The following is the write-up that appeared in the October 2008 issue of Sport Fishing. The article was titled “School Days: Head back to school to learn those fishing ABC’s,” and it was a feature that listed 10 of the top fishing schools in the nation. We were the only school in the top 10 from North or South Carolina.
The Fisherman’s Post Fishing School
Wilmington, North Carolina
The Fisherman’s Post newspaper in Wilmington sponsors a popular annual fishing school each February. Twelve captains share their local knowledge and insights, covering techniques, equipment, strategy, locations, tackle, rigs, electronics, and bait. The all day class kicks off at 7:30 a.m. and wraps up at 5:00 p.m.
“The school is in it third year, and we’ve quickly grown from an 85-person program to a 200-person school,” says Gary Hurley, school founder and owner/publisher of The Fisherman’s Post. “We host the school in conjunction with Tex’s Tackle, which generously provides most of the gear for our rigging stations. Our average participant is a 30- to 50-year-old man who owns a boat and has disposable income but not much free time. These guys come to us because they want to learn how to make the most of their time on the water.”
The Fisherman’s Post school offers six sessions – three in the morning and three in the afternoon. During each session, participants may choose from among seven seminars. In the main seminar room, three captains work together to teach a particular topic. Smaller satellite seminars concurrently provide hands-on rigging stations with a captain instructing at each post.
The school costs $90 in advance or $100 at the door and includes instruction, breakfast, snacks, drinks, a barbecue lunch, and a goody bag.