Wilmington Half Day “Hands-On” Saltwater Fishing School

Want to catch more fish more often in 2018?


Fisherman’s Post Newspaper, the free publication that covers all the saltwater fishing action along the Carolina coast, will be hosting its third Wilmington (long) Half Day “Hands-On” Saltwater Fishing School on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington from 7:30 am-1:30 pm.

Click here for a list of Wilmington Half Day Captains and Instructors.

Click here for the Wilmington Half Day Schedule.

Click here for the Wilmington Half Day Print Entry Form or the Wilmington Half Day Online Entry Form.

The half-day school concept was created for a number of reasons. The first reason is that a half day school allows us to offer the Fisherman’s Post fishing school experience for a lesser ticket price. You can still get four good sessions (the full day school offers six sessions) with multiple choices each session so you can also still select the school that most interests you. The second main reason is we also wanted to create a kid-friendly school. Since the full day school is often a sold out event, we weren’t able to offer and youth discounts for the full day school, but now with the half day option we can offer strong youth discounts. Now kids under 14 can enjoy the Fisherman’s Post Saltwater Fishing School for as little as $40 (limit one child per paying adult).

This year’s Fisherman’s Post Half Day “Hands On” Saltwater Fishing School is staffed by more than 14 local captains who will share their experience and insights on inshore, nearshore, surf, offshore, and blue water fishing. They’ll cover a range of topics that includes techniques, equipment, strategy, locations, terminal tackle, electronics, bait, etc. This Half Day School is modeled after our popular Full Day School, but with four sessions (instead of six sessions in the full day), we break just before lunch (lunch not included), and the ticket price is cheaper.

The captains selected for the Half Day Saltwater Fishing School are specialists in their field, and their backyard waters include Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Sneads Ferry, Topsail, Swansboro, Southport, Oak Island, Ocean Isle, Little River, Cape Lookout, and Morehead City.

There will be main seminars and several rigging stations going on concurrently for all four sessions, so you will always be able to find a session that most interests you.

Click here to see photos from last year’s school!

The main seminars will have three captains working together to thoroughly cover their particular subject material, as well as give their different perspectives on what works for them.

The rigging stations are smaller and hands-on, with participants tying and making the rigs themselves. This hands-on approach will greatly enhance the walk-away knowledge you receive from the school. The rigging stations are supplied by Tex’s Tackle and our many tackle manufacturer sponsors, so you’ll leave the Saltwater Fishing School with some complimentary terminal tackle. You learn the rigs. You make the rigs. It’s hands-on.

Click here for a list of other Wilmington Half Day School Sponsors.

The cost of the school is $70 by February 3, or $75 after and at the door (for adults). Kids under 14 can attend the school for as little as $40 (limit one child per paying adult). Seats are limited, though, so early registration is recommended.

In addition to the long half day of learning and interacting with our captains, the price includes a Fish School t-shirt, breakfast, snacks, drinks, rigging materials, a goodie bag, and door prizes.

There is free parking in front of and behind the Coastline building, and you are also welcome to park for free in the Chamber of Commerce parking area (which is connected to the Coastline parking area). Just be sure not to park in the Visitors Bureau marked spots, or the Train Museum’s marked spots. There is pay parking in the new convention center parking deck (next to the Coastline parking lot) and the CFCC parking deck (across the street from the Coastline parking lot), as well as limited parking on Water Street.

Our host hotel is Best Western Coastline Inn at 503 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, with a “Fisherman’s Post fishing school” rate of $99.00. For reservations, you can call them directly at (910) 763-2800. Be sure to make your reservation by January 10, 2018, and ask for the “fishing school” rate.



How Do I Get Tickets?

1. Pick up your tickets in person in Wilmington at Tex’s Tackle or West Marine–Wrightsville Beach.

2. Order tickets over the phone using your VISA or MasterCard at (910) 452-6378.

3. Print and fill out this Wilmington Half Day Print Entry Form (pdf), then mail it in with a check or money order to Fisherman’s Post Newspaper, 1320 Audubon Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28403.

4. Order tickets online using VISA, MasterCard or PayPal by using this Wilmington Half Day Online Entry Form.

Cancellation Policy: 80% of ticket price can be refunded by January 27, 2018; 60% can be refunded by February 8, 2018.




Wonderful event. I just retired and will be spending much more time at WB fishing. Great knowledge. — David Hood
Loved it! I learned more in a day than I have the past 10 years! — Mike Godsey
Best money I have spent on fishing. — Will Epperson
Thank you for taking the time to teach! Cast net teacher taught me to throw a larger net when no one else could. — Donna Taylor
Learned more in 4 sessions than 100+ hours online! — Dusty Warren
Great way to spend a winter day learning how to fish smarter and better. — Michael Goins
Best captain’s classes I’ve been to. They are genuine and brutally honest, not just into sales pitches. Love it. — Benny Ford
Great investment of time and money to learn more about Crystal Coast fishing. Will make my time on the water more enjoyable. — Michael Marks
I loved it. I look forward to next year’s fishing school! —  Steve Taylor
The knowledge that the speakers brought to the table was very beneficial to the entire school. — Ethan Brogden
Very educational, and opened up a lot of possibilities. Very friendly guides. — Rodney Duncan
Tremendous array of topics conveyed in a knowledgeable fashion by a variety of true professionals. — Bill Howards
Very organized. Food was good. I felt like I definitely got my money’s worth. — Greg Young
Great school. Immense amount of knowledge with great instructors. — Sean McGowen
Excellent info and content. Well worth the time and money. — Taylor Lyon