NC Inland Fisheries Conduct Study During BFCS Event

Many in attendance during the weigh-in of our most recent event in Edenton, NC may have noticed a NC Wildlife Resource Commission officer checking the weigh bags of anglers with a special device, just before releasing the fish back into Pembroke Creek.  That individual was Kevin Dockendorf, a Coastal Research Coordinator for the Division of Inland Fisheries.  Next, you may ask, “What was he doing?”  Kevin was invited to attend our afternoon weigh-in for this event in an effort to assist the NCWRC with studies pertaining to largemouth bass populations in our coastal regions.  During the afternoon weigh-in Kevin was searching for special tags that are used to track the migration of largemouth bass after the fish are caught in a tournament event and released.  The summary below describes, in more detail, the reasoning behind Kevin’s presence and the studies associated with his efforts.

Kevin Dockendorf, coastal research coordinator from the Division of Inland Fisheries with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, scanned the largemouth bass following weigh-in with a PIT tag (Passive Integrated Transponder).  Kevin was checking for any PIT tagged largemouth bass that may remain at-large from a 2012-2013 NC State University project on largemouth bass movement in coastal rivers.  The study was funded through Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration and these monies are available from excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel paid by anglers.  THANK YOU for your support!  In the study, a total of 85 largemouth bass ranging in size from 9 inches to 23 inches were tagged with both PIT tags and acoustic tags; PIT tags allowed for scanning opportunities in the field or at largemouth bass tournaments and the acoustic tags provided information on fish movement when the fish passed any available receivers in the study area; receivers for the study have since been removed.  At the conclusion of the NC State study, there were about 18 of 85 largemouth bass that were still at-large with PIT tags and acoustic tags in their body cavity; acoustic tags, however, could not be detected with the wand Kevin was using on Saturday.  PIT tags are activated only when scanned, yet Kevin did not find any PIT tags in any of the largemouth bass weighed in at the Saturday event.  Although Kevin did not find any PIT tagged largemouth bass, the results of 110 fish weighed in with the Top 10 teams weighing in 5 fish and the Top 5 teams weighing in an average of 17.83 pounds are encouraging signs that recovery is in progress following Hurricane Irene in fall 2011 and some quality bass are available to bass anglers fishing the tributaries of the Albemarle Sound complex.  Fisheries staff will be sampling the area rivers this spring and we look forward to opportunities to update bass clubs with our findings.

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Researchers, such as Kevin and the NC State University members, working on projects such as these are helping to ensure that future generation of anglers will continue to have largemouth bass to catch in our coastal areas.  As anglers, we owe each of these individuals a well deserved pat on the back and handshake for their efforts.  So, the next time you have the chance to thank a NCWRC officer or researcher, do so.  Your praise will certainly show that you care about their hard work.

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BFCS Event #2 – Pembroke Creek Results

Thompson and Hall take the top spot in the Collins Inc. Bass For Cash Series event #2 – Presented by Outdoor Accessories Unlimited.

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After what seemed like a never-ending winter, mother nature finally offered the Bass For Cash Series anglers a pleasant start to event number two of the 2014 season. Launching from the Bayside Marina in Edenton, NC anglers were provided a vast span of fishable water among the many rivers and creeks intersecting this Albemarle Sound region. Forty-nine teams made their way from the Pembroke Creek starting location at 6:45 AM and returned at 3:00 PM.

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Firmly taking the top spot was the team of Ronnie Thompson and Jeff Hall with a very impressive catch of a five-fish limit weighing 23.25 lbs.lbs, earning the duo $1213.00 for their efforts and an added $500 bonus from the Ranger Cup contingency. Filling the second spot, with another great catch, was the team of Dan Treadaway and Sammy Creech with their limit of largemouth weighing 21.70 lbs.lbs, including a 7.74 lb lunker earning the pair a check for $662.00 for the second place finish, $245 in cash for the lunker prize, plus an additional $100 gift certificate from lunker award supporter Outdoor Accessories Unlimited. Bringing 15.49 lbs to the scales was the team of Rob Conway and Charles Anderson, earning the anglers $496 for their third place finish. Trey Nanney and Robert Thompson took the fourth position with 15.27 lbs and earned $423.00 for the effort. In fifth place was the team of Charlie Creech and Jamie Rose with a catch of 13.44 lbs giving the duo a $276.00 pay day. In the sixth position with 12.96 lbs. was the tandem of Mike Brinchek and Glen Aycock, taking home $276.00 for their finish. Rounding out the final paying spot at $202 included Holt Searcy with his catch of 12.21 lbs.

