Experts to share advice at saltwater fishing seminar

Carry a notebook and a couple of pens, and be ready to ask questions.

That’s the advice from TV host and magazine editor-at-large George Poveromo as he takes his traveling Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series inland to Cary for a 9 a.m.-3 p.m. program Jan. 24 at the Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd.

While four experts at a time conduct fast-paced exchanges on a stage equipped with large video screens, the other eight presenters head for the exhibit area. That’s the place for anglers to cast their questions, said Poveromo, who has gathered 11 other inshore, nearshore and offshore experts for the 28th year of the seminars.

“We try to make ourselves available to talk one-on-one, and we’ll tell whatever they like to know,” said Poveromo, who recommends anglers attend the main group presentations they’re most interested in, then devote time to speaking with presenters in the exhibit area,

Among the presenters will be North Carolina figures such as flounder expert Jimmy Price, offshore specialist Amy McMullan and king mackerel and nearshore bottom-fishing expert David Wicker.

On stage, the four-presenter groups may not always agree, and that benefits attendees, Poveromo said.

“The beauty is that it’s entertaining because you have four different personalities, plus you have different opinions on tactics,” he said. “It’s a great exchange of information with a lot of different tactics.”

As of Tuesday evening, registration had surpassed 260, and Poveromo anticipated more than 300 attendees. Tickets cost $55. Call 800-448-7360, or go to www.nationalseminarseries.com.

Fundraiser: The Sandhills Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its Casino Night Fundraiser, 6-10 p.m. Jan. 24, at the Hope Mills Shrine Club in Hope Mills. Cost is $50. Learn more at www.facebook.com/NorthCarolinaNWTF.

Calling contest: Callers of all ages can enter the North Carolina Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Tarheel Open Calling Contest on Feb. 28 during the Dixie Deer Classic outdoors expo at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Early registration ends Feb. 24.

There are three youth divisions, and open and North Carolina resident divisions for those age 21 and older. There are also friction, natural voice, owl hooting and gobbling divisions. Entry fee is $10-$50; free for ages 9 and under. Go to www.dixiedeerclassic.org/#!turkeycall/c1969.

Grants awarded: The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has awarded 18 grants valued at a total of $1,551,613 to support projects intended to help provide coastal fishing access and fisheries and habitat research. Projects at N.C. State University, East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina are among those receiving grants, which come from the N.C. Marine Resources Fund that is funded by N.C. Coastal Recreational Fishing License fees.

Also among the recipients are the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Wrights Creek Boating Access Area renovation in Beaufort County; N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries projects; the North Carolina Aquariums for the “Step by Step: Encouraging Ethical Angling” program; and the Take A Kid Fishing Foundation.

See the complete list at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/nr-02-2015-crfl-grants.

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