Members of the Hillsborough Sportfishing Club like to fish. More than that, they like to help other people fish.
This year, the club plans to take 100 Wounded Warriors fishing as part of the second annual North Carolina Offshore Challenge Dolphin Tournament activities May 16-18 out of Morehead City.
While competitors fish, Wounded Warriors from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville will have their own event.
“We’re purchasing a charter for 70 of the guys,” organizer Terry Rose of Hillsborough said. “They’re going out on the Crystal Coast Lady out of Beaufort on Saturday, and there will be volunteers on the Morehead City docks to pick up 30 more.”
The club also is bringing in the Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s 9-11 Never Forget traveling memorial to the Sept. 1, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The tournament started as J.W.R. Gaffer Dolphin Tournament in 2003 in honor of the late Johnny William Rose before expanding last year.
“Since we’ve changed to this, it’s really taken a jump,” Terry Rose said.
Rose secured a headquarters site across from Capt. Bill’s Waterfront Restaurant that, he said, is “dead center of the Crystal Coast Boat Show this year.” He expects 50 to 70 boats for the dolphin, wahoo and tuna tournament, with a top prize approaching $10,000.
Weigh-ins also will take place at Teach’s Lair in Hatteras and the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center.
The club will next meet at 7 p.m. March 5 at the Ruritan Clubhouse in Efland.
Learn more by stopping at the National Wild Turkey Federation booth at this weekend’s Dixie Deer Classic at the State Fairgrounds. To register for the tournament or to be a sponsor, go to www.hillsboroughsfc.com or contact Rose at 919-667-3508.
Commission meets: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at its Raleigh headquarters at 1751 Varsity Drive on the N.C. State Centennial Campus. A live audio webcast will be at www.ncwildlife.org under Public Notices and Pending Rules.
Shotgunners aim for April: The 15th Southern Side-by-Side Championship and Exhibition Spring Classic will take place April 25-27 at Deep River Sporting Clays off U.S. 1 near Sanford. Shooters from around the nation will join top gunmakers and dealers. Call 919-774-7080 or go to www.deepriver.net or www.southernsidebyside.com.
Boating class: Rocky Mount Power Squadron will offer a U.S. Power Squadron safe boating class 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 15 at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N. Grace St., Rocky Mount. Cost is $50. Contact Robert Bruner at 252-908-2494.
Striper season: From Saturday through April 30, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest. The daily limit is two fish per angler, with minimum size 18 inches; no fish 22-27 inches may be kept, and only one larger than 27 inches can be kept daily. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.
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