The wind from a strong low-pressure system battering the coast for days let up a bit, and anglers took to the water on a gloomy Saturday for the Coastal Conservation Association North Carolinas ninth annual Inside & Out Tournament at Morehead City.
Greenvilles Lee Padrick and Dwayne Smith known as the Redfish Guys and Jeff Smith took the Inside title. They weighed in a 5.8-pound redfish and a 2.13-pound flounder and earned two bonus points for weighing in a fish alive for release. Their score of 9.93 earned the team Star Rods and $400 cash, said Jay Dail, one of the organizers of the event out of Portside Marina.
Second place went to Raleighs Team Fly Guy. Bert Owens and Betsy Bulluck weighed in a 4.15-pound red drum and a 3.3-pound trout and gained two points for live release. Their 9.45 won Star Rods and a YETI cooler.
Third place went to Team Mott of Charlotte. A 4.11-pound redfish and a 3.2-pound flounder gave Jim Sewell and Dail a prize of Star Rods.
The weather leading up to the event kept Outside anglers away, but the inshore fishing proved fantastic, and everyone who fished caught decent fish, Dail said.
The tournament benefits the N.C. Marine Patrol and the Take A Kid Fishing Foundation. Learn more about CCA events at www.ccanc.org.
Observer meetings planned: The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is seeking input on how to develop additional funding for its Observer Program, which uses observers to gather information about the commercial and recreational catches.
Public meetings are scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City and 6 p.m. Oct.24 at the New Hanover County Executive Development Center in Wilmington.
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Commission at fair: If you visit the State Fair through Oct.27, check out the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commissions exhibit near the Village of Yesteryear.
The exhibit, with displays and interactive activities for all ages, will be open 3-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. the rest of the fair. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org.
Habitat panel to meet: The Strategic Habitat Area Advisory Committee for Region 3 will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 West in Morehead City.
McNeill and Deal win: Ken McNeill of Raleigh and Keith Deal of Holly Springs topped a 24-team field to win Qualifier No.7 of the Piedmont Bass Classics End of Year Team Tournament Bass Fishing Trail on Oct.5 at the Flemingtown Landing ramp at Kerr Lake.
On a tough fishing day in sunny weather, the winning catch consisted of four bass weighing 12.57 pounds. First place won $810, and the anglers weighed in the big fish, a 4.80-pounder worth $308.
The Angier duo of Junior Nance and Keith Roberts took second and $440 with four fish weighing 11.65.
The final qualifier, an open event, will take place Saturday at the Ledge Rock ramp on Falls Lake. Learn more at www.piedmontbassclassics.com.
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