Catfish seminar offered

State record-holder willdiscuss catching ‘giant catfish’

FAYETTEVILLE — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free blue catfish seminar on Wednesday, April 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The seminar, “Fishing for North Carolina’s Giant Catfish,” will be taught by Zakk Royce, a Murfreesboro angler who caught back-to-back blue catfish state records in December and who runs Blues Brothers Catfish Guide Service out of Lake Gaston.

Among the topics Royce will cover are equipment selection, from what type of rod and reel is best for fishing for big blues to the different types of reels; line and line size; and terminal tackle.

He will discuss how to catch different types of bait, including live bait and cut bait, and how and under what circumstances they should be used. He will also cover the different types of structure favored by blue catfish as well as the techniques used to catch these often large and sought after nongame fish.

Space is limited and pre-registration online is strongly encouraged. For more information about the seminar, contact Education Center Director Thomas Carpenter at 910-868-5003.

The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, across from Lake Rim. Wildlife Commission staff at the Pechmann Center conducts fishing workshops, events and clinics throughout the year. Most programs are free and open to the public. For more information about the center, or to see a schedule of upcoming events, visit and click on the “Learning” link.

For information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit


Nominations sought


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations through May 16 for three seats on its Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee — a board of North Carolina citizens that provides advice to the Commission on nongame wildlife conservation issues across the state.

The first seat is an “expert affiliate seat.” Nominees for this seat should have extensive biological, regional, academic, scientific and/or habitat expertise and experience in matters dealing with nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina.

Two additional seats are at-large “affiliate seats.” Nominees for these seats should be qualified individuals from land trusts serving North Carolina, federal natural resource agencies other than the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, non-governmental conservation organizations, industries with operations and/or management that have landscape-scale effects on wildlife, or other organizations that provide a stakeholder voice in wildlife resource conservation. Individuals should have a comprehensive knowledge of nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina.

The Commission asks committee members to participate actively throughout their terms. The committee meets four times a year, usually at the Commission’s headquarters in Raleigh. The 19-member board of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is scheduled to appoint committee members at its July meeting, based on the nominees’ credentials, expertise, affiliation and constituency at large.

To nominate an individual for the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee, submit a nomination form with information regarding affiliation and expertise, a résumé if available, and a cover letter. These documents can be downloaded here or they can be downloaded from the Commission’s homepage, Click on the “Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee” icon on the home page.

While electronic submissions are preferred, hard copies may be mailed to the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee, Attn: Shauna Glover, Habitat Conservation Division, MSC 1721, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1700. Electronic nominations should be emailed to

For information about the committee or the nomination process, call Shauna Glover at 919-707-0064.

State record-holder willdiscuss catching ‘giant catfish’
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