There is ample opportunity to learn all the tips and tricks to catching big fish with two fishing schools in the area. Brush up on the latest in techniques and gear before the warm weather returns and the fish start biting.
The Hands On Saltwater Fishing School, hosted by the Fisherman’s Post, is in its sixth year. The program is scheduled for 7:30am-5pm on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. This hands-on program offers main seminars as well as rigging stations to practice what you learn. Cost is $100 by Feb. 13 and $110 after. Ticket price includes a fishing school T-shirt, breakfast, snacks, drinks, a chicken or barbeque lunch, rigging materials, terminal tackle goodie bags and door prizes. Tickets are available at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors, West Marine in Morehead City, by calling 910-452-6378 or online by filling out the registration form at www.fishermanspost.com/fishing-school/morehead.
The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is hosting its annual Get Hooked Fishing School on Saturday, March 19. The event includes participation in up to four sessions, plus mini-sessions and drop-in demonstrations, a catered lunch, drawings for fishing gear and fishing giveaways. Check in is at 7:30am and the last seminar ends at 4:30pm. Wayne Justice, special activities coordinator for the aquarium, encourages participants to stay after the last session for the raffle and giveaways. Advance registration is required and space is limited. Cost is $60 per person, $54 for members. Register online at www.ncaquariums.com, by calling 252-247-4003 or in person at the aquarium.