June 11--If you're a landlubber wondering what it's like to cast a line from the ocean or North Carolina's sounds and rivers, head to the North Carolina Maritime Museum.
The museum's newest exhibit, Recreational Fishing in North Carolina, takes a look at the types of fish anglers are catching and gives visitors an opportunity to make a catch of their own. The exhibit includes a game that lets visitors battle and reel in a fish from the "fighting chair."
The exhibit also has a display of vintage rods, reels and fishing lures and a model of a Jarrett Bay 43-foot Express Hull crafted by Newport resident Jim Brode, a member of the Carolina Maritime Model Society.
The exhibit was funded, in part, through a grant from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries through its Coastal Recreational Fishing License fund.
To celebrate the opening on the new exhibit, several demonstrations are planned this week by Eastern North Carolina sport fishing guides. All events begin at 2 p.m. and are free and open to public.
June 11: Catching Red Drum and Flounder near Swansboro -- Presented by Captain Rob Koraly of Sandbar Safari Guide Service. Koraly 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 6 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.
June 12: Red Drum Fishing in North Carolina -- Presented by Captain Gary Dubiel of Spec Fever Guide Service. He specializes in guiding anglers on the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound year-round for sea trout, red drum, stripers and flounder.
June 13: Inshore Fishing, from Bogue Sound to Back Sound -- Presented by Jeff McBane of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. McBane has more than 15 years of experience catching specimens for the North Carolina Aquariums.
June 14: Near Shore Flounder 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.
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