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Kids Preparing for Family Fishing Tournament in Beaufort this Weekend June 22-23

Gearing Up – The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of last year’s Kid’s Division.

Competition is heating up in the Kid’s division for North Carolina’s premiere family fishing tournament – the 5th Annual Carteret Community College Foundation Spanish Mackerel and Dolphin Fishing Tournament to be held in Beaufort, N.C., Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23.
The winners of last year’s Kid’s division said recently they plan to win the tournament again.  However they disagree on who will actually win first place. “I am going to win, I know that,” said seven-year-old Cason Collins, son of Wes and Darley Collins of Morehead City.  “We’re going to fish the same place we did last year.  It’s a secret spot, so I can’t tell you where.”  Collins won first place last year with his 1.53 lb. Spanish Mackerel.   Last year’s third place winner, nine-year-old Susanna Segrave, daughter of Ryan and Anna Segrave of Morehead City, said she was going to be switching baits this year.   “We haven’t been using live bait, but this time, we are going to try live bait,” Segrave said.  “I think I will win that way.” Leah Stone, 7, who won second place last year said she plans to change a few things this year as well.  “I’m using live bait this year,” Stone said.  “I can’t tell you where we are going because it is a secret.  But I’m going to win, maybe.” 
Stone, daughter of David and Casey Stone of Morehead City, is a student along with Collins and Segrave at Morehead City Primary School.
“I would call it a kid friendly rivalry,” said Dr. David Nateman, executive director of the Carteret Community College Foundation.  “They are all friends, but when it comes to fishing, they want to be first.  The Kid’s division is one of the most interesting categories of anglers.”
The annual event is for families and fishermen with smaller boats who like to fish closer to shore, with categories for Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Flounder, King Mackerel and Dolphin. “This is a fishing tournament the whole family can compete in with categories for masters, ladies, children, and of course men,” said Dr. Kerry Youngblood, president of Carteret Community College.  “We have had families with boats come from all over Eastern North Carolina and as far away as Raleigh.”
The fishing tournament will be held at the Boathouse at Front Street Village in Beaufort, recently crowned “America’s Coolest Small Town.”
“The Boathouse is serving as the tournament sponsor and what a great place to host a fishing tournament,” Dr. Youngblood said.  The Boathouse at Front Street Village is more than just a marina, it is the former site of one of the largest Menhaden fishing fleets on the East Coast that dates back more than 80 years.
Today, the Boathouse is a state-of-the-art, ecologically friendly marina complete with dry stack, docking and fuel facilities, ship’s store, gift shop, pool and recreation area, and party/meeting space all located on scenic Taylor’s Creek.  When completed, Front Street Village will be a nautical community featuring single family properties and Beaufort style cottages.  The Inn at Front Street Village will offer five-star accommodations to visitors, along with conference space and guest amenities.
“Two years ago, we had a 21-year-old young lady haul in the winning Spanish Mackerel,” said Dr. Ken Eiler, chairman of the 2012 tournament, and board member on the CCC Foundation.  “Early summer is a great time for fishing around Beaufort Inlet with the big schools of Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel swimming close to shore.  It makes for a great day of fishing for the whole family.”
Last year, Richard Hall caught the winning Spanish Mackerel that weighed 6.45 lbs. and was awarded the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Citation by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.  The largest Dolphin weighed 26.92 lbs., and was landed by angler Stewart Dudley.  In all, more than 75 boats participated in last year’s tournament, with more than $5,000 being paid out in awards and prizes.
The tournament begins Friday, June 22, with the First Bank’s Captains’ Social at The Boathouse at Front Street Village in Beaufort from 5 to 8 pm; and then the fishing starts at 6 am, Saturday, June 23, with the weigh-in running from 1 pm to 3 pm., and the Wells Fargo Awards Party at 3:30 pm.
This year, the tournament features a Kid’s Cove with fun and activities for children like mural painting, games, and fish print making.  Tournament participants can also donate any unwanted caught fish to Hope Mission in Morehead City through an agreement with tournament organizers. Participants can register online through the tournament website at www.carteretsmt.com, or they can register in person at the “Send Your Boat to College” office at the Carteret Community College in Morehead City, N.C. 
Last minute registrations will be accepted at the Boathouse at Front Street Village Friday afternoon (and at the Captains’ Social Friday evening).
For more information, call David Nateman at 252-222-6262, or via: natemand@ email.carteret. edu.

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