Some good news about the tournament before it even starts!! Biologists from the NCWRC will be present to measure, weigh, and collect the otolith from many of the blue catfish that are caught in the tournament. They will use the data to beging the process of tracking the growth of the blue catfish on Lake Norman. They have had a hard time getting adaquet samples from their netting attempts and the tournament should offer them a chance to examine a wide variety of age classes of blue catfish. We should all thank Omar and the folks at NCCATS for their cooperation in this unprecidented collection of scientific data on blue catfish in North Carolina. The only down side is that the fish will be killed in the process. The good news is that the meat will not be harmed and you will be able to fillet the fish after the process is complete. Please bring a cooler, ice, a fillet knife, or be prepared to take the fish home with you for preparation. While we all like to release big fish, the gain from the research outweighs losing a few fish in the process.