By Amy Kilgore
Kure Beach, NC - Want to spend a day at the beach surf fishing? As summer approaches, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher prepares to begin their popular surf fishing workshops. This three-hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then fishing on the beach nearby. In the classroom, participants learn about common fishing equipment, baits, and fish identification. Then the fishing begins. Participants practice the catch and release method as they search the waters for fish and then learn how to use a cast net to catch their own bait fish. Spring and summer fishing sessions bring an array of fish that can be commonly found in the area. One popular fish is the red drum, which is North Carolina’s state fish. Other frequently caught fish are whiting, black drum, flounder, and bluefish.
The workshops, which are fun for both children and adults, are for ages ten and up and the fee is $12 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. Pre-registration is required. Workshops are offered Saturday, May 2, 9, 16, and 30 at 9:00 am, Tuesday, June 9, 16, and 23 at 8:00 am, and Tuesday, July 14, 21, and 28 at 8:00 am.
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Admission: $8 adults; $7 seniors; $6 ages 6-17. Free admission for: children under 6; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. General information: www.ncaquariums.com.
NC Aquariums are accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA and its more than 200 members work together to build North America’s largest wildlife conservation movement, by engaging and inspiring 143 million visitors and their communities to care about and take action to help protect wildlife.
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher900 Loggerhead RoadKure Beach, NC 28449http://www.ncaquariums.com