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Instruction staff expanded for fly-fishing clinics

Instruction staff expanded for fly-fishing clinics

Thirteen volunteer fly-fishing instructors have been added to the staff at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

They join just in time to participate in a series of clinics on the basics of the sport, starting in January.

Sessions are set Jan. 3, 17 and 31 and Feb. 14. Special clinics for Boy Scouts are Feb. 28 and March 14.

Hours for the sessions, which are sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The added instructors recently completed training in a new way to teach fly-fishing. All 13 completed six weeks of intensive training on Wulff School of Fly Fishing principles and methods.

“We found through students who took previous classes that they wanted more practice, fishing and hands-on time, which is what this method provides,” said Jeannette Gallaher, a Pechmann Center volunteer. “One thing we found is something many students requested, the Wulff School’s method of a roll cast and a basic overhead cast.”

The Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road near Lake Rim. Information: 910-868-5003. Observer News Services

Bream, shellcrackers stocked in public pond

Approximately 5,000 bluegill and 3,000 shellcrackers were stocked last week in Dargan’s Pond near Darlington by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

The pond actually is a 50-acre lake in the Pee Dee Research and Education Center that also provides fishing for largemouth bass.

It has a boat ramp, fishing pier, picnic area and is handicap accessible. Dargan’s Pond is located off Interstate 95 in Darlington County. This area is open Wednesdays and Saturdays only from March 1 through Sept. 30, from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. ONS

Catches of the week

• Approximately 30 Lake Norman hybrids by guide Ty Mathis of Maiden and friend Don Smith. The fish struck Sassy Shad lures of pearl and white. All were released except eight for the table.

• A 61-pound black drum at Cape Point on Hatteras Island by Dallas Wolfe, 85.

• A 42-inch red drum at Cape Point on Hatteras Island by William Wilkes.

• Speckled trout of 6.23 pounds and 5.11 in backwaters near Ocean Isle by local angler Rickey Beck.

• Blackfin tuna of 24 pounds each off Hatteras Village by Wilson Tatem of Edenton and Makani Dollinger of Greenville, N.C.

• Limits of crappie at Lake Norman by Jonathan Pritchard, Eddie and Jake Ledford, all of Whitnel.

• A 10-pound sheepshead at the Georgetown (S.C.) jetties by Mark Shaw of Florence, S.C.