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In the optional points competition, Steve Vann and Richard Lewis continue to hold the lead, while Tommy and Wilburn Rutledge make a jump to the second position, and Raymond Jones and Fred Page settle in the third spot.

Complete results can be found here.

Optional Points Competition standings can be found here.

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Food and beverage items were provided during the afternoon weigh-in for all anglers. Door prizes from Ranger Boats, Atlantic Coast Marine Group/Tow Boat US, Solar Bat sunglasses, and Woodmen of the World representatives were also awarded.

The next event on the Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series will take place May 3rd on Kerr Lake. Entry forms and tournament rules can be found here.

Random event photos:

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Collins BFCS 2014 Event #2 Information

Tournament event #2 for the Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series will take place this Saturday, April 5th, on the Albemarle Sound out of Pembroke Creek at Bayside Marina. You can visit the “Schedule” tab at our site for a map to the ramp location.

  • Morning registration is planned to begin on-site at 4:30 AM. Cash or check is the only form of payment accepted.
  • Every team must check in at our Yamaha registration tent the morning of each event. Even if you have pre-registered, we need to know that you are in attendance and provide you with important information.
  • A livewell check will be conducted as you are launching your boats near the ramp.
  • Blast Off Will Begin At Safe Light – Approximately 6:45 AM.
  • Please be checked in, have your livewells checked, and your boat in the water well in advance of the start of the event.
  • Return / Weigh-In – 3:00 PM (Be Sure To Check In With A Tournament Official). Depending on the number of total entries, we may create additional flights and return times. This information will be announced prior to blast off.
  • Five (5) fish limit per boat. Minimum size for this event will be 14” in length. Reminder, no courtesy measurements allowed.
  • Complimentary food items and door prizes will be available during afternoon weigh-in, so stick around if you can.
  • Bayside Marina will have their restaurant open for breakfast beginning at 4:30 AM.
  • There is a $5 per boat ramp fee that will be collected by the tournament staff as you check in at the registration tent.

We would like to remind everyone of the off-limits period as specified within the tournament rules. If you feel that you have violated this rule in any way, please contact us so that we may make arrangements to have your entry fee moved over to a future event.

Please take time to read over the complete 2014 BFCS rules as tournament rules may vary from tournament trail to tournament trail. We do not want to see anyone caught off guard.

Click on this link for 2014 BFCS rules: 2014 Rules

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Collins Inc. – BFCS Event #2 Info

The second event for the Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series is quickly approaching. We will be visiting the Chowan River & Albemarle Sound region for this April 5th event and will be launching from the Bayside Marina & Grill located at 802 West Queen Street – Edenton, NC 27932. The folks at the marina will have their breakfast buffet open the morning of the event to serve anyone wishing to get a hot breakfast before taking to the water.

If you are looking to stay overnight, the Hampton Inn in Edenton will offer a 10% discount if you call and book directly at their location. (Note: Offer valid for a limited time so call early.) Contact info for the Hampton Inn and other area locations can be found below.

Hampton Inn

  • 115 Hampton Drive
  • Edenton, NC 27932
  • 252-482-3500
  • 10% Discount Offer Per: Katrina Barnes

Super 8

  • 501 Virginia Road
  • Edenton, NC 27932
  • 252-482-2017

Coach House Inn

  • 823 North Broad Street
  • Edenton, NC 27932
  • 252-482-2107

Additional accommodations can be found at: http://www.visitedenton.com/where-to-stay

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BFCS Event #1 – Shearon Harris Results

Fajardo & Woodson Take Collins Inc. Bass For Cash Series – Presented By WT’s Guns Indoor Range & Outdoor Shop Event #1 Victory

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The first event of the 2014 season kicked off on March 1st on Shearon Harris lake. Thirty seven teams battled the cold and overcast conditions in the early morning, but were welcomed with clearing skies later in the day and improving temperatures for the afternoon weigh-in.

