David Hoyle of Dallas, N.,C., and William “Larry” Stone of Kings Mountain have been appointed to an Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
The council’s charge is to expand outdoor opportunities for youth 16 and under and preserve the state’s outdoor heritage.
Its 11 members will advise state agencies and the General Assembly on promoting outdoor activities, including fishing, hunting, camping and hiking.
Representative Jimmy Dixon sponsored the Outdoor Heritage Act and it was signed into law last July by Gov. Pat McCrory.
Catches of the week
▪ A 600-pound blue marlin off Charleston by local angler Joseph Britton while trolling from his own boat. The big billfish was released.
▪ A 73-pound cobia by John Roth of Raleigh while fishing near Hatteras Village with guide Will Smith of Bak-Bar Charters. He outfought the area’s first cobia of the season while using light tackle.
▪ A white marlin boated and released off Hatteras by Marcus Meracle of Jacksonville, N.C., while fishing with skipper Willie Hunter on the Twin Bills.
▪ A 69-pound wahoo off Oregon Inlet by Ronald Jenkins.
▪ A 47-pound wahoo off Oregon Inlet by Edward Ruehle.
▪ A 22-pound blackfin tuna off Hatteras Village on his 12th birthday by Dylan French of Hampstead.
▪ Blackfin tuna of 26 and 24 pounds, respectively, by Elijah Griffin and Corey Griffin, both of Greensboro.
▪ Four red drum of trophy size boated and released in Pamlico Sound near Hatteras Village by Jeffrey Aiken.
▪ A 29-pound blue catfish at Lake Wylie by Dieter Melhorn of Cramerton. The fish was released.
▪ Seven largemouth bass weighing between 4 and 5 pounds at Union County’s Lake Lee by Pat McAteer of Monroe. The fish hit a Senko lure.
▪ A dozen very large bream on a crappie jig at Lake Lee by Tony Williams of Monroe.
▪ Mixed limits of smallmouth and spotted bass at Fontana Lake during three successive days by Sheldon Hardin and party of Inez, Ky. The fish took free-lined shiners cast to the shoreline.
▪ Three catfish scaling a total of 85.3 pounds to win a NC-CATS tournament at Lake Wylie by Josh Coffins and Lee Hardee. More than half their weight belonged to one fish, 47.2 pounds. However, second place finisher John Terry boated the biggest single fish, 55.1 pounds, to weigh-in 82.6 pounds.