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Sign-up this Saturday for John Cherry Rockfish Rodeo
One of the TASS premier events that local anglers always enjoy is the annual John Cherry Rockfish Rodeo. Registration is limited to the first 40 boats. Full grown men, me included, will be standing in line like giddy teeny-boppers looking concert tickets early Saturday morning waiting for Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store to open at 9 am to plunk down that registration fee.
Bottoms Up! Greg Bottoms Wins TASS Shad Tournament
To my knowledge, Greg Bottoms does not smoke or drink, but he does have another habit, and an enviable one at that. Greg wins fishing tournaments. He won the Fall Speckled Trout Tournament, and last week claimed top honors in the shad tournament. Obviously, the man knows his way around a rod & reel. Greg is a skilled angler, and a nice guy, deserving of that success.
Shad Tournament participants weighing-in some good fish
All indications are that this will be a banner year for the 12th Annual TASS Hickory
Shad Tournament. The timing is perfect because the shad “bite” has turned on
considerably everywhere. At the halfway point through the week-long tournament, the leader board is already showing some impressive fish weights. Charles Strickland leads the top tier adult category with a healthy 2.56 Hickory Shad. That will be a hard “Hick” to beat!
Time to sign-up for the 12th Annual Hickory Shad Tournament
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.
Anglers kindness and generosity never fail to amaze me
The “Shad Hole” on River Road in Tarboro functions not only as a great place to fish, but also a good place to meet and greet like-minded fishing enthusiasts. An informal group usually congregates at the “Shad Hole” nightly during shad season to wet a hook, or simply to exchange pleasantries. These “Shad Hole” friends come in different ages, and walks of life. These are salt-of-the-earth type guys. If it ever comes down to “Us” versus ‘Them,’ I want these guys in my foxhole watching my back.
Martin Marietta Materials plans to dump into Blounts Creek
Martin Marietta Materials has applied for a discharge permit to dump groundwater and stormwater directly into Blounts Creek. One person close to the situation tells me we are talking about 12 million gallons of discharge a day. I don’t profess to be an expert on the matter, but that doesn’t sound really healthy, or harmless, for the environment, and specifically Blounts Creek. (Filed documents say the average discharge would be about 9 million gallons a day, but could increase to 11 million on some days.)
Fishing family with Tarboro history suffers on-water tragedy
Twenty-eight year old Graham Patrick Hoard’s young, promising life ended Jan. 12, as he was fishing from his kayak in the waters of Queens Creek near his home in Swansboro.
Beginner’s guide to fishing on the Pamlico
Pamlico-Tar River Foundation presents a fishing clinic titled, “Beginner’s Guide to
Fishing the Pamlico” Saturday, February 16 at 8:30 am to 12:30 p.m. at the NC DENR Division of Marine Fisheries Conference Room, at 934 Washington Square Mall, in Washington, NC.
Wayne Harrell Wins 2013 Tight Lines Tar River First Hickory Shad Contest
Lifelong Tarboro resident, Wayne Harrell, claimed a $1,000 value prize package
in catching this season’s first hickory shad, on a yellow spoon, at approximately 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Harrell was competing in the Tight Lines 2013 Tar River First Hickory Shad Contest.
TASS membership meeting scheduled for February 12
Tuesday, February 12th is the annual TASS (Tarboro Association of Saltwater Sportsman) general membership meeting being held this year at 6:30 p.m. at the Leggett Ruritan Club on NC Highway 33. Dinner will be catered by The Filling Station, and TASS members can purchase plates for $5.
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