THE ANNUAL SURF Fishing Workshop weekend, Oct. 16-18 can help improve your fish stories in a hurry. Expert instruction and hands-on practice are featured in this popular seminar, now in its 25th year. Learn about rods, reels, tackle, bait, species identification, catch and release, cast netting, how to find the fish and more.
The comprehensive course gets beginners off to a productive start and helps others improve their success rates and expand their skills. Sessions on Friday and Saturday include intensive instruction at the aquarium, and excursions to try out techniques at nearby beaches. The action culminates Sunday with several hours of fishing at Cape Lookout National Seashore or another hot fishing spot, according to weather conditions. The cost is $150 per person, which includes transportation to the Cape. Advance registration is required – take care of it online, by phone or at the aquarium.
If you can’t make the weekend, shorter sessions cover the basics of surf fishing every Friday morning throughout the fall. These sessions also include beach time to put new skills to use. Advance registration is required for this program also – see the website for more information.
Trick or Treat Under the Sea
Trick or Treat Under the Sea, aka TOTUS, casts its spell of treats and sweets over little ghosts, goblins, creatures and characters on the evenings of Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Thursday, Oct. 29.
Trick-or-treating headlines each night. Children gather goodies at decorated booths sponsored by local businesses. People of all ages enjoy underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, otters playing with jack o’lanterns, and other Halloween hijinx with an aquatic twist.
Venture out on the Marsh Boardwalk – if you dare – for a spooky evening stroll.
Tickets are sold 4:30-7:30pm each night. Regular admission ends at 1pm each day of TOTUS. Admission after 4:30pm each night is $11 plus tax per person; $9.90 plus tax for members; age 2 and under are admitted free. Daily admission tickets and passes do not apply for this special event. The aquarium will close early at 2pm in preparation of the event.
Preschool Pumpkin Patch
The tiniest of trick or treaters can have a sweet time at the Preschool Pumpkin Patch on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 9am to noon. The event is specially designed for youngsters, offering games, stories, animals, face-painting, crafts and treats. Have your camera ready for costumed characters and a pumpkin-patch photo op.
Tickets are $3 per person in addition to regular admission or membership.
Enjoy fall’s glorious weather with the aquarium’s stand-up paddle-boarding sessions, fishing programs and paddling trips. These programs continue through fall as weather permits. Behind-the-scenes tours are available five days a week throughout the winter. Also watch for the return of the Succulent Seafood series. See the website for the full schedule of fee-based activities such as these, and daily programs free with admission or membership.
The aquarium is open 9am-5pm daily except special hours Oct. 28-29 and closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Admission is $10.95 for ages 13-61, $9.95 for age 62 and over and military, and $8.95 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under and NC Aquarium Society members are admitted free. The aquarium is 5 miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. Visit www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores or call 252-247-4003 for more information.