Annual CCA banquets reel in fishermen and funds

CorrespondentJanuary 29, 2014 

Weather that might be too cold for fishing won’t stop fishermen from talking about fishing.

You’ll find hundreds of them getting together over the next few weeks to swap fish stories at Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina chapter banquets. They’ll also be raising money for projects involving saltwater fisheries.

“That is their major source of raising funds to support fisheries conservation issues and to allow them to be a voice for North Carolina’s recreational fishermen,” said Laura Hurt, CCA NC’s communications intern from East Carolina University who also is a banquet veteran because she is married to Greg Hurt, CCA NC past president and current chairman.

The state has more than a half-million licensed recreational fishermen.

The 3,000-member CCA NC’s banquet season starts 6 p.m. Feb. 6 with the 20th CCA Johnston County event at the Johnston County Agriculture Center in Smithfield. The event will include raffles and silent and live auctions.

Next comes the Feb. 27 East Carolina Chapter banquet at Rock Springs Center in Greenville.

Tickets cost $55 solo or $85 a couple. Email, or call CCA NC at 919-781-3474. Find more banquets at

•  Cancelled: The weather forced the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to cancel Thursday’s scheduled business meeting. The next meeting is Feb. 27 at the Raleigh headquarters. A live audio webcast will be on

•  Expo in Cary: The Triangle Chapter of the Safari Club International’s banquet starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Embassy Suites in Cary.

The hunting and conservation organization’s Southeast Outdoors Expo also is at the hotel from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and 9-5 Saturday.

Expo tickets cost $15. Banquet tickets are $75 adults and $30 14-and-under. Learn more at

•  Fly-fishing show: The Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem will be the place to be for fly-fishing fans Feb. 7-8. The Winston-Salem Fly-Fishing Show will include freshwater and saltwater tackle, clothing and accessories, outfitters’ exhibits and seminars with national and international experts.

The show runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9-6 Saturday. Admission costs $15. Admission to the 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 International Fly Fishing Film Festival is $10-$15.

Fly tying and casting classes cost $80 each and include admission. Register by calling 814-443-3638 or visiting

•  Bowhunters gathering: The N.C. Bowhunters Association will hold its banquet at 6 p.m. March 1 in the Kerr-Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Donations of auction items are welcome. Tickets, which must be reserved in advance, cost $25. Admission for anyone not eating is $10. Contact Deanne Stone at 919-477-7184. Learn more at

•  Expo in Greenville: The Down East Sportsman’s Expo takes place Friday through Sunday at the Greenville Convention Center. Exhibitors and vendors will cover outdoors interests from hunting and fishing to boats, ATVs and RVs. Admission is $8 for adults. Learn more at

Rescheduled: The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Finfish Advisory Committee meeting is postponed to 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Craven County Cooperative Extension in New Bern. Learn more at

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