Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen, Public Information Officer
RALEIGH, N.C. (July 19, 2011) – Raleigh angler George Sinor didn’t catch any fish at the Lake Wheeler Park kids’ fishing event on June 4, but he did reel in a lifetime sportsman license, courtesy of Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston.
George, 9, was one of two young anglers to take home lifetime licenses as part of a statewide drawing for participants in kids’ “Fish-for-Fun events,” held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2011. He won the grand prize, a unified lifetime sportsman/coastal recreational fishing license, valued at $450 and donated by Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston.
George’s license gives him statewide fishing and hunting privileges, includeing fishing in all public waters --- from the mountains to the coast --- as well as hunting for big game, hunting on game lands and waterfowl hunting.
George got hooked on fishing about two years ago after a “very successful” fishing trip to a farm pond where he caught “lots of fish” using canned, sweet corn. He threw all of his catches back that day, and continues to practice catch-and-release because he hasn’t learned how to clean fish yet. However, Richard Dean, George’s grandfather and an avid angler himself, has promised to teach him how to clean fish so he can start eating his catches rather than throwing them all back.
George is the son of Scott and Diana Sinor of Raleigh. He is a rising fourth grader at Green Elementary School in Wake County.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.