Sunday, February 23, 2020

George Hughes Beckwith


George Hughes Beckwith was born May 14, 1942 in Charlottesville, Virginia to Julian Ruffin Beckwith and Lois Hughes Beckwith.    Dr. Beckwith is survived by his sons George Hughes Beckwith Jr. (Anna) and Henry Dodge Beckwith, Psy.D.; his two sisters, Polly Hawkes (David) from Charlottesville, VA and Lois Johnson (Gary) from Bangor, ME and his brother Julian Beckwith (Joyce) from Watkinsville, GA.
After World War II, Julian and Lois and the Beckwith family moved to Clifton Forge, Virginia where they purchased property on the banks of the Cowpasture River, “The Farm”.   This is where a young George Beckwith found his love for fishing and the outdoors and where he would return through the years, sharing the happiest times of his life with family and friends.
In 1953 his father accepted a teaching position at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  The family returned to Charlottesville where George graduated Lane High School in 1960.   He later attended Hampton Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia, becoming a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.  Married to Kathy Dodge in August of 1965, he was greeted by the birth of their first son, George Hughes Beckwith Jr. in July of 1970.
George was accepted into the University of Virginia School of Medicine and with great pride of his father, graduated in 1971.   George and Kathy moved to Kentucky where George interned at the University of Kentucky.  In 1972 his second son, Henry Dodge Beckwith was born.   George completed his Residency in Internal Medicine/Fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Virginia from 1972-1976.
 In 1976 George traded the clear waters of the Cowpasture River for the tannic waters of the Trent River and New Bern, North Carolina, exploring with his boys all that coastal North Carolina has to offer.   George was very involved in the development of The Carolina East Cardiac Rehabilitation Program that has become extremely meaningful to people recovering from cardiac events in Eastern North Carolina.  George was also very active with the American Heart Association, retiring from medicine after nearly 40 years.
George was thankful for his team of colleagues and nurses through the years and the many patients who adored him.  The people of Eastern North Carolina and his family’s love for the coast kept him in New Bern, but any few days of leisure found him back on the clear waters of his childhood, working in his garden and sitting with friends on the porch  of the log cabin that he always wanted.
We cannot count the times when we have been with dad, stopped by the family of his patients who thanked him for taking care of their loved ones.   We would like to pass along our deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to all of his nurses and caregivers for their dedication, compassion and the dignity that they have given our father.  
The family is overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and kindness that has been showered upon us by his colleagues, friends and patients.   In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to:
American Heart Association or
Craven County Hospice c/o Craven County Health Department Foundation  PO Drawer 12610 New Bern, NC 28561
A memorial service is scheduled at Christ Episcopal Church in New Bern, North Carolina at 1:00 pm on March 14.

That smile

That smile is when you are fishing with your son, it's slick calm and user-friendly buffalo albies are eating spearing along the beach at the Cape without another boat in sight .....
George Hughes Beckwith
May 14, 1942- February 22, 2020


Monday, February 17, 2020

Attacked by Costa Rica puffer fish

yup, took a chunk out of my trigger finger while attempting a gentle release from the cast net.  Ouch. 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

My morning

Nope, I did not catch it.  Roy sent it to me from Quepos in a taxi.  But we have caught some good stuff from the beach this year, including some nice snook, snappers and jacks.  Still waiting on a rooster for this year.    Yesterday morning the sardines got pushed up in the river mouth by a school of jacks.  Pelicans, friggit birds, bait jumping out of the water at your feet to get away from a wall of jacks.   Tripled up for about 2 hours.   Today was a more typical day of surf fishing in Costa Rica.   A lot of casting of hooks, lures, bucktails, cast nets and assorted live bait and no bites. 
 

Friday, February 14, 2020

How about some of you trout fishermen show up........


......at the New Bern MFC meeting and tell them how important the upstream net ban has positively impacted recreational fishing around New Bern.

February 14, 2020
·        • MFC TO MEET FEB. 19-21 IN NEW BERN
·        • UPCOMING EVENTS




The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Feb. 19-21 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 South Front St., New Bern. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19, at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 20, and at 9 a.m. Feb. 21.

Public comment periods are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 and at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 20. Members of the public may speak to the commission on any fisheries-related topic. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for three minutes. More time may be allotted, at the chairman's discretion, depending on the number who sign up to speak. Those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Feb. 19 or the Feb. 20 session, but not during both public comment periods.

The deadline for submitting written comments to the commission through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office is 5 p.m. Feb. 17. Those who wish to submit comments electronically may do so through an online format by clicking here.

Those who wish to bring their own handouts to give to the commission during the public comment period should bring at least 12 copies to the meeting. The Marine Fisheries Commission Office will not accept public comment for this meeting through email.

The public may listen to the meeting online. Up to 200 participants may listen to audio and view presentations in real-time on a first-come, first-served basis. Directions for participating in the webcast, including information on system requirements and testing, can be found here. Following the meeting, an audio recording will be posted online.

The meeting agenda and full 1200+ page briefing book materials are posted online here.

