Cameron Wright has traveled the globe with his job as senior vice president of Ceramco-Printech, a Charlotte-based manufacturing company. That has afforded him the opportunity to pursue his passion — fishing — on all seven continents’ coasts and in their waters.
He’ll tell you about the time he caught a great white shark in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Or about the time his guide plane almost crashed in the Amazon. Or how there’s nothing quite like fishing the Nile in central Egypt.
But the place that he enjoys talking about the most is his home state of North Carolina. And that’s just what he’s done in his first book, The Southern Surfcaster, which serves as a helpful aid in how to best fish the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It offers helpful fishing techniques dealing with lures, baits and tackle.
He also provides his favorite fishing spots in North Carolina. For instance, he offers that surf fishing around Wilmington and Bald Head Island will get any angler an abundance of prized indigenous species.
Wright, who graduated from NC State in 1988 with a political science degree, says his 18-year-old self — and his former CHASS professors — would probably laugh at the notion of him writing a book. “I was talking to a few professors and one said, ‘I thought you would have read a book before you would have written a book,'” Wright says, laughing. “…I was a beautiful B/C student at NC State.”
But Wright says he discovered a couple of years back that writing allowed him to sit on his back porch and reflect on two of his loves — fishing and North Carolina’s past. The end result is a book that he calls “a huge accomplishment.”
“[The Southern Surfcaster] captures a lot of who I am,” he says. “My book is not strictly about saltwater fishing. It’s a lot of history.”
Wright, who is also an environmental lobbyist, says that some of that history even deals with NC State in the book’s pages. And he’s donating a portion of the proceeds from the book’s sales to the NC State Alumni Association.
“I’ve always been involved at State,” he says. “It’s one of the biggest accomplishments of my lifetime to have the honor to graduate from the finest university in our system. NC State gave a lot to me. It’s one one of the ways I can give back.”