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Sign up for May 16 Boat Poker Run on Lake Wylie

Races scheduled May 8-9 on Lake Norman

My Aloha Paddle and Surf, in partnership with three-time NASCAR champion crew chief Ray Evernham, will host Stand Up for Autism benefiting the IGNITE community center and the Autism Society of North Carolina on Lake Norman May 8-9 at Port City Club in Cornelius, N.C.

The event will feature elite and recreational races, which are open to the public. The race is sanctioned by the World Paddle Association and will be the first regional points race on Lake Norman.

Limited paddleboard rentals will be available on a first-reserve basis. Paddleboard fitness demos will also be held.

The event will begin with a kick-off party 6-9 p.m. May 8 at Port City Club, which will include food, beverages, silent auction and music. The pre-race meeting will start at 8 a.m. with the WPA Region 6 sanctioned Elite and Recreational races to follow. The awards ceremony on the beach will begin at 11 a.m. and be followed by a luau featuring the Island Hula Girls, along with island music, food and fun activities for all ages.

To register, visit: paddleguru.com.

Catfish club tourney May 9 on Wylie

The Catawba Catfish Club’s next tournament will be 6 a.m.-3 p.m. May 9 on Lake Wylie at Buster Boyd Access Area. The weigh in is at 3:30 p.m.

Sign in runs 4-5:45 a.m. Entry fee costs $30 per person. Optional Big Fish pot costs $10 per boat.

All club tournaments are open to the public.

Tournament sponsors are Boat Sales of Lake Wylie, Fish Bite Rod Holders, Jamie K Outdoors, Sea Tow, Q2U BBQ Pit, Kangaroo Express and Pepsi.

For more information, visit catawbacatfishclub.com/.

Register for Boat Poker Run

Lake Wylie Rotary Club’s annual Boat Poker Run will be May 16.

Registration and first stop is at T-Bones on the Lake area 11 a.m.-noon. Second stop is Harbortowne Marina noon-1 p.m. Third stop is Long Cove Marina 1-2 p.m. Fourth stop is Commodore Yacht Club 2-3 p.m. The fifth and final stop is T-Bones on the Lake with all boats back by 4 p.m.

Each hand costs $15. You do not need a boat to play. You may go to T-Bones and buy a complete hand to participate.

There will be prizes for first and second best hands, and for worst hand. Proceeds go to Alzheimer’s disease research. Rain date May 30.

For more information, call 704-674-2525 or 704-968-8844, or visit lakewyliepokerrun.org to register.

Boating safety class May 16

The York County Sheriff’s Office Lake Enforcement Unit and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have scheduled several boating safety courses to be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

A May 16 class will be held in Tega Cay.

Other dates are June 20 and July 18 at the Law Enforcement Training Center, 92 Stoneybrook Drive, York.

There is no charge for the class. The minimum age for participants is 12. Instructors suggest bringing a No. 2 pencil, a highlighter pen, plus snacks and a beverage.

To register for the class, visit dnr.sc.gov.

Event launches safe boating season

Lake Wylie Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 26-02 kicks off National Safe Boating Week at 1 p.m. May 16 at Buster Boyd Access Area.

The Boat Smart, Boat Safe! event will offer free life jackets, loaners and exchanges; tours of fire and police boats; free food and drinks; knot tying and marine education; free vessel safety checks; vendors and exhibits; and games.

Clover team takes 2nd in bass tourney

Midlands Striper Club held its monthly Lake Murray tournament April 18 with 32 teams bringing 60 striped bass to the scales weighing 431.04 pounds with a 7.18 pound average.

Finishing in first place with 24.43 pounds and winning the Big Fish Award with a 19.51-pound striper was Team Wildman captained by Donnie Christopher of Rock Hill with Justin Christopher of Rock Hill and Danny Young from Sumter.

Finishing in second place with 20.46 pounds was Team Shipwreck captained by Danny Kimble along with Lenny Mull, both of Clover.

The next monthly meeting is 7 p.m. May 12 at the Flight Deck in Lexington. Visit midlandsstriperclub.org for information.

Class held monthly at Lake Wylie

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary holds a boating safety course 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the third Saturday of every month at River Hills Marina conference center.

About Boating Safely covers all aspects of boating. A safe boating course is required for boat operators born after Jan. 1, 1988, and is recommended for everyone.

For more information or to register, call 704-588-1678 or email info@CGAlakewylie.org.

Marine commission seeks Eagle hopeful

The Lake Wylie Marine Commission is looking for a Scout seeking Eagle rank or other honors for a lake service project.

The commission would like for a local Scout to set up containers for collecting used fishing wire to keep it out of the water.

For more information, call 704-825-3189 or 704-688-6507.

BoatUS against fishing bill

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is speaking out against AL House Bill 258, which would reverse a decades old ban and permit gill netting by commercial fishermen on the Tennessee River, passed the Alabama house April 10. Its fate now lies with the 16 legislators of the state’s Senate Committee for Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

The Tennessee River chain includes the Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson and Pickwick, waters that host hundreds of local and top national fishing tournaments annually.

Anglers are urged to visit legislature.state.al.us/aliswww/Senators.aspx.

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