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20140301_151834The 16” – 20” slot limit on this Central NC reservoir took it’s toll on the anglers and left many teams unable to showcase their overall catches from their day on the water. Jamie Fajardo and Scott Woodson managed to take the top spot in this season opener with their catch of 16.01 lbs. The pair earned $958.50 for their first place efforts and will receive a bonus payout from the Stratos Boats 2X contingency program, thus doubling their first place earnings. The anglers were also participants of the Collins Cup incentive program which grants the anglers a pre-paid entry into a future event. Adding even more cash to their pockets, the duo netted the lunker for the event at 8.88 lbs. gaining an additional $180 in prize money and a $100 gift certificate from Outdoor Accessories Unlimited.

Finishing the day in second position was the team of Steve Vann and Richard Lewis with their catch of 11.18 lbs. earning the duo $540 for their efforts. Cody Shuffler and Casey Johnson landed 10.13 lbs. and $378 for their third place finish. Billy Vierra and Harry Smith finished the day in the fourth position with 9.38 lbs. and $310.50. Earning $297 for their 9.02 lb. catch was the pair of John Morton and Michael Morton ending their day in fifth place. Rounding out the final award winning position was the team of Raymond Jones and David Anderson with their catch of 8.01 lbs. granting the duo $216 for their efforts.

In the Optional Points Competition Steve Vann and Richard Lewis take an early lead with 199 points with Vierra/Smith in second, and Morton/Morton in third.

Complete results can be found here.

Current point standings can be found here.

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During the afternoon weigh-in anglers were met with food and beverage items provided by Adam’s Roadside BBQ and Collins Inc. Door prizes from Ranger Boats, Atlantic Coast Marine Group/Tow Boat US, and Solar Bat sunglasses were also awarded.

The next event on the Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series will take place April 5th on Pembroke Creek in Edenton, NC. Entry forms and tournament rules can be found here.

Random Event Photos:

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Collins BFCS 2014 Event #1 Information

Tournament event #1 for the Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series will take place this weekend, March 1st, on Shearon Harris lake. We look forward to a new season with all of our tournament anglers.

  • Morning registration is planned to begin on-site at 5:30 AM. Cash or check is the only form of payment accepted.
  • Every team must check in at our Yamaha registration tent the morning of each event. Even if you have pre-registered, we need to know that you are in attendance and provide you with important information.
  • A livewell check will be conducted as you are launching your boats.
  • Blast Off Will Begin At Safe Light – Approximately 6:45 to 7:00 AM.
  • Please be checked in, have your livewells checked, and your boat in the water well in advance of the start of the event.
  • Return / Weigh-In – 3:00 PM (Check In With Tournament Official)
  • Five (5) fish limit per boat. Minimum size for this event will be 14” in length. No fish between 16” and 20” will be allowed per NC Wildlife regulations. Reminder, no courtesy measurements allowed.
  • Food items and door prizes will be available during afternoon weigh-in, so stick around if you can.

We would like to remind everyone of the off-limits period as specified within the tournament rules. If you feel that you have violated this rule in any way, please contact us so that we may make arrangements to have your entry fee moved over to a future event.

Please take time to read over the complete 2014 BFCS rules as tournament rules may vary from tournament trail to tournament trail. We do not want to see anyone caught off guard.

Click on this link for 2014 BFCS rules: 2014 Rules

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BFCS Welcomes Our Returning Supporters

Several Sponsors Returning For 2014 Collins Inc. – BFCS Season

Gaining the trust and support of individuals and businesses can be tough. Making a positive impact that makes these folks want to return for additional events and seasons is the most important step in a successful sponsor relationship. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the return of a few of our tournament trail supporters.

Ranger Boats

http://www.rangerboats.com/

500-25-1600x1200From the fast-paced drama of America’s toughest tournament trails to quiet, welcome respites with family and friends, the sport of fishing has traveled far from the cane poles and hollow perceptions of days gone by. Alongside that transformation, Ranger Boats has built a solid reputation for premium quality and unmatched value while strengthening families, fishing and personal dreams.

