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North Carolina BASS Federation will hold its annual tournament April 28-29 on Lake Norman near Charlotte.

Ed Cannon, president of the affiliate of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, said during the recent state convention in Burlington that top anglers from the Norman event will represent North Carolina in the Southern Divisional Tournament May 20-25 on Kentucky Lake.Cannon reported that the state chapter netted more than $100,000 on the 1989 boat tour, the federation's primary fund-raising event.

Youth education, said Cannon, continues to be a major goal of the federation and its clubs scattered throughout the state. He noted that many clubs held fishing clinics or tournaments for the youth of the state.

The state federation was among the first in the country to have an accident insurance policy covering every member. Cannon noted this program has been received so well that the national organization is planning to have such a program among its benefits.

He said that the $10,000 face amount of the policy was paid to beneficiaries of members twice during 1989.

Cannon said the federation continues to work with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and organizations interested in fish conservation.

Capt. Sterling Baker of the commission spoke briefly to the delegates, thanking them for their cooperation with the commission and encouraging them to continue their support.

Lt. Bruce Byrd told the group that a problem of illegal netting of striped bass on Kerr Lake on the North Carolina-Virginia border could be recurring. He asked anglers to report any suspicious actions they see to the commission.

On that subject, Baker commented that he knows it is hard for anglers to stop their fishing, find a telephone and report such activities. However, he said it is important that the activities be reported while in progress rather than the angler waiting until the end of his fishing day.


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