RALEIGH The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement delayed-harvest regulations on 29 trout waters in 16 western North Carolina counties starting Oct. 1. Until then, hatchery-supported regulations continue to apply to these waters.
Under delayed-harvest regulations, no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1 and one half-hour after sunset on May 31, 2013. No natural bait is allowed, and anglers can fish only with single-hook, artificial lures.
An artificial lure is defined as a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated with any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell.
Four new waters were classified as delayed harvest:
Alleghany County: Little River (from Whitehead to 275 yards downstream of the intersection of S.R. 1128 and S.R. 1129) in Alleghany County.
Ashe County: Big Horse Creek (from S.R. 1324 to North Fork River).
McDowell County: Catawba River (portion adjacent to Marion Greenway).
Wilkes County: Upper Elk Creek (from Watauga County line to lower boundary of Blue Ridge Mountain Club).
A complete list of delayed-harvest trout waters, along with stocking dates, is available at www.ncwildlife.org. Observer News Services
Middlemas defends trap-shooting title
Rob Middlemas of Charlotte continues as trap shooting champion at the Charlotte Rifle & Pistol Club.
He won his second straight title Saturday in a shoot-off with Don Rouse of Marshville and Chip Cook of Charlotte. The three had tied in the regular competition, all scoring 68 of a possible 76 targets.
Phil Murray of Indian Land won the senior championship and Wendelle Gray of Charlotte took the women’s title.
A three-person Harvest Moon Protector Trap Shoot is scheduled at the club’s range near Waxhaw on Sept. 30 starting at 1:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. Information: email@example.com. Tom Higgins
Sneads Ferry boat access to open Sat.
SNEADS FERRY The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Onslow County will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday to open the Sneads Ferry Boating Access Area. The facility is at 302 Fulchers Landing Road in Sneads Ferry, and provides launching onto the New River. ONS
Catches of the week
• Several large flounder gigged at Ocracoke Island by Becky Dunlap of Charlotte.
• Sailfish caught and released off Hatteras Village during separate trips by William Michael of Lenoir, James Roberts of Simpsonville and James Priest of Johnston, S.C.
• An 81-pound cobia at Oregon Inlet by Daniel LeGrande.
• An 111/2-pound flounder near Ocean Isle by Al Fulford.
• A 6-pound flounder at Artificial Reef 460 by John Pavy of Myrtle Beach. A flounder weighing 8.2 pounds at the Sunset Beach Bridge by Todd Helf.
• A 34-pound king mackerel by Chris Campbell and party off Ocean Isle Beach.
• Limits of smallmouth bass at Fontana Lake by Danny and Carol Williams of Robbinsville while working crankbaits 15-20 feet off the shoreline.