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Congrats to our 2018 TUFF Fishing Derby Winners!

by Miss Libby

Posted on Thu Nov 29 2018


The brief 2018 TUFF Derby Awards Ceremony took place November 24th at the Carolina Trace Gatehouse. Last year the weather outside was sleeting for our annual December awards event and group photo op. So this year yours truly decided to have it during the Thanksgiving holiday when the weather would be warmer and nicer. Right?? Park at the turn around, take a picture of the group with our beautiful Lake Trace in the background? 

BUT NNNOOOOO.  It poured torrential rains on that Saturday a.m. after Thanksgiving. Too soggy for that shoot, but thanks to CT Gatehouse who let us set up in their conference room! Plus many thanks to our 2018 winners who braved the weather and got together to claim their prizes and talk about their fishing adventures.

Back row: Don Facciolo (MC) with the new “Golden TUFF” Award for winning first place in all categories, including 1st Place Bass for a 13 pound, 13 ounce largemouth caught May 27; David Zorn (SM), 2nd Place Bass. Front Row: Sarah Bender (LT), 2nd Place Silver/Catfish; Elizabeth Bender, 1st Place Gold/Catfish; Nathaniel Koliba (SM),  2nd Place Silver/Crappie; and Gabriel Koliba, 3rd Place Bronze/Crappie. Not shown: Caroline Lee (EN), 1st Place Gold/Bass; Waylon Cox (SL), 1st Place Gold/Crappie.

Be sure to click on the big pics in our Photo Gallery to see details of who caught what, where, when and how! Youth Division winners (pics & details) are in the next blog.

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2018 Youth Division Winners

by Miss Libby

Posted on Thu Nov 29 2018


We had six youngsters who registered their catches and won a prize during our 2018 TUFF Derby which runs every year from March 1st to November 15th. Pictured above is Elizabeth Bender (LT) who reeled in this eleven inch catfish during our March 31st Spring Break "Fish for Fun" lesson at the CTCC dock. Last year Elizabeth was a 3rd place winner with a 10.5 inch catfish. Now she adds a 1st Place Catfish gold fish medallion to her bronze one from last year. Way to go Elizabeth!

Any Carolina Trace owner or renter, their family members or guests can enter to win a handsome engraved plaque (Adults) or beautiful Gold, Silver or Bronze Fishing Medallions (Youth 16 & Under) in Bass, Crappie, Bream or Catfish Categories. You don't have to be a member of TUFF or the Club to participate. 

To register your catch, measure its length/girth, take a pic, and release your fish where you caught it. If you don't have a cloth tape measure, cut a piece of your fishing line to measure the length and cut another piece of line to measure the girth (the fattest part around the middle). In the Youth Division, we just need the length in the Crappie, Bream or Catfish Categories. For bass entries, also measuring the girth really helps us gather data about the fishery. To register online, click on Catches above and click on New Catch Form (non-members). Call Libby at 919-499-1300 to get posted on the TUFF Scoreboard or if you have questions.

Besides the coveted TUFF awards, in 2019 you can win the new "GOLDEN TUFF" fish trophy which will be awarded to any (16 or younger) TUFF Derby participant who registers a fish in all four Categories! Check out our Photo Gallery below and click on the big pictures for captions for details

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More Great Fishing Adventures at Perkins Pond with FBC Children!

by Miss Libby

Posted on Thu Aug 16 2018


Three TUFF members helped three First Baptist Church teachers help 14 "Kid Casters" from the FBC Summer Program to go "Fish for Fun" at the fabulous Perkins pond off Route 421.  This was our third outreach adventure with middle school children from this church, and we are so looking forward to the next time we get invited.  Over 65 fish were caught and released.  (During 2017 FFF trips we had 75 and 56 sizeable sunfish/bass caught and released at this AWESOME POND!)

 

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Dave Zorn (SM) currently in 2nd Place Bass in 2018 TUFF Derby!

by Miss Libby

Posted on Sun Jun 17 2018


Did you know that Lake Trace bass are so smart that they can even read what's on your tee shirt?? One four plus pound largemouth answered the call Sunday morning to the left of the dam. It was 19.5 inches long and has been registered in our 2018 TUFF Derby Congrats to Dave!

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Probably the Biggest Bass Ever Caught from Lake Trace! (Thirteen Pounds, Thirteen Ounces)

by Miss Libby

Posted on Sun Jun 03 2018


MAY DAYS! MAY DAYS!  LAKE TRACE BIG FISH ALERT!

It was a Memorial Day weekend to remember for Don Facciolo (MC) as he was rowing his jon boat around Lake Trace in late May, slow drifting a jig in deeper channel waters for spawning or post-spawn bass. The week before the full moon, he sent me an e-mail to report that he landed an eight pound, eight ounce bass - his biggest so far in 2018. (Last year Don won 1st Place Bass in our TUFF Derby with a 13.5# bass. If you look in last year's blog you will see that his two big bass were caught around the full moon in June) 

Things, however, were looking even better for Don in May 2018 ....

On Saturday (May 26th) an almost 26 inch eleven pound, three ounce lunker was caught and released.  On Sunday, a hard fought battle with an almost 28 inch largemouth lost her fight due to Don's landing skills.  She was measured at 27.75 with a girth of 21.5 inches and released alive and well.  On the official TUFF fish weight calculator (length times length times girth divided by 1200 with tenths converted to ounces), that big female rounded up to 13 pounds, 13 ounces.

And that, folks, to the best of my knowledge is, I do believe, probably the biggest bass ever caught from Lake Trace!  

 

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