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Winter series tourney Dec. 22 on Lake Wylie

Denver Marine Monster Bass Invitational Winter Trail Series continues on Lake Wylie.

With eight tournaments in all, the next event is Dec. 22. Launch at 8 a.m. and weigh-in at 3 p.m. Buster Boyd Access Area. Other dates are Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26. The fish off Feb. 2 is a guaranteed $5,000 payouts with a field of 75.

Cost is $100 entry fee for each tournament, plus $30 membership fee and $10 optional big fish pot. For more information, call 704-483-2628 or visit or

Catfish Club tourney resumes Jan. 5

The Catawba Catfish Club’s 2012-13 tournaments schedule continues:

• Jan. 5, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area

• Feb. 2, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park

• March 2, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Hwy. 21 Access

• April 13, Lake Monticello, Hwy. 99 Access

• Championship event for Catawba Catfish Club, May 4-5, Lake Wylie, Ebenezer Park

For more information, visit

Boating, fishing shows announced

The Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo is scheduled Jan. 11-13 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Three seminar rooms operate simultaneously every hour on the hour during the show. Saltwater anglers are introduced to regional and local professionals who fish the North Carolina coastal waters almost every day.

Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission, good for all three days with return pass, costs $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 and older and military, $5 for junior anglers ages 6-12. Tickets are available in advance online at

Mark your calendar for the annual Mid-Atlantic Boat Show is scheduled Feb. 7-10 at Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte. Billed as the largest marine product event in the Carolinas, several Lake Wylie area businesses participate.

The Central Carolina Boat & Fishing Expo will be held Feb. 22-24 at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro.

Look for more information online at

Boaters warned about using E15

The National Marine Manufacturers Association warns boaters of the potential dangers of fuel with a high volume of ethanol.

Contrary to studies showing ethanol is hazardous to marine engines, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a plan submitted by the ethanol industry that allows E15 to enter the marketplace.

There are serious and documented human safety, environmental and technological concerns associated with ethanol blends more than over 10 percent in recreational boat fuel tanks and engines.

That means anything above E10 can pose problems, including performance issues such as stalling, corrosion leading to oil or fuel leaks, increased emissions and damaged valves, rubber fuel lines and gaskets.

Three years ago, the ethanol industry filed a waiver with the EPA to expand the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent. Since then, the EPA has approved two partial waivers that allow the fuel to be sold in cars from model years 2001 and newer. NMMA along with the oil industry, food groups and others stakeholders oppose the introduction of E15.

It is important for consumers touse only E10 or lower in their vessels.

In Lake Wylie, Kangaroo Express at 4044 Charlotte Hwy. and BP at 5075 Charlotte Hwy. sell ethanol-free fuel.

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