Yes, Fisherman’s Post is hosting its popular saltwater fishing schools in early 2021, but this eleventh year of hosting the schools will have to look different than the ten years prior. We’ve modified our saltwater fishing schools in 2021 to address Covid concerns.
Now you can attend the schools in-person or online via live stream.
In early 2021, no one wants to be in a big convention center with 400+ people, so we will be hosting three weekends of much smaller schools in Wilmington, and each of the three weekends will offer three different half day programs full of great information. The Wilmington schools will be hosted in the big boat showroom of Boats Unlimited, and for each weekend we will be separately selling a half day ticket for Saturday morning, a half day ticket for Saturday afternoon, and a half day ticket for Sunday mid-morning.
Each weekend will offer a different array of session topics, so you will be able to select the half day (or half days) that most interests you.
And the captains and guides for this year’s schools have once again been selected because they are great communicators with an interest in and a passion for helping others get more out of their fishing time on the water. During each of the three presentations, the captains and guides will be focusing on a specific type of fishing and covering such topics as location, techniques, equipment, strategy, changing seasons, options depending on the conditions, terminal tackle, electronics, bait, etc. The captains selected for the Wilmington Saltwater Fishing Schools are specialists in their field, and their backyard waters include Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Sneads Ferry, Topsail, Swansboro, Southport, Oak Island, Ocean Isle, and Little River.
The Wilmington weekends in 2021 are January 23-24, February 13-14, and March 6-7. The Saturday morning sessions are from 7:30 am – 12:00 noon, the Saturday afternoon sessions are from 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, and the Sunday mid-morning sessions are from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm.
Each half day session will include three one-hour presentations where 2-3 captains/guides share their knowledge and insights on specific types of fishing. The half day ticket also includes drinks, snacks, a Fisherman’s Post neck gaiter, a chance to win a host of door prizes, and access to video recordings of the three one-hour sessions to watch and re-watch for months afterwards.
If you would like to attend the schools in person, the in-person ticket price for a half day session is $45 per person. Seats will be very limited (to follow proper protocols and practice social distancing), so we highly encourage you to buy your tickets early.
If you would rather not attend in person and would prefer to view the half day session via live stream, the live stream ticket price for a half day session is $20 per person. You can click here for more detailed information on how the Live Stream ticket option works: Wilmington Live Stream Tickets.
And whether you choose to attend in person or choose to view via live stream, all school partcipants will receive access following the session where they can watch the recording of their half day session as many times as they wish (until May 31). So now you don’t have to worry about missing anything, forgetting information, or even bother with taking notes during the school–you can watch and review again and again at your convenience.
Click here for an overview of the Wilmington half day sessions being offered each weekend: WILMINGTON FISHING SCHOOLS 2021.
Or you can click here for an overview of the Morehead half day sessions being offered each weekend: MOREHEAD FISHING SCHOOLS 2021.
Click here for a more detailed schedule of the Wilmington January 23-24 sessions:
January 23 Morning Session–INSHORE: Speckled Trout, Flounder, Black Drum
January 23 Afternoon Session–NEARSHORE: Spanish, Nearshore Variety Trolling & Casting, Nearshore Variety Bottom Opportunities
January 24 Mid-Morning Session–OFFSHORE / GULF: Mahi & Tuna, Deep Water Bottom Dropping, Wahoo
Click here for the January Print Entry Form or the January Online Entry Form (both forms offer in-peron and live stream ticket options).
Click here for a more detailed schedule of the Wilmington February 13-14 sessions:
February 13 Morning Session–NEARSHORE / OFFSHORE: King Mackerel, Grouper and Other Bottom Targets, Summer Mahi
February 13 Afternoon Session–INSHORE: Red Drum, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout
February 14 Mid-Morning Session–SURF FISHING: Reading the Shoreline, Surf Variety–Bottom, Surf Variety–Casting
Click here for the February Print Entry Form or the February Online Entry Form (both forms offer in-peron and live stream ticket options).
