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North Carolina Wildlife License Fee Changes Go into Effect Aug. 1

North Carolina Wildlife License Fee Changes Go into Effect Aug. 1

RALEIGH, NC July 28, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today several changes to its hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses, which will go into effect Aug. 1. Changes include: Increased fees for certain short-term, annual and lifetime licenses. The duration of a short-term hunting license also will increase from six to 10 days, making it consistent with short-term fishing licenses. Eligibility requirements for senior licenses, which raise the age to 70 for residents who were born after Aug. 1, 1953. The age requirement remains 65 for residents born on or before Aug. 1, 1953. Elimination of county licenses, which include Resident County Hunting, Resident County Trapping, and Resident County Inland Fishing. Increased reciprocal license fees for Georgia, […]

UNCW Seahawks Name Jason Memont Swimming & Diving Coach

UNCW Seahawks Name Jason Memont Swimming & Diving Coach

WILMINGTON, NC July 28, 2014 – Jason Memont, who swam collegiately at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and enjoyed successful coaching stints at William & Mary and South Carolina, has been named UNCW’s head swimming and diving coach. Memont, 36, has spent the last seven years with the Gamecocks, assisting Coach McGee Moody with all phases of the successful SEC program in Columbia. He takes over for veteran coach Dave Allen, who retired recently following a 37-year career that produced 16 Colonial Athletic Association championships, including three on the women’s side and an impressive string of 13 consecutive men’s titles spanning back to 2002. “I’d like to thank Jimmy Bass and the UNCW athletic department for this opportunity,” said […]

Del Brown Invitational Permit Won By Hardy Pro Angler Nathaniel Linville

Del Brown Invitational Permit Won By Hardy Pro Angler Nathaniel Linville

Hardy Proaxis-X Plays Major Role COLUMBIA, SC July 24, 2014 – Nathaniel Linville was named Grand Champion at the 2014 Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament in Key West, Florida. Linville, with Captain Aaron Snell, caught and released five permit during the three-day tourney. There were fifteen permit caught and released by the fifteen angler/captain teams. Linville and partner Captain Aaron Snell, both of Key West, accumulated 800 points including the largest permit of the tournament measuring 32 inches to the fork. The nearest competitors had won the event three of the five previous years but could only score 300 this year. Linville caught his permit on one-piece Hardy Proaxis X 8-foot 10 inch, 8- and 9-weight fly rods. The Del […]

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Berkley® Ironsilk(tm) wins Best Line Award at ICAST

Berkley® Ironsilk(tm) wins Best Line Award at ICAST

ORLANDO, FL July 17, 2014 – The Berkley® IRONSilk™ monofilament line was awarded the Best Line Award at the 2014 ICAST show in Orlando, Fla. As a leader in innovation and reliability in the line market, Berkley introduced the revamped line at ICAST 2014. No other monofilament fishing line stands up to wear and tear like IRONSilk. This line was built to be fished in the most abrasive environments like around zebra mussels, oyster beds, docks or rip rap. IRONSilk is up to 33 percent more abrasion resistant than other lines of the same diameter. For anglers, this means they can go to lines with smaller diameters without sacrificing any abrasion-resistant qualities. This opaque green line is tough as iron, […]

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Operation North State’s 1st Annual Peer Fishin’ Festival

Operation North State’s 1st Annual Peer Fishin’ Festival

Fulfilling a Recreational Request (NC Coastal Fishing Outing) of NC’s Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans   WINSTON-SALEM, NC July 16 - Operation North State (ONS), its supporters and volunteers are calling on North Carolina’s People, Places, Products and Pride to help support the 1st Annual Peer Fishin’ Festival. The event will be held Friday, October 17 at Ocean Crest Pier on Oak Island. ONS is hosting  300 Wounded Warriors, Disabled Veterans and their respective caregivers and/or friends to a great day of pier fishing and friendships. According to Operational North State’s Founder/Volunteer, Terry Snyder, “For the past two years, ONS continued to receive requests from Wounded Warriors, Disabled Veterans and their respective caregivers to provide a coastal fishing event. In June, […]