CCA NC will be offering comments in support of potential Rulemaking for Small Mesh Gill Nets to include:
The gill net free zones established upstream in the Pamlico and Neuse have saved, for the most part, the two good year classes of stripers that are present in these systems.  From what we are seeing, these fish have remained in the systems and are currently in place ready to move up the rivers this spring to spawn. 
Mild winters and ideal environmental conditions for successful spawns have resulted in a trifecta boom in three species: speckled trout, red drum and striped bass. The upstream net free zones are not responsible for this boom, but these large protected areas resulting from the net restrictions have provided a sanctuary, making the fish more accessible for an economically booming recreational fishery and easier for enforcement to protect.
The reduced bag limits and increased size limit on speckled trout imposed on recreational anglers have also played a huge role in the rebound in those stocks. Again, combined with the mild winters and ideal environmental conditions, the large, spawning size speckled trout are now allowed a chance to escape harvest and grow another season, resulting in an abundant stock now targeted by both recreational and commercial fishermen.
The Commission needs to recognize the extraordinary gift we have been given by Mother Nature and do everything in its power to protect these abundant stocks for future generations. The public trust interest in these natural resources should be protected for the majority and not allowed to be exploited by the few. The reason for the gill net zones was to protect several good year classes of striped bass.  They are still out there.  The need to protect these fish is just as great as it was when the closures were first established.  If anything, the need to maintain the gill net free zones or sanctuaries is greater than before and consideration should be given to expanding this "gill net sanctuary" to the mouths of the Pamlico, Neuse and Bay rivers or simply use the current "tie-down" lines.

The Commission will also consider Rulemaking to make Tarpon a "catch and release" only fishery. CCA NC supports the proposed rules changes that would make it illegal to possess or sell tarpon; hook and line only means of catching; and unlawful to gaff, spear or puncture.

Recreational anglers and supporters of coastal conservation are encouraged to attend the meeting to share their experiences and concerns. It is important for the Commission to hear from the community that owns the public trust resources the Commission is given a fiduciary responsibility to manage and protect for current and future generations.





SPRING CCA NC BANQUETS:
February 15, Onslow Bay Chapter Banquet, Swansboro, NC. This year the Onslow Bay Chapter will be honoring Dick Henry, a true legend in the fishing tackle world and North Carolina treasure. Dick was the founder of Henry's Tackle that has now evolved into the global giant, Big Rock Sports. The auctions will include spa packages, wine tasting, fishing and hunting trips, and great vacation destinations. There will also be a new ATV, oyster roast for 40, fishing tackle, a used boat, motor and trailer, plus donations from many local companies, and much, much more! Join us for the fun at the Swansboro Civic Center on Saturday, February 15th. For tickets or more information please contact Rocky Carter at (336) 423-9100 or Matthew Wallin at (757) 508-3980.

February 27, East Carolina Chapter Banquet, Greenville, NC. The East Carolina Chapter returns to the beautiful and spacious Rock Springs Center for their 31st annual banquet. The auctions include fishing trips and popular vacation destinations, local donations of jewelry and clothing, boats, motors and trailers, and an off-road vehicle. And did we mention a puppy?! For tickets and more information please contact Billy Byrd at (252) 341-0191 or Matthew Wallin at (757) 508-3980.

March 5, Neuse River Chapter Banquet, New Bern, NC. The Neuse River Banquet returns to the Shrine Club located on South Glenburnie Road. The event features one of the best banquet meals found in the state served up by Chef Ben Wheat and Two Chefs Catering, plus live and silent auctions, and raffles featuring one of the best tackle line ups at this type of event! For tickets and more information please contact Donald Willis (252) 670-3853 or Matthew Wallin (757) 508-3980.

March 26, Charlotte Chapter Annual Banquet, hosted by The Palmer Building. For more information please contact Joe Neely (704) 249-8196.

 


Tickets for all CCA NC spring banquets can be purchased online: ccanc.org/events-calendar/


FEBRUARY 19 -21, NC MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING, at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. The meeting agenda is available now at: portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-meetings
Public comment is welcome both Wednesday night and Thursday morning. 


FEBRUARY 20-23, BEAUFORT GAME FAIRE, at the Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort, NC.
 

Featuring the introduction of the Carolina Conservation Cup, 5 Stand Championship and Calcutta to auction off teams and shooters from NC's Big 5 conservation groups --- Ducks Unlimited, Coastal Conversation Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Forever & NC Wildlife Federation will compete to carry home the trophy and donations from the Beaufort Game Faire. The winning bidders in the Calcutta will carry home a Caesar-Guerini/Syren shotgun, keep your eye on the clay birds, folks. For more information visit their website at: www.beaufortgamefaire.com 

Friday, February 7, 2020

This may be worthwhile

but please make sure they have the Kool Aide appropriately labeled.   Seriously, more folks, especially those who whine the loudest, should get a better education on what's going on.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Upcoming CCA events



SPRING CCA NC BANQUETS:
February 6, Johnston County Chapter Banquet, Selma, NC. The Johnston County Chapter returns once again to THE FARM, the popular event venue located just off I-95 near Selma. This beautiful venue helps CCA host the best sponsor raffle of its kind in eastern North Carolina plus the world-famous Holt Lake Barbeque dinner, open bar, and silent and live auctions! For more information please contact Zeke Cox at (919) 515-0516 or Joe Neely at (704) 249-8196.

