Cary Wolfe, a Prince William County, Virginia angler might have caught one for the
record books last week. Fishing on the Bada Bing in the Cape Henry, VA area, Wolfe connected on a 74-pound rockfish. The 56-year old X-ray technician, who is an avid hunter and freshwater angler, fought the big striper for 15 thrilling, exciting minutes.
They call the Kentucky Derby the most exciting 2 minutes in sports. My guess is that Cary Wolfe might beg to differ with that assessment.
If certified, and it appears he did everything correctly, his fish would be a new Virginia state record besting by one pound, a 73-pound fish caught 4 years ago. Both the 73-and 74-pounders were caught in the same general vicinity, and at the same time of year.
I’m not Sherlock Holmes, but it sounds like it’s no mystery that those big rockfish are hanging out in Old Virginny this time of year.
Thanks, FEW, (favorite ex-wife) Carol Johnson Miller, for the heads-up on the Virginia rockfish story. Life’s right cheery when your ex-wife is looking out for you, and sending interesting, informative fishing intel. She is the mother of my children, a sweet and special lady, and a good friend, I’m proud to say.
One of our faithful Tight Lines readers, Dennis Knight, posed a question to me. He
wants to catch some winter crappie, but doesn’t know where to go. He pointed out that most decent crappie producing ponds are on private property. Can anyone point my man Dennis in the right direction? Anybody ever heard of a pay-as-you-go crappie pond in Eastern NC? Hey, we might be on to something here. I would pay a few bucks to drop my line in a well-stocked crappie pond. How about you?
Last week I mentioned my Havelock friend, Jerry Jackson, was enjoying some good success catching sailfish on his beautiful boat, Ava D, out of West Palm Beach, Florida.
“Boated” was a poor choice of words for me to use describing his catch. “Boated”
implies caught, kept, and killed. Nay-Nay! Catch & release or live release would have been a more accurate description. JJ is having a large time down there hooking those sailfish on live bait. The real question is whether his pretty wife, Denise, will be able to convince him to come back home to Havelock this winter, and leave all that beautiful Florida sunshine and good fishing? I’m betting on Denise.
Tight Lines reminds you about the February Saltwater Fishing Schools being offered in Wilmington and Morehead City by Fisherman’s Post, Carolina’s Saltwater Newspaper.
The reasonable school tuition might make a nice, unique Valentine’s Day gift. Since the Wilmington school is Feb. 11th, an early V-Day gift would be appropriate. Learn more at www.FishermansPost.com. Click on “Fishing Schools.”
Tar River First Shad Contest: Be the first to present a 2012 Tar River Hickory Shad at Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store, Main Street, Tarboro, and receive a nice prize package valued at over $300. Sponsors; Jimmy D Custom Made Shad Rigs, Harrell’s Custom Rods & Repair, The Daily Southerner, Greenville Marine & Sport Center Tackle Shop, 33 Grill and Oyster Bar, Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store, Marrow-Pitt ACE Home Center, and Tarboro Association of Saltwater Sportsman (TASS) made this contest happen. Give them a big toothy grin, and a thank you. Better yet, give them your business. They deserve it.
Rick’s Soapbox: Recently, I used this forum to fuss about North Korea’s new “great
leader,” Kim Jung-un. I received quite a few positive reactions to my soapbox rant. So, let’s call this one, “Bad Haircut, Part II.”
I have a suggestion. Let’s invite Kim Jung-un, and his entourage of political lackeys
and Generals to visit the USA. We can take his young, impressionable, ample body on a VIP tour of America. Consider it a practical dose of reality orientation, if you will. We can include military bases, air shows, and perhaps even a little sneak peak at our nuclear arsenal. Walk him through a few factories, and war materials industrial plants. Let them see and feel the military might and power of America. He also needs to see a full service grocery store and a fast-food restaurant, so he can experience and appreciate our form of capitalism and consumerism at its very best. His people stand in line for hours hoping to snag a loaf of bread, a cup of rice, and a can of beanie-weenies. I know that’s sarcastic and pitiful, but unfortunately very true. Those poor people are starving.
Then, after his indoctrination, we can send his dusty little overfed, inexperienced
hindquarters back north of the 38th Parallel with the knowledge that the USA still wields a big stick in world politics, and if you mess with America, you are most certainly cruise’n for a bruise’n, to put it in plain down-home country speak.
I will never be an apologist for the military might and strength of America. I believe
in it wholeheartedly. A strong America stays a free America. Past, present, and
future generations have and will pay the expensive dues and tariff on that exclusive membership. Teddy Roosevelt was spot on when he said, “America should always walk softly, but carry a big stick.” Right on, T.R!
Catching fish? Tell us about it. Better yet, send us a picture with all the details. We
love to hear from you at CarolinaAngler@Gmail.com.
See you on the water, my friend!
Cary Wolfe, a Prince William County, Virginia angler might have caught one for the
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Shad Season in Review
All things considered, 2013 was a good shad season, thoroughly enjoyed the fishing activity and usual camaraderie among shad fishing friends. Shad fishing to me is about so much more than just catching fish. It’s a total package of enjoyment as it captivates and dominates my life February through May.
