The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Tight Lines

October 19, 2012

TASS King Mackerel tournament at Atlantic Beach

TARBORO — It was blowing fairly hard off the Crystal Coast last Saturday, but that didn’t stop those hearty souls engaged in the annual Fall TASS King Mackerel Tournament at Atlantic Beach. Even an official small craft advisory didn’t deter those serious Kingfish chasers.

Fortunately, the fish did not get the word that the weather was bad, and tournament participants enjoyed some excellent rod-bending action. The good news is that they didn’t have to go far off the beach to find it. Most boats started around artificial reef number 315 at first light. The King Mac bite was on, and the tournament boats stayed fairly busy all day. Several boats caught as many as 9 fish, and that’s a good day for anybody keeping score in a King Mackerel outing.

Steve Squires, at the helm of UNREEL, beat all comers with a 27.98-pound fish caught in an area called Dead Tree Hole, less than 5 miles from Beaufort Inlet. UNREEL also boated the largest Spanish mackerel of the day, adding to its total winnings that exceeded $1000 for a windy days effort on the water. A good days work and payoff, if you’re fortunate enough to find it.

Second place was held down by David Pennington, Keith House, and Rob Pennington, on the YANK’EM & CRANK’EM team with a 24.24-lb. King Mac, caught on a live bluefish.

MISS ROSEMARY, with Sam Anderson, David Mears, and Samuel Anderson aboard, captured 3rd place honors with a 17.38-lb. Kingfish.

Jimmy Dupree, Jr. and his OBX GIRL team caught 3 fish, but did not place in the money.

Jimmy D said a pretty King Mac leaped several feet out of the water and nailed their menhaden bait less than 10 feet behind the boat. Unfortunately, the line did not tighten, and no hook-up was made. That Kingfish had a tasty fresh menhaden for lunch, and won that round. I’m sure Jimmy D is already planning a rematch.

Rob Pennington, tournament chairmen, did his usual good job organizing and coordinating the 2012 version of the Fall TASS King Mackerel Tournament at Atlantic Beach.

Next up on the TASS tournament calendar is the Fall Toys-4-Tots Speckled Trout Tournament November 17th to December first. So, track and chart those trout honey holes out there, so you can bring a big’n to the scales.

Hotspot of the Week - Getting great reports of Speckled Trout being caught in all the familiar places. One report noted that some greedy fishermen were observed off loading their legal limit, and going back out to catch more. Shame on you! I hope the WRC enforcement officer meets you at the dock, and burns up your hindquarters big-time. I’ll bet those same selfish slobs are also some of the first people to complain loudly when fish populations are down, depleted, and limits are unattainable.

Rick’s Soapbox - Heading to the NC State Fair in Raleigh this weekend? The N.C.

Wildlife Resources Commission will have a family-friendly presence at the fair as usual, with plenty of interactive opportunities for all ages.

This year’s exhibit celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program.

Visitors to the Wildlife Commission’s State Fair tent can experience hands-on activities, such as: the Hunter Education Program’s popular air rifle target range, wild turkey calling with box calls, a “picture yourself as a sportsman” photo booth, and the Sensory Safari.

The Commission’s mobile aquarium also will be on display, featuring largemouth bass, bluegill, and long-nose gar in a “coastal river” tank, and smallmouth bass, brook trout and brown trout in a “mountain reservoir” tank. ‘Tanks a lot,’ NCWRC!

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

See you on the water, my friend!

Text Only
Tight Lines
  • Rick Goines tightlines.jpg Rockfish tourney nearing

    It must be spring because it is sign-up time for the John Cherry Rockfish Rodeo on the Tar — April 26 is the big tournament day.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blounts Creek environment threatened

    It took a year, but Wifey and I finally met Bob Daw at Blounts Creek. An avid angler, Bob writes an interesting weekly blog about Blounts Creek fishing.

