Whether the kids or the volunteers have more fun is anybody’s guess. But a lot of fun is had at the Ridgecrest Outdoors Kids Fishing Expo.
This year’s free event, for ages 12 and younger, will be held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 11 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 1104 Milton Road in Durham.
About 200 kids are expected to fish a stocked pond in waves of about 40, said organizer Rod King, a popular local tournament fisherman.
“We don’t ask for preregistration. You just show up,” he said. “Most of the good fish, they’ll bite early. We use a lot of catfish because they’ll usually bite when the other fish won’t.”
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The pond also contains bass, crappie, white perch and bream.
Besides fishing, participants can shoot on the N.C. Bowhunters Association’s archery range, take aim on the N.C. Wild Turkey Federation’s Jakes pellet gun range, jump in a bounce house, try a giant slide, check out firetrucks and ride a train.
Registration starts at 8 a.m. rain or shine. An adult must accompany each child. Snacks, bait and use of fishing poles will be provided, and prizes including rods and reels will be given by age group. Contact King at 919-632-7593.
More kids events: Free fishing events continue through June 18 as part of 35 National Fishing and Boating Week activities coordinated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, businesses and organizations.
An addition to the schedule is a Franklin County event. Ray Family Farms, 6913 Pearces Road in Louisburg, will host kids ages 4-17 at 1 p.m. Saturday. Rods, reels and bait will be provided. Contact Evan Cartabiano at email@example.com.
Participants at all events are entered into a statewide prize drawing. Go to www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/News/documents/NFBW%202016_ListofEvents.pdf.
Enforcement: July 1 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for comment to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Joint Law Enforcement Agreement Advisory Group on whether the state should enter into a joint law enforcement agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service. Send comments to Marine Patrol Capt. Steve Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.
Comment sought: Comment is due by June 16 to NOAA Fisheries on proposed changes for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region. One Regulatory Amendment 25 change would increase the daily recreational limit for black sea bass from five to seven fish. Go to www.safmc.net.
Bass fishing: Saturday is the day for the Piedmont Bass Classics Metal Mania Invitational for gas powered aluminum (metal) boats with 115 dfhp or less motors at Falls Lake out of Ledge Rock Wildlife Ramp.
Jimmy Holland of Fayetteville and Richard Green of Laurinburg weighed in five bass totaling 25.37 pounds to win the $10,000 Spring Team Bass Trail Final Qualifier #7 at Falls Lake on June 4. The championship is June 18.
Learn more at www.piedmontbassclassics.com.
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