The fishing will go on despite the mess Hurricane Matthew left in parts of North Carolina.
Hotels are available, and piers are open, so organizers got the go-ahead Wednesday to hold the 34th N.C. Lions VIP Fishing Tournament Oct. 17-19 along the Outer Banks.
“We’ve never had to cancel one before, and we’re glad we don’t have to do it this year,” said Gwen White, executive director since 1993. “Our main concern is whether our VIPs are going to be able to get down here. … Other areas … are flooding, and we don’t know they’re going to get here.”
The venues await 482 vision-impaired participants, called VIPs, plus nearly 300 Lions Club members and school and community volunteers, from about 80 N.C. counties, 10 other states and Canada. They fill 10 hotels and fish from four piers – Jennette’s, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Avalon – and the headboats Miss Oregon Inlet and Crystal Dawn, said White, whose late husband, Rhett Butler White, was one of the event founders. Meals are served at Westcott Park in Manteo.
“(Venues and volunteers) were all very excited about having this group come in, so we made the decision to go for it,” White said.
Learn more at the new website www.ncvipfishing.org.
Albacore: The Cape Lookout Albacore Festival, a fly fishing and light tackle tournament with clinics and festivities, will be Oct. 21-22 in Atlantic Beach. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. Find updates at www.facebook.com/CapeLookoutAlbacoreFestival. Healing Waters Day for disabled veterans is Oct. 20.
Women: Avon Fishing Pier, which reopened Tuesday, will host women of all ages for the second Fish Like A Girl charity tournament noon-3 p.m. Saturday at the pier and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Entry costs $30. Proceeds benefit the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. Call Avon Pier at 252-995-5480, or go to www.avonfishingpier.com.
Fisheries: The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Nominating Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Division of Marine Fisheries headquarters in Morehead City to consider candidates for a Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council seat. Go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/marine-fisheries-commission.
Banquet: The Onslow Bay Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina will hold a banquet at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Swansboro Rotary Club in Swansboro. Go to www.ccanc.org.
Photography: Oct. 21 is the last day to submit up to three photos for the N.C. Wildlife Federation’s photo mosaic that will debut during the Nov. 19 Give Thanks for Wildlife event in Charlotte. Go to www.ncwf.org.
Elk: Adopting a permanent rule about reporting requirements for elk taken without a permit while in the act of depredation will be on the agenda when the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission holds a meeting via telephone conferencing at 9 a.m. Oct. 18.
A speaker phone will be available for visitors at commission headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive in Raleigh. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org.
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