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Ed Watkins Marine

Ed Watkins closes boat dealership on W. Catawba

March 20. by Dave Yochum. It’s a good time to be buying a new boat, not so much to be selling them. The industry is down due to interest rates and ongoing shifts in consumer confidence, especially around big-ticket items. Ed Watkins Marine in Cornelius has closed, with no apparent plans to reopen any time […]

Wildlife Resources to launch new online system after old system goes down

June 22. The NC Wildlife Resources Commission will be launching a new license and vessel registration system July 1. Hunting and fishing licenses as well as vessel registrations will be unavailable for purchase from June 28 to June 30. License and vessel registration renewals may be purchased online through the Wildlife Commission website, in person […]

Bass Pro Tour Championship on Lake Norman has $300K Top Prize

LKN bass tourney, on Discovery and Outdoor channels, has top prize of $300K

Feb. 28. The five-day Redcrest 2023 Bass Pro Tour tournament, set for March 8-12 at Blythe Landing, will be broadcast on Discovery Channel and Outdoor Channel. The Major League Fishing event showcases the top 40 Bass Pro Tour anglers from the 2022 season. They will compete for the top prize of $300,000. “The big wildcard […]

Drowning July 7 was alcohol-related

Aug. 24. By Dave Vieser. The official NC Wildlife report regarding a July 7 boating fatality on Lake Norman cites “a high level of intoxication” as a major factor. The accident took the life of Diego Garcia, who fell and struck his head on the edge of the boat, then lost his balance and fell […]

Police Boat Side View

Be safe out on the lake

May 20. As National Safe Boating Week gets under way, we want to thank state, county and local lake patrol officers for their efforts, not just to keep us safe, but to lend a hand in the case of a calamity on the water. In 2020, three-quarters of boating deaths were drownings, and nearly seven […]


Peninsula Yacht Club will waive December dues after 3-month clubhouse closure

Nov. 12. By Dave Yochum. A member mutiny at the Peninsula Yacht Club may have been averted with word that it will reopen in time for Thanksgiving dinner service indoors. The lakefront facility has been closed since Sept. 11, apparently because of water damage. The club is as much a private business as a club, […]

Lake Norman hosts the Basspro.com Bassmaster Southern Open Sept. 23-25. Photo by Andy Crawford/B.A.S.S.

Cornelius lands Bassmaster Open Sept. 23-25

Sept. 17. It will be a game of numbers, in which diligence plus a little luck could equal success for anglers competing in the Basspro.com Bassmaster Southern Open at Lake Norman. Competition days will be Sept. 23-25 with daily takeoffs from Blythe Landing Park at 7 am. On Days 1 and 2, weigh-ins will be […]

A screen shot of the GetMyBoat site for Lake Norman

App matches boat owners, renters

March 12. By Dave Yochum. There’s Uber and Lyft, which match car owners and those who need a ride. Airbnb matches homeowners with people who need a place to stay. GetMyBoat hopes to be the sharing app for both sides of the boat ownership equation. GetMyBoat currently has nearly two dozen “boat and water experience” […]