Click here for a more detailed schedule of the Wilmington March 6-7 sessions:
March 6 Morning Session–INSHORE: Speckled Trout, Flounder, Red Drum
March 6 Afternoon Session–INSHORE / NEARSHORE: Inshore Variety, Nearshore Variety (Beach – 3 Miles), Nearshore Variety (3-10 Miles)
March 7 Mid-Morning Session–KAYAK FISHING: Kayak Fishing 101, Kayak Variety–Creeks & Skinny Water, Kayak Variety–ICW, Inlets, and Oceans
Click here for the March Print Entry Form or the March Online Entry Form (both forms offer in-peron and live stream ticket options).
Click here for a list of Wilmington Captains and Instructors.
Click here for a map link for Boats Unlimited in Wilmington.
The main tackle sponsor for all of the Wilmington schools is Tex’s Tackle. Tex’s Tackle will have the tackle shop open following all of our half day sessions so that live stream and in-person participants can shop and purchase the items that they were just introduced to, and the Tex’s Tackle staff will work with the captains and guides in advance to make sure they have the appropriate tackle available. In addition, all school participants receive a discount the weekend of the school, and they will also receive a school coupon to save while shopping for up to a month following the school.
Click here for a list of other Wilmington School Sponsors.
There is plenty of parking at Boats Unlimited.
To maintain the safety of our guests, captains, and staff, we ask everyone to practice social distancing and wear a mask when walking in the building and then keep the mask on through registration and until you get to your seats (you will keep the same seats for the entirety of your half day session). We also ask that you wear a mask when you leave your seats between sessions when grabbing a drink or a snack, some fresh air, or if you need to use the restrooms.
2. Order your tickets over the phone using your VISA or MasterCard at (910) 452-6378.
3. Print and fill out the print entry form for the dates/sessions you’re interested in (January Print Entry Form, February Print Entry Form, March Print Entry Form), then mail it in with a check or money order to Fisherman’s Post, 1320 Audubon Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28403.
4. Order tickets online using VISA, MasterCard or PayPal by using these Wilmington Online Entry Forms: January Online Entry Form, February Online Entry Form, March Online Entry Form.
Cancellation Policy: Each entry form for each session has the dates posted by which you can receive an 80% refund (a few days prior to each school).
The following testimoials were collected by guests who attended last year’s full day school in CFCC’s Union Station and Morehead’s Crystal Coast Civic Center:
Jace Buckley: “Traveled 6.5 hours to attend. Looking forward to next year!”
Pat C: “This was my 1st school and I loved it! I’ll be back next year!!”
Mike Pierce: “Best money I’ve spent on fishing.”
Judd McAdams: ” Excellent seminar. Something for every level and fishing preference. Coming back next year!”
James Miles: “Great school!!”
Henk Drenth: “Would recommend anyone who likes saltwater fishing to attend annually.”
Sherry McLin: “I enjoyed this experience very much! Hope it’ll help me catch a lot of fish.”
Brice Bailey: “I had a very enjoyable day and appreciate everyone’s hard work. Very good information provided by all the guides.”
Tommy Mikals: “The guides were very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. They did not talk above us. They seemed to genuinely want us to be better fishermen.”
Lonnie Baker: “Completely enjoyed the entire day. Great Captains!! Very organized. First class all the way.”
Brandon R. Swemons: “Had a great time. This was my second time here. I will be back.”
Steve Lewis: “Last year I attended the Saltwater Sportsman Seminar Series and was extremely disappointed. Your seminar was the exact opposite experience, and I’ll be back again next year.”
Angie B.: “Superbly organized! My first time at this school and I learned a tremendous amount; much more than expected. The tickets were money well spent.”
David McGrath: “Great course, can’t wait to get out there and fish!”
Calvin Clayton: “Very helpful, enjoyed it and will attend again. Almost as good as fishin!”
Gene McLeod: “Excellent day—very insightful. Thank You!”
Dave Johnson: “Great School—would recommend to others interested in learning more about local fishing.”