Fishing, vacation travels

Published 3:15 pm Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lights, Action and Fishing!

Laughter Pond has lights! I have not seen them on yet, but I will. So if you, see your County Commissioners please say thank you!

This summer is starting to wind up for me. I have been working on my Key West, installing some lights inside on the console, moving the radio and redoing the wiring. My summer traveling begins at Badin Lake, N.C. to go Striper and Bass Fishing for 4 days after which I will be headed to Wilmington to fly-fish the flats for Red Drum for a week. I will be hunting them down the coast until I get to North Myrtle Beach where we are having a family reunion for a week, so with the boat tied up on the dock, I will be able to escape to go fishing from the 20 other family members that are coming down. It will be fun, but fishing is fun too.

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We will be heading offshore to bottom fish at some wrecks and crabbing at night behind the house in the channels. After all that, I will head home to repack the camper and travel up to the Virginia Creeper Trail to meet up with some friends on their week vacation. There I will be doing some quiet fly-fishing in the cooler waters of Virginia. After all that traveling, I will be doing local fishing on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail up in Jackson County.

In October, I will be doing some fly fishing on Islamorada in the Keys for Tarpon and then, head off to do some deep sea fishing off Grand Bahama Island and finishing up with fly fishing for Bone Fish on Nassau for the day. When I get back I will be heading up to New York with my camper and boat to do some surfcasting at Montauk Point and bay fishing with my brother-law like last year.&bsp; So thats Garys summer fishing adventurer, be looking for reports in the column on these different places and I wish you a great summer fishing adventure of your own.

July 4th is Free Fishing Day in All Public Waters in North Carolina! &bsp;

Fish for free in all public waters including coastal waters

on July 4th from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. While everyone, residents and non-residents, can fish in public waters on this date without a license, all other fishing regulations, such as length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions, apply. &bsp;

This was authorized by the N.C. General Assembly and started in 1994, North Carolinas annual free fishing day, which always falls on July 4th, was created to promote the sport of fishing.&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;

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Introduction to Fly Fishing is being offered for free at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

Come join their experienced and knowledgeable instructors for a day of fun and learning as they introduce you to the basics of fly-fishing. Topics covered will include equipment, knots, casting techniques, and aquatic entomology. Equipment and materials provided. Bring a lunch and non-slip shoes or waders if you have them. Limited to 6 participants. A $20 registration fee is fully refundable upon class attendance, ages 12 and up on June 29, July 2, and October 30, 2010. So vist them at: or call Lee Sherrill at 828-877-4423 for more information. Please send me some of your photos.

Quote for the week.

Most men would rather be photographed with their fish than with their wives.?&bsp; Gwen Cooper