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High school fishing teams can join bass contests

CorrespondentJanuary 16, 2014 

Area colleges have bass fishing teams, including N.C. State’s national champion BassPack. So it’s only natural that high schools join the action.

The Fishers of Men plan to make that happen by adding high school team competition to the national tournament trail’s adult and youth events in the region.

“We’re dovetailing off the events we already have with our Team Series and our Legacy Series and allowing high schools to compete against each other in their local area,” John Snincak of Fort Mill, S.C., the East Region director, said Sunday at the Bass and Saltwater Fishing Expo at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. “If the teams compete in two events, they will automatically qualify for our national championship event.”

Membership costs $30 per team, and event entry is $30. Each team consists of two students and an adult boat captain.

Events in Alabama, Indiana and Georgia attract close to 100 teams, Snincak said.

“High school competitive bass fishing is really becoming popular,” said Durham’s Ron Duffy, the N.C. Central District director. “College bass fishing teams are already in existence. This is an opportunity for local high schools if they want to get involved.”

Contact Duffy at 919-383-9488 or rduffy43@gmail.com. Learn more a www.fomntt.com.

Winners revealed: Garner resident and N.C. Symphony viola player Paul Malcolm won the grand prize in the ninth Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition with an image of live oak trees at Fort Fisher near Wilmington.

Ten categories, including youth divisions, drew 1,235 entries, according to an N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission news release. Winning photos are in the January/February issue and are on display at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org.

Largemouth bass recovery: Hurricane Irene left fish kills in its wake in August 2011. N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologists at 1:30 p.m. Saturday will present an update on largemouth bass in the Chowan, Roanoke, Tar, Neuse and Northeast Cape Fear rivers at Greenville Marine & Sport Center, 2600 Greenville Blvd. NE, Greenville. Contact Kevin Dockendorf, coastal fisheries research coordinator, at 252-312-6122 or kevin.dockendorf@ncwildlife.org.

Have your say: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s nine public meetings on proposed regulations will end next week. At 6:30 p.m., a presentation will be made on black bear management. The meetings start at 7 p.m.:

• Jan. 16, District 7, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro.

• Jan. 21, District 1, Swain Auditorium, Edenton.

• Jan. 22, District 2, Craven County Courthouse, New Bern.

• Jan. 23, District 3, Nash Community College, Rocky Mount.

Proposals can be found at https://ncpaws.org/PAWS/WRC/PublicComments/PublicEntry/PublicComments.aspx.

Input sought: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is seeking public input on proposals affecting the fishery management plans for snapper, grouper and coastal migratory pelagics, including king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia.

A public meeting will be held 4-7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Atlantic Beach.

An informal Q&A webinar will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. Learn more at safmc.net.

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