Lake Wylie Marine Commission meeting Feb. 25

February 17, 2013 

Lake Wylie Marine Commission’s next monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Gaston College East Campus and Technology Center, 7220 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont.

The public is invited. For more information, visit lakewyliemarinecommission.com.

Lake Norman hosts Walmart BFL Saturday

The 2013 Walmart BFL season continues with five tournaments Saturday, Feb. 23, including the North Carolina Division opening on Lake Norman at Midway Marina, 8693 Hwy. 150 E., Terrell, N.C.

Reports indicate Lake Norman’s water levels have remained slightly above target. This has allowed the largemouth bass to inhabit their favorite shallow cover, such as boat docks, creeks, banks and shallow points. Bass are hitting topwater, jerkbaits and crankbaits in the muddier water, while other tactics such as drop-shotting and Alabama rigs should be popular in the deeper, clear portions of the lake. The best time to fish has been mid-day after the water warms.

The Bulldog division opens on Lake Lanier, the Cowboy division continues on Toledo Bend Reservoir, the Mississippi division opens on Ross Barnett, and Music City division kicks off on Lake Guntersville.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The 2013 BFL All-American is being held June 27-29 on Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or Walmart FLW Tour.

Catfish Club tourney continues

The Catawba Catfish Club’s 2012-13 tournaments schedule continues:

• March 2, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Hwy. 21 Access

• April 13, Lake Monticello, Hwy. 99 Access

• Championship event for Catawba Catfish Club, May 4-5, Lake Wylie, Ebenezer Park

For more information, visit catawbacatfishclub.com.

Youth championship March 23 on Murray

The first S.C. Department of Natural Resources Youth Bass Fishing Championship will be held March 23 on Lake Murray, with the weigh-in at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic at the S.C. State Fairgrounds in the Nutt Cattle Arena.

Youth anglers in middle and high school can send up to six anglers to fish in two-man teams. Each team will share their boat with an adult volunteer.

There will be a title for the winning middle school and high school, as well as the biggest fish for an individual in the middle and high school categories. Winners will be determined by the total weight combined of each of the three two-man teams sent per school. Trophies will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winning middle and high schools. Biggest fish awards will be given to one middle schooler and one high schooler. The top ranked high school two-man team with the heaviest bag of fish for the tournament will receive scholarship money.

Interested in forming a bass fishing club at your school? All you need to do is six students (ages 11-18) with dues paid to create a Youth Bass Fishing Club. You’ll also need an adult at the school to help lead the club, provide advice and help arrange at least two club tournaments, fundraisers, speakers and other learning sessions pertaining to fishing for club meetings. Call 803-737-8483 for more information.

Anglers invited to Fish for Cure April 5

The Thursday Night Tournament Trail is hosting the third annual Fishing for a Cure Breast Cancer Awareness fishing tournament from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. April 5.

This tournament raises money for the western York County Relay For Life Breast Cancer Awareness.

The team captains are Stamie Hersheyman, Connie Garvin, Clair Britt and Elizabeth Scheafer.

The tournament is open to everyone.

Entry fee costs $75 with $25 going to the charity and $50 to the purse. There will be a $10 Big Fish option.

For more information, call 704-617-0247 or visit lwtt.org.

In-Water show set

The South Carolina Marine Association will host the annual In-Water Boat Show April 12-14 at Daniel Island’s Waterfront Park in Charleston.

There will be boats in the water, boats on land, watercraft of all dimensions, marine education and safety exhibits, children’s activities and entertainment.

For information, visit scinwaterboatshow.com and scmarine.org.

Safe boating courses planned

Charlotte Power Squadron will hold safe boating classes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 and May 11 at Lake Wylie Marina.

Cost is $40 for materials. For more information, call 704-365-5508 or email chasi3@aol.com.

Covekeepers meet

at T-Bones

The Covekeepers, volunteers who work with Catawba Riverkeeper, meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at T-Bones on the Lake.

The public is invited. For more information or to report water issue concerns, visit catawbariverkeeper.org.

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