Women’s Surfing Competition Returns to North Carolina

Women’s Surfing Competition Returns to North Carolina

Wahine Classic kicks off week of surf contests, camps WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC July 15, 2014 – On the shores of the nationally ranked surf town in some of the country’s cleanest ocean waters, more than 100 female surfers from New York to Florida will compete in shortboard, longboard and standup paddleboard heats during the Wahine Classic in Wrightsville Beach, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17.   The quintessential surf town made National Geographic’s short list of America’s Last Best Beach Towns in its June/July 2014 issue. Also in June 2014, Wrightsville Beach was named by the Natural Resources Defense Council as one of its 35 Superstar Beaches for its clean ocean waters.   Wahine Classic organizers Jo Pickett of Crystal South […]

Mountain Island Lake Gets 24-Hour TowBoatUS Coverage

Mountain Island Lake Gets 24-Hour TowBoatUS Coverage

On the Water Assistance When You Need It CHARLOTTE, NC, July 15, 2014 – For years, boaters and anglers stuck with a dead battery, dead engine or empty fuel tank out on Mountain Island Lake had to hope that someone would get them back to the boat launch or dock. That’s because the lake had no around-the-clock on water boat towing service. Local law enforcement only patrolled the lake on weekends and provided tows, which was also likely not the best use of the officer’s time or taxpayer dollars. That has all changed with the opening of TowBoatUS Mountain Island Lake, a 24-hour on water towing and assistance service for routine breakdowns. The new location is the third for Capt. […]

Shakespeare Bank Stik

Shakespeare Bank Stik

Designed for Bank Anglers COLUMBIA, SC July 14, 2014 – Most anglers have fished from the bank at one point or another. Branches, coolers and various other items have often been used as rod holders. Shakespeare® has developed a unique way for bank anglers to store their rod holder with the new, patented Bank Stik™. The patented, durable fiberglass rod holder stores easily away in the butt of the rod blank, making it easy to carry to any waters. With EVA grips, secure reel seats and stainless-steel guides, the Bank Stik is great for casting and reeling in the catch. With four rods and four combos available in light, medium, and medium-heavy actions, there is something for everyone. Spinning reels, […]

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Hot Fun in the Summertime: Topical Biomedics offers health living tops for Summer

Hot Fun in the Summertime: Topical Biomedics offers health living tops for Summer

RHINEBECK, NY July 14, 2014 — As the Nat King Cole song says, it’s the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!   Which means it’s the season for family vacations, lounging by the pool, visiting amusement parks, and walking barefoot on the beach.  Being outside in the sun feels great, especially after the polar vortex winter of 2013 – 2014.  But there are precautions that should be taken when spending time outside in the heat.  Topical BioMedics offers tips for staying safe and healthy while catching some rays and waves. Beach Bag Essentials  Whether you’re spending the day by the shore, lake, or pool, there are several must-have items for toting in your beach bag:      -Lip balm: Lip protection is […]

Hardy Shadow Fly Rod

Hardy Shadow Fly Rod

Leading the Pack in Traditional Carbon Technology COLUMBIA, SC July 14, 2014 – The new Shadow® fly rod from Hardy® delivers all the control to the angler along with the perfect balance of power, finesse and durability. Slough Creek cutthroat, Boundary Waters smallmouth, the permit of Turneffe Atoll or any other hard-hitting fish are no match for the Shadow. Nine models are available from the 8-foot, 4-weight for delicate presentations to the wind-cheating 10-foot, 8-weight workhorse. The key to the Shadow’s high-quality feel and performance is the advanced mandrel design of the high modulus M40 carbon blank construction. Perfectly fit in four sections with sleeve ferrules, the middle-to-tip action is ultra smooth with high recovery in calm and windy conditions […]

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