Island Gazette

Free Workshop Combines Fishing and Kayaking

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting a Kayak Fish and Float workshop on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.
The inaugural workshop will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, along with Capt. Jerry Dilsaver, will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics:
• Kayak Safety and Rigging,
• Inshore Kayak Fishing,
• Kayak Fishing for Mackerel,
• Kayak Fishing for Bass, and
• Kayak Basics for Panfish.
The Wildlife Resources Commission partnered with the Great Outdoor Provision Company and Get Outdoors of Greensboro to organize the workshop. Both companies will provide their demo fleets of popular kayak brands for workshop participants to use.
The free workshop is limited to 90 participants, and pre-registration is required. The $25 pre-registration fee is refundable after attending the class. “We designed the workshop to be free to encourage more people to combine the healthy activity of kayaking with the relaxing sport of fishing,” said Tom Carpenter, a fisheries technician at the Pechmann Fishing Education Center. “The refundable pre-registration fee allows us to estimate the attendance in advance and prepare for the workshop.  But the event was always meant to be free, which is why we’ll refund the pre-registration fee to everyone who attends.” To register, contact Carpenter at 910-858-5003, ext. 15, or thomas.carpenter For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit
About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission - Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit
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