Frying Pan Tower will be missed by all of us. It has always been a comforting feeling when I would run off shore in the morning and see the light form the tower off in the distance and then see it again upon my return back to port. I sit back and reflect on the times that I dove and fished it. It was a Mecca for fish. The first time I dove it was with Mares Harris, Jim Jessup, Hall Waters & John Lesinak (It was Mares who more or less of started the Artificial Reef program in North Carolina with the sinking of the first tug boat, the "Firefighter", off Wrightsville Beach NC. in 1970). I wish Mears was still around so we could talk about those "times".
To Captain Eddie Haneman, who put Wrightsville & Carolina Beach in their rightful place as a great fishing destination.
To Dr. Ben Smith, who owned and ran the "Tooth Doctor", with whom I was lucky enough to spend many enjoyable hours with at the dock & on the water fishing.
Last but not least to my grandfather, Frank Walton ("known to me as "Daddy Pop") who taught me about being on the water. The times we sat on the side of the boat eating clams & oysters, opening them with a screwdriver, catching fish and hunting ducks and geese, will never be forgotten. To his two sons, James & Graham Walton who always took the time to take me with them hunting & fishing. And to my Dad!
These are a few of the people who have helped & influenced me to be the Guide and person that I have become. I miss and love them all.
With special thanks to all the men and women in our military who have fought for this country, and to all those who are presently engaged in protecting our freedom to do the things we love...
Captain Lee Parsons