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.
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.
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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.
Correspondent Jack Horan contributed to this report.
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