Outdoors notebook

Less than half an ounce separates top finishers

CorrespondentJune 18, 2014 

Just three-hundredths of a pound separated first and second place in the Boats Unlimited N.C. Team Tournament Bass Trail Championship at Kerr Lake on Saturday.

Tony Stanley of Four Oaks and Travis Parker of Benson weighed in five bass that totaled 16.48 pounds to win by just less than half an ounce and take the $10,000 prize.

They also had the big fish, weighing 5.77 pounds, to add $1,050. A prize of two JB Custom Fishing Rods took the total to $11,450 in cash and prizes for the day’s fishing.

Rodney Hilber of Hillsborough and Ken Penderman of Durham weighed in a five-bass total of 16.45 pounds for a $1,325 runner-up prize among $3,065 in cash and prizes.

The Cary team of Bryce McClenney and Michael Christie took the season points title.

In a news release, organizer Phil McCarson said 76 teams caught 269 fish totaling 626 pounds in water averaging around 88 degrees.

The Cashion Fishing Rods End of Year Team Bass Trail Qualifier No. 1 will be held July 12 out of Farrington Point on Jordan Lake. Find results and schedules at http://piedmontbassclassics.com.

Wolf hearing tonight: Comment by Monday or have a say Thursday at 7 p.m. when the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission holds a public hearing on proposed temporary rules regarding coyote hunting in the red wolf reintroduction area in Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Beaufort and Washington counties.

Attend the hearing at Columbia High, 902 East Main St., Columbia, in Tyrrell County, email comments to regulations@ncwildlife.org or mail to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org.

Open space meetings: Wake County will host two informational meetings on three properties that will be opened for public use: Turnipseed Nature Preserve for trail hiking; Robertson’s Mill Pond Preserve for canoeing and kayaking, and Procter Farm Preserve for horseback riding.

The meetings are 5-7 p.m. Monday at Wendell Town Hall and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Knightdale Town Hall. Contact Eric Staehle, county senior facilities project manager, for information about design concepts at 919-856-6369.

The nonprofit N.C. Horse Council has distributed an email urging members to attend to support the eastern Wake equestrian trails.

Free fishing: July 4 is a great time to get outdoors. What makes it even better is free fishing, a tradition started in 1994. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced free fishing day will run from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. July 4.

Anglers will not need fishing licenses or separate trout fishing privileges in public waters. Size and creel limits, lure restrictions and other regulations still apply. Plan ahead and find public fishing at www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.

Outdoors camps: Youths ages 7-12 can learn about the outdoors at the Piedmont Wildlife Center’s camps at Umstead State Park. Creek Crawlers camps are July 7-11 and Aug. 18-22, Insect Safari is July 28-Aug. 1, Natural Explorers Aug. 4-8 and Foxwalker Camp Aug. 11-15. Camps cost $240 for nonmembers. Teenagers can try a Counselor in Training program. Learn more at 919-489-0900 or www.piedmontwildlifecenter.org/raleigh-summer-camp.

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