The Cape Lookout Albacore and Redfish Festival starts its Oct. 19-21 run Thursday in Atlantic Beach with an expanded roster of fish.
The fly fishing and light tackle tournament benefits Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, which helps wounded active-duty service members and disabled veterans through free fly fishing, fly tying and rod building programs.
A significant portion of festival proceeds will be earmarked for N.C. programs, so expanding Saturday’s fishing competition with an inshore division for red drum, speckled trout and flounder makes sense, said Swansboro’s John Mauser, a member of the festival board and Crystal Coast Project Healing Waters volunteer. Tournament entry costs $125.
“We figured there is a huge community of red drum fishermen here, so hopefully we’ll be able to add a larger amount of people who come to the tournament and the parties and activities,” Mauser said.
Oct. 19 is Healing Waters Day, a private event in which more than 20 volunteer guides and boaters take about 40 vets and service members fishing. Public activities are Oct. 19-20 with prizes, auction, music and food. Anyone can attend Friday’s captains party or Saturday’s banquet for $20.
Rob Fordyce, Voo-Doo Daddy captain and host of “The Seahunter” on the Outdoor Channel, will conduct a fish fighting clinic 4-5 p.m. Oct. 20 at Anchorage Marina. The clinic is free for entrants; anyone can attend for $50. Go to www.capelookoutalbacorefestival.com/clinic.html.
Event updates are posted on www.facebook.com/CapeLookoutAlbacoreFestival.
Waterfowl: Whether new or experienced, hunters can learn about waterfowl hunting at free seminars offered by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Ducks Unlimited.
Reserve a spot at www.ncwildlife.org/sbs. The seminars run 6-9 p.m.:
▪ Oct. 23, Burke County Extension Center, Morganton.
▪ Oct. 24, Craven County Extension Center, New Bern.
▪ Oct. 25, Bass Pro Shops, Concord.
▪ Oct. 26, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1751 Varsity Dr., Raleigh.
Bass fishing: Piedmont Bass Classics is accepting early entry through Nov. 1 for the Academy Sports + Outdoors $10,000 Spring Team Bass Trail and other spring trails.
On Oct. 21, the eighth and final PBC Cashion Fishing Rods Final End of Year Team Bass Fishing Trail qualifier takes place on Jordan Lake. The championship is Oct. 28.
Find schedules and results at http://piedmontbassclassics.com.
Paddling: Paddle Creek canoe, kayak and standup paddleboard rentals and Neuse River trips closes for the season Oct. 28. Used boats are for sale. Go to www.paddlecreeknc.com.
Hearings: The Wildlife Resources Commission will hold public hearings on proposed changes to clarify long-term wildlife captivity and rehabilitation regulations and differences. The 7 p.m. hearings take place Oct. 26 at commission headquarters in Raleigh; Nov. 2 at Craven Community College in New Bern; and Nov. 7 at the N.C. Co-operative Extension in Statesville.
Commission headquarters will host a hearing 10 a.m. Oct. 24 to receive comment on proposed changes to 27 water safety regulations.
Written comment is due Dec. 1. Find details at www.ncwildlife.org/proposed-regulations.
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