Buck Paysour, who wrote the book on bass fishing in North Carolina was honored Saturday, September 29th by the formal declaration of a fishing hole.
Paysour, who passed away in 2001, already had a bridge named in his honor a few years back. Now he has a pond.
Paysour, a former writer and editor at the News & Record and the Charlotte Observer, wrote several fishing books in a career that spanned decades and ponds across the state. “His book, ‘Bass Fishing in North Carolina’, is the bible of bass fishing in this state,” a reviewer wrote after Paysour’s 1977 classic.
In it, Paysour wrote that a person learned everything he would ever need to know about fishing by going to a farm pond.
The state of North Carolina dedicated a bridge across Scranton Creek near Swan Quarter in Paysour’s memory in 2004.
Family and friends gathered last month at Bur-Mill Park near the Frank A. Sharpe Jr. Wildlife Education Center for the formal dedication of Conrad “Buck” Paysour Fishing Pond.
The name, made official by the Guilford County Parks & Recreation Commission, came from a request by the North Carolina Wildlife Habitat Foundation.
Eddie Bridge, the executive director of the foundation and a close friends and fishing buddy of Paysour’s, said his group will assist with the management expenses of the pond and help create opportunities for youth fishing activities in conjunction with programs at the education center.
A special marker was unveiled at the dedication an Eagle Scout project of Cody Dinkins of Boy Scout Troop No. 216.
The public was invited to the event; Bur-Mil Park is located off Battleground Road near Lake Brandt.