Wayne Harrell kicked off the season winning the first shad contest catching his hickory shad on a cold 19-degree Saturday morning, February 2.
The shad hole on East River Road in Tarboro was a little disappointing this year. Untimely flood waters might have limited our regular peak run. Fish were caught and we had some good days, but not the action we have experienced in past years.
Banner Day at Battle Park
Sunday was Mother’s Day. I am not a mother, but I played one in a school play years ago, so I figured that entitled me to go fishing on Mother’s Day. Need an excuse or rationalization to go fishing? Check with me, I’ve got plenty!
After suffering through 2-3 days of a rain induced swollen, unfishable Tar River at Battle Park in Rocky Mount, it was jackpot time on Sunday. Without a doubt, I had my best white shad fishing day ever, fishing from sunrise to early evening. Action was good all day, with a little lull for about 2-hours in the heat of the afternoon.
I am proud to report to you that I enjoyed a 50-fish day. I caught a personal best 46 white shad, 3 hickory shad, and foul-hooked a very angry, upset 3-foot gar. I thought I had two large white shad, or maybe a big rockfish, so I was a little surprised to see Mr. Gar. It was like reeling in an uncooperative 2x4 piece of lumber.
NCWRC enforcement officers doing a great job
North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission has two enforcement officers assigned to each county. That’s 200 dedicated, educated, and highly trained individuals protecting our North Carolina environment and natural resources. To become an enforcement officer applicant, one must participate in a highly competitive selection process. A typical candidate is required to pass extensive background and psychological screening. Also included is a vigorous 19-week training academy that is patterned after a military boot camp, with an emphasis on physical fitness.
Tight Lines declares Ginger Perry of Nashville the shad queen
One of my favorite places to bank fish is the boat ramp at Battle Park in Rocky Mount. I have met a lot of interesting people there. Three or four times this season, I have watched this amazing lady, Ginger Perry, fishing with her friend, Big Kelly, for white shad. Simply put, she is one good angler! She casts and retrieves like a pro, and always catches her fair share of fish. Maybe a few more than her fair share! This lady can flat-out fish!
Time for the John Cherry Rockfish Rodeo on the Tar river
Tarboro Association of Saltwater Sportsman (TASS) presents the annual John Cherry Rockfish Rodeo on the Tar on Saturday, April 27th. Entry fee is $100 per boat.
Registration and information is available daily at Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store, Main Street, Tarboro. The absolute registration deadline is Friday, April 26, by 8 p.m., at the boat landing on River Road, or when the maximum limit 40 boats have been signed-up. Attendance at the Captain’s meeting Friday night, 7 p.m. at the boat landing on River Road, is highly recommended. Rules will be read, questions answered, and you will receive your Captain’s Bag, tournament t-shirt, and other goodies. Each boat is allowed to weigh-in 2 of their largest rockfish, as chosen by the Captain.
Sign-up this Saturday for John Cherry Rockfish Rodeo
One of the TASS premier events that local anglers always enjoy is the annual John Cherry Rockfish Rodeo. Registration is limited to the first 40 boats. Full grown men, me included, will be standing in line like giddy teeny-boppers looking concert tickets early Saturday morning waiting for Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store to open at 9 am to plunk down that registration fee.
Bottoms Up! Greg Bottoms Wins TASS Shad Tournament
To my knowledge, Greg Bottoms does not smoke or drink, but he does have another habit, and an enviable one at that. Greg wins fishing tournaments. He won the Fall Speckled Trout Tournament, and last week claimed top honors in the shad tournament. Obviously, the man knows his way around a rod & reel. Greg is a skilled angler, and a nice guy, deserving of that success.
Shad Tournament participants weighing-in some good fish
All indications are that this will be a banner year for the 12th Annual TASS Hickory
Shad Tournament. The timing is perfect because the shad “bite” has turned on
considerably everywhere. At the halfway point through the week-long tournament, the leader board is already showing some impressive fish weights. Charles Strickland leads the top tier adult category with a healthy 2.56 Hickory Shad. That will be a hard “Hick” to beat!
Time to sign-up for the 12th Annual Hickory Shad Tournament
The TASS Twelfth Annual Hickory Shad Tournament week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. This year’s tournament dates are Saturday, March 16th through Noon, Saturday, March 23.
Entry fee is only $10, but you must sign-up before 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, if you wish to be involved. You do not need to be a member of TASS to participate, but you must be a member of TASS to receive TASS bonus-money. Registration is at Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store, 418 Main Street, in downtown historic Tarboro.
Anglers kindness and generosity never fail to amaze me
The “Shad Hole” on River Road in Tarboro functions not only as a great place to fish, but also a good place to meet and greet like-minded fishing enthusiasts. An informal group usually congregates at the “Shad Hole” nightly during shad season to wet a hook, or simply to exchange pleasantries. These “Shad Hole” friends come in different ages, and walks of life. These are salt-of-the-earth type guys. If it ever comes down to “Us” versus ‘Them,’ I want these guys in my foxhole watching my back.
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