Poveromo fishing seminar set for Raleigh area
Famed fisherman and television outdoors show host George Poveromo is scheduled for a return engagement in the Raleigh area on Jan. 24.
Poveromo’s Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series, in its 28th year, costs $55. The program is scheduled 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break for lunch, in Cary at the Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd.
Offering instruction along with Poveromo will be 11 fishing experts, discussing facets of saltwater fishing ranging from the brackish backwaters to the Gulf Stream.
Instructors include Rob Ferris of Charlotte, a redfish touring pro and specialist at light tackle coastal angling. Several other North Carolinians will also offer instruction.
“We go into great detail with cutting-edge detail on catching more and bigger fish,” said Poveromo, editor-at-large of Salt Water Sportsman magazine. “We have elaborate visuals that include video bytes and action-oriented images, along with on-stage demonstrations.”
For registration call 800-448-7360 or go to www.nationalseminarseries.com. Tom Higgins
• The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service strengthened their joint commitment to the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in Hyde County. The agencies plan to improve Lake Mattamuskeet’s aquatic environment and enhance access to the sprawling natural body of water for recreational purposes.
Papers outlining the projects were signed by officials of the wildlife organizations Saturday during Swan Days at the refuge, coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the site, which attracts approximately 200,000 migrating waterfowl each winter.
• The S.C. Department of Natural Resources stocked 3,500 relatively large striped bass last week at Santee Cooper Reservoir in an ongoing attempt to restore the fishery for the popular species. Approximately 30,000 stripers were stocked statewide during the past few days.
• The new Cane River Park and its waters in mountainous Yancey County near Burnsville likely will be added to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s delayed-harvest trout program, pending approval in March by the agency’s board.
The first stocking of trout tentatively is set for next October. Under delayed harvest rules, no trout can be possessed Oct. 1-June 1, and anglers may use only single-hook artificial lures.
Catches of the week
• Two stripers, seven hybrids and seven spotted bass on a fly rod during a recent cold, windy day at Lake Norman by John Long of Stanley. The larger striper measured 29 inches and weighed an estimated 11 pounds. The other was 27 inches.
• Lake Norman guide Mac Byrum of Denver, N.C., caught 17 spotted bass, eight stripers, nine blue catfish, five hybrids and two large white perch over three days. He was joined one day by neighbor Cliff Compton for four of the spots and a mix of six stripers and hybrids. The largest striper weighed 8 pounds. The hybrids, spots, stripers and perch struck trolled Alabama rigs.
• Limits of 20 crappie each at Lake Norman by Bo and John Crutchfield of Denver.
• A wahoo of 57.9 pounds off Ocean Isle by local youngster Brayden McMullan.
• A 7.5-pound speckled trout from backwaters at Ocean Isle by local fisherman Clay Morphis.
• An 8-foot bluefin tuna off Morehead City by Austin Eubanks of the Ocean Isle area.
• Five wahoo and four blackfin tuna by a party led by Wendell Barnett, fishing offshore of the Ocean Isle/Little River area.
• Limits of smallmouth and spotted bass, and several walleye at Fontana Lake by Tennessean Junior Moss.
• Blue catfish of 42, 30 and 27 pounds among 17 caught Saturday at Lake Wylie by Dieter Melhorn of Cramerton.