With more than 40 different models and 5 different series, it’s a legacy of leadership that continues to grow.

The beginnings of Ranger can be traced to 1968 when founders Forrest and Nina Wood were operating a successful fishing guide service on Bull Shoals Lake, the White River and Crooked Creek. Guiding from large, heavy, wooden boats, Forrest’s long hours and years of guiding taught him the value and real need for a design which was comfortable, efficient, and most importantly… demonstrated unquestionable quality. With those merits in mind, his dream to build a quality fishing boat began.

Atlantic Coast Marine Group / TowBoatUS

http://www.atlanticcoastmarinegroup.com/

Tow BoatTowBoatUS currently operates 13 ports in NC with 11 of the ports on the NC coast. More towing ports means more towing assistance at the ready, which equals less wait time when you need assistance on the water.

TowBoatUS in Beaufort, NC operates under the company of Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. Capt Lee Sykes is President / Owner / Operator of the company and has been in the towing and marine salvage business for almost 10 years.

Our NC Lakes Division covers the areas of Jordan Lake, Kerr Lake and Lake Gaston! But remember now – no matter where you boat in the United States you are covered (up to your per incident level) if you have a TowBoatUS membership.For more details about your membership coverages on the NC Lakes call locally 919-303-1669.

WT’s Guns and Outdoor Shop

http://www.wtsguns.com/

WT's 1WT’s Guns was founded from a passion for hunting and fishing and WT’s desire to operate a company that included two of his favorite things in life: family and the outdoors. His vision has led WT’s Guns since its inception.

An 11,000 square foot building and Indoor Range was built in 2008 and contained over 1,800 guns along with accessories, clothing, ammunition, concealed carry classes, safes and lots of extras. The indoor range has eight lanes with a shooting distance of up to 25 yards. The range is designed for handguns, rifles and shotguns and includes numerous opportunities for families, law enforcement, businesses and individuals.

In 2012 WT’s expanded its current location to over 21,000 square feet and added numerous new product lines. An indoor two lane archery range was also added to compliment the indoor shooting range. The new addition is named WT’s Outdoor Shop and Indoor Archery Range! In the Spring of 2013 WT added another passion of his, fishing tackle. This makes WT’s Guns the largest shop of its kind in Eastern NC.

Outdoor Accessories Unlimited

http://outdooracc.com/

20130521_193105Outdoor Accessories Unlimited Inc. is located in Kenly, North Carolina. Owners Ed and Vickie Collier opened their tackle store in October 1990. What began as a fisherman’s hobby and dream has grown into a successful business.

Outdoor Accessories Unlimited Inc. stocks a large selection of popular rod, reels, hard baits, and soft baits. We also provide live bait that includes red wigglers, night crawlers, minnows, and crickets. Outdoor Accessories Unlimited Inc. also carries a selection of hunting supplies that includes ammunition, scents, calls, boots, and gun cases.

Visitors to the store will be greeted by a staff that understands the needs of today’s recreational fisherman and hunter.

Outdoor Accessories Unlimited Inc. is an authorized North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Agent. You can purchase your hunting, inland fishing, coastal, and sportsman licenses at our store. As a NCWR Agent we can also issue New Vessel Registrations, 3-year Vessel Registrations, Transfer Vessel Ownerships, and Duplicate Registrations.

Power-Pole

https://www.power-pole.com/

Nothing stops you like Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchors.

Power PoleSport fishing requires the ability to stop your boat and work an area quickly and quietly as you spot or catch your fish. With Power-Pole shallow water anchor’s advanced technology you can stop your boat quickly and quietly with the touch of a button and keep your boat securely in place, even in heavy wind and current. A Power-Pole anchor is also eco-friendly and causes no damage to the environment.

  • SWIFT – Nothing stops your boat faster and safer than Power-Pole anchors. The unbelievably fast action means you can stop as soon as you see a fish or hook on without any concern for stress on your transom, the only stress you’ll feel will be on the other end of your line.