    December 6, 2013

  • Lionfish.jpg Invasion of lionfish could impact local anglers

    Are lionfish quickly becoming a nuisance and threatening our native North Carolina reef fish populations?  Those experts in the marine sciences give an emphatic yes.  The nagging question begging an answer is what to do about it.
    Known in the scientific community as Pterois volitans, lionfish are typically one-pound, foot-long, reef bottom feeders with venomous spines that have no natural predators, and are starting to overpopulate, damaging the ecological balance of the reefs off our North Carolina coast.

    September 12, 2013 1 Photo

  • Rick-Goines.jpg National hunting, fishing day Saturday September 28

    North Carolina joins the nation Sept. 28 to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day.  Your NC Wildlife Resources Commission has family oriented activities scheduled statewide to help you welcome this enjoyable occasion. For more information about the event, call 919-707-0010 or go to  Visiting that NCWRC website regularly is always a good idea to stay on top of current, solid outdoor info and intel.
    Fall fishing is hard to beat in Eastern North Carolina.  I would stack up our fall Eastern NC fishing action, freshwater and saltwater, against fishing anywhere.

    September 9, 2013 1 Photo

  • Battle Park is a cornucopia of nature

    Fifty-seven acre Battle Park, in the heart of Rocky Mount, is named after the Battle
    family of Tarboro, founders of Rocky Mount Mills. Water-powered, the mill dam was hewn of the rocks of the Great Falls, past the westernmost point of Edgecombe County.

    June 7, 2013

  • Take a kid fishing this summer

    As you put the final touches on your summer vacation plans, consider a fishing outing for the youngsters.  They might not remember or appreciate that expensive beach cottage rental, or that high-dollar meal at that trendy waterfront restaurant, but I would bet a pretty penny they will recall every detail of a fun-filled family fishing experience.
    Just about anywhere you chose to go this summer will offer fishing

    May 31, 2013

  • Shad Season in Review

    All things considered, 2013 was a good shad season, thoroughly enjoyed the fishing activity and usual camaraderie among shad fishing friends. Shad fishing to me is about so much more than just catching fish.  It’s a total package of enjoyment as it captivates and dominates my life February through May.
    Wayne Harrell kicked off the season winning the first shad contest catching his hickory shad on a cold 19-degree Saturday morning, February 2.
    The shad hole on East River Road in Tarboro was a little disappointing this year. Untimely flood waters might have limited our regular peak run. Fish were caught and we had some good days, but not the action we have experienced in past years.

    May 24, 2013

  • Banner Day at Battle Park

    Sunday was Mother’s Day.  I am not a mother, but I played one in a school play years ago, so I figured that entitled me to go fishing on Mother’s Day. Need an excuse or rationalization to go fishing? Check with me, I’ve got plenty!
    After suffering through 2-3 days of a rain induced swollen, unfishable Tar River at Battle Park in Rocky Mount, it was jackpot time on Sunday. Without a doubt, I had my best white shad fishing day ever, fishing from sunrise to early evening. Action was good all day, with a little lull for about 2-hours in the heat of the afternoon.
    I am proud to report to you that I enjoyed a 50-fish day. I caught a personal best 46 white shad, 3 hickory shad, and foul-hooked a very angry, upset 3-foot gar.  I thought I had two large white shad, or maybe a big rockfish, so I was a little surprised to see Mr. Gar.  It was like reeling in an uncooperative 2x4 piece of lumber.

    May 17, 2013

  • NCWRC enforcement officers doing a great job

    North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission has two enforcement officers assigned to each county. That’s 200 dedicated, educated, and highly trained individuals protecting our North Carolina environment and natural resources. To become an enforcement officer applicant, one must participate in a highly competitive selection process. A typical candidate is required to pass extensive background and psychological screening. Also included is a vigorous 19-week training academy that is patterned after a military boot camp, with an emphasis on physical fitness.

    May 10, 2013

  • Tight Lines declares Ginger Perry of Nashville the shad queen

    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!

    April 19, 2013

AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Twitter Updates
Must Read