Thomas Hardwick and Tommy Williams teamed to win a Carolinas Bass Challenge tournament Saturday at Lake Norman with five fish weighing 18.75 pounds.
They earned $15,500 in the victory, including bonuses.
Bass obviously loved the lures Hardwick and Williams cast on Valentine’s Day as the two beat a field 183 other two-person teams.
The winners’ biggest bass scaled 6.4 pounds in the weigh-in at Blythe Landing on N.C. 73 west of Huntersville.
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There was a tie for second place. The team of Artie Phillips/Graham Rushing and Aric Dwyer/Robert Anderson each weighed in 18.320 pounds. They split runner-up and third-place money, meaning $4,250 for each team.
The top 13 twosomes in the tournament caught largemouth and spotted bass weighing more than 15 pounds.
Largest single fish in the event was a largemouth of 6.56 pounds caught by Barry Bost and Will Petty. Tom Higgins
Coyote public hearing postponed
Because of this week’s inclement weather, a public hearing scheduled by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for Monday night in Raleigh was postponed until Feb. 24.
The agency will take comments on proposed permanent rules for coyote hunting in five northeastern N.C. counties where a red wolf reintroduction program is based.
The rules would allow daytime coyote hunting from a half-hour before sunrise until a half-hour after sunset in Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties with a permit. Daytime hunting would be allowed on managed, state-owned Game Lands by permit only. Hunters would be required to report all coyotes killed.
In North Carolina’s other 95 counties, regulations allow coyote hunting on private land at any time and on public land at night with a permit.
Coyotes are found in all 100 counties and pose a predatory threat to pets, livestock and native wildlife. Observer News Services
▪ The final phase of a major boating access area on Croatan Sound, a popular body of water for recreation such as fishing, has been completed.
The 13.45-acre site is at the foot of the Umstead Memorial Bridge in Dare County. It provides commercial and recreational access to the sound, along with green space suitable for picnicking and wildlife watching. It includes three boat ramps, two floating docks and 300 feet of bulkhead for commercial interests.
▪ The S.C. Department of Natural Resources once again will hold antler-measuring sessions across the state in March for hunters who think they might have bagged a trophy deer.
The major sessions will be during the annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic on March 27-29 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Purpose of the program is to recognize outstanding deer and identify the areas that produce them.