Smart anglers know and realize fishing information and intel is an important ongoing learning curve. Good fishermen never stop desiring knowledge and expertise to improve their game. If, as the expression goes, variety is the spice of life, ever-changing fishing conditions is a prime example of that. One needs to be prepared and properly educated about the good, bad, and ugly of every fishing situation. What you don't know WILL hurt you when it comes to pursuing fish in eastern NC. Intelligent anglers seize every opportunity to learn more about the fish they pursue, and proven ways to catch them.
Got a new 2018 calendar? Put a big fat asterisk on Saturday, February 17th. Make plans now to attend The Inshore Institute Fishing School being held at Pamlico Community College, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pamlico Community College is located at 5049 Highway 306 South in Grantsboro. Tickets are $100 per person.
Considering the expense of fishing equipment and outings these days, $100 is a small price to pay for a wealth of information sure to make your fishing life more productive, successful, and pleasant. My way of thinking is if you are going to make the effort to do something, by all means do it right.
Your price of admission includes a light breakfast and lunch catered by Moore's BBQ. Organizers encourage you to bring a notebook and pen, and fill it up with good, solid, pertinent info. Education is one of those things nobody can ever take away from you. Learn it, and it is yours forever. With regards to fishing, practice what you've learned, and it quickly becomes part of your skill set that separates you from the average anglers.
The Inshore Institute Fishing School will be a golden opportunity to learn how to catch fish from industry professionals. Hundreds of years of successful angling experience under one roof. These expert professional guides will be sharing tricks and techniques from their years of tried and true experience. One of the unique features of this Institute is that it is all about fishing in your home waters, targeting the local species that are important to you.
The list of participating Captains reads like a list of who's who in the eastern NC professional guide business:
Capt. Mitch Blake of FishIBX, Inner Banks Charters
Capt. Ashley King of Keep Castin' Charters
Capt. Ray Massengill of Down East Guide Service
Capt. Greg Voliva of Four Seasons Guide Service
Capt. Ricky Kellum of Speckled Specialist Fishing Charters
Capt. Noah Lynk of Noah's Ark Fishing Charters
Capt. Gary Dubiel of Spec Fever Guide Service
Jody Gay Owner and Developer of Blue Water Candy Fishing Lures
All accomplished, knowledgeable pro's in high demand! I am surprised, but pleased, these guys could manage a day off the water to share their knowledge. I know their calendars stay booked.
I have fished with several of these guides, and do not know all of them personally, but I do know them all by reputation and I can tell you this school has done an excellent job of assembling the best of the best for this mid-February event. If the collection of local eastern NC professional guides and charter boat captains had an all-star team, these guys would definitely be in the starting lineup. The local fish should consider February 17th a holiday because with these experts off the water that day, far fewer fish will surely be hooked and caught. Nice break for the fish.
Fish species topics will include but not be limited to: speckled trout, stripers (rockfish), red drum, flounder, Spanish mackerel, and cobia. All types of baits and offerings will be discussed: live, cut baits, and numerous types of lures. If it catches fish, you are going to hear about it there.
Over $8000 in fishing products and fishing trip giveaways will highlight the event. You could win 1 of 7 guided trips being given away that day. Seven lucky attendees not only get to hear expert advice, but will have the opportunity to experience it firsthand with a top-notch, accomplished professional guide. Talk about a win-win situation!
Also the featured speaker and presenter will be Mark Davis of Big Water Adventures. Big Water Adventures is a National Award-Winning Fishing TV Show which can be seen on Networks such as: The Outdoor Channel and World Fishing Network. Davis will be speaking about his world-wide fishing experiences. Known to have some excellent result-producing experiences in eastern NC, this will be an ideal opportunity for Davis to cross his multiple fisheries experiences and local knowledge for your exclusive benefit.
The Inshore Institute Fishing School tickets are available at Neuse River Bait & Tackle in Grantsboro. Address is 11944 NC 55 East. Visit them online at www.neuseriverfishing.com for tickets and additional info. Tickets may also be accessed at www.eventbrite.com. Questions or concerns? Talk directly to the event organizers at 252-745-0708.
Saturday February 17th, The Inshore Institute Fishing School promises to be a day packed with seminars that will impart a ton of fishing information, knowledge, and fellowship. Attend and get your "smarts!"
Rick's Soapbox – Anglers are not usually the easiest people to buy Christmas gifts for. Rather particular and picky sometimes. You would think with all the tons of equipment available that anglers would be easy to shop for. Not so. When it comes to specific equipment, they know what they like and want, and not much else will please or satisfy them. Idea. Give them the gift of knowledge. A ticket to the Inshore Institute Fishing School is an ideal gift or stocking stuffer for the hard to buy for angler on your Christmas gift list. Every serious angler I know is always seeking expert knowledge and information that will make them a better fisherman and fisherwomen. Christmas shopping made easy. Be creative, and put that small but important present (ticket) in a big box, or maybe hide it in another gift. Tackle box, shirt pocket, or box of socks might work. Surprise and please your angler.