Outdoors

Check out Saturday’s Doughball Open on Lake Crabtree

Sometimes you just want to have fun. With a bunch of dough. Oh, wait. Bread dough.

Serious fishermen and just-for-fun anglers will board kayaks and bait hooks with doughy concoctions in the Doughball Open Carp Fishing Tournament at Wake County’s Lake Crabtree County Park on Saturday.

Anyone with a kayak, a personal flotation device, fishing tackle, a fishing license and a smartphone can join in. Sunscreen, hat, long sleeves and long pants are recommended, too.

“Most of our tournaments are much more serious, with bigger prizes,” said organizer and N.C. Kayak Fishing Association member Mark Patterson of Greensboro. “But I try to do several fun events that are more like meet-and-greets: Come on out and meet kayak anglers and have fun.”

On the all-release lake, anglers will measure their catch and “weigh in” a photo.

“You take a picture of your carp with a Hawg Trough – the standard ruler that we use for all of our kayak fishing tournaments,” Patterson said.

The top three finishers win “little fun tacky trophies,” he said.

The lake opens at 8 a.m., and the fishing starts soon afterward.

To learn about kayak fishing, Patterson advises arriving around 11 a.m. to catch anglers coming off the water for the 11:30-12:30 hot dog lunch included in the $5 entry. Awards will be given around 3 p.m.

The park, located at 1400 Aviation Pkwy. in Morrisville, rents kayaks and is part of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s tackle loaner program. Learn more at www.wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/recreation.aspx.

The carp fishing “is actually surprisingly good,” Patterson said.

One secret to turning flour, cornmeal, grits or other ingredients into bait for the lake’s carp species – grass, common and leather or mirror – is adding honey or molasses.

“They like sweet things,” Patterson said, and whole kernel corn works well, too.

Patterson will hold a free seminar on kayak fishing for carp and catfish at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Great Outdoor Provision Co. store at Greensboro’s Friendly Center, 3104 Northline Ave.

Learn more at www.nckfa.com.

More kayak fishing: The eighth TJM Charity Kayak and SUP Fishing Tournament for redfish, flounder and trout will be held July 30 along the Cape Fear Coast. Entry costs $60. Captains meet July 29. Proceeds benefit the New Hanover Humane Society. Go to www.hooklineandpaddle.com.

Bass: All anglers are welcome in the Piedmont Bass Classics’ Cashion Fishing Rods 2016 End of Year Trail Qualifier No. 2 on Saturday out of the Farrington Point ramp on Jordan Lake. Go to piedmontbassclassics.com.

Flounder: The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold meetings on flounder permit and reporting requirements for pound net fishermen and fish dealers at 6 p.m. July 26 at the Central District Office in Morehead City and 6 p.m. July 27 at the Dare County Center in Manteo. See Proclamation M-14-2016 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/.

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