Capt. Barry Daniels' party trolling from his sportfishing boat “Skirt Chaser” likely only could have dreamed of the catch that awaited Tuesday off Oregon Inlet.
The group of young people from Maryland were destined to boat four fish that qualified for ciatations from the the N.C. Division Of Marine Resources, plus a limit of sizable dolphin.
Tanjo Oyefusi caught a 96-pound yellowfin tuna.
Emanuel Masekodunmi caught a 79-pound yellowfin.
Eva Mae Maye and Durran Eholston both boated white marlin. TOM HIGGINS
Spruce Pine honored
The program is a cooperative effort between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and local governments to encourage trout fishing as a tourism activity in the state's mountainous western counties.
Anglers who would like to fish in a stream that is designated Mountain Heritage Trout Water may do so by purchasing a permit for 3 days that costs only $5. This applies to N.C. residents and non-residents alike.
The streams carrying the special designation flow either through the towns or nearby.
Presently, five towns have enrolled: Bakersville, Maggie Valley, Newland, Waynesville, and, now, Spruce Pine.
Kayaker wins 3rd title
Kayaker Brett Heyl of Charlotte won the men's single kayak event and his third national championship last Saturday at the USA Canoe/Kayak Slalom National Championships at the Adventure Sports Center in Deep Creek, Md.
Heyl competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and placed first in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte.
Beijing Olympians Casey Eichfeld and Ricky Powell won the tandem canoe event.Powell just started classes at Belmont Abbey College.
CATCHES OF THE WEEK
A 15-pound largemouth bass at Lake Lee in Union County by Harold Knight of Unionville. It unofficially ranks among the top five biggest largemouth ever caught in North Carolina.
A 22-pound striped bass near the Lake Rhodhiss Dam by Harold Holley of Sherrills Ford. Holley, crew chief for driver Stephen Wallace in NASCAR's Nationwide Series, was fishing with friend and guide David Clubb of Mooresville.
A 21-pound flathead catfish at Lake Norman by Garrett Compton, 8, of Concord. Garrett was fishing with his father, Cliff.
A 41-inch red drum in the surf at Ocracoke Island by Darrell Thompson of Winston-Salem.
A 4 ¾-pound Spanish mackerel in the Ocracoke Island surf by Frankie Whitley of Raleigh.