Approximately 60 teams of students from across North Carolina are scheduled to compete April 30 in the state’s 38th Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament near Ellerbe.
The event, held annually at the John F. Lentz Hunter Education Complex in the Sandhills of Richmond County, tests the marksmanship of youngsters from elementary school age up to 18-year-old high school seniors. They will be shooting rifles, shotguns and archery equipment.
Additionally, there are to be tests in compass orienteering and conservation knowledge.
In advancing to Ellerbe the students had to qualify on an area level. Tournaments were held in each of the nine N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission districts stretching from Manteo to Murphy. The agency sponsors and administers the tournament.
The tournament complex memorializes the late John Lentz of Ellerbe, an avid outdoorsman/conservationist who served on the wildlife commission, including several years as its chairman.
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▪ Dale Duncan teamed with Bobby Woody to boat five largemouth bass totaling 22.62 pounds and win a Carolinas Bass Challenge Series tournament Saturday at High Rock Lake. The triumph earned the pair $14,000, including a bonus $4,000 for fishing from a Skeeter bass boat. A close second were Chris Wagner and teammate Chase Deal with 22.52 pounds, good for $8,000. Third were Chris Corriher and Randy Christy with 20.4 pounds, including the tourney’s largest single bass, which weighed 6.67 pounds. Corriher and Christy won $4,500. Five of the 179 two-person teams taking part had weights of over 20 pounds.
▪ The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has enlarged the Ron McManus Memorial artificial reef at the mouth of Little River on the state’s coast. The agency sank a 62-foot concrete-hulled boat at the site Saturday. “It’s the second recent deployment on this relatively new reef location,” said Robert Martore, SCDNR’s reef coordinator. “We hope to continuing expanding this reef in tribute to Ron, who put forth so much effort into protecting and enhancing our fisheries resources.” McManus died in 2014.
Catches of the Week
▪ A 45-pound Lake Norman blue catfish by Martin Karwowski of Matthews while angling from a kayak.
▪ 30 catfish and crappie of 16 and 18 inches while fishing from the shoreline at Union County’s Lake Lee by Jerry Newbill of Monroe.
▪ 14 largemouth bass and a 16-inch crappie at Lake Lee by Todd Moore of Monroe. Moore’s best bass weighed 5 pounds.
▪ Largemouth of 4, 5 and 6 pounds at Lake Lee by Bill Sims of Monroe.
▪ The season’s first blue marlin boated off Morehead City by a party trolling from the Island Girl with skipper Lucas Jolly.
▪ A 48-inch red drum in the Ocracoke Island surf by Todd Luybor.
▪ A 42-inch red drum in the Ocracoke Island surf by Shane Smith, 12, of Glen Allen, Va.
▪ A 41-inch red drum in the Cape Point surf on Hatteras Island by Dan Willard.
▪ A 15 ½-pound sheepshead near Charleston by a party fishing with guide Robert Olson.
▪ A mix of approximately 30 smallmouth and spotted bass boated and mostly released at Fontana Lake during two days of fishing by Harold Johnson of Stecoah. The fish struck Creepy Crawler lures.