February 15, Onslow Bay Chapter Banquet, Swansboro, NC. This year the Onslow Bay Chapter will be honoring Dick Henry, a true legend in the fishing tackle world and North Carolina treasure. Dick was the founder of Henry's Tackle that has now evolved into the global giant, Big Rock Sports. The auctions will include spa packages, wine tasting, fishing and hunting trips, and great vacation destinations. There will also be a new ATV, oyster roast for 40, fishing tackle, a used boat, motor and trailer, plus donations from many local companies, and much, much more! Join us for the fun at the Swansboro Civic Center on Saturday, February 15th. For tickets or more information please contact Rocky Carter at (336) 423-9100 or Matthew Wallin at (757) 508-3980.

February 27, East Carolina Chapter Banquet, Greenville, NC. The East Carolina Chapter returns to the beautiful and spacious Rock Springs Center for their 31st annual banquet. The auctions include fishing trips and popular vacation destinations, local donations of jewelry and clothing, boats, motors and trailers, and an off-road vehicle. And did we mention a puppy?! For tickets and more information please contact Billy Byrd at (252) 341-0191 or Matthew Wallin at (757) 508-3980.

March 5, Neuse River Chapter Banquet, New Bern, NC. The Neuse River Banquet returns to the Shrine Club located on South Glenburnie Road. The event features one of the best banquet meals found in the state served up by Chef Ben Wheat and Two Chefs Catering, plus live and silent auctions, and raffles featuring one of the best tackle line ups at this type of event! For tickets and more information please contact Donald Willis (252) 670-3853 or Matthew Wallin (757) 508-3980.

March 26, Charlotte Chapter Annual Banquet. For more information please contact Joe Neely (704) 249-8196.

Tickets for all CCA NC spring banquets can be purchased online: 
ccanc.org/events-calendar/


FEBRUARY 19 -21, NC MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING, at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Look for the meeting agenda to be published soon: portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-meetings
Public comment is welcome both Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Stay tuned for more information from CCA NC as the agenda is released. 

Monday, January 27, 2020

CR inshore



Sunday, January 26, 2020

words given to me in a recent conversation, I could not agree more!

Stripers -- In the CSMA it seems obvious that successful spawning will continue to be a challenge in the forseable future.  So, KEEP THE NETS OUT OF THE WATER ABOVE THE FERRY LINES and do not allow any commercial harvest of stripers.  No drift nets for shad either, that is such an insignificant commercial fishery right now anyway.  If anyone wants to fish commercially for shad, then they can do it with a hook and line and keep a set number per day.  If stripers are going to end up as a put-grow-take fishery, then recreational anglers need to have access to that fishery.  Perhaps 1-2 per day with a slot limit of 18 - 24".  

Saturday, January 25, 2020


Friday, January 24, 2020

Down East corporate group

4 boat loads of trout fishermen yesterday.......they got 'em

my afternoon yesterday


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Capt. Chris getting it done!


Monday, January 20, 2020

anyone want to fish a billifsh tournament?

Got a couple of openings in the next two legs.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Very slack on reports

You get all you want by sitting on the jon in the morning looking at facebook.   Guess what?   The trout are biting and they may just make it thorugh the winter.   If you want to go, we've got some guides who can get you out there.

Meanwhile, we have been busy the last couple of weeks with some billfish tournaments.  Nothing dramatic, but consistent daily catches keeping us in the hunt which feels a lot better than out to lunch.   Fishing here is mixed, kind of tough with the billifish, still almost daily shots at marlin and a handful of sails on most days, others a little more and some days less.  some dorado around and the tunas have saved a lot of days.   All in all, we've been making it happen.

Now that we've got a break from the tourneys, Anna and I will be reaching out about reconfirming trips on the books for NC 2020 and confirming those reservations with deposits.   If you are not on the books or are unsuure, now would be a good time to reach out.

All the best from the tropics,

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

almost as big as a tarpon


Churchill Brown


Churchill,

All the best from the tropics.  Before Anna and I arrived, we had the opportunity to have lunch with Jim Copland who informed us.  We were both shocked at the news of the passing of your father.   He was a fine example of a true southern gentleman who loved the fine things in life and he received some of his greatest joy by treating and sharing those things with the ones he loved.   It was my pleasure to help bring some value along the way.   

He loved being a part of it all, even and especially if that meant sitting in a porch chair watching the storm instead of being out in the storm.   He took things at his own pace and enjoyed every minute of life and every fish.   It was not a competition for him and all the guides loved fishing with him.

I am so sorry for your sudden loss and my heart reaches out to you.  

Thursday, January 9, 2020

for those who use Barden's Inlet........