Other Sports

Free deer hunting seminars set across the area

Oh, what a happy day it was for Mason Howlett this week at Oak Island Pier. The local youngster, 12, caught his first flounder, which weighed 2.5 pounds.
Oh, what a happy day it was for Mason Howlett this week at Oak Island Pier. The local youngster, 12, caught his first flounder, which weighed 2.5 pounds. Photo Courtesy Oak Island Pier

As deer seasons in North Carolina draw near, the Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a series of seminars across the state toward helping hunters bag venison.

Included are meetings in the Piedmont and foothills areas at Harmony, Marion, Monroe and Concord.

Admission is free, and advance registration required as last year’s seminars at the agency’s education centers drew capacity crowds. To register, log onto ncwildlife.org, visit the hunting page and click on the “What To Hunt” link.

“Prior to this year the seminars were held only at our education centers,” said Walter James, the commission’s hunting heritage biologist. “Because they were such a huge success and filled up almost immediately, we wanted to offer them in other parts of the state.”

Both new and experienced hunters are invited to participate. Topics are to include deer biology, hunting methods, equipment and clothing. Field care of deer and processing also will be discussed, along with recipes for venison.

A question/answer session will conclude the meetings. Information: 919-707-0059 or walter.james@ncwildlife.org.

New organization to stage catfish tournaments

Formation of a new organization for catfishing enthusiasts was announced this week.

It’s the Carolina Anglers Team Trail, or CATT, based in Ridgeway, S.C., and directed by Brett Collins, the founder. Collins also oversees a bass tournament series in the Carolinas.

The first tournament is Saturday at Lake Wateree, starting at 7 a.m. out of the landing at Wateree State Park.

It is to be followed by monthly events through March alternating between Wateree, Fishing Creek Reservoir and Lake Wylie. The championship finale is to be held at Wateree on April 2.

The entry fee is $90 per boat, which may carry up to four anglers. There is a $35 one-time membership required for those competing.

Winners will be determined by the total weight of three fish, which must be brought to the scales alive. All fish caught are to be released back into the water after the weigh-in.

Information: Brett Collins, 803-413-7521 or P.O. Box 368, Ridgeway, S.C., 29130.

This is the third catfish organization planning to hold catch-and-release tournaments across the Piedmont area. The others are the Carolina Catfish Club and NC-CATS.—TOM HIGGINS

Catches of the week

▪  A blue marlin boated and released off Hatteras Village by Austin Allen of Midland while trolling from the Release with skipper Rom Whitaker.

▪  A blue marlin boated and released off Hatteras by Butler Barksdale of Etowah while fishing from the Hatteras Fever with skipper Buddy Hooper.

▪  Four white marlin, a spear fish and a 30-pound wahoo during the same trip off Oregon Inlet by Benjamin Shook.

▪  Trophy-sized red drum boated and released in Pamlico Sound near Hatteras Village by Charlotteans Adam Meyers, Erin Poore and Thomas Pham while fishing with guide Joey VanDyke on the Fingeance.

▪  Red drum of 48 inches, 46.5 and 45, respectively, by Shannon, Brody and Kevin Cox, all of Apex, while fishing Pamlico Sound with Rudy Ray on the Hooked Up.

▪  A grouper estimated at 35 pounds off Ocean Isle by Crystal Babson.

▪  A 3.5-pound flounder at Oak Island Pier by Tim Gard of Concord.

▪  Six largemouth bass at Lake Lee ranging from 6 1/2 to 9 pounds by Harold Knight of Monroe. The fish hit artificial worms in a red shad color pattern.

▪  Sixteen crappie at Lake Lee measuring from 12 to 16 inches by Willie Smith of Monroe while baiting with minnows.