One of the lesser-known, and the least occurring panfish in the Carolinas is one that many anglers never catch or even lay eyes on. Many have never even heard of it. And of those who have caught one, many of them shrug at the sight and chalk them up as a strange looking bream. The flier (Centrarchus macropterus) exists sparingly in both states, but can be found in big numbers in certain bodies of water.
During a telephonic meeting on May 15, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted to open the public comment period and hold one public hearing for three temporary amendments to existing rules. The public comment period opens May 25 and closes June 29. Comments can be submitted online or by email. The public hearing will be held on June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Commission’s headquarters in Raleigh.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is offering nine free fishing and boating workshops for people of all ages and skill levels throughout the month of June. Online registration is required for the workshops, which are open on a first-come, first-served basis.
Six-year-old Lindsey Edge of Laurel Hill, N.C. caught a 71-pound blue catfish on May 10 at the base of the Blewett Falls Dam in the Pee Dee River at Norwood, N.C. Few anglers ever catch or even see a fish this big in person. But, it happened for Edge, who spends many hours with her father, Ira Edge on the water every year.