Trout Still Around for April Wounded Warrior/Military Appreciation Day
4/17/2013 3:36 PM
By Al Kittredge
Our military heroes made another assault on the trout ponds last Wednesday — the second Wednesday of the month, which is the day when the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center opens its doors to a fun afternoon of fishing for Wounded Warriors, the N.C. Handicapped Sportsmen and any military and their families. We offer basic fly-fishing instruction and fly tying for those who want to try their hand at that aspect of the sport.
For participants who are not into fly fishing,we have spin cast outfits and bait for use on the catfish ponds. The Pechmann Center provides the venue and equipment; however, participants are encouraged to bring and use their own gear. A North Carolina fishing license is not required for these events.
The nice weather, coupled with the fact we have allowed participants to keep a limit of trout for the past few events, has elevated attendance to a very nice level.
The deep end of the ponds where there is a slight water flow was the most popular spot for trout fishing. Corn was the bait of choice.
In December, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission stocked 1,000 trout in two ponds for its annual series of fly-fishing clinics. The mix was approximately 700 rainbows, 150 browns and 150 brook trout. Once the water begins to warm, the trout are fished out and the ponds are restocked with warm water species.
Not all the action was at the trout ponds,however. The Center has three ponds full of catfish, which are easy to fool and very tolerant of repeated catch-and-release cycles. Most are big enough to put a very nice bend in your rod.
While the Commission provides the venue, the Center has a very limited staff, so these events would not be possible without our volunteers. A big shout out to Bobby, John, Barry, Chris, Brad and others for their part in making this another memorable day for our military heroes.
The next Wounded Warrior/Military Appreciation Day is May 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. The trout will be gone, but we have a variety of other fish available on a catch-and-release basis, which makes for lots of fun and great opportunity for family participation.