  • SILENT – Nothing stops your boat quieter than Power-Pole anchors. The Power-Pole deployment system is virtually silent, allowing the anchor to quickly slip into the water undetected with no disturbance below the surface. The only sound will be the splash of all the fish you land.
  • SECURE – Nothing holds your boat stronger than Power-Pole anchors. Precisely tuned hydraulics provide maximum force to keep your boat pinned down in all water and current conditions, as well as all bottom types including hard sand, rock, mud and grass, so you can stand and fish with confidence.
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Solar Bat $$$ Savings, Rewards, & Prizes

Don’t miss your chance to cash in on Solar Bat’s great support.

NOCS-1005-G15-Polarized-N05G15P-669385-11511-4_1024x1024As avid tournament anglers, we all know the importance of proper eye protection. From harmful sun rays to damaging wind, eye-wear products (aka: sunglasses) help make our day on the water more enjoyable and safer. The added ability to find and cast to that perfectly placed stump or stare down that leery bedding bass is all due to the advancement in eye-wear technology. The need for such safety and vision enhancements are just as important as any other bass-battling tackle in our boat.

Now that we’ve quickly covered the needed protection and other benefits associated with proper eye-wear, let’s talk about the things that we don’t normally associate with these products – Incentives! Solar Bat will once again be a Platinum Level supporter for the 2014 Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series tournament trail and with that support comes some great opportunities for anglers to cash in on.

Savings $$$

We all like to save money and with the help of Solar Bat and their support of our tournament series in 2014 you can purchase a pair of their eye-wear products at a 20% discount. This 20% discount can be achieved by using the promotional code CB4C when purchasing online at Solar Bat’s web site (www.solarbat.com), visiting an authorized tournament dealer, or by written order through the tournament director.

Rewards

20140206_193407_LLSIf you like the chance at gaining some additional incentive rewards, based on your performance during select tournament events, then Solar Bat offers those opportunities as well. Anglers who purchase a Solar Bat PNVX or PNVXD product by use of the trail’s 2013 or 2014 promotional code (CB4C) will be eligible for “Bat Bucks” contingency awards. Visit the Solar Bat site for additional details on the “Bat Bucks” program.

In addition to “Bat Bucks” rewards, 10% of all sales generated using the trail’s promotional code (CB4C) will be rewarded to the highest finishing Solar Bat Wearing – Bass For Cash Series angler at the September 2014 two-day championship event. To be eligible, all you have to do is purchase a pair of Solar Bat PNVX or PNVXD products using the promotional code.

Prizes

Thanks to the generosity of Solar Bat, several anglers will get a free pair of eye-wear during our 2014 season. Just as we did in 2013, the Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series will reward two lucky anglers, at each qualifying event, a pair of Solar Bat NOCS products (A $59.99 Value). Simply attend an event and your name is in the hat for the afternoon drawings.

With the great value and opportunities available through the support of Solar Bat, you may want to consider a purchase in the near future. You never know what that purchase may reward you with!

Check out the Solar Bat PNVX & PNVXD flyers below. (Click each to enlarge).

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2014 BFCS Seasonal Points Competition Enhanced

$5000 Added To Overall Seasonal Points Competition Payout

Collins Inc. and Ranger Boats have partnered to fund an additional $5000 purse among anglers that choose to compete in the optional Seasonal Points Competition. New for 2014, the creation of this optional Seasonal Points Competition was established to reward the anglers and teams that regularly support the Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series by attending most, if not all, of the season’s events. Anglers can choose to enter into this optional points competition by paying an additional $20 per team / per event. During each event, teams will be rewarded points based on their end of the day standings. After the six (6) qualifying events (March through August events) have completed, the team with the most accumulated points will be crowned as champions among their division and will receive a cash payout for their seasonal efforts. Additional payouts (2nd, 3rd, etc.) will be rewarded based on the number of teams that enter the Seasonal Points Competition.

For complete details & rules regarding the Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series optional Seasonal Points Competition click here.

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Ranger Cup Offered Again in 2014

Ranger Cup

Ranger Boats has once again agreed to fund a Ranger Cup incentive program for the Bass For Cash Series in 2014. The winner at each of the six (6) regular season qualifying events will be rewarded with an additional $500 if all Ranger Cup guidelines are met.

For additional information on the Ranger Cup incentive program click here.

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