Tournament bass fishing doesn’t require a shiny boat with a high-horsepower engine.
A jon boat will do.
The Jon Boat Fishing Club starts its season Feb. 7 in the warm water of Hyco Lake in Person and Caswell counties. The series, which requires electric motors and artificial baits, has a schedule with 11 central N.C. contests, a family tournament and an Oct. 10 championship.
Blastoff will be at 7:45 a.m. Feb. 7 from the ramp at 205 Pointer Drive in Leasburg, and weigh-in will be at 3:15 p.m.
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Club dues are $40 and are free for women and children under 16. Entry is $45 per boat, plus any lake launch fee.
For a typical 30-boat event, the top prize would be about $480, organizer Mike Standridge said.
Contact Standridge at 919-323-2753 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.facebook.com/pages/Jon-Boat-Bass-Club-of-NC/166643436779137.
Banquet: Award-winning call maker Richard Shively will be the special guest when the Pender County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation holds its Hunting Heritage Super Fund banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association in Castle Hayne.
Tickets cost $60. Contact Renee Rodgers at 910-200-5299. For National Wild Turkey Federation information, go to www.nwtf.org.
Meeting Thursday: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Jan. 29 at its Centennial Campus headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh. Find the agenda at http://tinyurl.com/k86lpj3. Audio will be live-streamed at http://tinyurl.com/mumaeug.
Coyote hearings: The wildlife commission will hold two public hearings on permanent rules regarding conditional coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area and the designation of the red wolf as a state-listed threatened species.
The 7 p.m. hearings will be held Feb. 3 at Columbia High School in Columbia and Feb. 17 at commission headquarters in Raleigh.
Comment ends March 16. Go to www.ncwildlife.org.
Dogfish contest: Wilmington angler Aaron Collier landed the winning fish in the 10th annual Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament Jan. 24 at Wrightsville Beach, with his 10-pound, 9-ounce spiny dogfish.
Second was Brian Cain of Cary with a 10-pound, 2-ounce fish, followed by Dave Hannah of Wilmington with a 10-pound, 1-ounce fish.
The 117 anglers weighed in 65 dogfish during the seven-hour pier tournament, which saw just one of the small coastal sharks caught in 2014. Saturday’s fish averaged 7.6 pounds, according to director Al Baird of Charlotte.
Boating course: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Cary Flotilla will conduct its one-day About Boating Safely course 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Nationwide Insurance Service Center, 4401 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Materials cost $35. Contact Ron Sanders at 919-781-5917 or email@example.com.
Festival: The East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival takes place Feb. 6-8 in Washington.
Correspondent Jack Horan contributed to this report.
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