NC Maritime Museum Offers Free Fishing Demonstrations By Local Experts All This Week


Fishing on the Crystal Coast of NCFishing abounds on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. With its rich maritime history and culture combined with the abundant and diverse natural resources found here, it's no wonder the Crystal Coast is a favorite fishing destination for amateurs, professionals, and those who just enjoy it as a pastime.

With so many options, it's best to be prepared and educated about the local waters so that you can make the most of your fishing experience. Thanks to the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort and some local fishing experts, you can find a wealth of knowledge along with how-to demonstrations on a wide variety of fishing experiences to be had on our coastline.

The NC Maritime Museum's How-To Fishing Demonstrations are offered all this week and are taught by some of the area's best and most experienced sportfishing guides in Eastern North Carolina. Whether you live here or vacation on the Crystal Coast, there's something to be learned by everyone. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

All classes take place free-of-charge at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort beginning June 10 and continuing through June 14. Attend one or attend them all.

Here's what the schedule of events looks like for the rest of the week along with a short description of each class. Each how-to demonstration runs about an hour in length.

How-To Demonstration on Catching Red Drum and Flounder Near Swansboro

Tuesday, June 11 at 2p.m.
Presented by Captain Rob Koraly of Sandbar Safari Guide Service. Rob is a light tackle guide who grew up fishing in the Emerald Isle/Swansboro area and has 10 years’ experience as a first mate and six years as a licensed captain. He specializes in live bait and light tackle fishing for everything from flounder and redfish to king mackerel and grouper.

How-To Demonstration on Channel Bass from Puppy Drum to Redfish

Wednesday, June 12 at 2p.m.
Presented by Captain Gary Dubiel of Spec Fever Guide Service. Gary’s passion for fishing the NC coast relocated him here in the late 1980’s. He specializes in guide anglers on the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound year-round for sea trout, red drum, stripers and flounder.

How-To Demonstration on Inshore Fishing from Bogue Sound to Back Sound

Thursday, June 13 at 2p.m.
Presented by Jeff McBane of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Jeff has over fifteen years of experience catching specimens for the North Carolina Aquariums. As if catching fish for a living isn’t enough, Jeff spends most of his free time fishing for fun.

How-To Demonstration on Flounder Fishing off Bogue Inlet

Friday, June 14 at 2p.m.Crystal Coast Fishing
Presented by Captain Jeff Cronk of Fish’n 4 Life Charters. Jeff has over 40,000 hours logged fishing in the waters of the Crystal Coast and specializes in light tackle fishing for flounder, trout, redfish, sheepshead, stripers, and more using both artificial and live baits.

The free fishing demonstration classes are in celebration of the Maritime Museum's new Recreational Fishing exhibit. Come see it for yourself!

Friday, June 13 from 11a.m. to 3p.m. is Maritime Day at the Gallant's Channel location of the NC Maritime Museum. Sail in the museum's fleet of traditional wooden boats, cast a line with a cane pole, join in games or just relax and enjoy the music and spectacular view. Lunch and activities are free and open to the public.

While we're on the topic of fishing on the Crystal Coast, don't forget that the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is going on all this week. Make your way to Big Rock Landing on the Morehead City waterfront for the daily weigh-ins. The tournament has just begun, but some big fish have already hit the scales. A 754.3-pound blue marlin caught by the Inspiration Sportfishing crew is currently holding the lead (as of Monday). Stay tuned!

*Photo Credit: Critter Gitter Fishing Charters