Y.E.S. fishing events stress education, and two young competitors have learned a few things on the water this season.
Knowledge has put Alden Patterson of Mebane and Logan Jennings of Hillsborough in position to become the Youth Educational Series points champions if they fare well during the regular season’s final event July 25 on the Roanoke River at Plymouth.
“It’s been fun learning a bunch of things, like what the other kids caught fish on and learning how to be competitive,” said Jennings, 15, a rising sophomore at Orange High School who fishes in the free competitive series for ages 18 and younger held in conjunction with Collins Inc. Bass for Cash Series tournaments.
With two victories, Patterson and Jennings lead the points competition going into the sixth and final regular-season event. The duos of Tyler Little and Chase Crocker, Chris Chavez and Ethan Howard, and Wyatt Long and Travis Beck are close behind.
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Jennings has been fishing since about age 11 with grandfather Mike Faust. Patterson, who started fishing “around age 3 or 4,” said his father, Keith Patterson, and Faust “figured we would fish well together because of our different styles.”
That prediction proved true. Patterson’s power-fishing style of throwing bigger baits to try to catch bigger fish pairs well with Jennings’ finesse style.
“I’ve learned from him. He does stuff completely different than I do, and the same for him. And just never give up: He’s helped me with that a lot,” said Patterson, who turns 15 next month and will be a freshman at River Mill Academy in Graham.
The grandfather has learned, too.
“To be patient,” Faust, the boat driver, said, laughing. “… I have to sit in the boat all day and can’t fish.”
Tournament director Jeff Narron of Sims said eight to 10 teams have turned out for the monthly series, which started in March on Lake Gaston, then visited Kerr Lake, Pembroke Creek, Lake Gaston again and Falls Lake. A championship event will be fished Aug. 15-16. Learn more at www.collinsboating.com.
Seasons: Dove season will run Sept. 5-Oct. 10 and Nov. 23-Jan. 15 under season dates announced by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for dove and other webless migratory game birds, plus Canada geese and teal. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.
Meeting: The Quality Deer Management Association’s Triangle Branch will meet at 7 p.m. July 27 at the Cabela’s store near the intersection of U.S. 70 Business and Interstate 40 in Garner. Contact Sid Adkins at email@example.com.
Trail feat: Hendersonville’s Lorie Hansen, 63, has become the 50th person to complete the state’s 1,150-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The first-time distance hiker started March 22 at the eastern terminus at Jockey’s Ridge State Park and finished June 22.
The first to complete the hike were Allen de Hart and Alan Householder in 1997. Trevor Thomas of Charlotte, a blind hiker, walked with guide dog Tennille in 2013.
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