RANDLEMAN, N.C. -- For nearly 50 volunteer boaters, Randleman Lake was the best place to spend the day on Tuesday. They were there for the Top Shelf Fishing Festival, a day of fishing for wounded warriors and disabled veterans.
This is the first time the 3-year-old tournament has been held on Randleman Lake. This year it’s a three-lake event with a day each spent on Badin Lake and another on Lake Norman.
For veterans such as 85-year-old Army veteran Don Falk, it was a great day. He reeled in five fish before noon. Big ones, too.
Everyone seemed to be having the same good luck. A quick look around told the story -- big fish everywhere.
Early in the day, Falk's partner for the day, Dale Cook, hadn’t caught anything yet.
“If my partner here don`t catch a fish pretty soon I`m gonna have to show him his way out of the end of the boat or something,” Don said with a grin.
Cook got his fish soon enough.
“Today has shown me that there are people out here in the world that really appreciate what the vet has done for `em,” Falk said.