD-40 to lubricate reels. I

discovered another use. On cold mornings, when ice is clogging your guys and eyelets, spray on a little WD-40, and you are back in business. Not 100% free of ice, but it helps considerably. Guess what is one of WD-40’s prime ingredients? Fish oil!

When the shad are running hot and heavy, my hands get a bunch of tiny cuts and scrapes, mostly from handling fish, shad rig hooks, and taught lines. My suggestion is to keep an antiseptic hand cleaner, antibiotic ointment, and Band-Aids handy. All that stuff comes in small, tackle box-friendly sizes. An ounce of prevention beats a hand infection that keeps you sidelined and off the water during prime-time shad season.

Care to share? Tight Lines welcomes your success stories, fishy snaps, tall tales, and bald-face lies at

See you on the water, my friend!