The Fall Season Brings Fishing Seminars, Tournaments & More to the Crystal Coast


The fall season is a wonderful time for fishing on the Crystal Coast. Whether you enjoy casting a line in the surf, participating in a local tournament, or embarking on a deep-sea adventure on the open waters, you can Surf Fishing in Emerald Isle Photo by Madison Leigh Normanfind it all here. The beautiful fall weather brings cooler temperatures, lower humidity and vibrant coastal colors making it the perfect time of year for a coastal fishing adventure. Are you looking to stay awhile? Be sure to check out Emerald Isle's outdoorsman retreats. You'll find great locations and all of the amenities you desire to make the most of your outdoor adventures here on the coast. There are some great discounted rates available, too.

Are you interested in learning more about the rods and reels used in surf fishing? What kind of bait to use? How to maneuver a cast net? And most importantly, where to find the fish? Then the Surf Fishing Workshop presented by the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is the place for you. The workshop is in its 23rd year and is being held October 18 through October 20.

If you haven't had such good luck with the lines, a little bit of expert instruction and hands-on practice is what you may need and can be found at this popular surf-fishing seminar. The seminar covers important topics such as rods, reels, tackle, bait, species, identification, catch and release, cast netting, how to find the fish and so much more. This is a comprehensive course that benefits beginners and beyond. It can be a great start to your surf-fishing adventures or a great way to expand your current knowledge and skiSurf Fishing in Emerald Isle Photo by Mary Crawfordlls.

The best part about the seminar is the combination of instruction and implementation. Sessions include intensive instruction at the aquarium, excursions to nearby beaches to apply what you've learned, and a culminating trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore for hours of fishing fun.

The workshop requires advance registration, so don't delay. The cost is $150 per person and includes transportation to Cape Lookout. (The Cape trip is weather permitting.) Advance registration can be done online, by phone, or in person at the aquarium. Are you interested in a crash course in surf fishing? Fishing Fanatics offers just that on Friday mornings at the aquarium. Advance registration is required.

Put those surf-fishing skills to use by registering for the Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Fishing Tournament that begins this Saturday, October 19 and continues through Saturday, November 2. Free registration for the tournament is taking place now through the October 19. The tournament rules are simple: all trout must be caught by fishing on foot from the surf, pier, inlet or sound from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle. Sorry, no boats! Only trout that are caught from the places you can walk to and fish from on Bogue Banks are eligible. There are excellent prizes to be had, so go ahead and register. (Pre-registration is required.)

Crystal Coast Fishing Pier Photo by Hal BrysonIf you're out fishing on the beach this weekend, you'll also notice that the 10th Annual Emerald Isle Triathlon is going on this Saturday. Cheer on the competitors as they swim, run and bike through Emerald Isle.

Let us know if you'll be fishing this weekend, competing in the triathlon, or just enjoying the beach. We'd love to hear from you. Remember, good things come to those who bait. Happy fishing!


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