With a site and a date, The Fallen Outdoors North Carolina Neuse River Catfish Tournament just needs fishing teams. A few more raffle prizes wouldn’t hurt, either.
Proceeds from the Aug. 13-14 event at the Richardson Bridge boat ramp in Princeton will help The Fallen Outdoors, a veteran-run nonprofit organization, provide free hunting and fishing activities for military veterans, organizer and veteran Robert Brewer of Benson said.
Fishing will take place on the stretch of the river accessed by the ramp.
“If you put in at that ramp, you can’t leave and trailer elsewhere,” said Brewer, 25, who is studying at Campbell University to become a physician’s assistant and is medically retired after five years in the Army infantry that included a year in Afghanistan.
Fishing runs 7 p.m. Aug. 13 to 8 a.m. Aug. 14. Registration opens at 4 p.m. Aug. 13, and the captains meeting is at 6:30. Entry costs $30 in advance or $40 at the ramp. Ages 16 and younger fish for $15.
The tournament will pay out 60 percent of total entry fees to the top three places. Prizes also will be awarded for big fish and trash fish.
The remaining 40 percent will help fund N.C. veterans activities such as a September dove hunt conducted by volunteers from the nonprofit organization, which is based in Washington state. The N.C. chapter is the second most active behind Washington and has more than 20 volunteer pro staff, Brewer said.
“Every single facet of our work is pro bono,” Brewer said. “Every dollar goes right where it needs to go.”
To enter or to donate raffle prizes or gifts, contact Brewer at 919-906-6631. Learn more at www.thefallenoutdoors.com.
Tournament: The ninth annual Carteret Community College Foundation Spanish Mackerel and Dolphin Fishing Tournament will be held 6 a.m.-3 p.m. July 16 out of The BoatHouse at Front Street Village in Beaufort. Captains social is 5-8 p.m. Friday. Call 252-222-6222, or register at www.carteretsmt.com.
Saltwater: NOAA Fisheries is changing recreational regulations for blue tilefish, black sea bass and yellowtail snapper in the South Atlantic Region.
▪ Effective July 13, the bag limit for blueline tilefish increases from one fish per vessel to three fish per person per day for May through August within the aggregate bag limit. Blueline tilefish may not be kept in other months.
▪ Effective Aug. 12, the black sea bass limit will increase from five to seven fish per person daily.
▪ Effective Aug. 12, the yellowtail snapper fishing year start date will change from Jan. 1 to Aug. 1 each year.
For commercial changes, go to http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2015/reg_am25/index.html.
Find N.C. regulations at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-fishing-size-and-bag-limits.
Festival: The N.C. State Parks and Recreation will host the Lumber River Day Festival 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. July 16 at the Princess Anne boating access. Learn more at http://www.ncparks.gov/lumber-river-state-park/events-and-programs/lumber-river-day-festival.
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