Fifty Wounded Warriors and disabled veterans, backed by a contingent of nearly 100 boaters, caregivers and volunteers, will spend a day at the lake Friday when the Top Shelf Fishin’ Festival visits Jordan Lake.
“They’re champing at the bit. We had it all ready to go last year, and we had that bad storm and had to call it off. And the fishing has picked up at Jordan this week, so they are real excited,” organizer Terry Snyder of Winston-Salem said.
Snyder and the nonprofit Operation North State spends about four months planning the single day’s activities for participants from VA Medical Centers, Fort Bragg’s Wounded Warrior Battalion and Camp Lejeune’s Wounded Warrior Regiment.
And it’s not too late to be a part of the festivities as a boater, a volunteer or a door prize contributor.
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“We still need about four host boaters, and we can always use door prizes,” Snyder said. “All the door prizes go specifically to the Wounded Warriors and disabled veterans. It’s all about them.”
Popular prizes include rod-and-reel combinations and gift cards for gas or restaurants or other merchants.
“Gift cards, those are the easiest things,” Snyder said. “Most of these guys are financially challenged, so a good meal is always welcome.”
Spectators are welcome to cheer on the teams at the Farrington Point access ramp.
“Come out for the weigh-in around 2:30 and cheer them on,” Snyder said.
Many participants, some of whom rarely leave their homes, are traveling more than three hours to the site.
“It truly is a statewide event,” Snyder said.
Cobia season: The recreational season for cobia fishing closes in state waters on Friday, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries reminds anglers. All cobia caught must be released. Catch-and-release fishing may continue seven days a week. The recreational season will reopen in state and federal waters on Jan. 1. Find Proclamation FF-28-2016 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations.
Paddling: Paddle Creek, which provides canoe, kayak and standup paddleboard trips and rentals on the Neuse River in Raleigh, will have its last Twilight Paddle of the season on Friday. The time has been moved an hour earlier to 5 p.m. Fees vary. Used vessels are for sale. Go to www.paddlecreeknc.com.
Reminder: Only three qualifiers remain for the Cashion Fishing Rods End of Year Trail: Saturday1 at Harris Lake’s Cross Point ramp and Oct. 15 and 22 at Falls Lake.
The individual tournaments are open to anyone, but anglers who have fished just one event and wish to qualify for the Oct. 29 championship on Falls Lake must fish all three remaining qualifiers, organizer Phil McCarson says. Go to http://piedmontbassclassics.com.
Mike Dinterman of Oxford and Todd Sumner of Southern Pines weighed in five bass totaling 16.96 pounds to win the $1,001 first prize in Qualifier #6 on Sept. 17 on Falls Lake.
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