Warriors will hit the water next week

CorrespondentOctober 9, 2013 

Mix the Army and Marine Corps and – well – let your imagination go. Put war veterans on the same boat, and you’ll have the seventh annual Oorah vs. Hooah Fishing Battle.

Nearly 40 combat-wounded Marines and Army soldiers will fish against each other in the Oct. 18 wahoo tournament. The day of fishing will take place aboard the Vonda Kay out of the Bridge Tender Marina at Wrightsville Beach.

“This event is a great way to boost morale for combat-wounded service members,” said Jordan Huffman, community relations coordinator for Hope for the Warriors, which conducts the event with help from sponsor PPD and volunteers including members of Raleigh’s Old South Marlin Club.

Hope for the Warriors works “to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty,” according to the Annandale, Va., nonprofit’s website at www.hopeforthewarriors.org.

The activities will begin with an Oct. 17 dinner for participants and sponsors at the marina, and the weigh-in and dinner will cap off the event. To donate, call (910) 938-1817 or email jhuffman@hopeforthewarriors.org.

CCA tournament Saturday: The Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina’s annual Inside and Out Fishing Tournament will be held 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Portside Marina in Morehead City.

The Out Division catches king mackerel, and Inside Division anglers fish for red drum, speckled trout and flounder. The tournament benefits CCA Marine Fisheries programs, the N.C. Marine Patrol and the Take A Kid Fishing Foundation.

Entry is $175 per boat. Find details at www.ccanc.org.

Concealed carry classes: Trigger Happy Guns and Accessories on Main Street in Clayton will conduct one-day concealed carry classes 8 a.m.-5 pm. this Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.

The cost is $75 in advance. Equipment is required. Call (919) 585-6504.

Youth hunt planned: A few permits remain for a youth-only deer hunt offered by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on Dec. 14 at the Weyerhaeuser-Cool Springs Environmental Education Center between Vanceboro and New Bern.

Youths 12-15 who have completed a hunter education course may hunt with a licensed adult. Purchase the $5 permits by Nov. 22 at Wildlife Service Agent locations, online at www.ncwildlife.org or by phone at (888) 248-6834. Orientation will be held Dec. 7. Contact BB Gillen at bb.gillen@ncwildlife.org or (919) 218-3638.

Commercial fishermen needed: Applications are due by Tuesday from commercial fishermen who want to be hired to remove abandoned fishing gear from Currituck Sound south to Oregon Inlet and in parts of Albemarle Sound, the N.C. Coastal Federation said in a news release announcing the winter pilot program with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.

Grant funding from NOAA and N.C. Sea Grant will be used to hire about 12 fishermen to help N.C. Marine Patrol. Volunteers also are needed. Contact Ladd Bayliss at (252) 473-1607 or laddb@nccoast.org.

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