Featured Business Member
By Tony (Lem) Phillips
By the standards of the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club, May is late in the year for fishing. For over 30 years, these folks have started early.
With over 800 Facebook members and over 300 family memberships in the club itself, they are already out there at Snows Cut in February for the Chowder Cook-off. That is also when they award the prize for the largest fish of any species caught the year before on live bait and weighed in at Dennis Barbour’s place for the Chartbuster Tournament.
March finds them at the Dennis Barbour Fishing Seminar. Dennis provides so many things to this club. His warehouse is used as a storage place for all the gear they use for the Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman’s fishing tournament held each year on Kure Beach Pier. This year it is on May 12th. This is about the 14th year for this remarkable event which gives back to the community and to those not as lucky.
The club was founded many years ago when boats gathered off of Carolina Beach and while using live bait to catch King Mackerel, they would shout out at every catch, “got ‘em on!”
Now, the club is catching a lot of flounder, but its roots go back to the King Mackerel tournaments. Big money is still awarded to the winner of the July tournament named the “East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament.
The club meets at the Federal Point History Center each month and donates to the History Center as well. We are so very proud to have the Got-Em-On Club as Business Members.
If you are interested in fishing and generally having a great time year round with like minded souls, contact them and begin enjoying the fun of the Got-Em-On Live Bait Fishing Club today! https://www.facebook.com/groups/49595563365/