The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Tight Lines

December 21, 2012

Last minute Christmas gift suggestions for anglers

TARBORO — Anglers are not hard to buy for because gifts can range from an inexpensive pack of hooks to a new high-dollar bass boat, depending on your gift budget and bank account. If you are not an angler, but buying for one, seek help from the experts. That could be a fishing buddy, neighbor, or a trusted fishing retail store, where employees know and understand fishermen and their wants and needs.

Tackle Joe and his fishing experts at Greenville Marine & Sport Center Tackle Shop, 3600 Greenville Boulevard/264 Alternate, certainly fit that bill. They are always helpful and willing to share their knowledge and expertise. These guys know fishing, and that makes a big difference when it comes to advice, instruction, and pointing you in the right direction. Can’t decide? A gift certificate is always a good fall-back position.

I have an interesting and unique gift idea for you. Sign your angler up in a Fisherman’s Post Saltwater Fishing School. It’s a hands-on, all-day school designed to help your angler catch more fish, more often in 2013.

This is the eighth year Fisherman’s Post, Carolina’s Saltwater Newspaper, has brought their team of knowledgeable experts and consultants together to help make you a more efficient, effective, successful fisherman. This fishing school was ranked by Sport Fishing Magazine as one of the top 10 schools in the nation. Simply put, you can learn from the best.

Cost is $90 in advance, $100 at the door. Small price to pay for all that valuable fish finding and fish-catching intel.

Three schools are scheduled in Wilmington on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Coastline Convention Center; Morehead City on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Crystal Coast Civic Center; and a new addition this year, in Greenville on Saturday, March 9 at Overton’s Sporting Goods.

More information is available by calling (910) 452-6378, or online at www.fishermanspost.com

Tight Lines will take a more in-depth look at these Fisherman’s Post Saltwater Fishing Schools after the holidays.

How about hiring a professional guide for the boat-less bait slinger on your holiday shopping list? I can highly recommend two friendly, knowledgeable, fun-to-fish with guys:

Captain George Beckwith of Down East Guide Service has been a Tight Lines favorite for almost 20 years. He can be reached at (252) 671-3474, or online at www.downeastguideservice.com.

Richard Andrews, of Tar-Pam Guide Service, is a newer fishing protégée, and books his trips at (252) 945-9715. His web site can be accessed at www.tarpamguide.com

Both these guys get the Tight Lines stamp of approval. I am reasonably sure these expert fishing guides will put you on the fish, and show you a good time on the water. It’s what they do, and in my opinion, do it better than most others.

Either can provide you a gift certificate that will allow your angler to make all the final decisions such as what fish to target, when, and where to go.

Need a good stocking stuffer idea? If your fisherpersons like to chase hickory shad or white shad on any of the coastal rivers, you need to gift them a card of Custom Jimmy D Shad Rigs. They are available in an array of colors, styles, and tandem combinations at Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store, 418 Main Street in downtown Tarboro.

Wifey and I have T-shirts with the printed message, “Shad fear me: I throw Custom Jimmy D’s.” I’ve tried all types of shad rigs, and Jimmy D’s work best for me by far. We refuse to toss anything else.

Rick’s Soapbox: Products, services and individuals recommended by Tight Lines are done so due to my tried and true satisfied, positive personal experiences. Tight Lines receives no compensation for this or any other endorsement.

Care to share? Tight Lines welcomes your fish snaps, tall tales, and outrageous lies at CarolinaAngler@Gmail.com.

See you on the water, my friend!

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