Group prepares to host anglers for tournament

CorrespondentMarch 26, 2014 

You can wait, but Ron Duffy prefers you plan ahead so he can get a head count.

Duffy is organizing the Fishers of Men North Carolina Central Division Team Series bass fishing tournament next week at Shearon Harris Lake.

“They can enter right up until Friday (April 4), but there is a $25 late fee for entering on Friday,” the Durham resident said. “The reason we do that is we have to have a head count for the number the church will need to feed.”

Colonial Baptist Church on Tryon Road in Cary will host the Friday night meeting at 6 p.m. April 4, the eve of the April 5 tournament. Entry fees cost $150

“We will be letting the fishermen take off that morning about 7:15,” Duffy said.

The weigh-in starts at 3 p.m.

The regular season and divisional events run May to mid-June, then fishing picks back up in the fall with postseason qualifiers, from which anglers advance to national events.

“We don’t like to fish tournaments in the very hot weather,” Duffy said. “It’s much harder to keep the fish alive and release them back into the lake.”

The season opened March 22 in Roxboro at Mayo Lake with 53 two-man teams, he said. Kenneth Strickland Greensboro and Lynn Fox of Gibsonville won $1,981 with 22.58 pounds.

An adult-junior tournament will be held April 11-12 at Graham-Mebane Lake. Find a schedule and more results at

To enter the Harris Lake event, contact Duffy at 919-383-9488 or

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College CCA chapter: A new chapter of Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina is forming at N.C. State University. It will be the state’s first college chapter. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Contact CCA North Carolina at 919-781-3474.

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