Matt Hooper Wins Rod Raffle
Where's my fishing rod?
Last month we reported that Jim Focht of Hatteras Jack's in Rodanthe was
raffling off a $700 fishing rod to help raise money for his son, Peter,
who has MS and needs an operation. Shelby and I went by the Rodanthe Community
Center on February 25th, the day of the drawing and bake sale. I figured
I'd buy a mess of tickets and steal the rod because this was the off-season
and probably not too many people had heard about the raffle. I went in
and said I wanted to buy $25 worth of tickets. They gave me a string of
tickets and told me to put my name and phone number on each ticket. Man,
that's a lot of work, having to write your name and phone number twenty
five times; thank goodness I didn't say give me fifty. I figured for a
$700 rod it was worth it.
They told me to put my tickets in a big hat that was already full. Seems
the word had gotten out. But my confidence didn't falter. Shelby and I
bought some of the baked goods too. If you want a sugar rush, try the
We thought we'd hang around until I won the rod and save them the shipping
costs. I thought they'd be drawing the winning ticket at 3 p.m. but they
seemed otherwise occupied at that time so we left. On the way out we ran
into Clyde, a Rodanthe legend who did some work for us when we owned properties
there. He and some of his buddies were out on the porch lying to one another
about who was going to win my rod. Clyde, ever the gentleman, offered
that they could all hold the rod for a few moments once he won it. I tried
to straighten them out, but it was no use. Each one of them was sure they
were going to win my rod.
I realized as we readied this e-zine for publication that I hadn't gotten
a call telling me where to pick up my rod. So I called Jim and he told
me that Matt Hooper, one of his son's buddies, won the rod. I hope he
got home all right and didn't get waylaid in the parking lot. I'm guessing
that when they pulled my winning ticket, they couldn't read my handwriting
in order to call me.
New at Hatteras Jack's
Also I spoke with Ryan at Hatteras Jack's and asked what's new. They've
just gotten in the new Fusion rods from Wheels Deals and his band 3/4
Slug will be doing a dance fund raiser for Peter later this spring - stay
tuned for details.
This past weekend the drums were biting pretty well off the point and
down on Ocracoke.