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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 5, 2011) – Just in time for striper season in the “Rockfish Capital of the World,” the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission held a ribbon cutting last week on the newly renovated Weldon Boating Access Area.
By mid-April, the site, one of the oldest boat fishing sites in the state, will be packed with hundreds of anglers casting a line for striped bass in the Roanoke River. The Boating Access Area has new courtesy docks and has been expanded from two launch lanes to three.
“Now, fisherman will be able to launch their boats much faster and have more time to fish,” said Town of Weldon Mayor Julia Meacham, during the Ribbon Cutting ceremony. “Weldon is proud to be the Rockfish Capital of the World, and we are equally proud of the newly renovated boat access area here at the Roanoke River Landing. The natural beauty of the rocks, the rapids, the water and the joy and pleasure people derive from fishing here is mother nature at her best.”
North Carolina Rep. Michael Wray and Sen. Ed Jones also attended the ribbon cutting.
The renovations, which occurred over the course of two winters, were funded from the Sport Fish Restoration Program and motorboat registration receipts. The site has a plaque commemorating Dale Morris, a boating technician with the Commission for 22 years who worked in the Weldon area. He completed an initial set of renovations on the Weldon Boating Access Area some 20 years ago. Morris died in 2009.
“This site is one of North Americas premier fishing areas and has quite a history.” said Erik Christofferson,” chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “Many years ago, boats used to be launched on a rail system. They would then winch it back up. It is still one of our most popular sites.”
For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of free, 24-hour boating access areas visit the Boating section.